Home safe ladies and locks beem changed!
Had Herceptin injection Monday and today I ache all over. This normal? xx
Jay - yes the SNB is carried out under general anaesthetic. The results will determine whether I have reconstruction in November or rads and delayed recon next year.
Haven't managed to get out for walks lately, it's been all go since chemo finished. Still don't want to lose any weight and lose another cup size!! Apparently this recon is the only one where your breasts change size with your weight so I suppose could always boost them later on.
Hoping that after this week things slow down a bit. Have booked a long weekend away with hubby 20 Oct to Stratford (upon Avon, not East London😂)
Rosie, glad your appointment went well. So if you put on a bit more weight does that mean you could have a bigger boob lol?! I'm also a C cup so about a handful of body fat for a boob, I reckon! 😂
Treehouse, my patience with nail varnish usually runs out after applying the colour coat! 💅🏼 I usually just paint my toe nails in the summer (and don't have problems with toes scraping the walls lol!) and hand nails very rarely as I'm not very good at keeping up the maintenance of it. I just keep them short and well manicured. I will give the top coat a try though, thanks for suggesting. Can you recommend a particular brand?
Glad you're feeling better about everything Mishy. Come back to us anytime as we have a lot of bad knowledge at this stage in the journey (when I say bad knowledge I mean knowledge we'd rather not have but do). Xxx
Ha ha WolfEE that made me laugh!! I'm a C cup so a B will be fine
I will be in hospital for my birthday, so my present to myself this year is a boob job and tummy tuck🤣
I'm not overweight but my tummy was stretched when I was pregnant and I had 2 c- sections and no amount of exercising has ever got rid of it. Even when I've lost weight I've still had the tummy fat.
After what you've been through already I'm sure the drain removal will be easy.
The hospital I went to seemed very well organised they said they get people referred to them from all over the country.
Have had busy morning at the hospital to see about having DIEP reconstruction. Left home at 9 and didn't leave there until nearly 2pm after that done the pre assesssment incl photographs!! Am suitable for the op but will have to go down a cup size as they are making two😂😂 But I'm really not bothered. Prov date is 8 November
After all this talk of drains I was pleased to learn that although I'll be in 3 - 5 days they take the drains out before you're discharged.
Just got to get through the SNB first at my local hospital I think they forgot about the mapping so now have to have it Thurs morning at one hospital and then go to another hospital for 1pm for the op!
Will be glad to get to Friday and have a rest.
Lol Heather, I now have an image of you as a shark gliding aerodynamically through the water! 🐬
Treehouse, post apocalyptic nails! Eek, keep putting the dark nail polish on. I get sick of touching up the chips and scraping it on white emulsioned walls and it leaving traces behind e.g., around the towel rail. I'm going to have to redecorate a few patches after I can take it off! Anyone else had that trouble?
WolfEE, well done on going out for a walk. Must be a bit scary with the drains? Do you get paranoid about people bumping into you?
I quite agree Treehouse, very confusing! The pathology report showed no signs of cancer at all - everything had been eradicated by the chemo. The breast nurse was equally confused - which obviously helped the situation! No concerns about my neck previously. I did have a CT scan and bone scan before chemo started and they were both clear. I will be asking lots of questions! At the end of the day I agree, if for my long term benefit it's good to throw all they can at it!
Hi, have swum 30 lengths today, took husband with me, I am still faster than him, he says that's because I have less drag on my "mono boob"....
Still waiting for reply from work we phased return. I put in a request to work 1/2 day and use flexi time accrued on 8th Dec as fit note runs out 6 Dec and I work 3 days a week, 20 and 1/4 hrs. Then take 11 to 29 Dec as annual hols as accrued so much whilst off. Then go back 3 Jan and do 20% hrs in week 1, week 2 40%, week 3 60%, week 4 80% and week 5 100% but use annual leave and finish 1 hrs early for 2 weeks when up to 100%. That should bring me to Feb half term and booked that week off with the boys.
Hopefully that should be ok with them, advantage of working for local govmt with phased return.
