From what I can tell, it’s pretty much a given on my form of chemo, AC chemotherapy, that you’ll lose your hair. I had round 3 on Monday and so far, so good :) x x, Oh Mim, I don’t really know what to say. I start Googling hair growth after chemo. Every day is an endless cycle of blowing my nose, washing my hands, coughing, washing my hands, going to the toilet, washing my hands and so on. I had to have 4 dose-dense treatments of AC. All you can do is take one day at a time They told me the second round of chemo is smoother and for me it is. We go to the hair salon to get my head shaved. I believe that knowledge is power and although you don’t want to scare future patients, knowing what to expect for me, would be helpful. It’s hard to see past the treatment while you’re going through it but thank you for supporting your friend x. Hi Mim, Found your Blog while looking for info on side effects for 2nd treatment of Chemo, was a bit scary to say the least, but you came through at the other end so I suppose I will too. Oh yeah and the hair has been falling out for the last 3 days, feel a bit like Donald Trump at the moment, but am trying to get in touch with my hairdresser for the “Shave”. The worst of the treatments is the day after. It gets in the way when I lift stuff, sleep, swing my golf club and finally the seat belt. I would either get the shot Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, didn’t feel decent until Monday. Thank you so so much and also thank you for everything you’re doing to understand and support your friend. Thank you again for your words. People who are positive. I feel like a ghost in my own home, detached from everything. I am glad you have written this. I had my 3rd round this Monday and I already feel so much stronger in dealing with it – hoping that continues! But still not fun. I hope you have more light than dark days and don’t forget there are so many of us on twitter to give you some words of encouragement when those dark clouds just won’t piss off! Kym and I were moved by your account and admire your courage. Enjoy these next days with your family in the sunshine, and the biggest of well wishes for the next lot of treatment. I’m sorry you went through that. I've had no pain from the Neulasta. It’s a very hard thing to go through but you will definitely come out the others side :) wishing you the very best for the rest of your treatment x. I only found your blog last week and I really wish I had found it sooner. Thank you so much Debs – it’s definitely feeling a little easier this round in lots of ways x, It’s not bloody fair, mate. I agree with eating ice or something cold before, during, and after the red devil infusion. That it would be easier. It will work. On Day 4 my body starts aching and my neck is stiff, making sleep uncomfortable. How long do the after effects of chemo last? ! x, I don’t know how you manage to write such beautiful words about something so truly harrowing. Lots of love to you and your friend – it can be such a hard time. On week 3 try and get as much fresh air as you can as I think this really helps. I’m angry that my cancer is triple negative – that it’s aggressive and fast-growing. So far worst has been the dry mouth like you have eaten a handful of flour, but that has now passed. I wouldn’t recommend Googling “red devil chemo what to expect”. My immune system has plummeted and I’m so at risk of infection that I can’t go out. One is a type of immunotherapy and the last is a steroid, which has shown to have anticancer effects. Love you lady – thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, Oh thank you beautiful! Whitlock would try to eat, but it would come right back up. Thank you so much Laura for your lovely words :) You’re so right about no pain, no gain – it will totally be worth it! Your increadable not only for being able to face that, but for being able to put it into words that tell us the honest truth of chemo without making it sound like a horror story or a pity party. If you don’t mind I really want to ask you a few questions about your experience with taxol and the rest of the treatment after red devil. I was just a kid when my mom was going through chemotherapy and couldn’t fully grasp how much of a toll it took on her physically, mentally, and emotionally. I feel your anger, but also your pain at going through this bloody awful thing. On Day 2, my husband administers the Neulasta injection in my tummy. I feel better though and I hope I feel this way for the next 6 days. I just finished my 4 treatments with the “red devil” and I’ve moved on to weekly Taxol. Names in the description of the chemo. My scar and the piece missing from my body doesn’t look minor to me. I had decided to do the cold cap chemotherapy option again and despite it being unpleasant, it wasn’t as bad as I remembered. Some say the first and second are the worst. It’s dark and ugly and unfair but you are standing tall and doing everything you can to get through the other side. Thank you for enlightening us with your experience. I stand outside and feel the sun on my face and shoulders and it makes me happy. Email me if you ever want a chat – I hope your treatment is going really well :) x. Hi Mim, from friends I have heard how lousy chemo can make you feel and to think that anyone has to go through that in order to get well again makes me shudder, but I have no doubt that it’s better than the alternative. I am about to make my partner read it as he will be blown away that the struggle is not unique to me. It’s so so easy to fall into negativity with this and even to depression, so easy. My first treatment took five and a half hours. I won’t pretend I can even imagine what this is like for you, but you are amazing. I know that I will get through it and after a few days I’ll start to feel like myself again. They also had to reduce the strength on both the taxol and red devil due to the side effects. This time in her stomach. As they say ‘no pain no gain’! I’ve decided to share my experience fully but I caveat it with this: this is my experience and these are my symptoms. Thanks gain for sharing. And yes, I found taxol much easier than red devil. Your words are courageous and inspiring – I can see them helping so many people about to start their battle or who are already on that ‘journey’. Thank you for sharing! I wouldn't be prepared. Reading this really upset and touched me, it is like you were me, you wrote everything I felt and I only wish I could have put it into words as honest and eloquent as you did, maybe then the people around me would have had better understanding of how awful AC really is. 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