My story is a bit unique. I went for a screening mammogram in January and at that time a suspicious 1.3 cm lump was found. A week later more testing including a biopsy were performed. I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a lumpectomy and node involement and margins were clear. I was diagnosed with stage 1 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma, grade 3. At my post op visit said they were sending me to Medical Oncologist to discuss chemo and then radiation would follow. At the appointment, chemo offered as a prrvention and I felt risks outweighed the potential reward so declined. As part of that appointment they sent me for a CT scan. A mass was identified on my ovary and within a few days I had an appointment with the genetics clinic and with the gyne oncologist and three weeks later (after I finished radiation) I had a total hysterectomy. Found out Monday I have stage 1 serous high grade ovarian cancer and I am BRCA 1 positive. So after all that I starting chemo on Monday. I will be having 6 rounds 3 weeks apart of Carboplatin and Taxol. I am looking for advice on what to take with me on day of chemo and then anything that helped you deal with the side effects. Do I need someone with me at home for the days following chemo? I know I am one of the very lucky people who were diagnosed early and strangely am grateful for the breast cancer. So far I have tolerated my surgeries and radiation very well so hoping I will cope with chemo well too.
Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. - Rikki Rogers
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