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Blog posts : "chemotherapy"

Wow, where has my energy gone - I thought it was all over now!

OK, only a very short blog today as I have absolutely zero energy, and I cannot keep my eyes open as well as suffering waves of nausea.

I had hoped to update this a few days ago, but for reasons best known to themselves Jigsy (my Webhost) had problems and I was unable to access my website.

I c…

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Well, that's that then-Chemotherapy complete!

So there we are, I survived my sixteen sessions of GemCis Chemotherapy yesterday.

I now have to wait for a CT Scan and appointment to see my Oncologist to see if 'Boris' has shrunk, or, hopefully shrivelled away completely. I won't have this until the new year and hope to feel at least a little …

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The end is in sight - in reflective mood

So, here I am again. The difference this time is that the end is in sight. No not Brexit, but my Chemotherapy.

It doesn't seem possible that it was July that I first started the Cytotoxic Drugs, being hooked up to the infusions for two out of three weeks with a recovery week every third week, and…

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A quiet but uncomfortable week.

Chemotherapy Cycle 6 Completed - 2 more cycles (4 treatments) to go.

So we have a General Election on December 12th and my last Chemo on December 5th so a chance to get rid of both Boris's in the course of a week!

Last week I had an appointment with a  Gastorenterologist, His name was Thomas b…

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An eventful week - but some good news to end on!

Well, what a week that was, it started off with a Blood Transfusion on Tuesday, followed by the second session of my sixth cycle of Chemo. Apparently I have another two cycles to go and hopefully I shall well and truly given Boris a battering. Then today I had a much feared appointment with my Diabe…

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Have you though about becoming a Blood Donor?

So I had Chemo yesterday and the girls took bloods for grouping and cross matching prior to my transfusion which is booked for next Tuesday. This will be followed by a blood test on Wednesday and another session of Chemotherapy on Thursday. That will complete my Sixth cycle of Chemo out of a total o…

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The end is in sight but a hurdle to cross first!




So today I saw my Oncologist, who (aside from the fact said I should see a Dentist about my wobbly lower front tooth), at last explained how long my Chemo will go on.

Apparently I should finish at the end of November after a total of Eight Cycles of Chemotherapy, with each Cycle…

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So what is it like having Chemo?

So what does having Chemo actually involve?

I thought this time I would explain the procedure I go through at a Chemotherapy Session. My Chemotherapy regime is based on a 21 day cycle. I have treatments on Day 1 and Day 8 and a Day off on Day 15. The day before each session of Chemo I have to…

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Today was a good day..

Today was a good day as is usual the first day post Chemo so I try to get a s much done as possible. I went to both Lidl and Aldi to pick up some of their weekly special bargains, caught up with some long overdue e-mails to family and did a little online retail therapy.

The patients sharing the C…

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How wrong was I?

Oh Dear, I got that very wrong didn't I?

I thought my four months of Chemo were a complete regime, and once I had a scan to assess the results I wouldn't need any more, (at least for a while). 

However, I saw the Oncologist (for all of 2 minutes) today and he had expected me to have had more …

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Still waiting

Warning - mentions of bodily functions and smells, do not proceed if you are easily offended.

Monday 23rd September

Well, its been over two weeks and I am still waiting to hear what the CT scan showed. Hopefully I will find out this Wednesday when I see the Oncologist - fingers crossed it is g…

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Scanned and awaiting result!

So last week Friday 30th August, I had a CT scan which shouldn't have been a traumatic experience but it was. Not the actual scan itself but the hour long wait before, the jug full of water I had to drink to ensure I had a full bladder, and then the additional half hour wait afterwards before they r…

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Day 1 Session 2 - last time was just a tester dose.

So, I found out at my latest outpatient's appointment with the Oncologist that my first days Chemotherapy was a low dose to see how my MS would respond and if I could tolerate it. I wish he had told me that before I started it as I thought it was pretty much an easy ride. 

That said, yesterday I…

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Days 5 - 7 and a Relapse (maybe)

So I have survived it past the initial shock to the system from all the IV fluids, the oral steroids and anti-emetic medications.

Certainly Monday and Tuesday were days where I felt someone had taken my batteries out and left me totally drained, so I even spent Monday in bed to try to recharge fo…

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Days 2, 3 and 4 (dizziness and some minor mishaps)

A couple of good days have been followed by a couple of days with some concerning side effects. I suspect it might be a MS relapse as I have not had any Rebif for over a week. Yet another complaint has been made to Lloyds Pharmacy Homecare Service (LPHS) who has escalated it to their actual complain…

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The journey begins - ironically on Independence Day!

OK so I have reached Day 2 of the 21 day Chemotherapy Regime.

Day 1 Wednesday 4th July

Admitted as a Day Case to the Chemotherapy Department at St Mary's Hospital. First I was weighed to ensure that I wasn't in fluid overload at the end of the session - I needed to weigh no more than 2 kg abov…

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... I shall call it Boris!

This is probably the toughest blog post I have ever had to write, and it has taken a while as I needed to spend some time visiting family and letting them know what's going on.

Some of my Facebook 'Family' have already been following my story to a point and have been very supportive.

As alrea…

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