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Topic: Friend starting Chemo

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

A place to share your struggles and concerns about supporting and caring for a person you love diagnosed with breast cancer with others who understand.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2016 08:08PM - edited Mar 30, 2016 08:09PM by aokcrl

aokcrl wrote:

Hi, my neighbor is starting chemo tomorrow. I can't go with her this week, but what can I bring over to her tonight that will help her get through her first time? Lots of chocolate, magazines, earphones? I have no clue! Thanks

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Mar 30, 2016 08:54PM Jackbirdie wrote:

just knowing that you care enough to try will mean the world to her. The items you mentioned are great! Also:

Ginger tea in case she gets tummy upset

Coconut oil in a jar was the #1 go to remedy for a variety of ills in my chemo sisters group

A quilt or blanket

A big bag to carry it all in

A coloring book with crayons

A regular notebook to make notes or journal her feelings

A pair of fun earnings

There are lots of things. Just tell her you want to help and as time goes on for her to tell you how you can help. Would making a meal and bringing it over be helpful? It all depends on her situation, but just being there is great. Don't tell her to stay positive, or you know how she feels. If you aren't sure what to say, just tell her that. But that you are there for her, whatever she needs.

Good for you for being such a thoughtful, loving friend!

Katy, age 59 Oncotype dx 30 Dx 12/15/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/18/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 12/18/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/5/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 2/3/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 6, 2016 04:31PM Mominator wrote:

aokcrl: how did your friend do with her first week of chemo? Now that she has a week done, she may be needing some things that weren't obvious to her at first. Maybe you could do some shopping for her, or take her shopping if she's up for it. You're such a good friend and I'm glad she has you for support.

Mominator

Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, passed 5/25/16. Surgery 11/10/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 6, 2016 09:30PM - edited Apr 6, 2016 09:31PM by Mominator

Sorry, my computer hiccupped and made a double post.

Mominator

Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, passed 5/25/16. Surgery 11/10/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant

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