Oh Molliebee, I am so sorry, just as you think you have come through it, it always seems to throw you a curve ball, it's never straight forward is it. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you that it's positive news,that's all any of us can do. Ongoing treatment hasn't been discussed with me yet, I am hoping with a mastectomy if all the cancer is gone I won't need any but no doubt that's simplistic thinking!
Anyway Thank you for the support and encouraging words, it really does help. Please also let me know how you are going as you find out.
Hi Janet, thanks for your good wishes. I do hope your mastectomy goes well. Mine was ok, not as painful as you might think, and although I was upset and tearful at first, I am quickly getting used to my lopsided look and even with only using the softie I don't look too bad in my clothes, don't think anyone would notice. However, had my dressings removed yesterday and got results after the op. Had a lot of DCIS and also another small tumour which is HR negative, original was positive, so this makes another complication. Surgeon wants me to have an MRI on the other breast and also now talking about radio/chemo therapy. Originally I was not going to have any ongoing treatment so this feels like a real setback. It may all be ok but very uncertain again now. I should have known, cancer is never that simple. A bit depressing, I thought I was on the way to being over it. Good luck with yours, I wish you all the very best for Tuesday, don't worry, you will be over it before you know it and only a few days before you come to terms with your "new look". It's really not so bad. Let me know how you feel after.
Sorry to hear your diagnosis, it seems as though your partner is being very supportive which is great. How are you feeling now, have you found out anymore information regarding treatment?
thinking of you and hope you had a lovely holiday
Hi Mollybee, I've finally found you, I seem to have lost my original post! So glad to hear your surgery went well and it was the right choice for you. I went in for WLE and SNB on 13th then yesterday was told that lymph nodes were clear but margins weren't so a mastectomy is the only option. I'm going in next Tuesday 4th. Feeling a bit crappy right now as I really thought that was it but I'll get through it. Like you I think it will be emotional afterwards seeing you missing a part of you that's been there forever!! Hope you start to feel better about it as you get used to it.
Hi again to Jill1998 as well, hope you are doing okay?
I'm one of the survivors. I had some of my left breast removed, radiotherapy and took tamoxifen for a few years as my kind of cancer was oestrogen positive. I had a small tumour, low grade cancer which is more treatable and no spread to my lymph nodes. All treatment is tailored nowadays depending on how abnormal the cells are, how big the tumour is, and the kind of breast cancer you have. It's quite difficult to compare with other women as there are many differences in the likelihood of spread. More is being learnt every day about how this happens too.
I had breast cancer diagnosed on 5 Dec 2003, was operated on 19 Dec and finished treatment by Easter 2004 except for the tamoxifen.
I was 49 at diagnosis and my 60th birthday is in a week or two.