Dread of Chemo
Hello everyone, so glad to join your group with my first post. I live in Cairns and was diagnosed in Nov with ER+ PR+ HER2- and underwent lumpectomy for 4.5cm tumor and removed 7 lymph nodes. Outcome was 4 of 7 nodes were cancerous so my prayers to avoid Chemo went unanswered. I remain very grateful that I got away without having to have a full mastectomy. Further tests showed lesions in liver and lungs which have since been cleared as not cancer, what a huge relief. I had a port implanted which is very irritating and a constant reminder of the chemo to come. The waiting as you all know seems to be endless from the moment the GP says you have cancer to the day of your first Chemo. My first day is Tue 9th Jan and it feels like a dark cloud hanging over me, I almost cant wait to start so the anxiety of what is to come finally arrives. I've read that you all say it's different for everyone, so I guess I wont know how to cope until I'm in it. Any practical advise for my first date with chemo would help enormously. And, is it okay to be on your own at home after treatment? Also, how do you cope with what to expect following treatment? I don't want to sit around waiting for symptoms to emerge, what does everyone else do when they get home?
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