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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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    what about smoking

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    about 5 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      NO!!!!!!!!!

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  • carol driver Profile

    I'm getting ready to start chemo. Heard how nails could go black and fall off. However do they still grow if they don't fall off? Just curious.

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    over 3 years 11 answers
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    • carol driver Profile
      anonymous
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      Thank you ladies. I'm having 16 treatments. 4 AC and 12 taxol. I'm sure I will see the nails looking different. There's so many changes ahead. We go through all this and then have to wait for everything to go back to normal. I'm scared but I thank you all for giving me hope. Thank you beautiful...

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      Thank you ladies. I'm having 16 treatments. 4 AC and 12 taxol. I'm sure I will see the nails looking different. There's so many changes ahead. We go through all this and then have to wait for everything to go back to normal. I'm scared but I thank you all for giving me hope. Thank you beautiful pink ladies.

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    • lisa Spencer Profile
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A good tip I heard and am currently trying, is to paint nails (hands and feet) with a very dark polish. I'm using navy. it protects your nails from the light, which with the chemo causes the discolouration and ridges. I am on 4th cycle and nails are absolutely fine, no change at all. Worth a...

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      A good tip I heard and am currently trying, is to paint nails (hands and feet) with a very dark polish. I'm using navy. it protects your nails from the light, which with the chemo causes the discolouration and ridges. I am on 4th cycle and nails are absolutely fine, no change at all. Worth a try ladies! X

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

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    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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  • Aleeza Chaudhry Profile

    My mom has about two more months of chemo, five weeks of radiation, and five years of tamoxifen left for her treatment. She keeps asking when her life and body will go back to normal. Any idea of when her body will start recovering after chemo/radiation?

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    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      After chemo an rad it took my body almost 2-1/2 months. I wish I could say sooner but it was almost at the 3 month mark.
      Praying hers is much sooner. Tell her to hang in there. It will get better. For now take advantage and rest.
      God, water, walk in that order and u can survive anything.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things...

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      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things and things she used to do. It will really help.

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