Hi Annie thank you for your words of encouragement. I am so amazed at the welcome I have had and so glad I found you all! Xxxx
Jencat, I've got four lovelies. Light of my life. Off to see them at half term. It's been very hard not seeing them during chemo, but all four are at different schools so I was under no illusion that I wouldn't catch something! They live hundreds of miles away, too. Face time has been a godsend , although I wore my wig . A bald GrannyAnnie would have been too much. X
Hi Nanna, I'm a nana too! I started my membership of this special club in February when I found my lump. It was 23mm, grade three , stage two, and my biopsies showed cancer in the lymph nodes. Because of the grade and the LN my treatment plan was always WLE, tumour removal, chemo (FEC-T) then rads. Not saying it's a walk in the park, but it's doable. The op is easy, just make sure you get organised with your bits and pieces. There's a thread on here which helped me loads. Also, there's great info on here as a PDF on understanding your path results and with questions to ask. Don't look too far ahead if you can, please trust your team as your success is their success, and never ever Google ! Good luck with everything. 🍀👍 X
Thank you for your encouraging words Flora. I'm about to start chemo next week and I have a tendency to jump too far ahead. I'm on my first day of sick leave and my return to work seems ages away! xx
I used to describe the feeling you have when you are told you have BC as being hit by a ten ton truck, it is a huge shock and just knocks the stuffing out of you doesn't it? I think when they receive the news most people tend to immediately assume a worst case scenario, I know I did but it is now almost four years since I was told the news, I had an op, chemo, radiotherapy, the full works but I am still here and getting on with life just like I used to. The very best advice I can give you is to take one day at a time and don't jump too far ahead in your thinking. There is no right or wrong way to cope but don't bottle up your worries because there are lots of lovely ladies on the forum ready and willing to support you and help you through this, you are not on your own.
And welcome to the forum.
After your surgery, they will know exactly what they are dealing with, and then your treatment plan will be confirmed.
My BC was lobular grade 3 and I did have chemo. I understood that I needed chemo because it was grade 3, so this is something you can question after surgery.
Thank you Chaffinch for your quick reply! My op is next Thursday but I have radioactive stuff being injected into my breast the day before my op. Just going to get on with it and await the outcome I think.
Good morning all,
My name is Kate. I was diagnosed last Friday with breast cancer and yesterday I got a copy of the letter sent to my GP telling her it is grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I have no idea how bad this is because at my appointment I was told they have caught it really early so I should be ok with the lump removed and radiotherapy afterwards. I am determined to fight this alien in my body but when I looked on here, most people were saying they needed chemotherapy? I am now rather confused and don't know if I am getting the correct treatment!
Please don't over think x We've all been where you are just now x From my own, personal, journey, I was so positive, because of the wonderful care I received. From the onset of diagnosis, throughout my treatment, my nurses and oncologist, kept me well informed of each stage of my treatment.
When you go for your appointment on Tuesday, I should think your treatment team, will have your results of your Lymph Nodes results. This will determine what your next treatment will be.
I had similar, as you, and I had 2 Lymph Nodes affected. I then had a good discussion with the team, and I ended up Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy treatments.
That was a year ago, and I'm back working full-time and living life to the full, so chin up hunny, you will do this Xx
Hello and welcome to the forum, although not a place you would willingly want to be.
It probably has not sunk in yet and is an awful lot to take in so give yourself time to take it all in, it is a good idea to write down any thoughts/questions that come into your mind so that you can discuss them with your team when you next see them, also it means that they are not going round in your head.
One thing this is for sure the treatment for breast cancer is very good these days and your treatment plan will be specifically set up for you.
We are all here for you whenever you need us and one thing is for sure, we totally get what you are going through.
Sending you loads of hugs