Yes best to be prepared isnt it, I went in on the Tuesday morning, had all the blood tests, ECG and bits and pieces and then the op next day, was home Thursday lunchtime, think it varies from hospital to hospital though and they did warn me beforehand that it would be 2 nights.
I'm Welsh, from Cardiff , I've just the one daughter who's 26 and 2 grandchildren a little girl who was 7 last week and a baby boy 7 months. They live near to me and my partner so we are lucky and see lots of them which is a very welcome distraction at the moment! I love being a Nan it's fab, all the good bits and not so much of the hard work.
I think you will be fine for a few days away Flower, be something to look forward to as well. All the best for Tuesday and I'll message you later in the week see how you are doing ok.
Thanks for replying. All packed for hospital tomorrow, Monday. They say they may keep me in overnight after the radioisotope injection and ward visit so I'm going prepared. I've also been on a clinical trial of a new drug along with anadtrozole as well, for fifteen days before surgery. They will be giving me a health check, blood pressure, ECG etc and asking questions as to how I've been feeling on the drugs etc. Glad when surgery is all over on Tuesday, this stage anyway. Hope everything is good for you on the 3rd September. Enjoy your break, even a day or two away can make a difference. My husband and I are considering a few days away after surgery, when I'm feeling comfortable, before radiotherapy etc, but it' maybe too early to think that way till we see how things are.
I'm from Fife in Scotland. Are you from England. How many g/children? I have two, girl of ten and boy of eight. xx Flower
If you click on my user name on the to the left hand side of my message it will take you to another screen. on the right there is an option to add me as a friend. I've just added you so I'm assuming if you add me too, we can then message each other. Hope this helps!
Thanks me too. No problem it's nice to have somebody in the same boat to compare notes with isn't it and a bit of support too. I had never been on a forum before but I have found this one very useful, lots of info and advice. I will see if I can friend you, not sure how to do it either but I'll give it a go ok!
Yes I felt so relieved once the op was done and again last week when I got the results. I think whilst things are actually happening it's easier to cope with, it feels like I'm moving forward and a bit more in control. Hopefully you will get your results quicker than I did, my surgeon was on holiday which added an extra week.
I've had my letter today for my initial appointment with the oncologist on September 3rd which is good timing as I'm going away for a long weekend the next day - only to Butlins with the family and grandchildren but have been really looking forward to it so at least I can still sneak that in!
All the best for Tuesday Flower, it was ok honestly and 4 weeks on I feel pretty 'normal' again - for now!. Like I said, I will try and friend you now so we can keep in touch.
Glad to hear it's almost finished and you have been ok with it, that's good news. I'm settled-ish again for now, waiting for the chemo appointment letter will be my undoing again if anything, must try and get some extra patience from somewhere for all this waiting we have to do!
Look after yourself
Nice to speak with you, hope you are doing ok. I had WLE and several sentinel nodes removed for biopsy on 22nd July. It all went much better than I had imagined - never had general anaesthetic before and was really nervous! Had a bit of a wait for the results but went last Friday when the surgeon confirmed that the lymph nodes they took were all clear and the tumour was out with clear margins too. Then they explained that tests confirmed that it was oestrogen positive (ER+) and also HER2+ which is a cell protein as I understand it. Good news in as much as I don't need any further surgery but will need chemo and also herceptin for the HER2+ side of it and afterwards, Tamoxifen for the ER+ and radiotherapy.
Have had a few weeks to get used to the idea of chemo which scared me silly at first but now I'm thinking let's just throw everything we can at it! I am waiting now for for my first appointment with the oncologist to plan the chemo etc and really hoping it won't be too long.
I hope that helps but any questions just fire them off, I'm only a month ahead of you and I would be happy to try and help. Sorry if this is long and rambling!
I've just realised that I didn't even ask how many nodes they actually removed but never mind! Sounds like you knew about the HER2+ status from the initial biopsy? They just told me mine was a fast moving type but didn't elaborate and at that stage I didnt know enough to ask further.
Good luck for Tuesday, I'll be thinking about you and let me know how you get on.
Take care, Linda x
glad you are feeling a bit more settled now
rads will finish end of next week, not a walk in the park to be honest but nearly done
Im new to this but have read your thread and wonder how you got on with finding out your results after surgery.
Im having SNB and WLE/ lumpectomy surgery on Tuesday. Grade 2 h/r positive invasive cancer.
I'll be glad when it's over and get the results. Did they remove the SLN or was it just a biopsy?
Hope you're keeping well and coping ok with your treatment if it's started.
