Jay and Treehouse, I'm with you on bakeoff! Never really got into it on the BBC, but am now officially an addict. Noel Fielding creases me up. And the contestants are brilliant. Felt so sorry for (spoiler alert!) Steven, but it was the right result on the day.
Jay, don't assume that your lymph arm will never be the same again. That's what I thought when I had my lumpectomy with ax clearance (actually, it did feel as if they took an axe to it!). But gradually I did get the strength back, and for the last umpteen years I've been using it normally. OK, I was never a weightlifter, but I swim, garden, do nature conservation work (cutting down trees!) etc. The only concession I make is that if I'm doing something a bit strenuous I wear a compression sleeve to protect it. I am careful if lifting heavy weights etc, but that's a good idea anyway -- if I do have to lift something heavy I use both arms and take great care of my back (otherwise the chiropractor will be cross, and we don't want that, do we!)
I think they put a lot of emphasis on taking care of that arm, because it's important to be aware and avoid injuries as far as possible. But sometimes I think they can frighten us a bit too much, unnecessarily. It doesn't mean you can't exercise and use your arm more or less normally. Obviously if your favourite hobby is javelin throwing or welly wanging, I apologise, because you may indeed find you have to give that up forever! But for most "normal" activities a lympho arm is fine. A lot of BC ladies took up dragon boat rowing just to prove it. https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/vita-magazine/join-breast-cancer-dragon-boat... You just have to give it time. Loads of time!
Good morning ladies - hope all is well.
Today brings more sunshine, so I'm off to peg out some washing then I'm getting in the car for a 5 minute drive to walk the dog along the fields, finally I'm going into work for an hour......!! Returning to prepare a beef bourgnion for dinner together with some homemade bread rolls!!
Something tells me I should sleep better tonight!
The days are creeping by Mai - thinking of you x
Any news on rads yet WolfEE and Daffodil?
Hi Rosie - no, I haven't heard anything about Moving Forward courses in our area. If I do hear of anything I'll let you know. I'm seeing the onc next Monday and bcn next Tuesday - one of them may mention it.
I agree my legs too feel like lead after walking - especially if I climb the stairs....!!! I love the image of you lying back on the floor whilst "Kelly" continues....!! haha
All the best today Mishy, ring that bell loud and clear.
Hope you manage to stay awake for the full three hours Heather
Jay - do they do the Moving Forward courses in our area? I haven't heard about anything.
treehouse - my legs always feel like lead after walking. Trying to strengthen my core muscles with You Tube videos of Fitness Blender in advance of my DIEP op. Usually end up just lying on my back on the floor while "Kelly" carries on with the exercises lol
Good luck for last one Mishy, another one across the chemo finishing line!
Part 1 of 4 this morning for Moving Forward course. Better be worth it as 1 hr drive to get there. Session is 3 hrs long, how can I concentrate for that long after 7 months off work. Will report back on content.
Ouch WolfEE that sounded very painful! Typical too that things like this happen just when you're enjoying yourself - enjoying the freedom and feeling well.
Did any lights come on the dashboard - usually when the power steering goes you get a light come on. If this happens, by turning the ignition off, waiting a few minutes and then trying again it sometimes corrects itself - i know this as we had a few problems with our power steering on one of our cars a while back.
Hope the swelling in your hands and fingers goes down very soon - if not get it checked out.
I got a few bras from Asda, just elasticated so I step into them and pull up over waist. Still wearing them now as so comfortable. Not expensive, roughly 6 pounds each.
Katie glad you enjoyed your holiday - quick question how was the moving forward course is it worth attending?
treehouse sorry to hear you are suffering with hot flushes
wolfee ouch that sounds painful, hope you get the car sorted. I really don't know how you are working so soon after surgery and still with radiation to go 😳
Mishy how exciting for last chemo tomorrow, I had mine two weeks ag and it stills unreal that it is over with . It is a great feeling knowing won't have to go back again for that part
Isn't that just typical? The one time in your life when you really need the power steering, and that's when it chooses to go wrong. Poor you, Wolfee, just when you were enjoying your freedom.
Hi Tree house
They stick a needle in which is painless due to numbness. Hope your blobs resolve themselves.
Katie, welcome back and glad you had a fab holiday. Maybe washing is what you really need now to take your mind off the cold weather! Must be a bit of a shock! 🌥
Treehouse, sorry to hear you are feeling below par. You've been through so much it's hard to know what the cause is. Chemo SEs, hot flashes, Herceptin, surgery exhaustion.... Just be kind to yourself. Hugs. Xx
Shi, you are stronger than you think and need to give yourself some credit for that. Keep going down that chemo tunnel brave lady, we are all clapping for you. 💪🏼 ✨
Jay, glad you've indulged yourself and are now calling on the dogs assistance to walk off those extra calories! 😜
Treehouse, yes that a better take on it, its is the oddest feeling isnt it but I'd looked up things prior to the op to try and know what to expect post op as best I could at the time, I didnt ever think I'd be on a forum as I dont do this kind of thing ever ... Mai7 you have been a blessing to me as have all the wonderful, strong, caring May Thread, I will never be able to thank you all enough as well at Tatyana and Mishy18 and our Crazy gang on the Oct Thread, we are all in crazy chemo head at the moment and would have been utterly lost without the tips and support from you lovely, amazing, strong, compassionate ladies. Love and sparkles always Shi xx
Good morning ladies - hope all are feeling well.
I'm in my final week post chemo and surgeery before appointments start again next week and I'm looking for ways to entertain myself on the cheap!
After yesterday's very indulgent Afternoon Tea in a 5* - luxurious hotel I've got to suffer a comedown! So what I'm intending to do today is drive 15 minutes from home with the dog, go for a lovely doggie walk and then return to browse in the charity shop and may pop into the supermarket for some sleep easy tea bags! Return home just before my boy returns from school and giving us a time to have a little halloween fun before dinner!
Enjoy your day all x
Hi MJK - that's a great idea - once my next stage is confirmed and finished, I too will be taking a break from social media.
I'm sure all the ladies will agree, this whole journey is a difficult one - and no doubt when you get to the finishing line - as you have - it must feel like you've literally been through a "battle" - and coming out the other side is a relief but also gives you time to reflect enabling you to recognise the realitity of just what you've been through the past 9/10 months - and during that period you need space and support from those directly around you. Remember we are still here though if you need a listening ear.
Rest and heal well MJK - come back and visit when you're ready and give us an update. XX
Welcome back Katie, glad you had a good time in Lanzarote; don't envy you the washing though
As Jay has said it's sunny here in the south east today but very cold. Hope you've got your feet up today Jay, after all your car 🚗 washing.
My op is on 15th Nov, two weeks on Weds. GP is phoning hospital today to discuss the way forward re my iron levels. Hopefully, they will let me know what they want me to do!! I don't think having the SNB a week after finishing chemo helped as it's giving me a false result apparently. Although the scar has healed well and I have full movement in my arm.
I am TN too and like most people, I worry about reoccurrence. However, my sister was TN and 25 years after bc diagnosis is (touch wood) fine. She did have two primary reoccurrences, no further treatment required, just lumpectomies. They were picked up at 6 month checks but since bilateral mastectomies she has been ok. She was even on Tamoxifen for 5 years as they didn't understand TN then.
treehouse - when giving blood etc what do you say when they ask which arm you want it taken from as you've had surgery both sides?