(I just got cancer) Chemotherapy and side-effects
I want to talk about chemotherapy and side-effects. When chemotherapy is given, the main standard these days is to give “pre-drugs” . These include a steroid, an anti-nausea medication and an anti-histamine type medication. Now, you would hope that you would not get side-effects from these, but you do. I have been having the absolute worst case of the crying jags and/or being a ranging “bitch”. I am not kidding. The steroids make me so flippant. It drives my family crazy when I get like this. The worst part is I do not realize I am doing this until they can’t stand it anymore and tell me. I have talked with other chemotherapy patients and some of them have shared some similar experiences.
Another common one from steroids is not being able to sleep. It can make you feel so wide-awake that even though you know you need to sleep, you just can’t. Some other patients say they feel so amazing and energetic that love it. I get hot flashes like I am getting right now. I had my chemotherapy dose 2 days ago and I can still feel the steroids.
I am grateful that they give these medication prior to chemotherapy now. My husband and mother passed away of cancer 19 years ago and at that time, they did not do the same “pre-medications. They had a very difficult time tolerating chemotherapy without them and they did not do well when their chemotherapy doses got strong.
The three different medication really do help me and others. I feel lucky as the anti-nausea medications have been quite successful for me. I have only had one time at chemotherapy that I got nauseated when my dose finished. The anti-histamines help us not get an allergic reaction to the chemotherapy medications. Medicine has come so far. Maybe one day all cancer will be cured. I love to think of a line from Star Trek when they say how archaic our treatments are. I love the little device Bones would use to slide over an injured person and everyone was healed so easily.
Life throws us so may curves. We just have to be strong and be grateful for everything in life. As I have said before, life is a gift.
I want to also send love to all affected by hurricane Sandy. New York, New Jersey and all the East you are amazing souls who are so strong. God Bless you and all your loved ones.
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