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Abby Brown's Story

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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Maria J Profile

    I've struggled with my weight my entire life. They told me I would gain weight with Chemo, but this is insane. My belly is huge, my nausea intense, but I still have the urge to eat. Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 4 years 7 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I so agree with Andre , the last thing you should worry bout now is weight. Mine went up and down almost very few days. I was bloated , bald and miserable! Once the chemo is over you can work on getting back to normal. Don't be hard on yourself , thus

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I just got The Pink Ribbon Diet from the library. I can't vouch for it, but here is a quote, " From the time of diagnosis through treatment, 74% of women battling breast cancer gained body fat and 68% gained pounds. The average weight gain was 8.6 pounds, with a range from less than one pound...

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      I just got The Pink Ribbon Diet from the library. I can't vouch for it, but here is a quote, " From the time of diagnosis through treatment, 74% of women battling breast cancer gained body fat and 68% gained pounds. The average weight gain was 8.6 pounds, with a range from less than one pound to 59 pounds ". This was a study of 1200 women across the US.

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    Anyone have a chemo modification? Doc says its normal. I've completed 4/6 bearable tx but ended up with a fever & dehydrated after #4. Doc says if he doesn't do a mod I'll end up in the hospital, he's reducing my dose by 25% for last 2 tx, this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had to stop my chemo at 5 tx instead of 6, i was just too sick n my blood work was awful. My onco felt that 5 was enough as i had a very small ICD tumor and would still had another 9 months of herceptin. It is very common, from what i understand, to modify treatment plan.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing...

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      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing his job well. Take care, Sharon

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    How do you stay positive as your family member undergoes chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 2 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I so agree.... many times, I had to be much stronger for my friends and relatives. I had to put on a brave face for them. In my "acting" I did actually make myself feel a lot better mentally and physically. I got so it was no longer an act but I did become my own power-house of positive...

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      I so agree.... many times, I had to be much stronger for my friends and relatives. I had to put on a brave face for them. In my "acting" I did actually make myself feel a lot better mentally and physically. I got so it was no longer an act but I did become my own power-house of positive energy. I looked forward to my chemo treatments and appointments because I knew it was one closer to being completed with treatment. I used to wear silly hats to my oncologists office because his office truly had a uplifting feeling. Always something tasty to eat, other patients laughing like we were all in this boat together. I never felt the treatments or appointments were doom and gloom. I think one has to be their own best advocate and set the mood when dealing with others. Lots of people were afraid of me and some of my best friends dropped me. I understood their fear and once I was through treatment, they drifted back. I actually made a whole new set of pals going through treatment. I had people say some very weird things to me.... like "How long do you have to live?" "My aunt died a horrible death from breast cancer back in the 50's." Some woman sent me a series of talks give by a professor who was dying of cancer..... At times, I just wanted to talk to people. I actually did a blog for the horse community I belong to. I wanted other women to know having breast cancer was not a death sentence. Going through treatment.... I had chemo and a mastectomy.... wasn't the end of the world. I wanted them not to be afraid of having regular mammograms. Early treatment is always the best. You can always ask what your relative needs.... a view meals the first couple of day after chemo is really appreciated. Their taste will change and is sometimes a bit eclectic. I wouldn't fix anything spicy, but just ask. You are kind for being sensitive. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Betti, Trisha, and Sharon have it nicely covered. I craved normal conversation. A conversation that was not about about cancer is what I craved. An evening of Wine and chick flicks was a wonderful diversion.

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    My first chemo is tomorrow and I'm scared... looking forward to know there are 5 to go. I'll be glad when the first one's over to tackle the side effects.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 15 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 1998

      Good luck stay positive. When I had my chemo I was more afraid of it than anything else. Turns out it wasn't that bad. I just made sure I took all the meds at the correct times that my doctors prescribed. I was afraid of the fear of chemo . Once the 1st treatment was over I realized ....I can...

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      Good luck stay positive. When I had my chemo I was more afraid of it than anything else. Turns out it wasn't that bad. I just made sure I took all the meds at the correct times that my doctors prescribed. I was afraid of the fear of chemo . Once the 1st treatment was over I realized ....I can do this, it is amazing what we let. Fear do to us. Be very good to yourself you deserve it. God Bless

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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just be comfortable. Bring someone with you and something to do. Just relax - u will get thru this .

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