So lovely to hear the good news coming in, hoping for even more for you Cheryl and Beryl *bendy bits all crossed*
As always, definitely up for cake to celebrate (although I've eaten half a dozen mince pies, a slice of blueberry tart and a very posh bread & butter pudding already today, but there's always room for more isn't there )
HI all had my first mamogram today and I PASSED no cancer present.So we booked a cruise for december it will be our first holiday since diagnosed.Good luck to anyone else having a mamogram Hugs Sandra
Best wishes to all, mammos whatever you are having. Where has this year gone. I think with everything we have had to take in and more, our days have flown past. Thinking of all, great to share our experiences. Lol xxxxx
Hi, thanks for all your kind words, means a lot. Mammogram tomorrow, so thanks for tip re painkillers and then a meeting with the ms nurse, whereupon I am going to be told it's all a big mistake !! As you can see I am still in the denial stage on the grief curve!!!! On the plus side I read an article today that said chocolate is very good for those with ms, so there's always an upside!!!!! Lots of love and hugs X X X
Hi ladies had my first mammogram since diagnosis fingers and toes crossed I'm so glad I took a painkiller before hand it was rather sore but it's done now hopefully results will come,through quickly love judi x
Have to thank you ladies - not panicing at all, it's all part of life but am taking myself to docs this afternoon to have these pains checked - decided it's best.
Thanks as well for the suggestion of taking a pain killer before the mammogram - not sure if they do both or just the intact one. I would think it will be the intact one. Will know next week.
Let's hope we can all have an All,Clear party
Hi all it`s good to hear that others are due there mamogram this week like me.I`m having mine on wed 18th nov and the thought is terrifying.It doesn`t seem a year since BC was found on a routine mamagram.It was a good idea to take a pain killer before it I will try that .Good luck to all of you having it this week lets hope we all get good news Hugs Sandra
Hi Sharon just read your post and I am so pleased for you you definitely sound more chirpy I had a meltdown this afternoon I just burst in to tears and yet again rosemary came to my rescue with her kind words I phoned my wonderful breast care nurse and she rang me back with some good news my original mammogram was scheduled for next Tuesday but she has managed to get me in tomorrow morning I can't tell you how pleased I am but I will take your advice and take some painkillers before hand lots of love to everyone love Judi x
Well done Sharon, you are so right with your thinking. No matter what we may have to go through, we really are that little bit stronger and wise because we have experienced the dreaded C! I was thinking about the pain when I have my mammo, so will take your advice re paracetamol. Hope all will be good but as you say, we would just get on with it.
Put your feet up and maybe a glass of wine, or good old tea. Again, hugs and love to you all xxxxxxxxxx
Ladies, you are so right: the courage of you all when faced with set backs is just incredible.
For those who have still to have their mammograms, something I wish I'd done was to take a painkiller an hour or so beforehand as having the treated one squished was a whole lot more painful than I remember from last year. Which makes sense really but I just hadn't thought about it.
Isn't it amazing what a difference a year can make! This time last year I was having a meltdown over having a core biopsy with the benefit of local anaesthetic and today I had one without local anaesthetic and didn't bat an eyelid. And I am completely calm, in fact cheerful, about the possibility of another WLE and rads if it turns out to be a problem. I'll still feel faint/actually faint every time I have to have a blood test mind, but hey, that's progress right?
Love to you all.
I came here for a peep and a chat and oh dear - if you read back a week or so things seem so dire bUT then you read the last few days and you realise what a strong bunch of women we all are.
I'm a bit worried as well, and at the should I go to GP shouldn't I go stage = bad back. Think I may go, Aso getting pains in and around my artificial boob
Fingers seize up sometimes as well and my nails are rubbish - someone else was saying about toe nails lifting. GP gave me cream which was Ok for both nails and patches of dry skin and cracking on fingers.
