Well done Sal!!!! Time to get your life back. It's such a good feeling isn't it? I am so enjoying being a 'lady of leisure'. I just don't think I have time for work any more!
Roll on the end for the rest of you xxxx
I am so pleased for you Sal, It has been one hell of a journey by all accounts. The humour, fortitude and darn right honesty about the high and low points you have shared has certainly given me an impetus to get through the dreaded 30 Rads. I can imagine you are pretty euphoric just now and rightly so!! xx
Oh Sal some celebrating tonight for you !!!! I can't believe you for here after the experience you have had but clearly you are stronger than you thought !!!!
I'm so relieved for you, hope your last apt goes to plan & you don't have a delay & look forward to hearing from you after it's all over !!
Love Sam xxxxx 😄
Hi ladies, just wandering over from February to say I found a firm that does very nice medi alert bracelets if you want something fancier than the simple strap kind: http://www.icegems.co.uk/
I've had all the lymph glands removed from my left arm so want to protect it from lymphoedema injury in case of an encounter with the the proverbial bus...
Thank you Sal and Tazzles for your lovely support and advice. It does feel good to have somewhere to sound off as it can be an isolating experience. I will approach Radiotherapy with an open mind and hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised ;-).
Just been for long walk with the dogs and got rained on. Now (sad to admit) I am looking forward to watching the Eurovision Song Contest tonight! Small pleasures and all that.......
Hi Willow and welcome. I think Sal has summed it up completely. Rads are really not that bad apart from them taking over your life for a brief period specially if you have a long journey like I did. One week on though and it is a pretty distant memory already. I think we've all been through that mixture of emotions that you describe. Sometimes I am so angry about this having happened to me. I am also much more emotional than I used to be.
Anyway I'm glad you've found us. This forum has been such a support. I also joined pretty late compared to a lot of the ladies and regretted having struggled alone for quite a while initially. Even though I had support from friends (some of them!) and family Sal is right in saying that only people who have been through it know really what we are going through.
Take care xxx
Hi, I have only just found the BCC Forum site (how could I be so slow!?) and thought I would post a message to introduce myself although I am aware I am joining this a little bit on the late side. I was diagnosed in November 2013 with Breast Cancer which came as a complete shock and everything kicked off so quickly. I was advised to go into Chemotherapy straight away to shrink the tumour and then surgery and radiotherapy. I have completed Chemotherapy (FEC-T) and have had two lots of surgery (WLE/Node clearance and a small reconstruction) and I'm now facing 30 Radiotherapy sessions.
Tracy, my boob has been fine except for the nipple being painful (Where the surgeon cut) so you may not get any burning etc. I had 3 more sessions than you so hopefully you'll be ok. I piled on the aqueous cream twice a day which may have helped. Sal, you really seem to have been unlucky in all respects. I suppose at least as yours is so damaged you can at least be reassured that it had done what it was meant to. xxx
So glad to hear you are feeling more optimisitc Sal. Only one more to go!!
I am really trying to relax and enjoy my time before going back to work in mid-June. I could really get used this life of meeting people for a nice cup of tea, leisurely walks with the dogs and lots of sitting around reading. I love it and don't know how I ever had the time to work.
I hope everyone else has had a good day.
Glad to hear you got through chemo and good luck with the rads. They are a breeze really (unless you have Sal's experience!!).
Take care and thanks for updating us xx
Hi ladies, just popped back with an update, tracy I finished chemo on 21st march. I had chemo first then lumpectomy. got my planning appt today for 22nd may then 15 treatments and 4 boosters from 9th june - 4th July. bring it on.
Sal i have been horrified at your treatment and delays and was pleased to read your appt was on time today (a bit late to finally get it right lol) but at least you only have 2 more to go so hope they are on time too.
I will not be geting tamoxifen or any meds as I was diagnosed triple neg ( not sure whether that is a bonus or not!!!) as I feel once rads are over then there is nothing left to give me but hey onwards and upwards.
Take care ladies
sending cyber hugs
Woo hoo Sal!! Fab news. Lets hope the last two are the same. I'm trying to summon up the enthusiasm to take the dogs out in the pouring rain and then go to Sainsbury's. Not looking forward to either. All I want to do is lay around reading, drinking tea and eating cake.
Not long till your party now Sal. Its my birthday the day before your party. I've got a couple of friends coming down from London and I'm sure some bubbles will be consumed. Maybe I'll get some pink ribbon to put round a bottle or two.
I am on day 6 of tamoxifen now and don't seem to have any side effects yet except for the odd hot flush but as I was getting these as a result of the chemo I'm not sure if which is causing it now.
Hope everyone else's sessions have gone well today.
Lots of love to you all xxxx