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Unread 12-21-2007, 05:30 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

I really do not know what to say about it. I was dreadful. It didn't hurt, and I didn't have a reaction. It just took 6 1/2 hours, and there was just no avoiding the fact that you have cancer as they kept changing the medication.

When I got home, I received a message that a good friend had lost his battle with lung cancer.

They promised me an "up" day from the steroids, but I am very. very tired. It was hard to finish recovering from the hysterectomy only to face yet another challenge.

I really struggling to find the silver lining here. I keep reminding myself I am undergoing all of these trials so I can LIVE!

Love to all of you, brave ladies!
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Unread 12-21-2007, 05:35 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

Rubylove

Six and a half hours! Ugh. What a day. It's no wonder you're tired, frustrated, etc. You've been through so much -- and then the news about your friend! There should be a moritorium on death and tragedy over the holidays, but alas...

Pamper yourself tonight and remember that we're here with you, sending you our strength, hugs, prayers, and positive thoughts.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 06:32 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

dear rubylove...yes, the first day of treatment is a real eye-opener, brings home the reality of the situation. so glad you tolerated it and so soon after your surgery. rest as much as you can and keep reminding yourself the reason for the treatments...so you can live!

i'm so sorry that you lost a dear friend to lung cancer...it's just so sad.

you should be feeling better in a week or so...hang in there and enjoy this time with your family as you recuperate. let them pamper you.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 06:38 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

I'm so sorry you're going through all of this. Please take care of yourself and know that you have friends you've never even met praying and pulling for you.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 06:55 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

Ruby, it's just a bad timing for you to have to start chemo, isn't it? Not that there's a good time.

It's all a new thing to you, an unwelcome foreign thing in your life. It isn't fair, it stinks, but now you are taking action that will knock out the cancer.

I remember feeling like I "wasn't me" when I was diagnosed. It felt surreal. I'm sure you know what I mean. Sometimes it feels good to do something very routine and normal. I like lying on the sofa with my quilt over me, watching TV, with the cat and my husband. Good old normal stuff. It feels so good. Nothing like going through cancer treatment to make you appreciate the good old everyday things in life.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 09:10 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

Six and half hours is a horribly long time isn't it. I would go prepared with a CD player and headphones and my favorite music, newspaper, light reading, craft magazines, etc; Turn on my music and go into my own little world. Then I would have a different friend come in to visit with me for the last two hours each time. Without planning, they would each bring in something a little special so that I began looking forward to the anticipation of surprise: a muffin, special tea, whatever.

It's a long draining day, but I was able to get things done after chemo and mostly the next day as well. It was day two and three that were hardest for me. So pace yourself, allow yourself to rest, your body is working hard to stay healthy and strong and this medicine is really strong stuff. It would be so nice if we could target it to zap just those bad cells, but it affects all the rest of our body too.

Hang in there. You really really have a great chance of beating this disease. You are diagnosed at a very early stage. You can do this and when it seems most difficult just stop by here and vent or cry.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 10:21 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

I'm sorry it was so rough today. But the good news is, now that the first one is over and done with, you know exactly what to expect next time. The second time should be much easier than the first. You'll figure out a way to pass the time. You'll know when you feel your best, and when you feel your worst, and you will be able to plan accordingly.

You are doing a great job ! Keep up the good work.

xoxo
k9
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Unread 12-21-2007, 10:34 PM
First Chemo-Bad day

Hi Ruby - so glad you made it thru your first treatment - but so sorry about the loss of your friend. That's an awful lot to deal with in one day. But you did make it through your first session and that's a major accomplishment. We're here for you through each step. Hope you're able to enjoy your holidays!
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Unread 12-22-2007, 08:07 AM
First Chemo-Bad day

Hi Ruby - I went thru my first chemo on Dec. 12, and while it was not quite as long as yours (only around 4 1/2 hrs, and that included them stopping the Taxol for a period of time when I had a reaction to it). I brought a book along, as well as my iPod, and my husband. He stayed for the first hour, left to finish up my Christmas shopping, then came back for the last hour. (Good thing he was not there when I had the reaction, as he would have freaked!) Going thru all the various cancer treatments really does remind you of what you have - prior to my diagnosis I felt fine, with no symptoms until I woke up bleeding on morning. I can honestly say I probably have not felt 'fine' since that time, but there are good days and bad. Hang in there, pamper yourself, and rest when you need it. Hope you can enjoy your holidays.
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