2nd time round and scared

Last year I was diagnosed with Stage 1 BC no node involvement. Had a lumpectomy followed by 23 rounds of radiotherapy. Now on monthly zoladex injections and letrazole.

Just recently found a lump in my armpit. GP sent me
back to my breast surgeon to get it checked.

Attended this appointment yesterday and he agreed it needed scanning. The doctor who performed the ultrasound thought it looked like scar tissue someas happy with the surgery sites both in my breast and under my arm. On further checking though, she found two nodes that she was not happy with a bit deeper. Core biopsies were done, results next Monday.

Now the wait begins. I feel like my life has been flipped over for the second time.

Rachel xx

Hi Rachel

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Dear Rachel,


Hang in there! Waiting time is the worst! I was diagnosed with Stage 1 IDC (grade 2) in Jan 2016. I had lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and was on Tamoxifen.  Barely over 1 year after my radiation treatment, I found a small grain in my breast. I was not worried at all since I could not believe it can return so soon after the excellent outlook i had following such aggressive treatment for Stage 1. I got it checked out nevertheless. It turned out I had developed two new tumours both very very small but have pathology completely different to the first time.  I then had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and am now on Herceptin and Zoladex.  I am still strong. Running 4 to 5 times a weeks, working full time and enjoying life despite the treatment.


On Monday, I had my one year follow-up scan. I was hoping all would be fine and I will go home, but the doctor said she saw one enlarged lymph node and took a biopsy.  So I am too again sitting on this boat going out of my mind. It is hard to focus but we have to stay strong and beat this monster!


I hope that they will find all is fine for you and I, and all is benign and we can move on!! Remember even if it is the worst, it will still be regional and you can still beat it again! Stay strong!  


It is always difficult to say the right words under this sort of situation! I hope I haven’t said anything that upset you!


big hug! Angela