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Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi ali46 - I’m really pleased to hear your good news, such a relief for you. You shouldn’t feel silly about worrying, it’s very normal and everyone feels the same to a greater or lesser degree. I hope your lymph nodes go down quickly and you can get the reassurance you want when they check them in 3 months - they will always be cautious and check carefully. 

Very best wishes to you

Evie xx

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi ali46. It’s normal to worry about a checkup. Give yourself a pat on the back, heave a big sigh and give yourself a treat!

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Thank you for all your good thoughts, my mammogram was clear. I have 3 slightly enlarged lymph nodes but they think they are due to a water infection I had recently. They will check them again in 3 months. I feel so relieved and silly for worrying so much. Hopefully I will remember when I go for the next one. 

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi ali - we are indeed all thinking of you and will be there holding your hand as you go for the results. Really good that you are trying to stay positive. Please do come back and let us know how you get on - if you want to of course.

Evie xx

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Thank you for your best wishes. I had the mammogram on Thursday and see my consultant this week for the results. I am still panicking but I'm trying to stay positive. Knowing you are all thinking of me helps so much. I'll let you know the results xxx

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hello Ali,

Hope everything went ok for you today and you are feeling a bit better about things.

Best Wishes to you,

Chick x

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi ali46 - some good points from Lucy51, that makes a lot of sense to me too. I also wanted to wish you all the best for your mammogram tomorrow - let us know how you get on.

Hugs, Evie xx

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi Ali46

 

just visited this site after some time and read your post. maybe the time lapse between treatment and your 2nd mammogram has caused you to feel stressed. A year on everything was still very fresh in your mind but 2 years there's more distance and you've probably got some kind of normality back. 

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, try not to worry too much (easier said than done I know!) 

💞💞

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Thank you both for your messages. I am doing my best to take my mind off things, I just don't understand why it's affecting my so much this time. Last year I was fine, until the day I had to go for my mastectomy results but everything was good. It helps to know its not just me feeling like this. My mastectomy is booked for 18th July and I go see my consultant on the 25th so not too long to wait. Hope you are both well x

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hi ali46 - great advice from Chick and a hug from me too. I had my mx in May 2017 and dread all of my follow up appointments so I know exactly where you are coming from. It’s very normal to feel as you do. Can you try to distract yourself with other tasks/fun stuff to keep your mind from going into overdrive? Or set aside a specific time in the day to worry? It is of course easier to suggest these things than for me to do them myself!!

All the very best to you, Evie xx

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Re: Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

Hello Ali, 

If you do a quick site search,  you will find that "scanxiety" as it has been termed, is quite normal so I hope that gives you a little reassurance. 

 

If it's of any help,  I try and look at these checks positively whichever way.  They can reassure by  giving an indication that all is chugging on fine for now or they can give us an early alert to potential problems and the earlier we are alerted then the earlier we can get on with dealing with them.  I also feel better about a system where checks are offered and available than a system with no checks.   As silly as it sounds,  I get more uptight about doing my self checks sometimes but this may be because that is how I found the initial cancer. 

 

I had my mastectomy a month before you.  I had my first post surgery check and mammo in Jan 2018.  My second check in Sept 2018  as I had area of concern about the mastectomy side.  I also had ultrasound and a fine needle aspiration at the time as well.  I am assuming my third check will be in Sept this year.   So my checks and mammos are a bit out of sorts but really glad we have the services and facilities in place to check and respond.  

 

Have you got a date through?  You could always ring and check with the hospital if waiting for a date to come through is causing you extra tension.   I wish you all the very best with your mammo/check.  I hope it is a place that can give you the result the same day as attending. 

Best wishes, 

Chick 🐣 x

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Nearly 2 years after mastectomy

I had a mastectomy in July 2017 and am coming up to my 2nd annual mammogram and can feel my panic rising and I don't know why. I am more worried this year than I was last year. I'm trying to cope as normal in front of the kids and my family but in my head I am convinced they will find something. Is it normal to feel like this? I don't have any symptoms like I had when I was originally diagnosed. Thanks for any advice x