I had my last chemo on the 21st August and I’ve had really bad pains in my thumbs, shoulders, knees and hips. I mentioned it to my oncologist and she thinks it’s temporary and could be to do with the zoladex or it could be just another chemo side effect - joy! My hips have been so bad that I’m waking up during the night with pain.
Hoping it goes soon! My surgery is the 3rd October, I’m gutted I have to wait so long!
I had joint pain when i was on the Zarzio injections (the ones for your WBC) but they only lasted up to a couple of days after my last one. Best of luck for the surgery, i had mine almost 2 week ago and its not as bad as i thought. My arm just feels a little sore under the armpit and some numbness at the back of arm.
i had my last chemo on 28 August. I’m having my surgery on 25 September. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve developed joint pain in my hands & knees. My knees kill me when I get up from sitting. I’m quite an active person but these symptoms are new to me & I wonder if they are chemo related? Any one else suffered with similar?
Hello everyone. I haven't posted for months but I have read all of your posts and have been amazed at how you have all coped.
I just thought I'd write because after chemo which was awful and stopped early due to neuropathy and liver damage I thought I'd write about something that has gone well
On Friday 13th I had a left breast mastectomy but after a lymphnode biopsy they found that my previously positive nodes had become negative so I did not need the expected ANC which I am grateful for
The recovery from surgery has been far easier than I expected as I was very nervous about it. But its true that it's much easier than chemo
I will be going home tomorrow or Tuesday feeling like I've made good progress
Radiotherapy to follow.
Thank you all for your delightful posts which have kept me going
Link to the final Daily Mail article today for those that are interested. It's all about guilty pleasures 🙂 Cheers! A few healthy recipes too:
Kelly - many thanks for the info on stretches and physio. I think I'm doing the same stretching exercises as you so I'll just keep at it. I saw my consultant this morning and she agreed that I should have physio. She could clearly see the cording from my armpit to wrist. I walked along to the physio department in the hospital and completed a self referral form. I asked how long the wait would be; 10 weeks for non urgent and 4 weeks for urgent. I explained to the Receptionist that I was due to start radiotherapy in the next couple of weeks and struggling to get my arm into the correct position due to cording. Fingers crossed I will be able to see someone soon or I'll be chasing! I have an Oncologist appointment next Friday (20th) and really hoping it won't be too long after then until I can start radiotherapy. I'm desperate to book a holiday somewhere warm for when I complete treatment but obviously can't book anything until I know when I'll finish radiotherapy.
Glorious sunny day and looking good for tomorrow too. Enjoy the sunshine ladies xx
Most of the exercises have been various stretches, ranging from reaching up a wall whilst standing, and above my head whilst lying down. I would definitely get referred to a physio as only they can ‘snap’ it. I’m not going to lie, it does hurt but it’s done gradually. Even my surgeon had a go at snapping it, on a follow up appointment after my op. It was after that, that I got referred for physio. She massages the cording but in a way that gradually snaps it or just loosens it a bit. She did say it may never go completely but it does look much better now. When she massages it, it can feel like a Chinese burn (if you ever did that as a kid)
I hope you get it sorted as it won’t go of it’s own accord x
Thanks Kelly. I'd be really interesting to hear about exercises recommended by your physio for cording. I asked about physio but was told that cording normally gets better within a few weeks. If it continues I was told to self refer for physio on the NHS. Yours seems to be taking quite a while to get sorted. Was it painful when the physio snapped the cords? It certainly sounds it but I'm not sure what is involved? You are right, it looks really strange. I can literally see the cording down my arm which makes it look quite disfigured when I put my arm above my head. The veins are really hard and tight in my armpit and inside my elbow at the moment although it looks most disfigured on my lower arm.
