Ladies - the day has arrived..... eeekss - the first mammo for mono boob at 3.20pm this afternoon - please keep me in your thoughts.... xx
Mishy - my lovely, you've just made a strong girl cry!
My thoughts are with you today and I know your Dad will be looking down at you and feel proud of what you've achieved throughout this past year. Losing a parent at any time is tough but whilst going through chemo, etc - what a real tough cookie you are.
So a big virtual hug for you my love - feel proud and give a big smile! xx
Mishy, Maggies will see you right. Never had such swift action as when I contact them. On the plus side ( is there one?) I was told that pain will be my constant companion for a while. Meaning years! Oh joy 😱 What we have had done to our poor bodies is so very invasive, and the rads leave so much scarring. My poorly breast does get quite hard and lumpy at times, but my registrar said it was quite normal after he examined me. A hot shower helps me. Hope everything went well with both counselling and examination. 🍀 X
Thank you for the Bra tips ladies...
Its really iinteresting for me reading how you are all doing after the treatment...
I like the phrase The new normal for me!! Think thats one I will have to accept for the future.
Us January 18 girls are all crawling to the end of Chemo now thank goodness. Its such a huge journey we go on together.
Shi I had no idea you had a scare lovely lady...Im so glad its all ok xxx
I had some cording a few months ago. Do persevere with exercises, but my bcn said that it is fine to count stretching for items etc as exercise. I often just stretch my arm behind my back and over my head while doing other things. As I go to the gym several times a week and go to yoga and Pilates, I count that as my exercise too as we stretch a lot. It seems to have helped get rid of the cording. Good luck.
RosieH, well done on surviving chemo! Yay! I had a single mx, no recon yet and I had M&S post surgery bra. It's like a sports bra style with zip front so it's easy to get in and out of after surgery. It's very supportive but you may feel you need a rest from it after a while, so.... I also purchased some cheaper soft sleep bras from Amazon which were really good. These were "Junlan" nursing sleep bras and although designed for breast feeding were very comfortable post surgery. For the first few days after surgery move around as little as possible to reduce fluid build up. Do you Physio but don't put much effort into it at first as you don't want to irritate the surgery area. You can build up the stretching gradually and your physiotherapist will keep you on target and let you know when to push a bit more. If you want to have a look at my blog you may find some useful tips in the surgery thread. Lifeafterlola.blogspot.com
Hope all goes well for you. Xx
Hello RosieH I had double mx and DIEP flap recon. What type of recon are you having?
I got some good value post surgery bras from Asda and also one from M&S, bit more expensive but really comfortable and supportive and you can claim the VAT back! Initially I was advised to wear a sports bra and I got a really supportive one called “ shock absorber “, it was tight but helped to keep the shape in the early days. I now wear it when I go to the gym. Again it wasn’t cheap although you can often get deals on sports shop websites and I’ve certainly got good use out of it.
Hi RosieH - welcome to our May group! We're all a little quieter on here now as we've moved to a secret facebook group.
Congratulations on finishing chemo - it's such an amazing feeling which I can still remember from last August when mine was completed!
I'm sorry I can't personally help with the post surgery bras - I had a single MX with no recon as I had to have rads.
I will put a post on our facebook page and ask if anyone can help you. What kind of recon are you having?
Good luck with the surgery when it arrives. x
Mai7, tried to look at the petition, but it won't let me, says access denied, so not sure how to go about signing it! I was able to look yesterday though! x
Ive just popped in from the January 18 starters group.
Ive finished Chemo YAY and Ive got my double Mx with recon in 3 weeks.
Im trying to find the baset post surgery bras...apparently you ladies on here are experts?
Any advise on bras and coping after surgery greatly received xx
Ladies - if you're not on our facebook group but would like to come to our meet up on Saturday 12 May in London please do pm me on here for more details.
A petition to sign opposing new proposed breast screening follow up:
Trisha - there is a thread "lympodema" under going through treatment - there are lots of posts relating to the subject and I believe breast lymphodema is mentioned on there quite a bit. Might be worth a browse x
Yes def feels better now and I can focus on getting back to being me. I just felt like I was on a treadmill that I couldn't get off and more was being put on me!
Hi all. Not sure who is on FB and who isnt now. Handed in my notice at work yesterday, should finish next Friday as so much annual leave left. Feeling relieved and somewhat calmer about life! Enjoy the weekend everyone, not so sunny here today.
Hi Mishy. When I saw the reconstruction surgeon last week, he looked at the reddish swelling I have between my breast and axilla, and has brought my appointment with my surgeon forward so he can check it. He thinks it may be a bit of lymphoedema but would like a professional opinion.
So I will get checked in 10 days time.