This thread is a chance for you to say hello and “meet” others attending the Forum. I will check in regularly and if you have any questions do let me know and I will do my best to answer them.
Hello, I am really looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow too - I don't know anyone. I'd be lying if I didn't admit I am also looking forward to a night away from it all in a hotel! I was diagnosed with BC age 36 in December 2010 - bilateral mx and tamoxifen. Recurrence 6 months later so more surgery, rads, and a switch to Zoladex and Letrozole - since then I've had an oophorectomy so no more monthly injections, and will be on the Letrozole probably forever. I found out along the way that I'm BRCA1 positive. I've two children, 7 and 4.
See you tomorrow morning! Charlotte
Lovely thank you very much. I only received an email on the 6th Sept offering me a place as someone had dropped out so maybe that's the reason. Look forward to seeing you all x
I have passed this on to the relevant department, who should get back to you shortly. If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Hi I see some of you are travelling down on the Thurs eve - have you been given details of the hotel we're staying in on the Fri night? I know the forum is being held in Southwark but apart from that I've not received any further details so was hoping I may receive more information this wk (I'm hoping I've not missed an email??)
Here's the link to the page where you can contact BCC re the YW forum in London.
I will also be interested in recon experiences... I am waiting to have my recon having finished active treatment last year 🙂
Zoe - I will be coming in on the Peterborough train..I hope you managed to find our YBCN group..
Looking forward to meeting you all in London 🙂
@ everythingisro - No problem I'd be more than happy to talk to you about my reconstruction (I had a LD Backflap recon), I'm currently on the waiting list for my nipple reconstruction so will hopefully soon have the complete new look!
Rachel I'm travelling from Audley End which the Cambridge trains run through to Liverpool Street - will you travel through this station from Peterborough? I've tried looking on fb for the Younger Womens Forum but can only find one group (with 15 members) but not sure if that is the one you're referring to?. Please can you let me know exact name of the group & I'll do another search Thank you Zoe
Oh - and i am travelling from nr Peterborough and will be getting there on the train, if any one wants to travel together...
Looking forward to meeting lots of ladies at the forum. If you fancy joining in on facebook we have also set up an event as part of our Younger Breast Cancer Network - as there are a few of us from the group going.
See you all in a couple of weeks 🙂
Hi I was diagnosed in May 2011 at the age of 36 (I had three young childen aged 8, 6 & 19wks old & luckily a supportive husband). It all happened very quickly, I was diagnosed on a Fri then had a single Mastectomy 4 days later, followed by chemo, herceptin, full node clearance (as 2 out of 5 samples taken were found to be cancerous), radiotherapy & I also take tamoxifen. I had delayed reconstruction in Feb this year and I'm really pleased with the results. I'm nervous coming along on my own but I know we're all in the same boat (in more ways than one) & I really look forward to meeting you all.
I am not sure how to move these 3 messages into the London forum thread but I will ask the tech team for help which will be tomorrow
The next younger womens forum is 24th and 25th January 2014. Heres the link to more info.
Hi all, I'm 45 and just about scraping into the forum before i'm considered too old 🙂 I was diagnosed with BC in December 2011 and spent most of 2012 having two lumpectomies (as they didn't get it all first time round), followed by 6 sessions of chemo every 3 weeks and then 25 sessions of radiotherapy, with my last treatment on 24Aug12. I've taken part in the Moving Forward sessions held in Bournemouth, but thought it would be valuable to join in with the Younger Womens Forum to just 'get away' from where I live and experience a different outlook from women in other parts of the country! I still can't quite believe how much I'm still being affected by the events of last year and I hope that this weekend will help me get my head around the long term implications and impact to my emotions and health. Can't say I find it easy to start talking to people, but as we'll all be there because we feel we want to get something out of the weekend, I'm sure we'll all be just fine 🙂 looking forward to meeting you lovely ladies, Gx
... well I have - I booked my spot waaaay back in April/May because I was desperate!
My story is that I'm a Danish girl, 43 years old who have lived in Holland, UK, Canada and now back in the UK again for the last 18 years.
I am (happily!) married and have three kids - boy/girl twins 12 1/2 years old and a girl just turned 10.
I was diagnosed in May of 2012 and I am triple positive - I will have my very last (ever!- thank you very much!!!) Herceptin treatment the day before we all meet.
Ok, so diagnosed in May, operated in June (mastectomy), chemo started August - finished end of November, radiation started mid December and then moved here in March ... if anyone else should ever ask you if it is a good idea to move right after treatment tell them that maybe - just maybe - they should give it a few months and preferably a year.
However, the reason for our move here was mine - shortly after diagnosis I told my husband that we had to move back here. We had no family close by - everyone was in Europe and we were in Canada - and my husband worked 4000 km away so was only home on weekends.
I was scared - very very scared.
My sister-in-law died from breastcancer in 2007 - 44 years old and I had worked for a couple of years at the local hospice in Canada so I only knew death with breast cancer - I had never ever seen what living after breast cancer looked like.
Those were dark dark days ... months ... well it was a dark year!
I started anti depressive medication in December and I can finally say that after tweeking it for the longest of time I do believe they are working!
I am finally starting to believe I might have a chance here and I can honestly say I no longer think about cancer 24/7 ... I have many hours where I am blissfully happy 🙂
The desperation that led me to this forum which I signed up for within minutes of having read about it - was that leaving Canada I felt very very lonely. Not only did I have to say goodbye to dear friends but I had to say goodbye to my cancer buddies. I had a large network of younger women in Ottawa and we would meet every month ... I loved that - we cried, we understood and we laughed ...
Since moving here I haven't met any cancer buddies really. Oh how I miss a good cancer buddy - someone who just gets it - understand without having to explain ...
So no pressure girls - but I'm really counting on you 🙂
Can't wait to meet you all,