so sorry to hear that chemo didn’t get rid of all the c cells and that you ended up having further surgery. Fingers crossed surgery has got rid of the stragglers and if not, Radiotherapy sure will 👍
I developed cording after my mastectomy, even though I was doing my exercises. I still have physio now to address this(op was in Feb). It’s much better than it was and my physio was able to ‘snap’ some. It’s still visible but nowhere near as bad. It’s more of a cosmetic thing for me now. I have full movement but don’t like how it looks. Guess I just want to look like I did before my op.
anyway, good luck with your Radiotherapy and Thankyou for the links regarding daily mail x
Link to day 4 of the Daily Mail article in case anyone is interested. I have never heard of purple sweet potatoes and I've not used oyster sauce before but it may be good to try in a stir fry? Also sounds like a good excuse to eat dark chocolate every day 🙂
Debi - sounds like you are doing brilliantly after surgery to have most of your movement back in your arm 🙂 Keep up with the exercises. I was really surprised after my first surgery to have nearly full movement in my arm a couple of weeks after surgery. Just a pain that I have the cording this time after the second surgery. I keep reaching my arms up to the top of the door frames in our house and holding the stretch for around 30 seconds just to try and release it.
Fingers crossed, you may have a complete pathalogical response from the chemo when you get your results next week with your consultant. I understand that scar tissue left from chemo can also look like cancer? Hopefully your pathology results will show that chemo completely killed off all the cancer cells. If not and you need second surgery, you will be absolutely fine. I had 2 x general anaesthetics just 3 weeks apart and recovered really well from both. Let us know xx
I keep asking myself if I could have done anything differently during chemo to get a better response. I know my diet was really healthy, I exercised every day, slept well and kept a positive mindset throughout. I just feel gutted to have been through such a brutal treatment plan and it was not the result I was hoping for. I know it's not helpful to look backwards but sometimes it's really difficult not to on this roller coaster journey. I think I just need to get going on radiotherapy now so I feel more reassured that any rogue cells left behind are being sorted.
Onwards and upwards as they say xx
Reading your post you made the right decision to opt for a second surgery. I too only had partial response to chemo - although it was a good response it didn't get rid of the lumps (breast and lymph node) completely. I will certainly be opting for second surgery if suggested.
My recovery from surgery on 4th Sept as been quite good, i am doing the arm exercises 3x daily which are helping loads and i seem to have most of the full movement back. My arm is numb from under my arm at the back down to half way towards my elbow which i can put up with. I had to have my drain taken out on day 4 because it had a blockage in it and started leaking at the wound end, but the district nurses come out every 3 days to check the dressing and any swelling.
I have booked myself in for the Look Good Feel Better and my aromatherapy and nutrition sessions all in October so thats to look forward to.
I am going to have a read of the Daily Mail articles, thanks for the info Bramley.
I will update you all when i get my results next week.
Stay strong we've all got this.
I've seen the Daily Mail are running a series of articles every day this week written by Harvard Scientist, Dr William Li. He has spent his career researching how certain foods can help to prevent and manage disease including cancer. It's been quite interesting to read and I've picked up a few tips. Not sure how practical some of it is though! If you are interested here are the links for the first 3 days (hope links work!):
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Day 3 -
Kelly - very good news that you are back on chemo after the issues with your heart. Hopefully the rest of your weekly Paclitaxel sessions will go without issues and your neutrophils behave well and keep above the minimum required.
Debi - glad you are recovering well from your surgery. Fingers crossed your results will be positive and you can move onto radiotherapy.
