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  • Ugh. So sorry you're going through this. It's so frustrating to hear about the potential of new drugs and immunotherapy, when the news stories often don't mention the side effects like fevers that make it so difficult to stay on them and let them wo…
  • New Hampshire. Unfortunately, since I wrote this I've found out the cancer spread to my liver and is now Stage 4, so children are really out of the question now. It's so frustrating to me that single people can adopt children, but a couple can't ad…
  • Your husband's ex sounds pretty toxic, and I don't think there's anything either of you can do to make her a nicer person. I would suggest being as honest with your stepchildren as possible, about what you're going through and how you wish the treat…
  • Thanks. For some reason Zofran works for my "real" nausea after chemo, but then does nothing for the anticipatory nausea. It might be a different part of my brain triggering it? I used to take Omeprazole for the terrible acid stomach, but it stopped…
  • I'm rolling my eyes reading what that woman said. I have breast cancer and from day one after diagnosis I felt like there were pink ribbons everywhere and I kept thinking "Where are the other ribbons? Why do we have to separate the cancers like this…
  • Guilt isn't a fun feeling, but I admire that you are grateful enough for the life you have that you can look at the unfairness happening to other people and empathize. You have the opportunity to recognize people who are having a tough time and may…
  • I had no symptoms other than a lump for breast cancer. Many cancers don't have symptoms until they are advanced. I don't say this to scare you, but because many non-cancer problems have noticeable symptoms so try not to jump the gun to cancer. Every…
  • It was similar for me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was given 3 weeks to do the egg retrieval process. I tried to freeze embryos but unfortunately none of them survived to freezing. It was a huge shock and I felt so robbed of the natu…
  • Thank you for sharing your story! Since 3 of you in one family have this cancer, do you know if there is a genetic mutation that causes it like with breast cancer? I knew a family with stomach cancer that is very rare and it turned out it was genet…
  • I had a lot of anxiety and depression for years before cancer and it's gotten worse for me post-treatment, but that's mostly because I feel traumatized by doctors and medical procedures (even though it ironically saved my life). I have some coping t…
  • Hi warreri. I'm in a different place cancer-wise with recent remission of breast cancer, but I struggle daily with coping with everything I lost, feeling like a different person, and figuring out how to move forward while living with so much uncerta…
  • I probably didn't go through treatment as long as yours, but after 4 months of chemo for breast cancer, I had moderate neuropathy in my hands and feet. I was told it would probably go away and that it might be 3 months, or it might be years. It act…
  • Just wanted to say I completely know how you feel. I'm 34 and I was in a temporary menopause for six months because of chemo and it shut everything down. I was thrilled when I came out of menopause and felt like my body was alive again. I thought I…
  • Do you know if you have the BRCA mutation? I do and my doctors are dying for me to get my ovaries out even though I had breast, not ovarian cancer. I'm 34 and they will wait until I'm 40, but they're all pushing for the earlier the better. If you…
  • I'm 34 and had Stage 2A triple negative. I've always felt that the worst part of cancer was dealing with fear and loss. When I was first diagnosed, I kept trying to find people who were in my same situation and dealing with my same fears and losses…
  • Just left you a tip in the other topic too. One thing my doctors didn't tell me was that low grade fevers (below 100.4) can be common and can happen just by overexerting yourself. I spent a day in the sun on a boat with healthy people and then spen…
    in Chemo tips. Comment by juls4 March 2017
  • So go glad you have great support. You seem like you're ready to tackle all of this. As far as chemo brain, the only thing I noticed was I would sometimes forget certain words, like terminology I use at my job, or the name of a town, but it was fa…
  • I was extremely lucky to have an easy recovery from chemo and surgery for breast cancer and I never had radiation, but what you describe is what I worried about every minute of the day during all of treatment. The only two things on my bucket list …
  • I'm 33 and just finished treatment for triple negative breast cancer. When you google triple neg, it often seems like a terrible thing, but really every type of BC has pros and cons. My was extremely responsive to chemo (common with triple neg) with…
  • I just finished treatment for breast cancer at 33 and I'm currently in that temporary menopause state. I tried to freeze eggs before chemo, but it didn't work because apparently I already had a fertility problem I was unaware of. I was trying to get…
  • Unfortunately, I can't speak for Taxotere, I but I can say that after 4 doses of Taxol which is another Taxane, my hair grew right back. Hopefully Taxotere is similar enough that your hair grows back. Hang in there.
  • I made a point to focus on the positive, even though there were a lot of days when that was really really tough. When I went out into the world, saw former employers or friends I hadn't seen in awhile, I always put on a big smile and acted like my…
  • This could be an opportunity for you to educate him/her about cancer. You never know, maybe they have loved ones who have had cancer or they themselves have gone through it. They may have no idea that your leg is related to cancer and may end up o…
  • Although I was lucky enough to have early stage breast cancer that is now in remission, the months after diagnosis were shaky and I had no idea if I would survive. I can't imagine if I had to deal with that level of stress over the long term as you…
  • What is your pain from? Chemo? I reached a point with chemo where my nausea was so severe that it was causing me extreme psychological pain. My doctors told me there was nothing else they could give me, but medical marijuana wasn't an option for me…
  • I agree that support is so helpful. You may feel guilty about putting other people in a position where they are worried for you, or feel obligated to help you, but by keeping it to yourself, you deny them the chance to reach out. I found that many …
  • I think it really depends on the person. Personally, I was an open book about my cancer because I think it's really important for people to talk about it. Talking and hearing about it makes it all less scary. The people around me tried so hard no…
    in Cancer Comment by juls4 March 2017