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"In November 2013, I started having sharp, quick pains in my right breast. The nurses in my family told me that it was probably because I was drinking too much caffeine; that if it were cancer, it would not hurt. After eliminating as much caffeine as I could, the pains were still present..."
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Help a Pregnant Woman with Cancer
A cancer diagnosis by itself is a frightening and life-changing event. Imagine learning you have cancer when you are pregnant, trying to nurture a tiny life into being. It could be terrifying. But women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant don't have to face it alone.
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In 2011, while pregnant with my fourth child, I found a lump. The aggressive cancer required chemo immediately. I was stunned. Momentarily I forgot I was 6 months pregnant! I was reassured the chemo wouldn't harm the baby. Two weeks later and overwhelmed, I waddled into my 1st chemo session with my husband by my side…
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You have been diagnosed with cancer and one of the first things that pops into your mind is asking, "Do I need chemotherapy?" Chemo is not always needed, but when it is, there may be a few things you need to do. Preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is important.
Make your doctor and dentist appointments: You may need additional check-ups prior to starting chemotherapy. If you need any blood work or other tests, getting those done before chemo would be ideal. Seeing your dentist for a cleaning and any dental work that would be needed is essential. Chemo can be hard on your mouth and you will increase your chance of infection, therefore dental work should not be done while you are undergoing treatments.
Finding transportation: Having someone accompany you to your appointments would be a must-do in my opinion. Oftentimes, you would appreciate having that support person by your side. They can help write notes, ask questions to clarify, or just be there for your personal shoulder to cry on. Other times, it may be best to have someone drive you to and from your chemotherapy injections in case you have any side effects, such as sleepiness.