I had a bit of a set back with my results after surgery. The mammogram and ultrasound before surgery suggested that chemo was really successful and the tumour in my breast was no longer visible. However during surgery a tumour of 1.6cm was removed and found to have active cancer cells i.e. the chemo did not achieve a complete pathalogical response. The consultant was happy everything was out of my breast as there were good clear margins. I also had 5 lymph nodes removed during the same operation; I already knew one was positive for cancer from initial biopsy at diagnosis. I was very relieved to hear that the other 4 nodes were clear. However, there were a few cancer cells in the fatty tissue surrounding the one positive lymph node (on the outside of the one lymph node). I was given the choice to go onto radiotherapy which would kill any remaining cancer cells under my arm or have further surgery to take more tissue away and also remove the rest of the lymph nodes as a preventative measure. I opted for surgery and had the second operation for a full ANC clearance 3 weeks after the first surgery. They took out 20 lymph nodes and found a further 2 with cancer cells so 3 out of 20 were affected (all on the lower level). I now feel it was definitely the right decision to have second surgery as I would never have known that a further 2 lymph nodes were affected. I have to say it has been more painful to have all the lymph nodes out rather than just a few in the first surgery. I have developed cording down my arm from my armpit to my wrist so trying to stretch it out lots every day and massaging the very hard veins. It's definitely starting to improve but very slowly. I've been on quite a emotional roller coaster journey over the last 7 weeks since finishing chemo. I'm gutted that chemo didn't kill all the cancer cells in either the tumour or lymph nodes. I had full dose chemo for all 6 rounds of FECT without any delays. I'm not sure how common it is for chemo not to achieve a complete response or whether I have just been unlucky? I am very relieved and grateful that all the cancer has been removed and hopefully radiotherapy will kill any stray cells. Just can't wait to start and get through radiotherapy now. I've already started taking Anastrazole hormone tablets. Knees are a bit achey but it could be because I've started running again post surgery. Hopefully they will settle soon.
Hope everyone is doing well. I think most of us have probably moved onto radiotherapy now? x
update from me. Well after a few months break from chemo, due to heart probs, I’m now finally back in it.
I’m on weekly Paclitaxel and have had 4 so far. I have to say that up to now, I’ve not really had any side effects. Few aches, tired n picked up a cold that I can’t seem to shift. Neutrophils are 1.6 so on the low side, but obvs still ok to have chemo.
Lizandsaeah- who runs the ‘moving forward course’. I may look at this when I’m closer to finishing. Got 8 more chemo then 3 weeks or Radiotherapy left yet....but I’m counting down.
Deb- glad to hear your op went well. Fingers crossed all ok and you can crack on with your Radiotherapy x
Happy to know your surgery went well. Make sure you get plenty of rest🛋🛌🏾 and keep going with the arm excercises🏋️♀️💪. Fingers crossed🤞 you'll have good news when you go for your results and are soon able to start radiotherapy.
Take care, Susie B ❤❤
Thank you everyone for the reassurance and wishes. After all the worrying and being anxious it was all fine.
Well its 3rd day after surgery and i don't feel too bad. A little sore and tired ( i usually sleep on my left where i have had the surgery!). i have a drain in which will be taken out on Monday by the district nurse. My results should be back on 20th Sept when i have an appointment with the consultant 🙏. I am doing my arm exercises three times a day and it does feel more moveable after them. If my results come back ok next step will be radiotherapy.
I hope everyone is doing well, is everyone staying on this forum or moving over to the radiotherapy one?
Wishing you a speedy recovery after surgery tomorrow.
I had node clearance in January and you have to look carefully to find the scar now!
3 more rads sessions to go now, then it's time to plan my return to work in November.
Anyone else doing the Moving Forward course? I'm starting one next week so I hope it'll help me to be realistic as I try to return to a more normal life as I know I'll need to pace myself, which I've never been good at!
