Thanks ladies. I think most of my anxiety is psychological, I guess it's vanity really but you only have to switch on the TV to see cleavages being pushed at you all of the time creating expectations of how the female form should look! It's hard to switch of from these ideals at times. I'm having a radical mx with full lymph node removal to the left side. No recnstruction allowed but may be reviewed after a year. Treehouse and Heather, hope you are both feeling better soon. I don't have any bra expanders! 😱 Shi, glad you have managed to keep out of hospital and hope you continue to do well. I'll update you when I'm awake after surgery. Thanks for all your support. Xxx
Mai, wishing you lots of luck tomorrow, you got this and we are all there for you! Bet you will be up at 2.30am for a slice of toast and a cuppa as you know you cant eat after that!
I am much better today, still got sore throat but no aches this morning. Tramadol made me feel drunk and I couldn't feel my body, very strange experience but slept well.We went to watch fireworks last night , was really lazy and we sat in the car with a view of a big organised display. No one wanted to be out in the cold and walk through all the mud after the rain.
We have got used to me having 12 spoons of energy every day and when its gone its gone. Everyone is asking more if they can help rather than me asking for help. Sharing out simple jobs teaches the boys for the future.
Evening Ladies. Hope you've all had a lovely weekend. ☀️ We just had a long walk locally and now I have very achy legs! I've just finished packing my little suitcase for morning: caravan PJs, 4 different bras (I know!) my poo cushion 💩, flip flops, wet wipes, lip balm, green tea bags, socks and pants, front buttoning top, dressing gown with internal ties. I think that's it apart from toiletries to pack in the morning. I have to be at the hospital at 7am! 7am goddammit! 😵 no more food after 2.30am (who get up at 2.30am to eat?). I think it's time to come out of my shell, like pretty soon! 🐢 Eek!
Hi Meesh, I had four EC. My original treatment plan was six FEC-T, but once I met with my Onco he decided the F was old fashioned and would be of no benefit, and the T ( Docetaxol ) would be too harsh. I managed 4/6 EC before my treatment was stopped. I'm 70 and found each course more difficult to recover from. The chemo is in a bolus, so a nurse injects it. Takes about 30 mins. The flush takes another 30. I had GSF injections in my tum, to keep my neutrophils up. These got gradually lower each course, so I was prone to infections. I walked each day when I could. I changed my diet to mainly fish and veg, and felt very healthy. I lost 20 lbs. in weight as I lost my appetite as the regime went on. The steroids do play havoc with sleep patterns, but you just need to listen to your body . Keep your fluids up, and keep on top of the pain. Make sure you take all your anti sick pills. The Docetaxol is particularly harsh, and often has side effects like thrush, ulcers and nails coming off. You should have no problems like that, fingers crossed. X
Hello everyone, I thought I’d just update you on my progress as I’ve not been on here a while.
Had 3/6 Taxol on Friday. Feeling absolutely fine on this regime. Only niggly side effects are nasty taste in my mouth and mild chest pains, slightly heavy thighs and bone ache. I’ve managed to do 2 lots of shopping in town with my daughters (one 3hr Shop!) It’s been lovely to just be outdoors pottering about the shops and stopping off for cups of tea and naughty cakes.
I had a meeting with the plastics team this week. Everything is still on track for DIEP operation.
They were pleased to see I still had a sizeable tummy to harvest from for my new boob! My operation will be on 2nd January or 9th January. Will get confirmation next week. So I get to have a chemo free, post op free Christmas!!! 🎄... I have been told to do exercises between now and operation to strengthen my core, which will help post op.
Next Tuesday I have a CT scan on my abdomen which will help them see what route they’re taking to harvest what they need and where to avoid cutting through muscle.
Next Wednesday I have a makeover session held at the hospital which will help me fix my poor disappearing eyebrows!! It’s run via the Macmillan staff and Clarins. Apparently the goodie bag they hand out is ridiculously large and filled with freebies. My 18 year old is very excited for some unknown reason! 🤔😂
Its good to see so many of you doing so well. For those with annoying niggles let hope they disappear soon! And everyone who’s not doing so well, please be kind to yourselves 💜
Heather - sorry to hear your feeling so rough. It sounds like bed and rest and good nutritious food may be what’s needed. Don’t push yourself to do anything until you start to feel better. Big hugs x
Suffered with really bad aches and pains all afternoon, finally gave in and took a Tramadol tablet which took 3 hours to work. It feels like aches you get with a bad cold, couldn't lift my arms above my head and hurt to walk. Now pain free and off to bed. Throat is still a bit sore but not too bad. I honestly thought I would feel like this on chemo but never suffered this badly, not sure why I have it now but at least I know I can can control the pain if I have it again. Wondering if it is just my body finally starting to recover and rebuild itself after chemo damaged so much of it!