Thanks - I have to agree the waiting has been the worst thing in all this so far, so much time to imagine the worst and worry yourself silly. Yes, at least I'm moving forward at last and considering I was so upset when chemo was first mentioned weeks ago, I'm now just so relieved by my results I almost can't wait to have a start date and get moving on the next stage of this unreal chapter in my life.
I've been reading lots of threads on here which has helped a lot. How are you finding rads? Hope it's going well for you and thanks again for your kind words along the way.
great to hear from you and good that you now know what you are up against. Waiting for the outcome is an awful time
maybe you can get some support from other ladies waiting to start their chemo and one of those threads
I decided not to have chemo and am currently half way through rads
all the best linda if you are not easily offended I have a great laugh with a small group in surgery and living alone or add me as a friend if you want to private message
Just wanted to update everybody who was kind enough to respond to my original post. Got my results on Friday, good news - lump was larger than they thought at 3cm but removed with clear margins and no lymph nodes affected! It was oestrogen and her2 positive so I'll be having 6 cycles of chemo, then 3 weeks rads, 12 herceptin injections and then tamoxifen. I am so relieved and feel so much better just knowing there is a plan. I am waiting for a start date now for chemo and will post again once I have full details. Maybe I will start a new thread in different section - I will look into that, still not very good at this!
Thank you so much to everybody who took the time to reassure me in the beginning - I am very grateful to this forum and to the lovely ladies who make it what it is.
so glad you're feeling better now you've had the surgery, take it easy and take the painkillers x
Re waiting for the results, usually the medical teams meet regardless of whether the surgeon is not around, I was in the same position as you and I spoke to the bc nurse who was able to get her hands on them I still had to go back and see surgeon the following week tho
Thank you all for your kind and positive comments, much appreciated! Sorry it's taken a while but just wanted to give you all an update (and hope I'm using the right reply option cos I'm still finding my way around here!).
Went in last Tuesday for my WLE/lumpectomy and SNB and came home Thursday - all much better than I expected and had got myself in a right old state on the morning of surgery. The SNB injection was done the day before the op and honestly was not as bad as I had imagined and the op itself, despite being absolutely petrified at the thought of general anaesthetic, I knew nothing at all about it - everybody told me this but I was not convinced lol.
I did nothing but sleep for the first day I was home and have been uncomfortable and aching more than in actual pain but today exactly a week on, I feel like I might be on the mend. Am taking things very easy and just going with the flow. Had to get my wounds redressed on Monday as the dressings had come adrift and I'm not ready to look but my daughter did, braver than me!
I've just bought some fab crop top soft seamfree bras from Peacocks online which are amazing - I have been struggling to find anything comfortable so that has helped!
My surgeon is on hols so I have a bit of a wait until results and treatment plan on 14th August. I feel positive again at the moment and I will just have to deal with whatever I find out when I get that far. Sorry for this long rambling post but just wanted all you kind supportive ladies to know I'm ok. Hope you are all doing well and I will keep you all posted.
just a quick thing, button up the front shirts and crop tops instead of bras are great after surgery.
A horse is major! I did get a cat though, 1st pet I have ever had
afraid I am a hugger, so sending you both one xxx
I'm just butting in to mention that there is a gloosary of terms and abbreviations on the website which I thought might be helpful:
Very best wishes
Hi Linda,Claudia here. I was diagnosed with what you have,but grade 4 in May 2012,so am a BC'survivor' ! Only came on here a few days ago to see if there was anything about sweating with hormone therapy(that joy awaits you!)but got interested in peoples posts. Please be assured that for most of us,its the unknown that is the scary bit. I looked up everything I could,knowledge is power imo. I am already impressed that you know so many acronyms,I worked out SNB for myself(I had LNB)but have no idea what an WLE is ? Don't worry about waiting for your surgery,I had a big wedding to go to in June(2012)and my surgeon said'go to your wedding and come in the next day'(NHS obvs) Yes,you must not ignore it,and fast treatment is key,but he said a week either way wasn't going to make any difference. I'm laid back,but he was horizontal !
Have you been assigned a Macmillan nurse yet ? If not,ask why. Mine was amazing,your friends and family want to help,but are as scared and clueless as you. She on the other hand has(virtually)all the answers. Have a look at my other posts too,it may help. (Sorry,I'm not an emoticon or"hugs"type person but I WILL help you in any way I can)
its funny how most of the ladies here haven't posted on forum's either, I stumbled across this quite by accident!
