Hi, I'm sorry I haven't replied to your message sooner. I generally just pop in now and again to check if anyone has been on the thread. As I'm sure you have noticed the thread is rather quiet. Being in this situation, especially when you've just been diagnosed, is very very scary and you feel that the bottom of your world has just fallen out. I find that once I know what is happening and what treatment I'm having I can deal with things better as something is being done. I hope since Thursday 9th you may be feeling much much better and that radiation is all that you require but if you have to have chemo there is plenty of support on here.
If you read through all the old threads you will find that there is a wee group of us who meet up for support if required and generally to have a laugh along with some grub and alcohol. If you would be interested in joining us you would be very welcome.
Hope to hear from you soon.
PS We do have a Facebook page which currently is private but I plan to open it up so more ladies who are looking for others in the same situation in Northern Ireland can get in touch.It is called Northern Ireland Bossom Buddies. It should be opened up in a couple of days.
I am going to hospital on Thursdayn to find out what treatment io need for my breast cancer. I know i will be getting radiation and i might need chemo. Am so scared.
Hiya - I live in NI and was recently disgnosed with breast cancer. Had 2 ops (lump and lymph nodes) and have just had my 2nd dose of chemo on 8th Oct. Took a bad turn after the first one so ended up in the cancer centre for 8 nights but am not letting it get me down. The main thing I find is that, living alone, I get so bored - it would be great to meet up with folk in the same boat and know that when you are chatting everyone knows exactly what you are on about!
I am fortunate to have family close by who have been great in supporting me but they have their own lives as well, my neighbours - well what can I say, they have been wonderful. Living alone, they look out for me as tho I was one of their own and that kind of support can't be measured.
Despite the initial depression at first being diagnosed, I decided to adopt a positive attitude - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and I Have been stronger, didn't realise how gutsy I was until push came to shove. I am on the FEC-T then radiotherapy and - just to make doubly sure - a year on Herceptin.
I decided to shave my head when the hair started to fall out - I blame the Wash 'n' Go shampoo my sister in law brought me, I washed the hair went lol! It was odd to see myself with no hair - still is at times - but I look in the mirror and know this is a means to an end.
I have a friend who had a mastectomy around the same time I had my ops and she adopted a very negative attitude - I personally feel attitude is everything, instead of Why Me, it''s why NOT me - am I so special that I should be discounted when it comes to the cancer lottery!?
I hope you don't think I am a weirdo, I'm not. Just another person who was touched by this horrible affliction - my nurse friend said it's not al illness, it's a condition and it's going to be sorted! She is right - i intend to smile and be happy - not least because I am still alive 🙂