Rachael, Fabulous suggestions! As I have said in a previous post, some friends would call saying what can I do, and sometimes you just don't know what to say!!!! People who just did things for me - oh, how it was appreciated! I have friends who have been diagnosed in the last few years going thru chemo, I have sent meals over. I find with a family, even if you don't want to eat, there are still other people in the house. When you are the person who does most of the cooking and shopping, suddenly no one knows what to do!!!
Food and gift cards were the best gifts, and also I must add flowers! I received many bouquets either delivered by a florist or in person from people, and it being winter, they certainly cheered up my house!
Your suggestions are all wonderful. Thank you for putting the lists together.
Thank you for your kind words ladies. I will feel better once I get thru my mri next month, but feel really happy to hit the 4 years off treatment on the 23rd. I have one more year on Arimidex. Roberta, I love balloons and roses!!! Can I add some sunflowers too? I love them this time of the year!!!!! Enjoy your day and many blessing to all - I love you all and feel like I know you - this place has been a wonderful outlet for me to share and vent - THANK YOU ALL!!!! JennaView Thread
Hi Faith, I remember the hair being soaked with sweat and sweat all the way to my toes. It is so awful! Yes, $6.00/mo is definitely worth it to get relief! I am happy to say usually the hot flashes a night hit mostly the upper body and as I said they are a lot less than they used to be. I was also put into medically inducted menopause which caused a lot of craziness in my poor body!!! I can't believe the out of pocket costs for these drugs. It is so unfair. That's another thing that is so hard, you are afflicted with this life changing illness, and the expenses are horrible! Well, other than this I am doing well. MRI next month. This month I am 4 years out of treatment, which is unreal to me. Bless you and stay well!!!! Love, JennaView Thread
Hi Faith, Glad to hear something actually helps hot flashes! Mine have lessened with time, but I know the Arimidex I take causes them. Don't get them during the day anymore, just occasionally at night. glad for you! Hope it helps you sleep!!! ~ JennaView Thread
I had the tamoxifen until I was post menopausal for 3 years, no periods, then arimidex. Everyone's circumstances are different, and I would check with your oncologist as to why he chose femara for you. I have worse aches with the arimidex than I did with the tamoxifen, but the possible overall side effects are not as bad. Let's face it, we are all putting all this scary stuff in our bodies, but if it will help to keep me going I do what I am told! jennaView Thread
Hi Luke, While sometimes I find it hard to get around or follow some of the posts, overall this is a GREAT place fof info or to just vent out how we feel. Everyone here has been thru some form of BC treatment, so lots of good advice here. I had invasive ductal carcinoma, stage II, chemo to shrink tumor, lumpectomy then 36 rad treatments, so similar to you. Had 18 mos on tamoxifen, now on arimidex. Welcome and best to you ~ JennaView Thread
Boy does this bring back memories!!! I used that biotene toothpaste and mouthwash for months. It was he only thing I could use. I also was on the decatron and prednisone so the mouth sores weren't too horrible. These are the things we can't explain to people who haven't walked in our shoes! What a great post, Rachael. I am sure so many people will find it helpful. JennaView Thread
Hi Sharlyn, My suggestions are similar to Judy's. I found that for a few days after chemo I felt really good, gradually started to tire on about day 5. My treatments were every 2 weeks, so the week of my next infusion I woud start to have more energy, and that's when I got out a bit with friends and got caught up on things at home. I listened when my body said rest, which I did a lot of!!! Its hard to accept help, at least I found it that way in the beginning, but eventually I let others pitch in. You have to concentrate on getting yourself well. I also found a few smaller meals a day were helpful. Home made chicken soup and lots of fluids! Best of luck to you and keep us posted.