Yes agreed, Hilsby, I appreciate life more, and it does give you a kick up the bum for sure. I do enjoy my life a lot and a lot has happened (good stuff) since that horrible year when I was diagnosed and I feel very lucky. I just have wobbly moments every now and again.
When were you diagnosed with it? I did have several nodes involved although I never asked how many as I just didn't want to know. I was tested for the BRCA gene but it was negative however we do have a bit of a family history even so. So sorry it managed to spread but having Herceptin means that it can keep it in check for a very long time. The worry doesn't really seem to go away so you just sort of live with it hanging over your shoulders although people do say to me what's the point of worrying if it's going to come back it will but just enjoy your life! It's easy for people to say because I am who I am and that's how I am!
Sure, I found a lump under my armpit whilst I was getting in the shower, it was big like an egg yolk. I knew the next day I was going straight to my GP who examined me and found a big lump in my breast - how I didn't know about that I'll never understand but both must have grown really quickly. I was diagnosed quickly with a 4-5cm lump and was HER2+ which meant I needed Herceptin.
I had 6 sessions of chemo - FEC & Taxotere and 18 sessions of Herceptin. While having the chemo I could feel and see the lumps decreasing in size as time went on. Three weeks after chemo finished I had a mastectomy followed a few years later by a preventative mastectomy to the other side. I had 15 sessions of rads to 3 areas together with a few boosters plus a special bolus that they place on the area where the lump was.
I actually just had my revision surgery to my reconstruction last week so recovering. There's a lot more in between and I had various complications but fast forward to now and I'm 7 years down the line.
I like to keep up to date with the various treatments that are given as it makes me feel more empowered. Sorry I haven't been able to give you any advice but I'm sure somebody will come along who can.
Just wanted to say I'm sure somebody will come along soon who can tell you their experiences and I hope your operation goes smoothly.