With a bit of luck you will get home same day as op, I walked, albeit v slowly, of the ward and into waiting car. Take any pain relief on offer and keep it topped up x
lots of virtual hand holding here
Thank you so much it's great to hear I am not going completely nuts although it did feel like on that day in particular. I am glad that your surgery went so well that's really reassuring. I am nervous particularly of the SNB but also keen to get on with things as well. I will let you know how I get on, and I am trying my best now to take it a step at a time and stay positive! Thank you again, Linda xx
Thank you for your replies - just the thought of your lovely son in the lingerie dept at M&S was enough to make me smile! I have a lovely daughter and 2 young grandchildren who have been distracting me like crazy the last few days and I am feeling more together. I have told close friends and family and work colleagues who have all been amazing, as has my partner even though he is not the emotional type he has been brilliant. That's why I felt so silly, I am so lucky I have lots of love and support but I think I just needed to hear from people who had experience of this siuation too. I have never posted on a forum in my life but am so glad I did! I will look into the friends option as I think that may be really helpful.
Thank you again, Linda xx
Hi Nick thank you so much for your message, sounds like we are in a very similar situation. Yes I agree the waiting is the worst and very stressful. I am trying now not to think any further ahead than the op next week and then see how I feel.
I will certainly let you know how it goes as it may be helpful for you come 3rd August. It is such a relief and comfort to hear from people like yourself, thank you again. Take care Linda xx
I agree with Sarah, best not to look at those, concentrating on your own situation is most important right now
Have you told family and friends, work colleagues etc yet?
maybe you can get them to rally round and organise some treats before surgery, day's out, spa day, etc trying to keep your mind occupied, I know it's difficult. I think myself as lucky because I was diagnosed one week and had surgery the following Monday so I had no time to do anything but come her and shout HELP!
my son was with me and I dragged him round marks and Spencer looking for suitable bras, he's 22, a total diamond, but the underwear dept was a bit too much lol
same goes for you Linda!
and do remember that all the lovely ladies here will handhold all the way. There is a part about going through treatment that might help as well
deep breaths, there's a lot of people who have been right where you are now amd we will all try to keep you sane and share our own experiences which may help you
If you add folks as friends as well you can private message if you want to keep it private
I'm so sorry you had to join the "bc club", but here we are and you will be able to get things off your chest without upsetting family and friends, but make sure they know how afraid you are, don't brush it off as something that they don't need to get involved in
love to you
Thank you for your reply - I am so happy to hear my out of control emotions are normal if you know what I mean! Yes I get the roller coaster thing already, that sums up the last 2 weeks perfectly so far. So glad your WLE/SNB went well and you recovered quickly, thats good news. I will certainly let you all know how it goes and thanks again for the reassurance, Linda xxx
Thank you for your reply. I feel much better today knowing that you have all felt like this along the way. It's really good to hear that the chemo has been doable, that's reassurance in itself!
I'm so grateful for this forum and kind ladies like you.
Thanks again, Linda xxx
Yes that's exactly what I needed, to hear from ladies who have come out the other side! Better day today so onwards and upwards! Linda xxx
Thank you for your quick reply and reassurance. I will certainly have a look at the link, much appreciated.
Thank you so much for the reassuring reply, it's so comforting to be able to talk to somebody who has been through it and knows how all this feels.
I think I was so swept up with it all at first that it's only now it's really sinking in but thank goodness for this forum and the experiences of other ladies such as yourself.
You're right, I think a bit of adjustment time is needed and going with the flow sounds like a plan!
Thank you again for replying so quickly.
Welcome to the forums. I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis, the first few weeks are always difficult when coming to terms with your diagnosis and treatment.
As well as the support you will receive on the forums you might find it helpful to order the BCC resources pack. It has been specifically designed for those newly diagnosed and contains information to help you understand your diagnosis, test results and the various treatments available. If you would like to order a copy just follow the link bellow:-
You may also like to talk things through with one of the helpline staff, they are there to offer emotional support as well as provide information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and lines are open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-2 Saturday.
I was diagnosed last Friday after being told the previous week my lump was probably cancerous and have just met today with my lovely breast cancer care nurse. I am being admitted for WLE and SLB on Tuesday (22nd) and know that I will have 3 weeks radiotherapy further down the line. She mentioned today that I will probably also have chemo as the tumour is a fast moving type. I was feeling pretty positive and together but for some reason, I have now kind of fallen apart! I feel pathetic because I've cried all afternoon and feel really scared and low - I know this is probably normal and tomorrow I may well be back on the positive bus but today I am not coping too well. I hope I've done this ok cos I have never posted on any kind of forum before but then again, I've never been in this situation before either! I have a lovely supportive family and friends but I could really use some input from people in the same boat.