Hope all well, knackered from the swim. Now hatless for school runs, onwards and upwards ladies!
Heather, hope your boss agrees to your planned return. I suspect he won't have a choice if you are on sick leave and have the support of your GP or a letter from the hospital. I've chatted with my boss this morning and am hoping to go back late November on phased return whilst I'm on radiotherapy. Is anyone else going to work whilst on rads? It will only be a short burst then Xmas rest before getting back into the full swing of it in the new year.
Well done Jay on having a walk out and sorry you now have to have rads after thinking it was all over. Still better safe than sorry. There is only one thing which will make you feel better......more biscuits. Chocolate hobnobs never hang around for very long in my experience! 🍪
WolfEE and Trisha, hope you are both coping well post surgery. 💪🏼
Thank you Tatyana I guessed that was the answer! I've got a double chocolate type and shortbread in there at the moment - both of which are irrestable!
I'm doing well - arm is not quite as stiff today which is good.
However, I have just heard from the breast nurse - apparently following their discussions round the table with the onc team yesterday they feel I should have some rads to my collar bone area where one of the lymph nodes was removed from. An appointment is being made for me to meet with the onc to discuss.
OK so today I've managed a walk around the block by myself which took around 10/15 minutes!
I've washed and conditioned my wig.
I've pegged some washing on the line outside.
and in reward for all of this, I've become addicted to the biscuit tin - help!!!!
Hi Soworridl, big hugs to you as you are finding the FEC a bit of a challenge. I've had 7/8 FEC-Ts and have found the side effects different on each. During the FEC part I found that I got quite breathless in the first few days and had to walk very slowly. If I tried to push myself I would feel light headed and feel my heart racing. I would say just take it easy and as you are doing contact your Oncology helpline immediately if you are concerned. I took the full dose of FEC but have only had one full dose of T and the rest has been reduced to 80% then 75% due to the impact it's having on my neutrophils. I was admitted to hospital 3 or 4 times due to neutropenia. The T doesn't seem to have the same side effects as FEC but causes tiredness day 4-8 and a sore tongue which affects taste. I think reduced doses and delays can be quite common, I've read somewhere about 50/50. I'm sure the team will make the best decisions for your circumstances and have come across this many times before. For us it all feels very daunting though. Xxx
Thanks Treehouse and WolfEE, keep shining that torch up the chemo tunnel for me and MisyAngel and Andi. 💗
Mishy, big hugs, I can understand your anxiety as I think recurrence is the annoying parrot we all have sitting on our shoulder. Its great news that you had clear margins and the chemo is the belt and braces part which you've had a fair dose of. They may consider another chemo drug or rads and will do the best they can to reduce your risk of recurrence and that's what it's about statistics and risk reduction. There is a clinical trial underway called ROSCO which aims to work out which FEC-T drug is best for which breast cancer type as this is still unknown, so many of us are being over treated with both because of these unknowns. Can you have a chat with your BC nurse about your anxiety and see if they can find out a bit more on the plan of action. The BC nurses can be really good at getting info out of meetings and updating you before your consultant appointment. Xxx
Emailed my boss today to say I am not going back to work until 3rd Jan, and that will be phased return over 4 weeks. Waiting for their response...
Nice one Treehouse, wig passing for real hair! 💁🏼 it's good when that happens as you need reassurance that you don't look like you're walking around with a cat on your head!
Magnetic MJK! I hope you don't have an induction hob or things could get a bit heated! Check that you haven't accidentally reformatted your hard drive! 💽 😂
My my last chemo is due on Thursday. I have blood test and Oncology appointment Wednesday. My sister is taking me to the last chemo and is getting her head around the blood test being weds but may be repeated Thursday and then chemo may or may not go ahead, in which case the visit will just be a blood test and a waste of time of work! I'm just glad to be getting the last one out of the way (hopefully) Im feeling a bit tired lately so will be nice to get past chemo side effects and move on to the next phase. Not looking forward to the sore tongue and eating cardboard food. That's the worst bit.