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pecan
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Re: Bye bye ovaries

It's the sneakiness of this disease that gets one, isn't it?  The silent invisibilty of it all.  Treatment, side effects, more treatment for side effects... Hang in there Rosie.  I'll be hanging in there with you, protesting all the way!

 

Cathy

rosietd
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Due to start on Anastrozole shortly. Slightly dreading it, having read a lot about side effects and stuff. Oncologist is also talking about putting me on a three year curse of zoledronic acid (think that is what it's called) to strengthen my bones. Seeing breast cancer specialist on Tuesday so hopefully this will all be firmed up then.

 

I am aiming to hit the ground running in January - surgery behind me and living in the moment!

 

xxxx

Jencat
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Bug hugs sound fine Rosie! Smiley Happy

I'm eating a little healthier now I feel a bit more normal, but I think the main thing is as long as I'm eating it doesn't matter too much what it is at the moment!

Sorry to hear you've had an infection Rosie, sounds really painful. Hope you didn't have to stay in hospital. Glad you're responding well to the antibiotics and hopefully it won't be long be you're feeling much better.

What bc treatment have you still got to have? Sorry to ask, but I can't remeember what everyone's having-poor memory due ot old age! Smiley Happy xx

rosietd
Member

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Oops, I meant BIG hugs, not bug hugs!!

😉

rosietd
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Stick with the 'eat what you fancy' approach Jencat - it's working for me! 😉

 

Healing well after the op but went down with a bladder and kidney infection last week and ended up back at the hospital on Thursday. In a word - ouch. Seems to be responding to antibiotics and I am starting to feel more normal, thank goodness. This op has definitely been harder than the lumpectomy, which I wasn't expecting at all, but I am learning to pace myself. Not my usual approach!

 

Bug hugs to all.

xxx

Jencat
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She was ok thanks CK, but moaned the injection hurt and then her arm ached! YD isn't good with needles though, that's why I went with her. I didn't feel my flu jab when I had it, but then perhaps it's cause I've had quite a few injections recently!

Yes, I'm eating well and tastebuds seem to be more or less ok now. Just a few little things not quite right-mints that I normally eat seem very hot now and likewise, Wethers Originals! xx

CK
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Jencat and Rosie!
Go for it!!!Yum yum!!!

Ive just stuffed myself with half of a lg Cheese and Onion pie with roast potatoes and strawberries and ice cream to follow!!!

At least you are eating whatever it is and building up your energy and sysyem for next cycle.

How was daughter after flu jab?xxx
CK
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Anadan So sorry to hear this I felt like this a few months ago but I sacked my date as I cant be bothered wth men who cannot cope! If they dont stick with you through this and find excuse, well, harsh as it sounds! Get rid!!! We need to concentrate on us now and need positivity and strong peoole around us! You can do this! We can do this!
We are and can be treated and mended! Yes, its a bit of time out of our usual routine but with such advanced treatment nowadays BC is one of the easiest to be treated!
You are not alone! We are all going through the emotions, the stress, learning how to cope, the loss of confidence and self esteem, how to deal with people, family, work and the at the same time coping with treatment and how to make it easier for ourselves!
It takes some time to learn how to cope with all rhese things thrown at us which take each day as it comes and come on here to moan, ran, let out your stress. Talk to your friends, family, join local centres with people in similar situations, find where they do therapies like yoga, mindfulness, breathing exercises! These will help!
Call the helpline on here, MacMillan, speak to your BC nurse and get it all off your chest!
It does get easier! I know ladies with large tumours and they are getting on in life just fine!

You will do this! Lots of love.xxxxx


anadan
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I can hardly cope with this act of' dewomanising' me - my life long partner is leaving, my tumour is big, which equals mastectomy and it is hormone receptor positive, which means treatment with menopausal side effects 😞 nothing left for me whatsoever and it is depressing 😞
rosietd
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Good for you Jencat. I had an enormous piece of cake today and I mopped up every last crumb. Delicious.

xxxx

Jencat
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I had some muslei for breakfast today Rosie, so a bit healthier! Smiley Happy The chemo nurse told me yesterday to eat what I fancy too, so I'm doing what I'm told! Lol xxx

rosietd
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A little of what you fancy etc. Jencat - my cake consumption has gone through the roof over the past week or so, but my appetite is all over the place, so I am eating what I fancy.

xxx

Jencat
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Stuffing myself with lots of unhealthy food CK! Smiley Happy Don't know what's happened to my taste buds! xx

CK
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Hows Jencat doing? Getting plenty of rest I hope.xx
Jencat
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Of course, radiotherapy! Duh! Smiley Happy I'll blame it on the fact that my brain was mush yesterday!

