I had a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer. Starting chemo next Friday. Cancer was removed.

my Dr suggested chemotherapy as an insurance policy after my surgery. I’m terrified of chemotherapy and the side effects. I feel like I’m going to have a meltdown 

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  • MelanieMelanie Posts: 5
    Throwing up is on the list. Losing hair and mouth sores doesn’t sound good either. Feeling so vulnerable and trying to accept what I can’t control. 
  • LesleyLesley Posts: 54 ✭✭
    Hi Melanie, it's all so overwhelming when we are first diagnosed! I cried when the nurse was going through the list of side effects that we maybe experience  , but if it is unbearable to you, you tell them like I did, i am starting again on Thursday, and hopefully it will be sorted, if not they will tweak it again! 
    We are all here for you! Xx
  • MelanieMelanie Posts: 5
    Thank you for your support. I’m so glad to be able to voice my fears on this platform. I purchased some cute hats and I’ll get a short haircut this week. Thanks again 
  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 160 ✭✭✭

    Lovely profile pic btw.

  • ginnysussexginnysussex Posts: 2
    Hi Melanie

    I had a hysterectomy as I have ovarian cancer, and starting chemo 15th Jan, I thought I was coping well, until I was given possible side effects of chemo.  Suddenly felt I couldn’t cope! Feeling depressed and panicky, fear of the unknown I realise, perhaps will feel better once I get started! How do people think positively? 
  • MelanieMelanie Posts: 5
    I understand completely. I think if other warriors can do it, we will too. I pray a lot as well. 
  • LesleyLesley Posts: 54 ✭✭
    Hi ginnysussex!  You will do it ! I'm starting again on Thursday! Bring it on! Xxx
  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 160 ✭✭✭

    Just sending you lots of love Lesley, thinking of you. xx

    Lou x

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 160 ✭✭✭
    Hi @ginnysussex

    I noticed you are starting chemo on Tuesday, how are you doing?
    I know it is very daunting, and the list of possible side-effects is like reading a horror story, but try not to let those 'possible' things get you before you start. Some may be definite, others are only 'maybe's'. Everyone is different, having a positive, fighting attitude going into this will really help. So to start with..see chemo as your friend, something that is being used to kill the cancer that wants to kill you. In your mind, tell the cancer to go and do one, mind you I even shouted it out loud! I likened the chemo to a heat-seeking missile, going through my body seeking that which it was sent to destroy. I cheered it on its way. 
    Laugh. Find things to laugh about. Laughter in the face of adversity is powerful, it is good for the body and soul.

    On Tuesday, hopefully someone will be going with you, pack a bag of bits, drink, snack, magazine/book etc, warm socks or slippers (it can be quite cold in chemo wards), ask for a blanket to use. You will be nervous, we all are, but the actual process is not frightening. You will be probably be hooked up, and the drugs will drip in. The nurses will be keeping a very close eye on you, and you say immediately when you begin to feel anything. The speed at which the chemo is administered can be slowed down. The nurses will advise you every step of the way, you will come home with an armful of drugs I expect and lots of instructions. Follow them.

    Do not be afraid to call the 24/7 number you will be given at any time. They are there to help you. 
    Take one day at a time, sometimes it may be an hour at a time, then tick them off...you got through it.

    It may be a long way off but start to see yourself in the future doing something good when this is over. Make a plan now, regardless of the situation. Plan for something. 

    I don't know if any of this will be of use to you, but I will be thinking of you on Tuesday. Let us know how you get on.

    Lou x

  • ginnysussexginnysussex Posts: 2
    Thank you Lou, very helpful . Chemo been moved to Thursday. Where are you now in your treatment? Ginnyx
  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 160 ✭✭✭
    Hi Ginny, 

    Oh bless you, have you had your pre-chemo bloods done already?

    I was diagnosed on Sept 2015, started chemo immediately for six months. After that I had a mastectomy, then radiotherapy which finished at the end of May 2016. In Sept 2017, I had further surgery as part of my recovery process, I thought then that was the end of any medical stuff, however at the end of 2017,  I had a reaction to the meds I was on and ended up in surgery again, as well as having tests done, because there was a concern. Thankfully that was all clear, I just changed my meds. I have had a lot of post-treatment side-effects mainly to do with my feet, bones and joints, which has been a long drawn-out affair trying to get to the bottom of, but its nothing really relatively speaking. At least I don't have cancer anymore. That's the main thing. 

    Let me know how you get on Thursday when you are able.

    Lou x 
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