Support is important

My friend, she calls herself twenty/twenty because she had twenty lymph nodes and all twenty had a cancer cell. And we call each other every day. We compare the notes. "How do you feel, how was your chemo?" And we say, "Oh, my fingernails are turning black. How about your fingernails?" "Oh, yeah, mine, too." I think the female support is very important. You both have the same feeling, went through the same experience. But my husband was very supportive, and he was doing a lot of reading, asking a lot of questions. He knows more than I do now about the drug I was taking for chemotherapy and about how to recover, what to eat, what not to eat. He won't let me have any ice cream.

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