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It's chemo & radiation for me It's chemo & radiation for me

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Unread 08-12-2007, 05:55 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

Well, I had my consult at the cancer agency on Friday, it was about 3.5 hours long, whew.....

My diagnosis went from stage 1 to stage 2, grade 3, clear cell so I'm one of the unlucky few but I refuse to be beaten by this dx, I plan on fighting back!

The oncologists were so nice, definitely not the big bad doctor types. They want me starting treatment asap so I'm to go for a renalgram(?) on Thursday and then my first chemo will be on the 20th followed by 2 more cycles. Then I'll have 6 weeks of radiation. Sounds like an exhausting few months.

So I'm tearfully in the process of cancelling my 2 holidays and charging on with planning the next ones. I'm going to take a quick 4-night Pacific Coastal cruise with my DH and my sister and her family over Halloween. I'll be finished the chemo and won't be starting the radiation for a few weeks so it's a good time to go. It leaves out of Seattle which is not terribly far from me here in Canada. Something to look forward to

I'll keep in touch regarding my chemo experience.......
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Unread 08-12-2007, 06:09 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

Hi Madge,

I'm sorry about the change in staging but so glad your docs already have a treatment plan in place for you.

Will you have 3 chemo treatments, then, followed by the 6 weeks of radiation?

You will be busy....but remember that you are fighting the good fight and doing this all to help keep you healthy in the future.

Sorry you had to cancel your holidays...but if you can find the time to get away for a few days before your treatment starts, that would be awesome. Your Halloween trip sounds very nice, and something to look forward to after your treatment ends.

We'll be here w/you every step of the way! Heck, we might even go on vacation with you to celebrate!

Unread 08-12-2007, 06:18 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

Is there enough room on that cruise for me. Someone may have noticed but I am really truly in the mood to party. A virtual cruise this fall will be just about right.
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Unread 08-12-2007, 06:42 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

Dear Madge, I am so sorry to hear about your dx. I just got a call from my doctor last Wednesday saying I might have to chemo and rad now, six months after the surgery (endometrial carcinoma). I have to have some more tests but my heart empathizes with you. I hope things go well for you and you are back on your feet and CURED.

As someone formerly from the Seattle area all I can say is plan for valentines at the Space Needle and have yourself and "orbiter" dessert if they still serve them - it's a very fun dessert and the tables around you will be envious as the fog rolls off it...

Good luck and enjoy the beautiful PNW.
Unread 08-12-2007, 07:34 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

Good to hear there's an aggressive plan of action, lots of people on your team, and best of all, plans for fun and family along the way.

I guess I can say I like how having cancer made me learn how to savor life and get more out of it, than before. We make times for enjoyment, adventure, no matter how big or small. It's what matters. And it's so nice to lie back, close your eyes and turn on those happy videos in your mind of the great times, such as when you are in the recliner getting the chemo, or lying on the table for a scan. We can go back to our meaningful times right there in our minds. Over and over!
Unread 08-13-2007, 07:43 AM
It's chemo & radiation for me

madge62 Sorry to hear about your dx. I understand how it feels to get results that you never expected. Today I will receive my 14th rad treatment out of 25. I have experienced the side effect of diaherra, but I am keeping it somewhat in control with the BRAT diet. Bananna, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. I did not have to do Chemo so I can't comment on that. Don't fret too much about changing your 2 holiday plans, because you will be getting your body healthier so you can enjoy more than 2 holidays. While I am getting my treatment I place myself on virtual vacation. Think of all the places I have been too and all the places after my treatment is over that I will be going too. During the weekends when I am not getting treatment I (no treatment on Sat and Sun) I plan things to do such as bbq party, family night, girls only get togethers, etc. anything to take my mind off my journey and to get me through the next week of treatment. I planned my whole BBQ party menu during my week of treamtent. The techs are so nice that every Monday they ask me what is this weekends plan and all week they talk to me about it. I even brought them in browines left from the BBQ. Everyone will help get you through. I will keep you in my prayers. Remember, this will only be a temporary part of your journey and you will get through it and when you do you can and will go on all the holidays you want. Be well.
Unread 08-20-2007, 06:05 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

One chemo down! (2 to go, then 30 sessions of radiation)

And so far so good, just got home. Taxol/carbo preceded by benadryl, anti-nausea drugs & steroids. I was on the "drip" for almost 5 hours! Keeping my fingers x'd that the nausea is kept to a minimum. Got all my drugs on the ready and my sis has just gone out to get ginger ale, just in case.

I'm going on a mini-trip (2 or 3 nights) since I didn't make it to Florida. Hopefully if I'm feeling up to it by Friday/Saturday we'll go down to the Seattle area for some shopping (favourite sport of us Canadians, US shopping!) and R & R and picking up our daughter who will be flying home from her 3-month stint at WDW in Florida.

Thanks for all the kind words above, it really helps to hear from others who've been there, done that and bought the t-shirt!
Unread 08-20-2007, 09:17 PM
It's chemo & radiation for me

dear madge...i'm so glad your first chemo went well and you tolerated everything. remember to take your anti-nausea meds for the 3 days after chemo (if that's what you're prescribed) on a regular schedule. if one of the meds is a steroid, remember to not take it right before bedtime or it might keep you awake. i really, really hope you are feeling well by saturday so you can go on your has been my experience to feel unwell (nauseous) until day 6 post chemo, then i bounce back and i feel great! everyone is different...hopefully you will breeze thru this. best wishes to you.
Unread 08-21-2007, 03:49 AM
It's chemo & radiation for me

madge62 - You go girl. Great news that things went well for you. Make sure you rest so you can keep on going. Hope your shopping trip is everything you want it to be and more! Be well.
Unread 08-21-2007, 05:02 AM
It's chemo & radiation for me

madge, i'm one of the "sandwich" people -- radiation in between chemo. Will you be having more chemo after radiation? Or only the three cycles?

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