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Thrid chemo treatment
cancer47 posted:
Just wondering why chemo is so deceptive. Treatment 2 was not so bad but this third one has been bad since the second day. I'm on day 6 and have no energy. Hope my blood counts are ok on thursday. One more treatment to go but it seems a very long road to go. The chemo brain this time has been so foggy. And everything taste bad. But I'm trying to keep my spirits up. My hysterectomy is scheduled for may 6th. I hope I can be on track so I can start to get my own life back again. And to anyone else who might be on this "bus" with me this week I'll go around the town one more time but let me know when its my stop so I can throw myself back onto the couch.

DiKay1024 responded:
Sorry you're having a hard time, but do know it's pretty normal. The effects of the chemo seem to be somewhat cumulative. I remember feeling more and more tired after each treatment of AC. Taxol was not nearly as bad, so for that I felt the worst after the first treatment, since the effects of the AC were still in my system--I had dose dense chemo, treatment every two weeks. Each treatment of taxol got easier for me. At the end it takes a few weeks to get all cleared out of your system, but you gradually get energy back. So hang in there, and count down the days til the end of treatment when you'll be on the upward swing! That's what kept me going throughout treatment. There IS light at the end of the tunnel--and in this case it's NOT an oncoming train!

Good luck and blessings, Di
kiwiallright replied to DiKay1024's response:

Did you suffer from any side effects of Taxol, it was easier than AC but the numbiness in my feet is what is still bothering seven months later after the last treatment and my energy level is somewhere out there but without me.

saladin10 responded:
Cancer, 47,
I just want to give you a big hug and say Hang in there, Lady.
Chemo is cumulative and it takes a while to get over that tired feeling and it will happen.
Barb:) (Saladin10)
DiKay1024 replied to kiwiallright's response:
Any side effects I felt from the taxol were very mild. I had some redness in my hands, and some of the fingernail, toenail discoloration and weakening, ridges, etc, but not nearly as bad as some have described. I don't remember much numbness or tingling in my feet. I did have some in my hands, but I also have carpal tunnel issues, so was never sure which to blame it on. As I said above, I was tired, but not nearly as much as with the AC. My last taxol treatment was Apr 30 (in 2004) and my daughter graduated from veterinary school on May 8 of that year. Everyone was worried I would be too tired to enjoy the day, but I made it through the ceremony and dinner afterward in great shape. I don't remember how long it took to get back to my full energy level. I went right from chemo to radiation, so that had some effect too. I remember I went back to work part time during radiation, and felt I could probably have worked full time during rads without any problem. I work in a fast paced retail environment, so wanted to work back into it gradually.

Hang in there--it will get better!
Blessings, Di

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