Nicola's Chemo Diary
What is involved in chemotherapy? What does it feel like during the treatment, and what effects are there after?
After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Nicola bravely decided to share her experiences in a video diary so that others who are about to go through the same treatment can see exactly what is involved and what it feels like, both physically and emotionally.
Chemotherapy is a very unique experience and everyone can react differently even those on the same regime. This is Nicola's personal experience. If you are having chemotherapy for lung cancer, are about to start treatment or are considering chemotherapy as a treatment option, please remember that everyone is different and Nicola's experience may not be the same as yours.
Vlog one: Introducing Nicola
In the first in her series of chemotherapy videos, we meet Nicola on the eve of her first treatment...
Vlog two: Before, during and after
In her second video diary entry, Nicola and her partner Julian, explain how they feel and what happens in the 24 hours before, during and after her first round of treatment....
Vlog three: Post Round-One Side effects
In an up and down week, Nicola tells us about the daily medication she has to take, tiredness as well as recommended drinks!
Vlog four: Round 2
Round 2. It's time for Nicola to have her second round of chemotherapy, and she explains a bit more about the process and how she feels after the treatment. Her advice? Don't feel bad if you want to spend the day in bed afterwards!
Vlog five: Side Effects
In her 5th Vlog, Nicola tells us about all of the side effects she's experienced since starting her chemotherapy, ranging from tinnitus to metallic tastes and tiredness.
Vlog six: Complementary Therapies
Nicola this time outlines how she's benefited by supplementing her treatment with complementary therapies
Vlog seven: Round 3
After her third round of chemo, Nicola starts to feel the accumulative effects of the treatment. After a tough time she developed some surprising side effects, such as craving cold foods like ice cream!
Vlog eight: Treatment Choices
In an emotional post, Nicola explains about the treatment choices she had available, and how to best to come to a decision about what treatments to undertake.
Vlog nine: Ask Questions
Don't be afraid to ask questions. This is the advice from Nicola in her latest chemo video diary. Be clear in your mind about your treatment because, as she states, it's all about you.