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Chemo is no fun, but there are some things you can do to prepare yourself. Sometimes the info sessions are done in class for, to speak to people together even though they are getting different types of chemo. Be sure to ask for specific information regarding your particular meds/regimine. Find out about the most common (and even slightly common) side effects and what you should do if you experience them. Ask what kinds of things to have on hand before the treatments start. Ask specific questions about when you should call the doc (for example a fever over 100.8) and who and what numbers you should call. If they don't cover it (they probably will), ask about changes in your lifestyle you should make (such as eating out, buffets, exposure to illness, handwashing...). Take notes, and if possible, bring someone who is likely to remember. Also, tell someone about this website, I know the first night of chemo I was miserable and I got on this website and asked a question and very quickly someone responded and gave me a recommendation that helped amazingly.
Oh yes, and BREATHE! Chemo is no fun but you will get through it. I had 6 treatments from 1/26/12 through 4/26/12 (3 FEC/3 Taxotere). Often we are most concerned about the hair loss but despite having long hair my entire life, I found this to be relatively easy to deal with once it was gone. A sense of humor will get you far.
HUGS to you as you take this next step, please check in with us often.
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