I too have just been diagnosed - I'm 43 with a husband and a 7 year old daughter. I found a lump and was referred right away to the clinic. Had mammogram, scan and biopsies which showed 2 lumps with pre-cancerous cells between them, so feels like one big lump and have some lymph node involvement. I had it in my head that they would offer surgery with reconstruction and whatever follow-up treatment afterwards and had researched and prepared myself for that. Not to be!!!! They want to blast the **bleep** out of me with chemo first and then proceed to surgery afterwards.. I am a fit and healthy person, and run regularly and swim (I ran a half marathon last year and had been hoping to do the same this year!!) I am now looking at about a year off work. I'm a nurse so they've said that during chemo, I can't risk catching any infections from my patients, so should avoid it, even if I feel ok, and obviosuly after surgery would need time to recuperate. My nurse said that if I feel ok, I can get some runs in, but we'll see how I feel.
In the meantime, I've to get mri, ct and bone scans to exclude any spread and have appointment to see the oncologist in a couple of weeks, with a view to sarting chemo at the beginning of April. My head is a bit full just now 😉 but once I have my plan, I can focus on that! Lots of positive thoughts form a very supportive family and group of friends, so we'll get kick this cancer's ass!!!!!!!!!
Firstly, welcome to the forums, I'm sorry to read of your diagnosis, as others have mentioned the first few days and weeks are always difficult when coming to terms with things and getting to grips with your treatment plans, etc.
As well as the support you are receiving on the forums you might find it helpful to order the BCC resources pack. It has been specifically designed for those newly diagnosed and contains information to help you better understand your diagnosis, test results and the various treatments available. If you would like to order a copy just follow the link bellow:-
Also, do give the helpline a ring if you need any further support or information. They're on 0808 800 6000. Open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-2 Saturday.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator