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Mar 20, 2019 05:00PM
wanted to share with you guys.
I started chemo April 2017, 4 AC treatments, every other week. Then Taxol weekly for 12 weeks. With AC chemo, eat ice during the administration of the “red devil” (15 mins by syringe) with Taxol, I iced hands and feet to try to prevent nail damage.
As others have posted here while on AC, my “bad” days were days 3,4, and 5. You should expect to feel ok the day of chemo and the following day from the pre-chemo meds (steroids and anti- nausea IV)
I had chemo on Wednesday (which was my day off). Side effects didn’t kick in til late Friday afternoon. My eyes would become light sensitive and Brain was foggy. Saturday and Sunday I made sure to eat something every 3 hours.
Drink lots of water, especially the day of chemo and the day after chemo.
Make sure you take any anti-nausea meds as prescribed, don’t wait for nausea to set in as it will be harder to fight back by then.
I did buy “sea bands” to help ward off nausea. Found that chicken noodle soup was a quick comfort food to have. Eating protein kept nausea at Bay, too.
By Sunday evening, I felt normal again and didn’t miss work while on AC chemo.
The AC treatment really did fly by once I knew what to expect.
You guys can do this.
Yes, lost my hair on AC. Eyelashes, eyebrows, nose hairs, arm/leg hair, and nether region hair— gone. I am about 18 months past chemo now. Hair is long enough to pull back into a SHORT pony tail. All the other hair has returned.
Note on being bald— get a soft beanie to wear inside because air conditioning will feel really cold on your head. I slept with that soft beanie occasionally, too.
Hope your chemo journey is without crappy side effects and that the chemo time flies
3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes