Oh, that brought a lump to my throat that you want to model yourself on me.
I am a very stubborn person, and I was determined not to let the 'c' word take over. I have 4 dogs and 3 miniature Shetland ponies, and I tended them all almost every day. Sometimes on Docetaxel, I didnt have the strength to carry heavy loads for the ponies (hay and water etc), but my friends rallied round and helped out, but I warned them all just to treat me as normal, if I couldnt manage something, I would ask for help, otherwise, just let me carry on.
I am so stubborn, I decided from day one - I WILL BEAT THIS! And here we are today - I am sitting in work and enjoying life 🙂
Dont know about you, but I sure do have a totally different outlook on life now after the 'c' word. I used to be a terrible worrier - see now - I dont care a jot! It's amazing being able to go through life and not worry about everything or anything!! Blooming took me long enough, I'll be 55 this year! I'm doing great and feel the best since April last year.
I am just finishing off buying new clothes for me and my rock Ian to go on holiday for 2 weeks all inclusive in the Domican Republic with our friends Tony & Loretta. This will be a very special holiday this year.
Then in November, I am heading to Texas to see my son Billy and his wife NIcole and my 3 year old grandson and my new grandaughter when she arrives late September. I cannot wait to see them all again.
you keep your chin up Trisha - I know you have the strength inside to beat this, you have all our love and support. Good luck hun xxxx
Good luck with your chemo tomorrow.
I have also recently been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, I have on 5 cm tumour with spreading to the lymph nodes. I had my first FEC yesterday (I am having neoadjuvant chemo). So far the side effects haven't been to bad. Some nausea but they have given me a lot of tablets for that so mainly I have just been very tired and my head seems to be working in slow motion.
I was diagnosed with grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, which was triple negative. Diagnosis last April, commenced with FEC-T treatment in June, Mastectomy in August to remove a 7cm tumor, back for remainder of FEC-T, then 15 rounds of radiotherapy.
My treatment ended on 19th December 2014 - and today - I'm fighting fit, my hair has grown back, and my life is back to 'normal'.
Everyone's journey is different, and I was so positive througout because of my wonderful family and friends who gave me unending support.
Good luck hun, and I hope your journey is as easy as mines was.
I'm sorry to hear that you are here.
My story..... 22 years ago I had bc with node spread. No tamoxifen so I couldn't have been ER+. The other tests didn't exist but I had surgery (now called WLE), node sample (now they find and take sentinal), Radiotherapy and 9 doses of chemo, 1 every 3 weeks..(I don't know what the drug/s were as no one told you anything years ago).
I think of myself as TN in todays speak as they didn't have any specific cause to medicate for.
I've been absolutly fine these last 22 years. Skin settled down after radio. Teeth took a bit of a bashing after chemo but I only lost 2.. maybe I would have lost them anyway. I didn't loose all hair during chemo though as I've very thick hair it did thin out (to nicely managable thickness 😉 ).
I'm back here having found a new primary through screening, totally unrelated in the other side. This time it is ER+ but no spread and not HER2 so I've no chemo but the joy of tamoxifen instead.
I know it's hard to do but don't panic. You will be in good hands.
All the best and no doubt see you around.
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