I had ANC and WLE back in June after chemo. I was absolutely dreading it😰😰😩😩 despite everybody in my Feb 19 group assuring me that surgery was easier than chemo. (I was taking anti-anxiety meds in the 3 weeks prior to surgery💊💊💊). And do you know what? They were right🤗🤗😊. I spent my time prior to surgery chatting to the girls on here and playing games on my tablet. Admittedly I did have a bit of a wobble when I was taken for my surgery. Then it just got surreal. As in a comic book sequence one second I was having a cannula put in, followed by anti-sickness meds, pain relief, relaxant by one aneathatist whilst the other was putting probes and a blood pressure monitor on me. I have no idea when the aneasethic was administered. Next picture I'm in the recovery room with a nurse telling me that it was all over, I had a small oxygen mask on, that she would check my BP and other signs. When she was happy I was recovering well she arranged for me to go back to the ward to continue my recovery. I wasn't in any pain. I was a day patient and didn't have a drain. My surgeon thinks they are unnecessary but they all seem to have their own preferences. My wounds were also stitched and glued so no dressings. After the three Ts, tea🍵, toast🍞 and tiddle🚾 I was discharged along with a 'what to do after surgery' leaflet and a list of arm stretching excercises to start the next day.
Good luck for tomorrow. You're a strong girl💪💪💪💪and you can and you will get through this.💕💕💕
Susie B xxx
Good luck Debi. Thinking of you. I’ll be having the same but on 25 September but I will come home the same day. Thinking of you. We’ve done the worst part. X
Good luck for surgery tomorrow Debi. 💗
i had mine 2 weeks ago and it went absolutely to plan thankfully. I’ve had a good recovery and I’m just waiting now to start radiotherapy...the last hurdle!
I hope you are all doing well.
Ive just signed up to do a charity skydive for Beatson cancer charity with my friend on the 12th october! Just hoping I’m fit enough for it after radio. Raised over £835 already so will feel very guilty if I can’t do it!
Debi - just wanted to wish you well for your surgery tomorrow. I'm sure you are feeling apprehensive but it will all be over before you know it. Hope it all goes well. xx
I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather! I am boiling what with the hot sweats and the weather. My surgery date is 4th Sept and i am very nervous. I am having wire guided wide local excision and auxiliary clearance. I will have a drain in for 5 days and stay in hospital overnight. Can't wait for this part to be over.
Stay strong lovely ladies 💪
😁post ops, no heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks, so no hoovering or carrying heavy shopping 😁 you will be amazed how quick your bodies knit back together after op, just be gentle with yourselves. My surgeon had me wash in hibiscrub for 4 days before op and then continue to use it after for about a month and I had no problem healing. I slapped aqueous cream on post surgery and got minimal scarring, ❤️❤️ keep 💪💪💪you are beautiful and amazing 👭👭💕💕✨✨Shi xx
Congratulations Christine18 on finishing your chemo, the cold cap looks to have worked a treat for you. i too have finished chemo and this morning am on my way to see surgeon for date. I hope you don't have too many side effects and your surgery goes well.
Shi thank you for the advice, i wouldn't have known to go up two sizes either.
Hope everyone else is doing ok and hopefully enjoy the sun when it appears!!
Thank you for all that advice! Very very useful. I had planned to go bra shopping after my SE wear off from Chemo. I wouldn’t have thought to go two sizes up so that’s really helpful.
I love a good excuse for buying new PJs too!
👏👏💪💪👏👏well done Christine and double well done cold capping 💪💪👍👍rest up, surgery is a doddle after chemo, get some short sleeve button front pj’s a pair of sliders and a dressing gown for hospital, take some hand cream and lip balm too, it gets dry after the op. Post op bra a M&S zip front sports bra is good as has racer back so plenty of room, go 2 sizes up I.e. if 34 get a 38 you could be a bit swollen after. Get some sticky dots that you can put on the door for post op exercises you can see your progress daily as you reach that little bit higher and further 👍👍hope that helps and jump on a surgery thread and rads thread too 👍 rads get a vest top, keep slapping cream on, dr organics aloe Vera and tea tree gel from Holland and Barrett good, moo goo, Aveno and e45 are used a lot. Keep 😁😁💕💕✨✨Shi xx
Well done on finishing, the time will pass quicker than you think.
I'm already halfway through rads, don't know where the days go!
Hey lovely ladies,
I had my last Chemo yesterday. Decided to dress up and make a day of it! Was very emotional at the end! But also a little anxious as I now don’t have surgery until the 3rd October so I just hope that the chemo has done it’s job and the cancer doesn’t start growing and already in the mean time!