First mammogram next week - keep feeling other breast just in case
Do wonder if mammogram will show up anything as last year it didn't show anything up and there were 2 lumps only found with MRI
Think we are all becoming aware that it is only a year and our journeys are not over
I feel very proud that you are coming through this despite the pitfalls and still remain so positive and to have 'known' you all
You give me strength
Hope all other test treatments are as you want them (positive to you)
Hi lovely ladies, so relieved that the tests today don't suggest any form of secondaries. The Consultant I saw today said the lymph nodes were probably just swollen from a sinus infection I had a few weeks ago and, although the ultrasound showed a lump in my 'good' boob which they biopsied, it doesn't look as if it will be cancerous so I'm not worried about that. Even if it is, at least it would be treatable. Got a huge grin on my face as I type this
Really hope we're not going to have to go through this every year as none of us are having a great time are we! Stupid cancer.
Just want to send every one of you a big THANK YOU hug for the virtual handholding throughout this latest little episode, can't tell you how grateful I am to be part of your gang.
Just want to let you all know I am thinking of you. All our different experiences make us truly special and I also want to say that without being able to come here amongst phenomenal ladies I for one would have felt a little lost. Sharons friend obviously doesn't realise just how special Sharon is, but we have that honour. It's normal for us to panic over absolutely anything and some days are worse than others, so let's carry on with our wonderful support. Hugs to all xxxxxx
Can't think of anyone else I'd rather be stuck with rosemary you have been a good friend to me through this journey I wish we had met in different circumstances but like all of us on this journey at least we have each other like I said before my hubby and other friends have been brilliant but they don't get me sometimes and I don't like to always be ringing them when I have a wobble so I come on here or message rosemary and pester her!!!!!! Love judi xxx
Sharon, hi thank you and for your kind offer. I was sorry to read about your current situation and I hope Monday goes well for you, am sure it well, lots of positive thoughts & hugs X X
Hi everyone lovely to read about how everyone is getting on I can't believe it is coming up to a year since diagnosis I had a meltdown the other day as I'm due my first mammogram since diagnosis I had two lots of chemo I was supposed to have four but developed sepsis so I didn't have the remaining two I had three weeks of radiotherapy and am currently still having herceptin I finish in January the worst bit for me at the moment is the hormone therapy dreadful joint pain I feel about 90 somedays I met up with rosemary and we had a brilliant day back in the summer paddling and eating fish and chips fantastic day we have and will most definitely remain friends hopefully we would like to get a group together and all meet up lots of love to everyone love judi xxx big hug to chez and gerbera xxxxx
Oh Cheryl I'm so so sorry to hear what a rough time you've been having and such awful news about the MS/stroke mis-diagnosis. My heart goes out to you and I'm sending you gentle hugs right now and through all the days ahead.
Not sure there is anything I can say or do to help, but you know I'm here if and when you want to talk/scream/cry and I'll happily jump on a train to come give you a hug in person anytime you need one.
Take good care of yourself
firstly a big sorry for being rubbish at keeping in touch the least few months, after my mum died in August, I got the news that my dad was terminal so for last 10 weeks have been absorbed in helping my stepmum look after him in the final stages. Both dying of cancer has freaked me out and dad dying last week, I thought the all time low I was at could not get any worse. However on Thursday I have been diagnosed with multiple schlerosiS. The other news is that my treatment plan was based on my being at risk of another stroke as I had had one in 2011.... However it now turns outs that it was not a stroke but the onset of MS. So having had an unnecessary forced menopause as well as not having chemo am quite frightened that some little blighters might have escaped. I could rationalise it when I weighted it up against the risk of another stroke but not so now. Have my mammogram next week so it's all been a bit relentless trying to be brave but am very shocked and emotional. sending all a hug and lots of love X X X
Thanks for all the support lovely ladies, it's so comforting to know you're all here no matter how difficult it gets.
