I know that 10 days seems like an eternity but actually I honestly believe that you would not get any better treatment than through the NHS and attend your appointment as booked but that is entirely up to you.
Hello and welcome to the forum where you will get lots of help and support from the lovely ladies on here. If you read some of the posts on here where ladies like yourself have found lumps etc., you will hopefully get comfort that it does not always turn out to be cancer as there are a lot of other benign breast conditions it can be and the breast clinic is the best place to get these sorted as they dont just deal with cancer.
This is a horrible time whilst you are waiting to attend the breast clinic. One thing to remember is that not all lumps are cancer, there are a lot of benign breast conditions it could be.
The trouble is at times like this the anxiety monster takes hold of us and we can not think rationally. We start to get aches and pains which we believe is that the cancer has spread, which when thinking rationally is probably because of the stress of the situation and the tension we are feeling.
If you have a really good friend that you could confide in I am sure that would help you immensely and also that they could go to the clinic appointment with you. They can be a support for you and also another pair of ears, because even when we are told good news because of the heightened state we are in, we do not hear what is being said.
You should get your appointment date soon as they protocol is within 14 days from the date the referral is received by the breast clinic, please do not worry if it comes through with a date very soon in the future, that does not mean anything sinister, it is just that they have a slot free.
Try to take things one day at a time and set yourself small milestones so that you are not thinking too far ahead as honestly it is no good worrying about something that you do not know is going to happen yet.
If you are finding it hard to eat at the moment, try eating small snacks/meals.soups so that you are keeping up your strength because you really do not want to make yourself ill when you are looking after your children.
Come on here whenever you want and there will always be someone on here who will be able to support you.
Sending you a hug xxxx