Then I’ll be starting Rads in December. Such a long way to go still.
Im just chilling in the garden today eating frozen grapes to help ease the nausea. Very tired today but can’t sleep because of the steroids. Can’t wait to chuck that last bottle of steroids in the bin!!
Hope everyone else is doing ok.
I've not been getting the alerts for posts so am now in catch up.
Hope everyone is recovering well from chemo, I've got way more energy and being able to taste again means I've been eating everything in sight! Got most of my feeling back in my fingers which is good.
Had session 7 of 20 rads today, does anyone else have breast swelling?
Its like going back to post surgery! They've done another planning scan today due to the level of swelling, as it's increased each day since no 4. They were concerned about a possible infection but there's no evidence of that fortunately.
Started Anastrazole today as well. Oncologist will see me again in October then I'll be put on an open access system where I have to go through the breast care nurses to be seen.
Looking forward to my short break in late September, consultant suggested it would do me good before I go back to work. Just waiting to see occupational health to work out how my return will be managed.
Heard someone ring the bell today, we didn't have this in my chemo unit, I got very tearful as I don't feel it's the end of anything, when looking at ten years of pills and three of injections and infusions. Couldn't even wipe my eyes as I was all lined up 😭 on the rads table.
Trying lots of new things at Maggies during rads, liked tai chi and the choir, but I've confirmed I'm not artistic at all in the art classes!!!
most of the time is spent lining me up
like a slab of meat ! There is nothing to it really but I live 20 miles from the hospital so a two-hour round trip is pretty tiring . Like everyone else will be so glad when it is all over already taking Letrozole and Vitamin D . No SEs as yet best to all x
Susanmanchester - how are u finding radiotherapy so far? I had my planning appointment this morning. All seemed to go ok and im booked in to start next tuesday.
I enjoyed my holiday last week, didnt have a great week for weather but i got chance to rest. I felt grotty most of the time and kept checking my temperature as my neutrophils were low but my temp stayed within the guidelines.
Hope everyone else is doing well?
had 2nd radiotherapy today 13 to go don't know about anybody else but pretty much at end of tether and exhausted . Will be v pleased to hand back wig tomorrow as never got to use it ... roll on Sept 5
Its been a bit quiet on the April thread the last week, hopefully you are all side effect free and doing lots of things. I have been not too bad since my last chemo i just had some throbbing in my hips and lower back last night but took some paracetamol which helped me get to sleep. Hot flushes have also been quite regular this cycle too, but other than the other usual SE doing ok.
Christine - hope you are doing well after your last chemo, do you have surgery to go? I am looking into more healthy eating and trying to get out for a walk every day, even if its only very short.
RunningSue - i hope you enjoy the sea air, we are going to the coast at the weekend all being well as i seem to be craving fresh sea air too.
All the other ladies on the April thread - take care and say strong.
Debi - Congratulations on your last chemo session and glad you were able to ring the bell! You may be high on the steroids but at least you know this will be the last lot of chemo side effects which is a good feeling. Also really good news that your tumour has shrunk so much and hopefully this last round of chemo will make it even smaller. Do you have a date for your surgery?
Christine - glad to hear that you are also coming to the end of your chemo. Thanks for sharing the link on the on-line course about exercise and disease. I truly believe that small lifestyle changes, exercise and nutrition can make a difference to our physical and mental wellbeing post cancer treatment. I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym when I have some hair! In the meantime I'll continue to walk/run every day as it makes me feel so much better in myself.
Mandy - hope your chest infection is getting better and good luck for your sugery on 3rd September. Like you say each stage of treatment is a worry as you don't know what to expect but hopefully it will all go smoothly and it will be another step closer to finishing treatment.
RunningSue - hope you are feeling a bit better now after your final chemo. I'm sure the sea air will help with your recovery. I loved being by the sea for a week after my surgery. It was just the tonic I needed. Good that you have your radiotherapy planning meeting next week and hopefully can start soon after.
