Part 11: CheNO

So I started chemo last Monday. This is how the first night went in form of emoji ???????????Lauren???????? I threw up about 12 times, (kind of lost count) in the space of 2-3 hours. Simon was timing me, each time I got back into bed it would only be about 3-4 mins till I had to go to the bathroom again. And I’ll be honest with you, I bawled my eyes out. It freaking sucks and I felt like I was dying. I finally found a comfy position on the couch and got some sleep around 3 am.

The next day I got onto my FB Brain cancer support groups and asked for advice. Apparently, you are meant to take anti-nausea BEFORE the chemo. Like an hour before. I’ll be having words with my Oncologist next time I see her. Seems like something important to tell people. So that is what I did for the rest of the week, no more spewing (phew!). She also said that I had been through the worst part already (Radiation), she lied.

Some not so good side effects:

Anti-Nausea Medication

This is a cute picture of what you get after lots of anti-nausea meds

Loss of Appetite

Not one bit hungry for anything except for bland dry food. Come at me toast and salty potato chips. Small frequent meals are the way to go. I started to feel hungry, then felt sick because I was hungry, but then couldn’t eat too much. On a positive note, I have lost a tiny bit of weight.

Also, in the way that radiation accumulates, chemo does as well. By the end of the week, I was feeling pretty average every day. Even a week after starting it I woke up and started my day with a spew. Here’s hoping that next month is a bit better.

Jaime Hall
Jaime Hall


Jaime is a designer, writer, and co-founder of messy veggies.

1 Comment
  1. Oh you poor thing Jaime, 35 years ago I remember my mum going thru the same as you. Now its my turn, I start my chemo on 18th July. I will definitely be asking for anti nausea meds before. My daughter sent me you recipes maybe help me thru it all. So thanks for your recipes which I am eager to try.

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