How much gap will you have from finishing chemo until you start RT Xena? xx

CK
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Pecan
Its good to hear the hole is smaller! Why not nibble on nuts? Hope sleep pattern better now:)

Rosie
Exactly, we just do as they say to get mended! Enjoy your treats! Im quite liking my own company at the moment. Anything loud goes though my head and I just want quiet.xx

Jencat
Plenty of rest is good! Rest whilst you can as it all catches up as we go along.xx

Xena
Hipe RT app goes well and you can get started. I have another op to clear margins b4 Rads so a long journey.xx
Xena75
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Yes radiotherapy...I'm to lazy lol!

pecan
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Radiotherapy?

Jencat
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What's RT Xena? I'm sure it's something obvious and I'm just being a bit thick! (I'll blame it on my chemo brain!) xx

Xena75
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Jencat I’ve just had my fourth this Friday just gone. So yes, counting down to the last two!
Because my chemo regimen has changed and I now can’t have the docetaxal, my side effects aren’t actually as bad as they were, so aside from tiredness for first week and feeling quite gaggy for a couple of days, I seem to be ok. I have the filgrastim ?! Injections and they give me a very weird throbbing back and some aches in the sternum but I can cope with it.

Also had an appointment with a new onc that specialises in RT- due to start Xmas week! Just plowing on through best I can, want to get the job done!

Thanks for asking- lots of blurb there!
Jencat
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Thanks Xena x Not back to normal yet Smiley Sad Been really tired today, didn't get up until after 4! I never usually stay in bed even when I'm poorly! How are you? Is it 2 more to go for you? xx

Xena75
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Jencat, how are you now first chemo is out the way? Are you back to feeling normal yet? Well done 1st one ticked off!

pecan
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Thanks, Xena.  Yes, it does seem never ending.  Waiting now for another appointment with the oncologist.

Finally just the Pico dressing, no more packing in the wound.  Next step - naked breast!  Yay.

Xena75
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Rosietd, glad the stitches coming out has helped a little. I'm sure again this must feel like its never ending, but as you say, its all for a very good reason and you need to do  whatever it takes too keep the cancer away.

 

 

I am having genetics done next month as I am young with tnbc, so I'm trying to mentally prep myself in case I have the brca1 gene. This would mean double MX and ovaries removed I believe. But, for me I have to do whatever it takes to be here for as long as I can for my children (6&4)   Take care.

Xena75
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Pecan, glad to hear your wound seems to be healing now, what a long road to recovery you have had. It must feel never ending.

rosietd
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Hello lovely ladies - yes, stitches out which has definitely taken the edge off the soreness. Had a thorough talking-to from the nurse, telling me to take it very easy, have afternoon naps, etc. etc. Easier said than done when you live alone isn't it? She also stated the blindingly obvious, which is that I have had two lots of fairly major surgery in the space of 10 weeks, so my body has had a bit of a shock. But I am looking at this through the cancer lens - if all this treatment helps to keep Mr Cancer at bay, then that is a very good reason for doing it. Seems more manageable when you look at it that way.

 

I have had daily visits this week from friends with cake, so there is an upside! And I am still ticking over on work (laptop on lap) because my way of getting through all this is to keep working as much as I can. 

 

Jencat - how are you?

xxx

pecan
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I woke at 3.30 and wish I could have milk, cookies, and Maltesers.  Sigh.  Freaking diabetes, obesity, and breast cellulitis, mean nothing sweet allowed.  Not to mention another round of antibiotics which mean no eating from 3am to 6am so I can take the tablets at 5am.

 

On a positive note, it looks as if the hole is getting smaller.

 

Sorry to hijack the post, CK and Rosie.  I was surprised to see a post this early.

