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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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  • Angela R Profile

    I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I want to help her be as comfy as I can.. was wondering if a tote bag of goodies & comfort items would be helpful? I'm just not sure what might come in handy? any input or idea's are greatly appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the...

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      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the binder. You can put in dividers marked test results, notes from consultations, any paperwork she receives during her appointments. If she goes through chemotherapy, she will get PDR info. Sheets telling about the drugs. She will carry that binder with her to everything. If she is taking prescription drugs or supplements, every office wants a copy of that. She can make extra copies of those, store them in the bi dear to hand out. You can decorate this binder with cute stickers, pink survivor ribbons, positive statements, pictures of grandkids, etc. Make this special, and it will also be a conversation piece at the many offices. If she goes through chemo., she will need scarves or hats if she doesn't wear a wig.....she will start to lose her hair two weeks after she begins chemo. The American Cancer Society has a website for great head coverings. As for a. Basket of stuff, get her some lip balm, hand cream, pajama's that button up the front mints, there are lots of things she may needs when and if she goes to have chemo. Treatments.....like a very soft, warm small blanket. You will get more suggestions from other women here. Be sure and Google what to get someone going through breast cancer treatment. Mom will be ok, it's a tough go but doable. You are very sweet to think about Moms comfort. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't...

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      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't take it personally if all she says is 'I'm fine, I don't need you to do anything'. It's usually better just to do for her. Bring them dinner, or take them out to eat. Clean the house. Just be normal. Laugh and joke. Keep us updated on how she is doing. We are all here for you both. Prayers to you.

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  • june pickering Profile

    Hello stop chemo 5 week ago when dose your hair start to grow back.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      First you get a white fuzz, it's horrible, then the 'real' hair comes in. Should be any time now. Prayers to you.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It was about 3 months before my hair was back but it was very very short. I stopped wearing my wig though. I couldn't wait to get rid of it.

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  • Marie Durham Profile

    two weeks since surgery and feeling ok . Got drain plugs out and some staples . Go back Monday to remove rest of staples then see chemo dr on the 29th. What should I expect now after more chemo treatments ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      maybe some radiation and if you are estrogen positive 5 years of hormone blockers. It sound like you are over the hard part.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I just got my drains out yesterday. Doesn't it feel great to have them out ! I start chemo on May 29, unless I end up having a low onco score

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  • blair greiner Profile

    I've gained 23 lbs since I started chemo. Last one is tomorrow. How hard is it to get the weight off?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I put on 30lbs. Steriods accounted for about 15. The other are still hanging around. It doesn't help I was 15 to 20 over before I started chemo. More than a little stress eating from the time I was diagnosed got through sugery and got to chemo more than 1 bottle of wine and bag of potato chips...

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      I put on 30lbs. Steriods accounted for about 15. The other are still hanging around. It doesn't help I was 15 to 20 over before I started chemo. More than a little stress eating from the time I was diagnosed got through sugery and got to chemo more than 1 bottle of wine and bag of potato chips were consumed.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      It took me awhile, maybe 6 months . I'm little n don't eat much to begin with, getting back to exercise was the key

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