I'm glad you're finding these forums useful! BCC have numerous services which we can offer you, all free of charge. I am putting you below the link to our Headstrong service as it's good if you can get in touch with them prior to you loosing your hair, that way they can help you more with regard to hair and scalp care, plus useful information regarding wigs and headwear. I've also put you the link to BCC's publication regarding chemotherapy. I hope you find both publications helpful.
Hi Sharnie and ladies, I'm 46 and was diagnosed in April after finding a grade 2, 22mm lump. Have since had WLE and SNB which I found ok but the cancer had unfortunately spread to the node. 2 weeks ago I had a full lymph node dissection and it took me well over a week to recover from the general and I'm doing lots of arm and shoulder exercises. Now nervous about lymph node results and anticipating chemo. Dreading baldness! I'm planning scarves but tempted to just hibernate for 6 months!
I agree Sharnie, the waiting is absolutely the worst! Once you have a plan, you can just get on with it.
Wishing you all the best! xxx
PS Brilliant forum.
Thank you for your reply. Glad everything went okay for you. Keeping busy is definately the best way forward at the moment. At work i can almost forget all about the cancer. The days are passing and it wont be too long before the op.
Hope all okay with you
I had my lump removed about 1pm and I was home by 8pm. No pain (ever) just slight discomfort, for a few days. No drains. I honestly felt fine physically. Emotionally is a different matter. I only had one scar as they were able to remove the nodes from the lump incision, this probably helped a great deal. Everyone in the hospital was lovely.
Hope it all goes well for you.
Just going to have my operation - lumpectomy - this Friday. Mine lump is 'pea' size but obviously got bigger after the biopsy. I am very nervous about the operation and I know the anesthetic knocks people out for about a week, and you being spaced out, may be due to strong pain killers? Tramadol is a particularly spaced out type form of pain relieve!
I just want to know what happens after the operation, as mine is right breast underneath? Plus 3 sentinal lymph nodes too. Do they leave a drain in, do they stitch me up or leave the 'hole' and pack it out?
Just wondering, first time on here, can't quite understand where the 'post' goes once I press 'post'!
Hi i totally agree with the comment "dont go looking for side effects" ive just had my 3rd lot of chemo 3 to go then surgery before radio and so far so good . I worried myself sick thinking about what it was going to be like reading up on everything possible 🙂 but all i can say is take each day as it comes,rest when you need to and if your feeling good go out and take on the world 🙂 x all the best to you all Sand x
I am similar to yourself. I was very anxious to begin with. Almost completed the rads, no tiredness or burning as some on here have had. I was on a Moving Forward course and most ladies I met have had little or no side effects with rads & hormones. Wish I knew this when I started. I think the best advice which I read on here was "Don't go looking for side effects". Good luck with your treatment.
I too went for a Mammogram at 48 (pilot scheme in this area) called back for u/s and biopsy. Went for results and found 2cm lump, Grade 2 ductal. Am due to have lumpectomy on 11/6 and Rads once wound healed. They will take lymph nodes and examine and so as you have already said it will mean another period of waiting and worrying.
I felt a bit better once I knew what my treatment plan was but still have good and bad days. Just want the op and to get on with treatment. My gp has said that I will feel tired and out of it but this is mostly anxiety and nerves, she has said to keep busy but rest when my body tells me too. Luckily I am sleeping okay but hate that feeling when you wake up in the morning and remember 'I have breast cancer!!!' Once fully awake I remind myself that so have thousands of other women and I can get through this and out the other end. It really is a tough time though, hardest form of Character Building I have experienced so far!
Hope your results are good and you dont have to wait too long!