what no one tells you about food chemo breast cancer

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Don't eat or drink anything you really like during chemo.

"There's a famous restaurant in Kansas City that used to serve a broccoli-cheese soup that I loved. We would always stop for it on the way home from the hospital. But since chemo made me sick to my stomach, even with the anti-nausea drugs, my body started associating the flavor with nausea, and now I can't eat it!"

Cheryl Jernigan 65, Kansas City, Missouri, diagnosed in 1996
modesty what no one tells you chemo breast cancer

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Modesty will be a thing of the past.

"By the time I'd exposed myself to half the state of Massachusetts for breast exams, scans, injections, etc., I wasn't shy about flashing anyone—even interns who looked half my age. I should've had Mardi Gras beads thrown at me! Oh, and one other thing I wasn't expecting: When I shaved my head because I was losing chunks of my hair, the stubble felt like a thousand needles. We got rid of it by using duct tape like waxing strips."

Dawn Reesman,42, Southampton, Massachusetts, diagnosed in 2009
what no one tells you lotion breast cancer chemo

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Lotion will be your best friend.

"I would slather on a good half inch of Aquaphor under my arm, over my breast area, and on my chest and neck immediately when I got home after my radiation treatments. I also rigged up a long-handled bath brush with a washcloth to put it on my back just below my shoulder, since I had burning there, too. Aquaphor is so concentrated, it stained my sheets and mattress cover to the point that I had to wash them every few days, not to mention the T-shirts I wore to bed and around the house during treatment. But it was so worth it. Because I took such good care of my skin, I didn't have the redness or 'tanning' that some people do."

Patty Masure, 65, Northampton, Massachusetts, diagnosed in 2015