It has been 6 months since I started my chemotherapy treatment (which is so unreal) and I wanted to blog about what I wish I would have known before starting chemo.
1. Side effects are very real (and they suck)
You won’t have energy but you will still be determined to do the things you used to. You will feel nauseous the majority of the time and the fatigue you will experience will be unlike anything you have ever felt before.
2. Chemo Brain is real (and it sucks, too)
Your body changes first and then your mind will. It will make you angry that chemo is changing your mind and you will notice it in the smallest ways.
3. Your doctors and nurses will become a source of comfort
You will feel safe with them and you will trust them, which is such a good thing. Trust that they know what they are doing, because they do, and they want what is best for you. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
4. Create a plan for your hair
Try to prepare yourself for hair loss. I created a plan for my hair shortly after starting chemo and it makes me feel better that I have a plan in the back of my head and I know what step I’m going to take next if my hair loss gets worse. Before starting chemo, whenever the hair topic would come up, everyone just said: “It’s just hair, it will grow back.” But no one told me how important it was to have a plan for my hair.
5. Be kind to yourself and be patient with yourself
Be gentle with yourself. Be patient with yourself. It is hard and you will be angry sometimes but being bitter and angry will not help you recover. In fact, being bitter and angry takes much more energy and it’s energy that you don’t have.
You will fight like hell. Everyday.