Feels like such a watershed moment to have completed the final session- although easy to forget the difficult days afterwards! I really felt a very strong need to mark the occasion, so did something very rare for me & posted on Facebook. I never use it normally for such deeply personal things, but wanted to … Continue reading Final chemo done!
Hard to believe the final session is tomorrow! In my last post I was really worried that the side effects just didn't seem to be getting any better, but ironically I've noticed less pain in my hands & feet this afternoon- although it's just occurred to me that could be the steroids I've been taking … Continue reading Final chemo eve!
Just a few days now until chemo 6. Off to Clevedon tomorrow for my final bloods. It's been so great being able to stay pretty local for PICC line care & blood tests. The staff are all completely lovely & it will feel odd not going there once a week! Wish I could say I … Continue reading Chemo end in sight
This recovery is taking so long - much longer than any of the previous chemo sessions. I was warned beforehand that it's a harder recovery, and as the effects must be cumulative they have felt even worse. My hands & feet are really sore - buttons are almost impossible to manage, and I've had huge … Continue reading It gets tougher
That may well be a slightly misleading title - basically I just don't seem to be able to do it! Yet another night with no sleep & constant, intense aching & pain. I'm taking so much ibuprofen & paracetamol that I'm losing count, but it barely seems to touch it. Getting up & down stairs … Continue reading Managing docataxel pain
This is hard. Pain is a very strange thing. When it's with you it's intense & horrible, and yet it does fade, and the memory of how it feels fades with it. I'm now back in the aches & pains & it feels just like last time in many ways, but I also know that … Continue reading And a couple of days on….
Been generally feeling pretty good, although brain buzzing last night meant I didn't get much sleep (presumably the steroids are the main culprit here). Managed to get all my usual Saturday jobs done - a little shopping, housework etc & then sat down after lunch & irritatingly slept all afternoon! First jab of this session … Continue reading Chemo 5 + 1
5th session completed today- really do feel like I'm almost there! All seemed to go very smoothly with no hint of any reaction again. Do feel very tired, but I did have an almost full day in work before going in this time. I'm hoping the after effects pattern is also similar so I can … Continue reading Chemo 5
Had my next oncology appointment today. Turns out the finger & toenail tingling is actually nerve damage in action, so my next chemo dose has been reduced by 10%. Bit scary. I have been given a typists footstool in work, which has helped take some pressure off my feet & stops me sitting quite so … Continue reading Chemo 4 follow-up
Back to work after a week away again - didn't think I'd make it quite to quickly this time, but glad to get back to some kind of normal. Side effects have continued to be very different this time. Had a massive nose bleed yesterday, but perhaps that was just coincidence! The main thing I'm … Continue reading After chemo 4