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  • Forum Post: RE: Radiotherapy and lost eyelashes

    Hello Ladies: I am starting RT on Monday. I had to sign a waiver for the doctor before they would consider doing the RT. The list of possible side effects was not only long but scary as h-ll! Loss of eyebrows and/or lashes was not listed. Thanks for giving me something new to worry about. Sixteen...
  • Blog Post: Olympic sleeping champion

    After months of finding it almost impossible to sleep, I appear to have skipped to the other end of the spectrum and now can barely keep myself awake. Call me The Sleeper - defender of beds, pillows and nap times! If there's a doze to be had, I'm there! I'll conquer unconsciousness, one snuggled...
  • Forum Post: RE: Check in from the new gal.

    Hi Tweeter, My first day of radiation was last Tuesday. It's eerily simple. Here's what I do: First I say my name and birthdate so they can be sure they've got the right patient. Then it's up on the table and I get my legs into the form they made for me. I've decided to wear a...
  • Forum Post: RE: Dry mouth and saliva

    Hi all, If I may take this back to the original topic, I discovered from my consultant that the dry mouth and throat is not just because of the damage to the saliva glands. Apparently, the treatment also damages or destroys the mucous membrane at the back of the throat. Ordinarily, this is what...
  • Blog Post: Three appointments in one day

    That lesser known Crowded House song. Today has been a bit of a long day. I've seen the radiology band (there were 5 of them), the oncologist and the GP. The GP was seen last and honestly I want harm to come to one of us after my most recent chat with him. How does a man who claims to be so...
  • Forum Post: Feeding Tube

    Although my mum is managing to eat soup and milkshakes etc., the doctor has just called to say he wants her to have a feeding tube fitted just as a precaution. I am so scared with this whole thing and each little step is scaring me more and more. Has anybody else had a tube fitted? Can you still have...
  • Forum Post: CT Scan whilst on radiotherapy

    Hello Can anyone give me some advice please? I was diagnosed with breast cancer after mammogram in October last year. It is a rare form called mico-papillary. Initially it was thought I would just need wide margin, lymph node removal (in 14/31 lymph nodes) and radiotherapy but have had to have...
  • Blog Post: Mentally Ready

    I think it's fair to say that with just one day left at work, I'm ready to let go. Mentally I've very little room for any more. I've been carrying cancer, a project, a team of nearly 20 and the various emotional needs of the people around me since I got cancer, for 3 and a half months...
  • Blog Post: One more down

    Two more days at work to go. I'm all out of steam because my head's done in and I'm exhausted but I'm hanging on. I'm on annual leave all next week anyway so aside from Peak District-ing, seeing a couple of friends and a whole heap of hospital appointments/radiotherapy, I'll be...
  • Blog Post: A Funny Turn of Events

    Things have been on the tad random side over the last three months and I suppose it goes to show no matter what hand you're dealt in life, there's always a move to make and always a bright side if you're willing to look for it. Who'd have thought three months ago I'd be looking for...