I’m in a similar position to you. My first diagnosis was in 2010 - grade 3, invasive, no node involvement. I had lumpectomy (like you, needed 2 goes), chemo, radio, herceptin, 5 years tamoxifen and am now on letrozole. Despite all that, I had got my life back, qualifying as a teacher in 2013 and cancer was just an occasional worry.
Then in August last year I was called back after a routine mammo and found out I have DCIS in the other breast. I’ve had 3 surgeries since then but the area of abnormal cells was much larger than expected so I’m waiting for a date for a mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by radiotherapy. My pre-op assessment is this Friday.
I have to say I don’t really know most of the time how I feel - it’s such a jumble. One day I can be really positive, relieved that it wasn’t secondaries and that I don’t need chemo this time. The next day I’m in bits that I’m going to lose a breast and frustrated that I can’t work (as a supply teacher, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid).
So virtual hugs to you. This is not an easy path we’re on - cancer casts a long shadow - but we will get through it, just like we did the last time.
I am sending you warm thoughts and good wishes, and I hope your surgery at the end of December went well. I hope 2020 brings you many more good things than 2019 did.
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Third time now. Not sure how I’m feeling, numb, annoyed, angry.
The first time was found at the mobile screening unit in May 2012, DCIS, high grade, age 54. Had a lumpectomy, then a second one to get clear margins, followed by 3 weeks of radiotherapy, finishing in October. I went off and put it all behind me.
Then in June 2013, after my first follow up mammogram I was diagnosed with a recurrence, again high grade DCIS with micro invasions, and more widespread than the first time. I had a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction with LD flap and implant, clear nodes. Lots of problems with the reconstruction (lymphoedema, luckily short lived, limited movement in my shoulder, weaker back). However through a combination of Bowen Therapy, massage, and various types of exercise recently I’ve felt like I’ve got my body back, and was in quite a good place.
A couple of weeks ago I went for my first mammogram since my 5 year follow up appointments finished, was recalled, and told very quickly that I have a lump in the other breast. Grade 2,invasive. I’m awaiting ER and HER2 results.
I’ve asked for a mastectomy with an immediate reconstruction, just an implant though. It seemed the right decision, my surgeon wasn’t surprised I asked and I will have the surgery at the end of December. I’m waiting to hear if I’ll need any other treatment. I seemed to get off so lightly last time I’m a bit worried that this time there will be more.
Sorry this is so long , there’s a lot to explain