Bit of a later reply as have been on a walking weekend - 12 miles yesterday and 5.5 today. I write this as a) I'm very proud of doing my first long walk since my surgery and rads, and b) just to put in a reminder that after treatment life does get back to "normal", even though it can take a little time, depending on what treatment we had. I'm a bit behind Ladybowler - I think her WLE and SLNB were about a month before mine, and look at her - bowling again!
RE Biopsies: I won't pretend they are a piece of cake, because that wouldn't be completely true. I was terrified in advance, and then had to have two of the bu**ers, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared, so the 2nd one i was more relaxed about. BIG TIP: take 2 paracetamol (nothing with aspirin in) about one and a half hours before the time of the biopsy so that the anaesthetic will numb the area where the needle will go, and the partacetamol will reduce any discomfort from the squishing. For me, the needle bit was absolutely fine, I just didn't much like having to lie still being clamped while they did it, but i visualised lying on a Greek beach and breathed as steadily as I could and both times really were doable. Told the radiographers what i was up to and they entered into the spirit of it and offered me a cocktail, and although I'd rather not have to have one again if i can help it, (obviously!) I no longer have the same dread and fear and would approach any future ones more relaxed, if that is the right word.
Boob is a bit sore for a day or two afterwards, but nothing horrendous.
Really hope tomorrow goes well and you can come back on here and tell us how OK it was. XXX
Go get it girl. SImilar thing in a way, I needed new bowls shoes as they only last me two seasons, with being diagnosed at the end of the season and not knowing what was goiing to happen I put off getting them, then said to my partner that I wanted them for Xmas ready for the new season.
I am doing really well, I have returned to doing my normal 25 hours a week, and of course starting bowling again this weekend, feeling really good, I have been extremely lucky and I know it, as you say onwards and upwards.
Am here, as we all are, whenever you need it.
Thank you Helena
Yes lots to consider. Music is my passion (Bluegrass music) and the band so need a bassplayer. I was on the verge of ordering a new one (my old one has been played out lol) and then this happened. I agree, we are only limited by our own limitations....Onwards and upwards!
Thank you again. You have been most kind and considerate. And I do hope you are doing really well now.
Now it makes sense, like me something to do with what your passion is 🙂
I am sure you will be able to, perhaps would be good exercise although you might have to be careful how you lift it though, but as you say one step at a time. I have always worked on the principle I am only limited by my own limitations and although things might have to be done differently in the future, it will not stop me doing what i want to do.
Hope you are having a relaxin Sunday
Rubycat, Ladybowler and Ann-m
Thank you all for writing back to me so quickly and for the content of your letters.
Yes I guess it is true, people can possibly post when things go wrong (it wasn't on this site I hasten to add) but maybe not when things go smoothly. Like the negative responses of indentation cancer in somone around my age - all cancer. But I guess there must be some of a similar age and symptoms that were told good news and maybe not posted.
You have, all three of you, gone some way in reassuring me. I shall grip the nurses hand and think of something nice! It is very kind of you all to post considering what you have all been through yourselves. I thank you for that.
And Ladybowler (I did wonder if you played bowls) that was encouraging to hear that you were still able to play. It is my right breast and I did wonder if I would still be able to play the double bass, initially and also, if the news is not good, during the op/treatment etc. Will have to take it a step at a time.
Anyway, I truly do thank you for replying, on a Sunday too and I will be in a better frame of mind tomorrow.
To put a different slant on it and to give you some comfort. I had two different types of biopsies within two weeks as the first one was inconclusive, throughout both of them apart from a bit of bruising and a litle bleeding, I carried on with my normal life and, in fact, I played in 4 bowls finals over the two weekends in between. The biopsies were on my right breast and I am right handed. I drove my car as well. Ok they were a little uncomfortable for a couple of hours but that was all.
As with a lot of things you will generally hear the bad side of something and very often the people who have not had a problem do not post anything which is a shame. Everyone is different and people have different pain levels.
What you need to keep in mind is that is to look after you and if there is something there that needs to be treated they can get it sorted early.
Sending you a hug
Hold your horses bassplayer - I for one had absolutely no trouble at all with core biopsies - although now 2 years on I know I never felt they were painful, had no bruising, nowt at all. Had fine needle aspirations, lots of core biopsies, including guided by the mammo machine, they first took about 10 samples, then wanted 10 more. Still nothing, only slight scratch from local anasthetic. I just kept myself as still as possible, so that it would be over as quickly as possible. Remember the lovely nurse holding my hand the entire way through - she probably had more bruises than I did, only know how very kind I thought she was, so told her at the end how much it had helped me. Really do hope that you're in my camp and don't suffer any difficulties - there is no reason why you shouldn't be. It is always the unknown that is scary and it is the beginning of your journey. You will get to the end of it. Keep posting and reading this forum, there are many wonderful people on here that have helped me through this. xxx
Oh my goodness, I have heard some real horror stories about how painful the core biopsies are! I am so not
looking forward to my appt. tomorrow. Wish I hadn't read the letters now.
Can't believe what an ordeal all this is going to be and then then the poss of cancer at the end of it.