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    Well, I've had the 1st round of chemo & kinda sorta okay so far. Fatigue was at the top of list. Wow! Do they understate that! Felt as if someone had pounded on my shoulder tips & knees. Only had 1 day of nausea (3 days out) & that was because I didn't take my anti-nausea pill. Now it's Friday exactly 1 week before 2nd treament & my hair has started to fall out. To be honest I had my hair cut shorter in anticipation of the fallout but I still cried yesterday when I brushed it & there it was - about 2 dozen strands. So take it from someone who can attest to the fact that you CANNOT be prepared enough. I know it's gonna get worse (hairwise & otherwise) but all I can do is stay as positive as I can. My family, including a formerly estranged daughter) is so supportive. I ask you, my quilty friends, for continued prayers . I believe with GOD's support above all I'll come out of this before I know it. Bumps in the road & all.

    My thanks to you folks cos it's with support & encouragement like you give that helps me & all of our friends here with the trauma of loss, surgery or something. I thank GOD for you all.

    Gina

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    My heart aches for you and will be praying for you too. So thankful that the relationship with your daughter is better.
    My sister went through chemo and she had kinda dark blond hair, it grew back after chemo...Black! I'm always taking double takes at her, sure made her look different! Praying too that it won't continue to exhaust you so much.

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      There are going to be bumps in the road along the way and the hair loss is a big one. When my late husband Mike lost his hair from chemo all the men who worked under him shaved their heads in solidarity. We will be praying and remembering you daily. One day at a time....(((HUGS)))
      sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


      Scottie Mom Barb

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        I will be praying for you on this journey. Hope you are getting plenty of rest and so happy your relationship with your daughter has been restored.
        Cindy

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          My gf just went through this and it's now growing back. It's only hair...it will return and be glorious! Hang in there honey!! And if you are out of commission, maybe get someone to keep us posted? take care! (((HUGS)))

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            Keeping you in my prayers Gina. My DIL went through chemo twice. That is what upset her the most was losing her hair. . Her hair came back thicker than before. She said in some ways it is like having a baby. You forget the pain. I hope and pray it will be the me for you. Sending hugs and prayers

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              Gina, what a hard read your post is...so difficult to think that you are having to go through such a hard time. I am blessed in that I have not had to go through anything like that, but have friends and relatives who have. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It's hard to know the right words to say to you, but hope you know that positive thoughts and virtual hugs {{{{{ }}}}} are coming your way. By the way, the female friends and family who did lose their hair tell me when their hair came back in, it was prettier and some even had curly hair. Not a lot of comfort in that right now, but I hope it will be some day.
              A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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                Continued prayers for you, yes, this journey will be hard,
                hold fast to your faith, God wants you to heal.

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                  Many prayers and thoughts sent your way!

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                    Prayers said for you.

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                      Thinking of you during this emotional time and praying for a full recovery.

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                        A friend went through breast cancer twice, lost her hair both times. The first time she kind of hid from the world, she was embarrassed and wore a lot of scarfs. She felt like people were always staring at her. Fast forward 5 years and she had another recurrence (she expected that as there is a LOT of cancer history in her family). This time was different. She was proud, she held her head up high, she decided to be an example to others and not be ashamed or self conscious. She stopped wearing scarfs and hiding, even coming bald headed to work every day (works in the E.R.) She finished her treatments and her hair is growing back. She said the change in attitude made her feel in control instead of so beaten down. She realized she had nothing to be ashamed of. I have never lost my hair but I can imagine it being very emotional and what you are feeling is entirely normal. I am sorry this is happening to you. Glad you have family support there.

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                          Here's hoping things get better for you!

                          Be sure to take those anti nausea pills religiously! MM was lucky in that he never got sick from his chemo, but I sure did. I took the Ondanastron they gave him and that helped a lot. I was being affected by the chemicals seeping out of his skin and could actually smell and taste them! His main complaint was that some foods tasted weird....he could not drink Coke at all and ketchup tasted like maple syrup.

                          He also did not lose much of his hair, but what he did lose has grown back in silver! He is Hispanic and may have had ten of those at the start of this journey.

                          And tiredness, yes.....he had that! Make sure you get lots of rest because you need it to fight this battle!!

                          You've got this!
                          pat.

                          No rain....no rainbows!


                          sigpic

                          If you can't be nice.....BE QUIET!

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                            Prayers sent for you. So glad you have a supportive family.


                            Jeannette

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                              I will sure keep you in my daily prayers.
                              Beth

                              Procrastinate. It frees up time to quilt!

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