Hepatitis C Community
13.4k Members
1253246 tn?1332073310

Starting chemo

On Monday I will be starting my chemo tx's.I am scared to say the least but will be thinking of you all and will let you all know how it goes.I have found a pretty good support group that I can rely on for the answers I need for now.My hope amd faith WILL get me through this.Everyone says Im a strong person-we will see....hugs    cindy
33 Responses
Avatar universal
Best to you blue eyes, give it hell girl.
Avatar universal
Holdin your hand Cin...good luck friend and give it hell....
1674874 tn?1332717674
I'm wishing you the best...you may not have any sides but if you do, take them as they come. With the help of your Dr and this site you will get the best answers and most support possible. I am now 15 weeks post tx and looking forward to SVR... You can do it....It feels great....Fred
1669790 tn?1333662595
Be strong Cindy.  Your in our thoughts and prayers.  Let us know how things are going.  Best to you.
1930700 tn?1327064904
I'm wishing you love and peace and everything good in this world. You will be in all our thoughts.
Avatar universal
Cindy, you're an inspiration.  From your first post after your dx to now, you've done a 180.  From "goodbye" to "I'm going to fight this thing"    As Will said, we're holding your hand from afar.  You can do this...
1815939 tn?1377991799
I am wishing you the very best, Cindy, and will keep you in my thoughts.
1491755 tn?1333201362
Wishing the BEST for you!!!
Avatar universal
Best wishes with your chemo.  Both of my friends with lung cancer are having wonderful results with their treatments, and I pray the same for you.
1148619 tn?1332010984
Thinking of you and the best to you.   I will keep you in my prayers.

1840891 tn?1431547793
Thanks for keeping us updated - we really do care! Everyone here will be wishing you the least SX and the best results.
317787 tn?1473358451
Hey there, my thoughts and prayers are with you, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.  We are here for you
Hope and a prayer (Eureka)
1746242 tn?1318209702
I will be holding your hand also. This to will pass. One step at a time.
Avatar universal
We are here for you.  Just keep moving towards that goal.  My prayers are with you.
1494170 tn?1361750860
Ditto everyone's response above.
Thinking of you all the time and wishing you the VERY BEST
1652596 tn?1342011626
cindy, i wish you the best with chemo.  i will send you prayers and good vibes.  good luck, belle
1995824 tn?1330379049
You will have a circle of friends and support around you at all times through your next treatments. Your very own cadre of angels!  Be strong and fight hard!
446474 tn?1446347682
Hang in there. Remember it will be all now to you so that will be the scary part. Remember with cancer we need to treat ASAP to start fighting back and stop it from running wild. The other good thing is that they caught the cancer early. That is a big advantage.

I guess you will be doing cycles of chemo. Chemo from 1-3 days then 3 weeks off for your body to recover. Remember you should report any side effects you notice while getting chemotherapy to your medical team so that they can be treated promptly. This is very important because a side effect from the chemo drug can cause peripheral neuropathy (pain, burning or tingling sensations, sensitivity to cold or heat, or weakness). Also let your doctor know if you need more or better anti-nausea or pain meds. Don't suffer needlessly when you don't have to. The cancer (SCLC) and the chemo is plenty to deal with. You don't need any more on your plate. Doing chemo isn't for the weak but don't be afraid of speaking up for yourself.

There is no doubt about it. Chemo sux, big time. Unfortunately in order to kill the cancer they have to use big guns to get the cancer. The effect on the rest of the body isn't too king either. But "Keep you eyes on the prize". Take it one step at a time, on day at a time and you can do this. When we have to fight cancer to stay alive it is amazing the resources that we can bring to the task. You will see you are tougher than you ever thought.

Good luck to you.
Get all the support you need. It is time for you accept all the help you can.
Be well.

Avatar universal
Dont read too much about symptoms, just be "balls to the wall,"Gurl! Please keep a journal on daily stuff of good and bad days. I so wished I did. Wud b cool to flip back on last April when I was only half way, on the 48wk plan. If u r taking Incevek, be warned of horrible painful hemmoroids. Drs dont say much and some peeps dont want to talk abt the personal stuff. Hey, if u havnt gone thru menepause, it will definitely b triggered. Oh and I did my first shot a few days before thanksgiving and the effects hammered me 2-3 weeks later. Everybody may have different severity of symptoms and some here can give advice on things that work for certain ailments. Have an opened mind and dont believe every word you read. Just keep your personal diary and rate your particular symltoms thru 1-10 on severity. Your mind will get forgetful, then when u go to dr, u may not remember how u felt the day prior. Just a few jots on paper each day, no matter how bad u may or may not get. I cud not write, think, focus or read on tx, but wished I cudve documented every sx. We r helping others by doing that. By the way, eat real meals when u take your pills or u may end up with stomach probs, like myself, from not eating real food with meds. Crackers, toast and water was what I ate w meds cuz of nausea but possible ulcer now from meds eating away at stmach lining.
would love to email thru yahoo if u like
223152 tn?1346978371
And so it begins. I am glad you were able to find a local support group.  That will be important.  Take care of yourself and the best of luck to you.  You can beat this.
Avatar universal
You ARE a strong person and smart enough to locate a support group as well. Strength in shared experience, understanding and knowledge.  I'm glad you found a good one.  Take it a step at a time and you will get through this.  Wish you everything you require and hoping the best for you.

Avatar universal
Cindy wishing you all the best and keep in touch!

190885 tn?1333025891
good luck cindy....we will be thinking of you.....billy
Avatar universal
All my very best to you !
Have an Answer?
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473358451
683231 tn?1467323017
Auburn, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Popular Resources
For people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging.
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child
This article will tell you more about strength training at home, giving you some options that require little to no equipment.
In You Can Prevent a Stroke, Dr. Joshua Yamamoto and Dr. Kristin Thomas help us understand what we can do to prevent a stroke.