I had the results today told it is "slightly advanced " cancer . I haven't been given a grading but he did say it is hormone responsive and it will be treatable . Issues I have is he said the surgery - mastectomy and lymph gland clearance would not be till 3rd of December , I was so taken aback I didn't ask why so long for surgery when I was there, I have since contacted my breast care nurse to ask and she said she would get back to me tomorrow and I may need to see another surgeon if the one I saw has too many cases to do me sooner .
I will have chemo after the surgery and possibly radio therapy as well . ANY help advice would be gratefully received at this point , I will be ringing the help line tomorrow , seems I have lots to find out ! I have a support network of good friends . I had to tell my son and daughter tonight it was hard but they were positive about me getting through it as I was positive with them
Like I said , any help and advice gratefully received
I have put for you below the link to one of BCC's publications that I hope you find helpful.
Thank you Frances I will get onto that one , yes Macmillan said I can apply for some aid so I am doing that too , thanks for the tips on preparing for surgery ... hard for me to stay away from ill people I work in a GP surgery !!
I had my pre op assessment today and am feeling more up beat today
we will get through this !
Re Benefits...........i called the DWP helpline re Employment Support Allowance and I asked the lady to call me back, which she did. We filled out all of the form over the phone and I had to provide a GPs note (which she wrote out for 4 months). All was well and I now receive £71 per week. Hopefully this can work for you too. You are also entitled to 5 yrs free prescriptions and we have reduced car parking rates at our hospital. There is also a McMillan fund which you can put a claim into, for say, petrol fees for hospital treatments. There is help out there and you are entitled to it. I found the sooner the better was best.
Re Planning for surgery.........I took multivitamins, went for walks and got up straight with buying Xmas presents, some frozen food and cards. We are all different and we have different hobbies, budgets etc. I found that staying healthy, away from people with colds and bugs, making mince pies etc really helped. My sons are grown up but Ive spent a lot of time with my little great neices...........and this is my perfect medicine, as I dont have time to dwell or brood! and they are just sooo cutsie
Make a plan and stick to it...........you are surrounded by love and support Frances xx
Yes its all a bit of a daze and I am struggling to sort out what benefits ( if any ) I will be entitled to , I have spoken to so many people this week , got an appointment at citizen's advice next week and also have spoken to Macmillan about this . Bad enough trying to prepare for surgery but to have all the extra worry isnt a help at all .
I will stay strong tho thanks for the support Betty , I hope all goes well with your results too xxx
Thank you Betty , its tough times at the moment I feel exhausted today after yesterday's news , my phone hasn't stopped ringing with friends and also trying to sort out things financially , I am in process of a divorce .. just when I thought life was getting better .. but thems the breaks I guess just got to keep battling on .
I spoke to the helpline here - excellent and also spoke to my breast nurse ( twice ! ) lol so I am getting more answers now ..
I just wonder how to get stronger for the surgery .. just under 4 weeks to prepare
Do you know when you are having your treatment ? thanks for being in touch it helps to have someone here to talk to 🙂
I think my lump is large , possibly fast growing so it is total mastectomy and there is a lump in my axilla , so lymph clearance is also going to be done at same time .
They said chemo after 6-8 weeks healing from surgery , not sure when the radio will be , I opted not to have chemo first as they said it may not shrink tumour enough and I just wanted this to be out of my body ! I didnt do any research before I went for results and really had no idea what to ask so am looking for answers here now I need to speak to my breast care nurse obviously ... thanks for responding to me Betty it sounds like I can get through this 🙂
I havent been given a grading , he just said it would respond to tamoxifen and that I would need chemo and possibly radio therapy