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Very pleased to say my sister is doing really well with her chemo.

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Waterfin, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Before starting it she received a text from a 'friend of a friend' who had been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone chemo and then radiotherapy. The text spelt it out in great detail how horrific it was going to be. The texter detailed sickness, pain, spots, ulcers, burns from the radiotherapy and not being able to move from her bed for many weeks on end. She said that she had wished that someone had told her in advance how it would be so bad that she wished she was dead.
    My sister was, understandably, cross and scared to read the text and nervous about what was to come.
    Happily she has pretty much sailed through her chemo. It hasn't been perfect, but she has suffered only mild symptoms that were quite short lived. She lost her hair and now sports cute wigs and hats. She has had some sickness and tiredness, but only a couple of times did it debilitate her. She has had some bone pain from the new drugs and an allergic reaction, but it could have been a lot worse and has not had the same symptoms following another treatment of the same drugs.
    She went into it in great health otherwise and with a positive perspective, which-along with all the support from friends and family - has really helped I think. She has even been able to continue teaching her zumba class twice a week, taking only one week off in the last 3 months.
    At her last appointment, 2 separate specialists both prodded and poked, before declaring that neither lump remained detectable just by their touch alone they had shrunk that much.
    She is doing really well and I hope she sails through the rest of the treatments as well.
    (Just wanted to share)

  2. Thanks for posting that. It will be very reassuring for anyone else terrified at the thought of chemo.
  3. So glad that your sister's experience was so much better than she had feared - I hope she continues to go from strength to strength.
    Having known several people who have gone through chemo it can all be very varied. Different cancers require different chemicals and strengths, so it is unsurprising that this in combination with the fact that we all tolerate things differently causes people to 'handle' treatments differently and have a variety of side effects. I'm sure the text was meant well and often sharing information is a key way patients support each other, even if the end result wasn't a positive one.

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