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Oct 4, 2017 08:19PM
Thank you, thank you, for all of you brave women who have replied. I am so thankful we are not alone. This week, I got my chemo port (ooof.. so sore!), an echocardiogram (which turned out to be fine), chemo education, and a flu shot. Tissue expanders filled, too. And I am getting my teeth cleaned (6 month checkup/cleaning) tomorrow. More appointments too for my kiddos - this seems to be a very busy week. Thinking of getting a facial. Something that I can feel pampered a little before chemo starts (I have a start date - Monday, Oct. 12). Has anyone gotten something like that? Something that helps them to rest, to be centered, to just be.
Simbobby - How are you doing? Is there a chemo start date for you yet? Have you gone through chemo education? I am trying to come up with a list of tips and things for us all, even though we may be doing different forms of chemotherapy.
Fishingal68... - You have your appointment tomorrow, right? I asked my breast care navigator about the flu shot, and she said absolutely get one. It will provide protection in some capacity during chemo. I never thought to ask about the shingles shot! Hmmm. And YES - all family members should get the flu shot and anyone who comes to visit you, too.
Denise-G - how was chemotherapy for you? I see you did the AC + T. What was your experience? I need to check out your blog!
kamalokitty - are you going to have chemo education? What kind of questions do you have? I've been googling and trying to get others' experiences to find out what it's like.
eighthoutof8 - How are you feeling about tomorrow's port placement and chemo start? I, too, was diagnosed in late July. I'm thankful for the positives in your story - thank you for sharing so much of your heart. So glad your new employer is behind you in this. I, too, am going to cut my hair very short. I have long hair and love it. What a bummer, but I don't want to lose it in the ways I've heard. I'd rather donate it and get a pixie cut. Looks like I'll have some fun winter hats to wear during my chemo since we're getting into fall and winter here in the midwest. Oh who am I kidding. It's still 80 here some days. I do love the fall season. I have also read about water intake and walking a lot. Wishing you the best tomorrow! I'll say a prayer for you tonight. You'll get through this! We're with you.
VL22- Thank you so much for your support for eighthoutof8 and we're wishing you all the best as you start on Taxol tomorrow! It's going to be pretty different from AC, right?
Jennifer522 - I just got the flu shot today (I was advised to by my MO, who advised all of my family members to do the same, as well as anyone who visits me). Glad you got yours. So, chemo the 9th? I know this is all very overwhelming. I am like you.. I do not like meds much. So it's a lot to take in. Especially the hair. Do something for yourself before chemo starts. Something pampering, something that replenishes you. I too had an exhausting week of appointments. And the week is not over yet!
AgathaNYC - how are you feeling about starting Friday? I think you can still get the flu shot, even if you start chemo soon. Double check with your MO. I'll pray for you that the tumor would respond and respond well. You should definitely be getting chemo training and prescriptions. Can you double check with your breast care navigator (do you have one of those?) and/or your MO. Let us know what you find out. They should be giving you these things in time for you to fill at a pharmacy before your first chemo infusion (I would think!).
MrsWinnie - I think most people get an echo before the AC kind of chemo, but not necessarily before the other kinds. Chemo the 11th, then? I am getting a haircut in a few days. A pixie cut, I think.
I hope I didn't miss anyone, but I might have. And I hope I didn't mix up the info. My mom was chatty cathy while I was typing. She is so sweet, helping me with my 3-year-old while I have a billion appointments. She lives in Nebraska, but is visiting me for a few days so I can do these appointments and get things in order.
We're in this together! <3 -Mary
Married mother of 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Diagnosed at age 40. Mother had it 4 years ago and sister (46) was diagnosed 2 weeks after I was.
7/19/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Whole-breast: Lymph nodes
Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement