Hi just found this forum
I was diganosed last Friday and had a second biopsy for stereotactic core biopsy (breast calcifications) found this one a bit over whelming and painful! and had a cry with the realisation of what is happening! Awaiting the results to determine what surgery I will need.
I am trying to remain very positive about it and thinking of it as just removing the bad bit from an apple. Did not realise just how much is involved with being diganosed with BC so much to take in,
Will update once I get my results back.
Thanks for sharing
Hi Jo, I'm sorry you have to find yourself here and have had such a long road to get a diagnosis, I lost my mum 14 years ago and although I knew hers was pretty advanced when she finally sought help I still knew very little about breast cancer and just assumed that was it for me to! Neither mum nor I had a genetic type so they are almost certain that there was no link just sheer bad luck, I got help the minute I found a lump so knew I had done everything I could to give myself the best chance but it was still terrifying, things get easier though and you will deal with everything that comes along, as hard as that may seem now to imagine you really will!
Hellos to all the newbies, not that you want to be new here, or here at all for that matter lol None of us do of course, but it's great that there is a 'here' for all those times you just want to touch base with people who understand. I'm 47 diagnosed in March and now on the tamoxifen Looonnnnngggggggg stretch....after surgery and rads. It certainly is a strange time, in so many many ways, but if you had told me over 4 months ago that I'd be having a few days holiday away in July, I would have probably a) been hysterical b) thought I might not even be around and c) been hysterical. Take care all xx
wow - you are great posting, when only just out of the op.
Great to hear it all went well.
The pain killers should take care of you feeling sore - and you may be surprised how quickly you are recovering.
Bibi44 thanks for this - it is so encouraging to know what is possible. I'm due to start chemo first sooner than I expected though of course once you get diagnosed everything goes weirdly fast slow time. I want it gone ASAP and everything hurts really bad at the moment.....
6 months if chemo coming up. Yay....
Hugs to you - waiting for results is never nice.
Let us know how you get on, if you wish to share the info.
Good luck for Wednesday. Hope you feel able to let us know how you got on.
Fingers crossed for you. This waiting time is often the most challenging time of all in this process.
So keep positive and strong if you can - rooting for you.
Sarah pleased it's DCIS & all your markers are facing the right way! You may get away without chemo if they don't find anything else, but best prepare yourself for it to avoid another nasty shock. I was her2+ grade3 from the start,so knew what was headed my way after surgery. All the best for thurs & hope new boob looks as good as the old. Can they do nipple sparing mastect at your place? Top quality NHS trust fitting you in so fast... I had to wait four weeks, like you LisaM, & it really is not easy to function during that time. You feel perfectly normal, but your brain goes a bit mad. I have little recollection of that period in my life now. Even chemo seems like a dream when I go back in for half an hour every 3 weeks for my Herceptin. I see the poor sad souls with their ice caps on, as I remember the Herceptin ladies dancing in & out, seemingly without a care in the world, when I was in the chair. I know it seems unlikely right now, but I am a year on from surgery & feel happy, healthy & fit, so don't worry, life does eventually get back to some kind of normal, even though not quite the same as before. All the best to you both. You can do it. xxx
Blimey your surgery has come through quick - I've been told 12th August is earliest possible for me... #tryingnotofeak
obviously good you have one of the best of a bad lot as far as this cancer malarkey goes. Brilliant you're feeling more positive with news.
as someone said to me this weekend when I joined here, thus us the club you don't want to be part of but by golly I can already see everyone here I have had responses from has been awesome.
i got diagnosed on Friday (was biopsied last Tuesday) - I'm 49. Above all don't feel you are alone. Your specialist nurse and everyone here will be rooting tooting for you. Being fit and healthy will help. But please don't feel you have to be brave, you just have to be you. And there will be lost of support. Rant whenever you need to so.
much love and sorry you're in this horrid journey with us, but we can keep each other going
I'm soooo sorry you have to find yourself in this situation. However, as scary as it is you will get to the other side. It will take some time and a lot of energy, but the result is worth it. I'm now 37, diganosed at 36 in January Last year, I have a 14 year old daughter (then 13) and I'm a single mum. I had a double mastectomy, then two fertility treatments, then 6 rounds of chemo, then reconstruction surgeries and am on tamoxifen now for 10 years. It wasn't easy at all BUT I'm on the other side and now focusing on recovery. You will get there too!!! Hugs and kisses! xxx Julia
Hi Sarah, it's such a shock isn't it when you feel so well and healthy. I'm 49 so a bit older than you and have 2 boys who are 11 and 14. I had a lumpectomy then a re-excision due to unclear margins back in March. I've been taking Tamoxifen since April and finished 20 radiotherapy sessions 3 weeks ago. I now feel I have made it to the end and feel really positive about the future - the cancer has been removed, the Tamoxifen will starve future tumours and the radiotherapy has hopefully fried the life out of any cells left in my right breast. I wasn't so positive in the beginning though and really struggled emotionally as I felt I was constantly in limbo whilst waiting for this or that test result. I would end up crying if I bumped into friends at the shops who asked how it was going! One friend hit the nail on the head when she said that having cancer can be a very lonely experience and she was right - you can be surrounded by lots of lovely people all trying to help but no-one really understands how you feel unless they have been through it themselves. Since my diagnosis in Feb I have read a few very positive reports about advances in breast cancer treatments and that is in the space of just a few months. When you know what your treatment plan is you will feel better as you will be doing something about it. I didn't think I would ever feel truly happy again but I do. I really hope you get all the support and advice you need, this forum is full of lots of wonderful ladies who really do know how you feel and have a wealth of advice based on their own experiences. Take care and keep us posted as to how you are getting on. Michelle xx
Hello Sarah. I have been diagnosed on the 13th June with early breast cancer and had surgery to remove a small lump last Thursday, and am feeling fine apart from a bit tired. I will now have a wait of a week or two to determine treatment, and if the initial diagnosis is correct it will be rads-but I am prepared for the possibility of chemo. I am 42, so like you was not expecting this at all! I have had family members have different types of cancer, and it is difficult to dismiss this-but different cancers have different outcomes and breast cancer is so well researched and treatable, even compared to 5-10 years ago, that I am trying my best to keep positive. Each cancer is unique to the person who has it, so try not to dwell on family history if you can. I hope you get your treatment plan soon as I am sure you will feel a bit calmer once you have some facts and a plan of action. I'm not a Mum and I'm sure that adds another dimension of worry for you, but you will get through this. I was so nervous about surgery, but it was nothing to worry about at all - I felt a bit groggy when I woke up but was home and stuffing myself with macaroni cheese by tea time! Woke up the next day feeling a bit sore but not in pain at all, and have been doing the recommended gentle exercises every day. If you feel up to it please post again and let us know how you are getting on? Take care of yourself, Jo. Xx