Hope everyone else doing ok. xxx
Well i had my last chemo today and i am at the moment on a high - although that might just be the steroids!! I did ring the bell even though i will be going back every 3 weeks to have my Herceptin and Pertuzumab. My MRI had shown another shrinkage some i am down to 5mm now from the 2.8cm at the start of treatment, hopefully it will shrink a bit more with this last dose.
Hope everyone is ok and moving on to next stage of treatment.
Catch up soon
Hi Mandy and Nicola,
I also have TNBC. The rate of reoccurrence has only just started to worry me as I come to the end of chemo. As much as I will be so so glad to get Chemo over and done with as it has been a hell of a slog, I’m worried that it is nearing the end of treatment altogether. I have surgery to come and radiotherapy after so will be likely finished at the end of November/beginning of December. I think when the end is here I’ll be so relieved yet that’s when I will really start panicking about it coming back.
I just keep telling myself that it’s not 100% reoccurrence so I’m hoping we are all in good hands and fighting this. I’m doing a course at the moment about exercise and disease (it’s free on a website called www.futurelearn.com so might be worth looking at) but basically it goes into depth about the relationship between exercise and fighting diseases like cancer. So my main aim after treatment finishes is to focus on getting really fit!! That will focus my mind and keep my body healthy. The course is free to join and there are no tests or anything like that. You can pay to do the final exam at the end and get a certificate, which I might do as it could help me at work, but otherwise it’s just a really good information tool.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and not getting too blown away!
i havent posted on here for a long long time as I’m also a member of a Triple Negative group and I find it hard to keep up with everything. I checked back in today and found your post asking if anyone else has TNBC, I have and like you I am also concerned about recurrence. I finished chemo 2 weeks ago tomorrow although I still feel rubbish as I have a chest infection. I have a mastectomy, full node clearance and DIEP reconstruction booked for 03rd September which I’m so worried about. I keep telling myself I worried about chemo too and now that’s over so hopefully it will be the same with surgery. Then it will be rads and like you I am hoping it will all be over by Christmas.
It it sounds like you are doing really well and getting through everything, chemo will soon be done for you and although you are worried about surgery I’m sure it will be a fantastic feeling to know that the tumour has finally gone.
Good luck with the rest of your treatment.
Congrats to everyone who has had their last chemo this week and good luck to everyone awaiting surgery and results.
Im 7 days post my final chemo and unfortunately ive felt rough all week. Ive had hot flushes, stomach cramps and the nausea seems to have got worse not better. I felt so rough i asked for my bloods to be checked in case of infection. The bloods came back clear but my neutrophils are low so i need to check my temperature to make sure it doesnt drop or go too high.
Today ive come on holiday with the kids in a caravan for a week in yorkshire. We had it booked since last year and we have all been looking forward to it but i feel so lousy. We are right by the sea and im hoping the sea air and rest will perk me up.
I have my radiotherapy planning appointment for 19 august so i should start the week after. Has anyone started theirs yet?
Hope u are all keeping well?
Afternoon all and what a windy rainy day it is! Managed to do my usual walk this morning first thing but glad I had a raincoat and hood over my wig! May have lost it otherwise, lol... I'm not allowed to run post surgery so walking quickly in this weather!
Kelly - good news that you are finally back on the chemo band wagon after months of uncertainty. Can you believe that we see that as a positive to be back on chemo, side effects and all. What a strange journey we are on. Lets hope it is a smoother ride for you now and you can complete your chemo treatments. Good luck for the start of your weekly Paclitaxel in a couple of weeks. So sorry to hear about your brother which must be just devestating for you all 😞 I'm sure you will do everything possible to fulfill his wish to get through your treatment plan and be well on the other side. In the meantime be kind to yourself and take the time to grieve in your own way. xxx
LynsH - great news that you have now finished your chemo. Fingers crossed for your MRI and a straight forward guide wire lumpectomy and home by the evening. Hopefully you will find the surgery easier than the chemo part of treatment. At least you have some energy back with the children being off on school holidays.
I'm like a cat on a hot tin roof and I can't sit still. I will get my results next week and I can't think of anything else at the moment. Just don't know what to do with myself but have to keep busy. I'm currently working through loads of cupboards in my house clearing them out. I'm sure it won't last after next week.....
Have a good weekend everyone and keep well xxx
firstly Congratulations to all whom have finished their chemo and good luck to those due surgery.
Well I saw my Oncologist on Monday and following months of uncertainty, I am finally getting back on Chemo. Due to start the week after next and will be having 12 weekly sessions of Paclitaxel.
Got my heart mri at last today, so hopefully that won’t change anything.
I previously mentioned that my brother was diagnosed with lung cancer, well sadly he lost his fight last week. I am completely broken but one thing he wanted more than anything, was for me to get better, so I will try to be strong and get through the next few months for him. It’s gonna be tough emotionally but I’ll give it my best shot x
Hi girls, sorry I’ve been rubbish at posting of late. Kids being off just now is taking all my time.
I had my last docetaxel 2 weeks ago today and I’m feeling good so far. Probably the best I’ve felt since chemo started. More energy and taste has come back. 🙌🏻
I had had an MRI on Monday and will hopefully get results next week when I’m back at consultant. The surgeon seemed fairly confident it would be a guide wire lumpectomy and I would be home same day. Fingers crossed.
I am keen just to get the surgery out the way and also the radio done. I have some holidays booked for end of year and really would like to be done by then so I can fully enjoy them without worrying about coming back to more treatment.
To all the ladies coming to the end of your chemo, I hope you’re all doing well and good luck for any final sessions.
Lovely to hear about everyone’s progress as we approach the last stages. Xxx
Evening April Ladies!
Everyone is a bit quiet this week, I hope you are all ok?
Good to hear from you NikNak5. Sounds like you have been on a long chemo journey which must feel like a lifetime! Only 1 more to go for you, Yay!! September surgery will soon be here. Try not to worry about the surgery; I know that probably doesn't help very much. I had my surgery 2 weeks ago today, and honestly it was absolutely fine. I found it so much easier than chemo. They put you to sleep and you will know nothing about it until you come round in the recovery ward with a lovely nurse sat by your side talking to you and taking your blood pressure. Yes you will be a bit bruised, swollen and tender on your breast and under arm for a couple of weeks but it soon settles down. I have no visible bruising now, very little swelling and my scars are neat and have healed well. I still have blue dye on my breast from the dye injected during surgery. Apparently it can take weeks or months to come off. Make sure you start doing the arm exercises as directed the day after surgery as it will make a big difference to your mobility. It will also help in preparation for radiotherapy as your arms will need to be above your head. I also had a partial node clearance as one node tested positive at the original biopsy. My consultant took out 4 nodes including the positive one. If the other 3 are clear, she is happy to stop there. If they are positive, I'll have the rest of my lymph nodes taken out in a second operation.
I'm not tripple negative but there will be April ladies who are. Hopefully one of them will reply on this post. I would say, the best bit of advice I was ever given by my BC nurse from the outset was not to use Dr Google. I haven't dared to look at rates for recurrence as I don't want to think or worry about it once I get through treatment. I believe the recurrance statistics published for breast cancer are based on old information and maybe not reflect the progress in breast cancer drugs, treatments and research in recent years.
I lost finger nail number 8 yesterday but still hanging on to the last 2 for now! On a positive note, hair seems to be sprouting well but not quickly enough! I'm 5 weeks post chemo and still look like a boiled egg! NikNak, like you I have a mixture of white and dark hairs coming through, particularly at the sides and back. Still a bit shiny on top though :(. It's definitely going to take quite a while but my hair was very fine before I started chemo so I'm not expecting miracles. I continue to wash, condition and massage my scalp every day in the hope it will increase blood flow to the hair follicles and encourage growth. I've been using Green People, unscented organic shampoo and conditioner throughout chemo and I'm really happy with it. Its very gentle and natural with no parabens or harsh chemicals.
Would be lovely to hear from a few more April ladies with your progress. xxx
Hi lovely ladies
ive not posted on here for a while but I only have one more FEC to go - 20 days and counting. My lumpectomy is booked for 25 September, I’m really scared as never had an operation before, I’m also having partial lymph node removal as I has been diseased so I’ll come home with a drain for 4-5 days. It’s been a long slog paclitaxel weekly for 12 weeks along side carboplatin every 3 weeks. Then I switched to FEC every 3 weeks for another 12 weeks. After surgery then it will be radiotherapy but should all be done & dusted by Christmas hopefully.
Are any of you ladies triple negative? I’m now scared about the reoccurrence rates.
Anyway we we are all doing so well to think back in April would we ever make it to the end of Chemo & here we are. Truely remarkable you all are.
I have the same thing, my hair is growing back but it’s coming through white & dark on the back. I only had a grey patch over my right ear before it fell out. I’ve heard the pigment comes through again when your hair follicles recover so I’m hopeful this will be the case. Glad to know it’s not only me x
I'm back home from our week away and just about surfaced from the washing and ironing 🙂
RunningSue - congratulations on finishing chemo and ringing that bell 🙂 Such a milestone to finish chemo and hopefully the worst part of treatment done and dusted! I'm sure you enjoyed that glass of champagne. I'm not surprised you were emotional by the end of your final dose and hope you had a good old cry to release some of the frustration. Do you know when you will move on to radiotherapy?
Christine - hang in there with the cold cap. You have come so far it would be a shame to stop now. I didn't use a cold cap, so I have no idea how it feels but I know my hair is growing back incredibly slowly now! Sounds like you had an adventure with your penultimate chemo on Weds. Nightmare about the split in the PICC line. Still only one more to go and you will be done.
I'm doing well although I lost finger nail number 7 of 10 today. I'm pretty sure I'll lose the last 3 in the next week or so to complete the set. Docetaxel (T) has certainly worked it's magic on my finger nails despite wearing nail varnish and using vitamin E oil on my cuticles during the last 3 chemo sessions of T. Still I have half nails under each one lost and hopefully they will grow back soon! Note to self - never take finger nails, eyebrows or eyelashes for granted ever again! Bruising is reducing quickly around both scars although still feeling tender around scar under my arm. My thoughts are now turning to the results in a couple of weeks. I'm trying to stay positive and upbeat although inside I'm really scared of what they will tell me. I keep telling myself that I can't do anything to change the results and if I need second surgery or more chemo then so be it. The waiting, worrying and feeling scared never seems to get any easier on this journey.
The start of a new week tomorrow. Good luck to those having chemo or starting radiotherapy this week. xxx
Hi sharon it was such a relief to finally have the PICC line taken out. It bled when the nurse took it out but only for a minute, so the nurse pur a dressing on but i was able to take it off a short time later.
Congrats on finishing chemo! I am due to have my picc out on Friday (I was advised to wait until the end of week 2 of my final cycle). Do they put a waterproof dressing on then? I can't wait not to have to worry about the blasted picc line!
Good luck to all still with final doses and/or surgery to go.
Thank you Liz and Susan,
Hopefully it’ll be ok. I’m trying to stay optimistic but I could have made a wig out of what has fallen out just today! I’ll keep going. I’ll try not to run to the razor yet 😂
Agreed do stick with it my hair still shedding a bit after chemo - it has been weakened by treatment - but new hair coming through !
I continued to cold cap despite my hair thinning a lot. The second one definitely does more damage.
I'm hoping the hairdresser will be able to blend it when it has grown a bit more.