 

Cathy

CK
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Hows Rosie after stictches out? Hopefully more comfortable now and pain eased off.xx

Jencat, how are you coping! You will get tired,so plenty of rest and Im sure you have all your goodies to suck on and raid the fridge if needed at whatever time! I woke up at 4.30am and drinking milk and eating maltesers and Chicken flavoured crisps:)
Jencat
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Sorry you're feeling so sore though Rosie, hopefully you'll feel better once you have the stitches removed. Sending you a hug xxx

Jencat
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Hi Rosie, not too bad thanks, managed to go out with ED for a couple of hours this afternoon and did some shopping! Feeling a bit tired now,so just had a dose! xxx

rosietd
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How are you feeling Jencat?

xxx

rosietd
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Have to admit I am really sore at the moment. This op is proving harder than the lumpectomy, due to where it is I guess. Stitches are coming out Thursday afternoon, so hopefully that will help.

 

In the meantime, I await the menopause any day now 😉

 

Hugs to all.

xxxx

CK
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Hope tou are 9k now Rosie. Take care.xx
Jencat
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Thank you Rosie x How are you today? xx

rosietd
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Take care Jencat. Sending hugs.

xxx

Jencat
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Thank you Helena x It was a long day at the hospital-over 8 hours, so tired (but not very sleepy yet!) and I feel a bit queasy, but otherwise ok xxx

ladybowler
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Jencat

 

Hope your first chemo went well today xxx

Jencat
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Thank you Rosie, had my first chemo today! Thinking of you too and hope you feel better very soon xxx

rosietd
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Had my op on Saturday. Came home yesterday and am now attempting to take it easy at home. Have to admit this op has affected me day to day much more than the lumpectomy, probably due to the fact it is abdominal surgery. 

 

Conscious I have been offline for a few days, so hoping you are all ok.

 

Jencat - I think chemo starts this week? - will be thinking of you.

xxx

rosietd
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Thanks for your lovely messages - hugely appreciated.

xx

Chaffinch17
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Best of luck for your surgery we are here when needed x
CK
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Rosie
Great idea to keep tourself busy until op! Good luck, next stage to recovery!
If you need cheeting up loiok at my Emotuonal and Grateful thread and you will be in stitches!!!(literally speaking)😄😄
CherryBakewell
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Evening Rosie

 

Just wanted to wish you all the very best for your op, we'll all be rooting for you...

 

🍒 Bakewell xx

rosietd
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Pre op assessment all done, so full steam ahead to op at end of this week. Extremely apprehensive, so I have planned a ridiculously busy work week, in an effort to distract myself.

 

Lovely ladies - I have been really busy over the past couple of weeks and have probably missed heaps of threads and comments - so I just wanted to send hugs to all as you work your way through your various cancer journeys.

 

Apols in advance then if I am a tad elusive this week, but rest assured I will be keeping an eye on the forum.

xxx

pecan
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I'm still trying to find a way to improve the quality of my life sooner rather than later.

CK
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Morning ladies
Just remember whatever and however we are feeling it's all to give us a better quality of life in the future. xxx
rosietd
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Good to hear from you all. Like you Jencat, I am doing what I can to influence the things that are within my control. Have to admit I am.apprehensive about the next op - or more precisely, the instant menopause afterwards! - but there is no other option. So with that perspective, it is a good thing because it reduces my recurrence risk.
xxx
Jencat
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Yes, it's horrible when you can't sleep properly pecan and are uncomfy.

My appetite is a bit up and down, but I am trying to eat healthier. My daughter is very much into healthy food and as she rightly said, it's one thing we can control when we can't with treatment plans.

Thanks for asking about me, I'm a bit up and down at the moment, not helped after my onc meeting last Wednesday when she presented me with statistics which weren't great and I hadn't asked for! 

Sue W saw oncologist today and starts chemo in 3-4 weeks time xx

pecan
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Thanks Jencat, I'm not feeling bad at all.  Just limited by my wound, and unable to sleep properly as a result.

I have lost a stone in weight, and my blood sugar is under control, so I'm doing very well.  I now have heaps more energy.  Still in limbo, though, regarding treatment.  I know WHAT they want, I just don't know WHEN.

 

How are you doing?  I have lurked now and then, but not really caught up with how everyone is.  How is SueW Doing, too?

Jencat
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Sorry to hear you're still feeling poorly Pecan xx