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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
    over 5 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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  • Jo Thomas Profile

    I am struggling with constipation with each chemo cycle & have been taking coloxyl & movocol, but I'm getting very bloated, is that from the drugs or constipation? It's very painful!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 7 years 10 answers
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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too took miralax and pushed fluids. I also added benefiber and a probiotic.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Like Blair, I ended up using Prilosec as well. Not for constipation but for acidic grossness deep in my stomach. My oncologist thought it was responsible for much of my nausea. So about 1/2 way through 8 treatments I started that as well and I felt so much better which in turn helped my eating...

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      Like Blair, I ended up using Prilosec as well. Not for constipation but for acidic grossness deep in my stomach. My oncologist thought it was responsible for much of my nausea. So about 1/2 way through 8 treatments I started that as well and I felt so much better which in turn helped my eating and drinking. So I guess it was all related after all for me. The prilosec is pricey but SO worth it!

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    What have you all found to help stay hydrated when/if water tastes bad during chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 19 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Unfortunately, we can only say what tasted good to us, individually. You have to go on that adventure of taste-testing yourself. I did sports drinks, and water with lemon. There are also those little tiny bottles of flavors you can add to water too. Be assured your taste returns to normal. ...

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      Unfortunately, we can only say what tasted good to us, individually. You have to go on that adventure of taste-testing yourself. I did sports drinks, and water with lemon. There are also those little tiny bottles of flavors you can add to water too. Be assured your taste returns to normal. It is so weird how chemo affects your sense of taste and smell. After-the-fact, it is funny to hear what tasted good to us. I was addicted to anything green....salads, spinach, I could eat through an entire produce department! Coffee and chocolate were my favorite before chemo..... during..... I couldn't stand the thought of either! Hang in there, it is only temporary but keep up with the fluids. Take care, Sharon

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    • jan bursky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I could only drink lemonade or carbonated flavored water. For 5 months I didn't drink water, coffee or wine. But it sure tasted good when chemo was over.

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  • teresa clark Profile

    I had my first round of chemo 7 days ago and today I have a rash on my hand and chest and my hair feels like its been in a pony tail too long--sore! Is this the beginning of the "fall out?"

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 10 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Get some satin pillowcases. It will be gentle on your sore scalp. Hugs and prayers

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Teresa,

      Good description of your scalp! It does have that very feeling as it is about to start letting loose. It just gets tender and I could only wear one specific hat that was made of the softest baby yarn. I would check with the doctor about your rash. Take care, Sharon

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