I'm doing OK and not getting myself too worked up, although noticing every little twinge now and assuming it's real rather than my mind playing tricks but, either way, I should know more soon enough. Saw a different consultant this time and liked him immensely; hope I get him again on Monday. His nurse calls him the Hairy Egyptian and he was a lot like a big cuddly teddy bear which is great, because I think I might be in need of a hug.
Keep on keeping on Francine, only another 2.5 weeks to go and it'll all be history and you can get on with being full-on fabulous again.
Thanks again lovely ladies.
Sharon, with friends like that who needs enemies . Will be thinking of you on Monday and keeping my fingers firmly crossed for you. I suppose it may very well be just an annoying infection.
Just back from annual check up: swollen lymph nodes under both arms and collarbone so I've been referred back for more tests on Monday. The fact that they've bumped someone from Monday to make room for me is scary in itself but, much to my surprise, I'm not panicking as yet, just fed up. Not the best birthday present I've ever had...
Phoned my friend to say that I didn't feel like going on my planned birthday outing with her tomorrow given the news and her reaction was not to worry, the weather forecast for tomorrow was grim so she didn't want to go anyway. No offer of support of course. Same friend who I used to see/speak to pretty much every day and went on holiday with just before my original diagnosis who then didn't speak to me for over a month because she found it all too difficult...poor thing, must have been so hard on her. Grrrrrr!
Got my Candlelight Concert ticket too Francine, so hopefully will meet you there (no hugs for you though by the sounds of it, you'll be too sore and peely-skinned!)
Lovely to hear from you SueBee, so glad you've nearly got to the end of the treatment road, albeit with dodgy sounding fingernails!
Woohoo Rosemary! Does it sound horrible if I say how pleased I am that you've 'only' got a curved spine and arthritis? Delighted for you that it wasn't the news we feared and I'll join you in applauding the NHS when it comes to dealing with the serious stuff.
And yes, totally ashamed of myself re the blood test but I think it's a family thing - both my brother and my Dad faint every time they have a jab! At least I manage to stay upright SOME of the time
Think our posts crossed Francine, just wanted to say I'm so pleased you've decided to carry on, means you'll never have to wonder 'what if..' and I hope you start feeling a bit better soon
Hi lovely ladies,
Got to see my GP this morning and she tells me the ache/discoloured arm thing is to do with fibrosis from the radiation but it seems to be on the mend now so I've stopped panicking, although I'll raise it with the surgical bods when I see them at the end of the week.
GP was quite insistent that I have a blood test there and then but, in my usual wussy way, I started to faint as she jabbed the vein in my hand so she couldn't do it and I begged her not to try again! I've promised her I'll get it done at the hospital later this week instead as they have a team who do nothing but take blood all day and are very skilled at it. Looked on the blood test form she has given me and notice she is asking the blood to be tested for CA125 which is a marker for ovarian cancer (gulp!)
Still, on the plus side I am much calmer today and she did manage to inflict a flu jab on me before I could protest so at least I'm unlikely to get that!
Annual hospital check up has been moved from this Thursday to Friday, which is my birthday, so I hope it'll be celebrations all round *casts a pleading look heavenwards*
Sorry to be going on about myself the whole time, cancer has made me self-obsessed! Hope you're all doing OK? Francine, have you made a decision about the radiotherapy yet?
love to all
Still have the mammo to go, dont we all spend our time worrying! Let us know how you get on Sharon, thinking of you xxxxx
Thanks Pandorra, will definitely get it checked tomorrow as I don't want to spend the next 4 days fretting about it if it turns out to be something minor. Really pleased to hear you're healing well and survived your annual check OK. Must be a relief.
Hi Sharon, it's awful when we get something and then go through the self diagnosis, but it's normal for us all. Make sure you are seen as the self torment is horrible. I had my check up last week and they are happy with how the healing is going. Still some time before niggly pain disappears. Just waiting for the mammo appt for Dec. Sending everyone good thoughts and hugs xx