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chemotherapy and school what a combination

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Well, this is how it goes. I have 7 months left of school and I am making all A's and B's. I work part time have 4 kids and a hubby. I started chemo last week and it is kicking my butt. I am always tired and I am a diabetic. It isn't that bad, some of the side effects are just exhausting me, but I am hanging in there. I have a great support system in and out of school. Just wanted to vent. God Bless, Nancy :uhoh3:

God bless you, Nancy.

Aneroo, LPN

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Vent all you need! I don't know the history of what's going on, but you're AMAZING for being able to do all of that! God Bless you! -Andrea

Thank you all for the support. A little history for those interested, I had a colonoscopy and had a tumor removed from my colon, it was a stage II. They suggested chemo 5-FU for a few cycles. At first I wasn't going to do it now but after talking to my nursing instructors they changed my mind. I guess the adjuvant therapy to prevent me from recurrent colon cancer or from liver cancer is a very important follow up. My instructors have been supportive and informative which I really appreciate. The only exception they have made for me is not having a patient in isolation. I have been carrying my own weight and still getting good grades. Thanks all, Nancy :)

manna, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

You are amazing! Best wishes with your continued treatment/education! :)

NewEnglandRN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych. Has 4 years experience.

Many {{{{HUGS}}}} for you Nancy. Please take care of yourself.

((((((((Nancy))))))))) ! You are truly amazing! I will be thinking a lot about you and sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

Hugs!

MaryRose

Imafloat, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Well, this is how it goes. I have 7 months left of school and I am making all A's and B's. I work part time have 4 kids and a hubby. I started chemo last week and it is kicking my butt. I am always tired and I am a diabetic. It isn't that bad, some of the side effects are just exhausting me, but I am hanging in there. I have a great support system in and out of school. Just wanted to vent. God Bless, Nancy :uhoh3:

You go girl!

I could have written your post (besides the chemo and diabetes). I do have an autoimmune disease that is in remission. When it flares I have to take Imuran and Prednisone. I just keep praying it doesn't flare until I graduate.

How much longer on the chemo?

They say up to 4 cycles but I hope it doesn't last that long. Each cycle is 2 months twice a week then 23 days off. Besides the damn diarrhea it isn't too bad so far. It has happened at clinical once, just grabbed a pair of their scrubs and kept working. My classmates think I am crazy, I just tell them I am a former Marine and this is just the mentality that I need to get through all this stuff. It has been a great weight loss plan though, I have no appetite most of the time. Thanks all, Nancy

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Hang in there, you are amazing to to be dealing with all that! I will say a prayer for you tonight. Best of luck and let us know how you are doing.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 13 years experience.

(((((HUGS))))) for you Nancy. Vent here all you want. You're doing an amazing job! Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way. Take care hugs.gif

You're doing fantastic, Nancy. What a wonderful attitude! Hope everything goes well for you. Hang in there :)

Sometimes I ask myself how people with kids really managae to get through nursing school and make good grades. They're amazing. I don't think I could handle so much at one time - but having chemo on top of that?!?! You are a strong one! I want to wish you the best of luck getting through chemo and getting through school. I admire you very much, keep up the positive attitude. Hugs!

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

((((Nancy)))) What a strong, amazing woman you are! I have 4 kids and am a Type 1, and I can't imagine throwing chemo in there as well, and still pulling such wonderful grades. Please take care, and keep us updated on how you're doing. Love, hugs and prayers for you!

LadyMarine,

I went through Chemo last year. Then I lost my job, then I decided to become a nurse. I do not know how you are doing it. Have you thought about going on disability to stop working until you're done with Chemo? Is your husband still in the Marine Corps? If so, there is support to help you with your family through the base.

I don't know what kind of cancer you are dealing with but I wish you the best. I had breast cancer which spread to my lymph nodes. It's been a little over a year and I'm hanging in there. Still tired alot, still recovering but, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please feel free to PM me if you need some support or have questions. I too was a Marine wife, anything I can do to help, let me know.

rn undisclosed name

Specializes in Telemetry, Oncology, Progressive Care. Has 4 years experience.

All I can say is WOW! You are one amazing woman. Don't forget to take extra care of yourself with all you are going through. I know it's hard. Good luck to you!

Kelly

Nance,

You're an inspiration. Keep it up!

wow 4 kids and working partime woud have been enough to floor me! I hope all goes well with your treatment and you continue to accel at school. You are an inspiration. They should have you come back at the beginning of every school year to deliver a motivational speech to incoming SNs.

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