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The Unpleasant Chemo Side Effect That Nobody Talks About: The Big D

If you’ve had chemotherapy or know someone who has, you know that it has some rather unpleasant side effects. Your hair may fall out, and you could lose or gain weight. You might experience changes in your skin and nails. You may lose your appetite or spend way too much time tossing your cookies after you eat them. Most patients experience extreme fatigue and a weakened immune system, making them vulnerable to illness.

These side effects are, for the most part, well known and accepted. But there are others that aren’t so widely talked about. And one of those is the big D, also known as diarrhea.

Yep, we said it. Now put on your big-kid pants and be an adult about it, because this is important. Nobody deserves to be criticized or laughed at for having diarrhea. It’s not anyone’s fault, and no one should have to be ashamed or embarrassed of it.

Those who know someone going through chemotherapy, as well as those who will soon be going through chemotherapy themselves, deserve to know that diarrhea is one of the potential symptoms.

In the video below, one brave woman shares what it’s like to have to deal with diarrhea after chemotherapy and asks her viewers to have some compassion for those who experience this miserable side effect. Hear more about her experience below.

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?