Hi Katie - how are you doing?
Unfortunately it's not my planning appointment on Monday - it's the first appointment with onc/radio specialist since my operation (7 weeks ago this Tues). I'm hoping it's regarding rads and not just herceptin follow up! At the moment I know nothing officially about rads only what the bcn said over the phone.
Enjoy the bonfire and fireworks - the drizzle was supposed to have stopped in our area but I don't think it has - our son is off with his friends to a local bonfire/firework display tonight.
I had my flu and pneumonia jabs this morning. They said one in each arm - but I explained couldn't have any in my right arm following surgery. Therefore I was given both in one arm 2cms apart! So far so good - no effects?!
Ouch with the thumb nails - I can only imagine the discomfort.
Really am hoping I get some idea of dates on Monday - I really want to put this year behind me and move into 2018 with a fresh mind.
Hope you're having a good weekend too. x
Thanks Mai for the recipe, will give it a try. Hope you feel better Treehouse and you do!clears up soon. I have a sore throat and feel like I have aches but had flu jab a few weeks ago so just hoping manuka will keep everything at bay.
Had a busy day yesterday with Mum visiting briefly, doing jobs in town and then we went out for lunch to the garden centre. I had brie and cranberry panini and salad, kind of healthy but have missed soft cheese on chemo so had to have some!
Have a lovely weekend, may all your SE be over fast!
Hi Ladies, just popping out of my shell to share the spinach and mushroom lasagne recipe: put spinach, chopped shiitake mushrooms and chopped garlic in bottom of dish, add a layer of lasagne sheets, 2nd layer of spinach, mushroom and garlic same as base layer, add another layer of lasagne sheets. Pour a white or cheese sauce (one you prepared earlier) over top layer of lasagne sheets (make sure it covers all of the lasagne to seal it. Sprinkle grated cheese (I used Sainsburys grated vegan cheese) over the top. Bake at 200dc for 35mins.
Hope you are all doing well. Xxx
Thank you treehouse. Think this experience may teach me patience as I have none and want thus to get over asap 🙂
Tree house, I hope you feel better soon.
Jay, get that flu jab. Had mine. To answer your question, no reconstruction yet. I need radiotherapy to the chest wall and a bit above the clavicle. Had nodes removed, but only 7 identified. Apparently a lot shrink during chemo so are too small to be counted. As long as they were all clear, I am happy.
I am losing my thumb nails. They are just attached at the top of the nail but I don't want to rip any flesh so will wait for them to come off without help. Uncomfortable though.
Jay, hope you get your dates on Monday and that we will be done with radiotherapy soon.
Have a good weekend, everyone.
Hello May Ladies! I'm from the October thread, Shi has told us how amazing you ladies are. Just wondered if any of you have been through 6 fec treatments and what we can expect from the later treatments? A lot of ladies seem to do fec-t but there are a few of us in oct thread that are just fec. If anyone could help that would be great! 🌟✨⭐️🌟🦄
Hope you feel better soon Treehouse.
I've got flu jab tomorrow morning - almost can't wait to get it done before some germ hits me!
Treehouse sending big hugs about the lump you have found really hope it's just your body settling down after surgery
mishy my nails are more sore from last chemo and one of my nails is really disclosured and feels like it is lifting off the nail bed 😐
Mai your food sounds delicious and well done on the working I take my hat off to you all that are back at work 😘
Hello Daffodil - lovely to hear from you again! I'm pleased to hear the fluid has stopped building up. Did you have any reconstruction and did you have all lymph nodes removed?
You seem to be in same position as me - given the all clear from cancer but still having rads - do you know what area(s) your receiving rads to?
I've got my rads planning meeting with onc on Monday afternoon and I'm really hoping I will get some idea of dates - I'm at that stage now of wanting to get back to "normal" but knowing more treatment is waiting round the corner! Still must be patient and appreciate I'm not urgent priority.
I do hope you get to have your trip away to Italy.
I was told that direction is from hand to shoulders. I have always body brushed esp my legs as gets things moving and on legs helps cellulite. Imaging a tree from end of branch to trunk for both arms and legs.
Also skin movement such as moisturiser, rub in one direction from hands to shoulders and never up and down arm. Have to treat it like a one way street with hands behind dead end!
Hi Trisha - I too had DCIS as well as lump - they discovered mine after mammogram which showed up calcification behind the nipple of the affected breast - they carried out rather invasive biopsy whilst in the mammogram unit and this showed DCIS - following this discovery they decided I needed chemo first and surgery MX - secondly. Following surgery, my pathology report showed complete clearance - apparently the chemo had done it's job and the mx ensures it can't ever come back!!
I didn't appreciate it was a gene - I understood from surgeon, as Mishy says above, they are pre-cancerous cells which COULD turn cancerous.
What is the next plan of action for you?