Want to say Hi.

Just joined tonight.

 

I’ve researched a few forums over the last few weeks, ever since I was diagnosed, and I keep coming back to this one. I like the vibe here, the sense of camaraderie and support.

 

I have a lot of questions that I’m sure you can answer, and maybe I can help answer some for other newbies like me.

 

It’s nice to have someone to share my journey with, even it it’s a journey none of us ever wanted to take.

 

 

Hi CathC

Welcome to the forums, I hope you will find them to be a great source of help and support.  Whilst you wait for the other user to reply to your post if there is anything you want to talk through do give the BCC helpline a call on 0808 800 6000.  Here you can sahre your concerns with someone who will offer you a listening ear as well as emotional support and practical information.  Lines are open Monday to friday 9 to 5pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.

Best wishes Sam, Facilitator 

Welcome CathC.  You’re right, none of us wanted to take this journey, but it’s a darn sight better to take it in the company of other strong women!  Good luck x

Hi CathC

 

Welcome to the club no one wants to join but this forum is really great support.  I’m so pleased I joined, it’s helped me so much, the support is great! 

 

How far are you on your journey?

 

Jaye x

Hi Cath
Hello hello welcome along. It is a journey none of us wanted to or ever thought we would take.

As soon as I’d spent my first half an hour on here about a week ago I felt tonnes better knowing I wasn’t going crazy for feeling how I did. Very reassuring knowing you are not alone & there are lots of lovely ladies on here who will pull you along & in turn you will do that for others

Rachel xx

Hi CathC

 

Hope you are recovering from your surgery,  I had the same op on 4 March and have now just finished my radiotherapy treatment.

 

The waiting for results is the worst bit and I had to wait 2 weeks after my op.  I was lucky and had clear margins and my nodes were clear too.

 

I wish you all the best and hope you get good results - when do you get your results?

 

Good luck

 

Jaye x

Hi

 

Sorry to hear you don’t have a date for your results yet - most people seem to go back for results after 2 weeks so hope you get your appointment soon as the waiting is awful.

 

I was told I’d probably have 5 weeks rads but when I saw the oncologist he said 3 weeks rads so it can vary along the way.

 

I didn’t start my rads until 10 weeks after my operation - it’s all a waiting game.

 

Hope you are recovering well from your op

 

Jaye x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi CathC

 

Glad to hear you are recovering well.  Yes, i found the armpit was the worst bit and pains down your arm.  Have you been given exercises to do?  I found they helped to get the strength back in my arm.  I didn’t manage to get back to driving until 2 weeks as mine was left side and I couldn’t manage the stiff handbrake.

 

My rads were ok, nothing to worry about!   I finished them about 9 days ago.  I was pretty lucky that I didn’t burn too bad, no blisters like a few have had.   Sailed through really until the last 3 or 4 when the skin started to feel quite sore.  Tiredness didn’t really kick in until I finished and I still have that but it is improving.  It was all very doable and not painful.   When you get to near the rads stage it’s good to join a monthly thread on the forum with others having rads at the same time,

 

All the best

Jaye x

 

 

Hi! I’m new here too. It’s such a good idea to have a place where we can share experiences, encourage and support each other. I’m about to start my radiotherapy after having chemo, targeted therapies and surgery. I was diagnosed in November last year, and found out I had lung secondaries and lymph involvement at the same time. But, I’ve been very fortunate, and have responded really well to all the treatment. I’m now in remission and continuing my maintenance therapy. I’m in a good place at the moment, and I wish I’d found this forum when times were hard.

I had my diagnosis last Thursday and still getting to grips with it. Still have to tell my son and not looking forward to doing that especially as I will have to it over the phone.
My surgery is planned for mid August. Does one have any tips for showering and hair washing?

Hi six weeks ago I had a mastectomy plus reconstruction on the left breast and on monday I have to now have my lymph node all out and glands as my cancer has moved im stage 3 it all seems surreal at the moment  I think when chemotherapy start then it will  hit me I have cancer, did any one else feel this way? My mum had breat cancer but we have not got yhr family one I surpose im just unlucky.

 

Lorraine

Hi six weeks ago I had a mastectomy plus reconstruction on the left breast and on monday I have to now have my lymph node all out and glands as my cancer has moved im stage 3 it all seems surreal at the moment  I think when chemotherapy start then it will  hit me I have cancer, did any one else feel this way? My mum had breat cancer but we have not got yhr family one I surpose im just unlucky.

 

Lorraine

Hi I’m a newbie. I’m 52 and was diagnosed on 19th June following routine screening earlier in the month. Was surely shell shocked and in disbelief as I hadn’t found any lump. Was told I needed left mastectomy and lymph node clearance as cancer was large and had spread. Had my surgery on 1st July, got my results Monday last. The cancer was stage 3 and it has now all gone. However, I still need to have 6 cycles of chemo followed by radiotherapy then hormone therapy for 5 years. Still have days when I feel ‘why me’ but generally seem to be recovering from my surgery well. The physio is hard as I have restricted movement because of a seroma which I have had drained once but I am persevering. See the oncologist next week to see when my chemo starts but have to say quite anxious about it. Not sure how I will cope if/when I lose my hair. It’s going to be a long journey and would value any support from others going through this awful disease.