Sal, my booby feels very lumpy and still very tender but like Sam I am trying to believe it is normal as that is what my mammogram said. I still can't help worrying though. The whole area hurts including ribs and armpit. I see the surgeon in April so will find out if its normal. Off to yoga now xx
Tara, you session sounds very interesting and supportive and as you say it's a shame these things aren't there when we need it the most. However, looks like you have found a way forward and you must let us know how you get on.
Sal, my lumpectomy boob is very hard in places and my oncologist said it was fibrosis as a result of the op and radiotherapy. The trouble is that I can't tell what is normal or not. It feels a bit hard and rubbery if that makes sense.
Sorry to hear that Sal. Hope it doesn't last. Take some vitamin C and echinacea.
My Natural Rythms group yesterday was excellent. Such a supportive group of people at all stages of cancer - seven of us in a lovely warm log cabin in the middle of some woods. I am going to a 'Sanctuary Day' in a couple of weeks that they run every so often. I could have really done with this during my treatment but my rubbish Breast Care Nurse didn't tell me about it like she should have.
Hope everyone else is doing ok.
Awwww - that's amazing. My children were terrified of standing up in front of an audience when they were little so that's a huge achievement for him. Glad you are on the up Sal, let hope the predicted warm weather at the weekend will help sustain the mood - I know that when it is warmer and I can get out and about more I feel much better. So in that spirit I will gladly take the dogs out now (and avoid the puddles of mud).
Love to all xxx
Hello everyone. I'm glad you had a nice weekend and the coming one sounds fun too, Sal. I am working this week but on Wednesday I have my first session at a 'Natural Rythms' group which is a kind of support group which runs for people who have had cancer. I'm not entirely sure what it is about but I believe it aims to get you back in tune with nature so I'm looking forward to it. Will update on Wednesday!
Love and hugs xx
Lovely to hear from you, Lovewine (love the name by the way!). I'm glad that reading our posts has helped and I hope you are doing ok now nearly a year on. Thanks for your info too Sam, glad to hear it is helping.
I'm really trying to deal with things myself and had a massage this morning which really helped but if things get too bad again I will definitely talk to my GP again armed with the information of what others are taking for their depression/anxiety. I think with me it is more of an anxiety things which builds up and builds up and then it turns into depression as I get so exhausted from it!
Just got interrupted by one of my dogs puking on the floor. We just got back from an extremely muddy walk. Sorry yours was so eventful yesterday, Jane, but it did make me laugh.
Lots of love and hugs xxx
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Sorry Tara and Sam, I have only just seen your posts. It seems like we are all having physical side effects which is not what we need is it. I have gotten terribly low at times, it's so horrible isn't it. I am coping ok at the moment but if I nose dive again I will consider medication so will be interested to know what you are being prescribed.
Sending big hugs to you all,xxxxxxx
The headaches will improve once your iron levels get back to normal but I know what you mean about tha feeling of one thing after another. It is such hard work keeping on an even keel emotionally when you are feeling physically below par all the time. I still have aches and pains but the oncologist said it was to be expected considering the barrage of stuff we have had to contend with which makes me less paranoid but I do get fed up with it nevertheless so I really get why you are fed up Sal.
Thank you for wishing me a good walk. Well, I went with a friend and it was full of disasters! First of all I had my two dogs on a lead and another dog leapt over a wall from its garden and my dogs pulled towards it excitedly and I fell flat on my face in a huge muddy puddle!! I was absolutely covered - the mud was in my mouth, up my nose and in my hair. My jeans and jacket were soaked through and I looked like a hippo that had rolled in mud! My friend gasped in horror and then saw the aftermath of the fall and could not stop laughing. I continued on my walk for an hour dripping with mud, ever the stoic. I ache a bit this morning where I fell flat on my face! Next my friends dog caught a rabbit which was horrible and then we were accosted by 3 big dogs running loose. So all in all an eventful walk. I didn't have time to change before picking my daughter up from the bus stop and decided to embarrass her by getting out of the car and greeting her off the bus. The look on her face was a picture, she couldn't wait to get me back in the car. So today I am going to take it easy on my walk with the dogs and go a different route.
What kind of anti-depressants are you on Sam? My GP said she didn't want to prescribe me any because she has heard that they can react with Tamoxifen. I know there are loads of different types though and think she probably just couldn't be bothered to research it for me. I'm still struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression a lot of the time. I know I am always more depressed in the winter so am hoping that once spring has sprung I'll feel better.
Big hugs to everyone. xxx
Hello everyone, you all seem to be having quite a time of it!
Sal, I was anaemic a few years ago when I had heavy periods and I was put on mega large iron tablets. It took about a month for them to make any difference at all and I used to look and feel really washed out all the time. Are you on tablets?
Sam, your day sounds similar to mine, except I don't have your worries about your mother. It sounds like she is slowly improving so lets hope she continues to do so in leaps and bounds.
Jen, it's good to hear from you and it's great that you can moan on here - we all do! I put semi-permanent colour in my hair and it seems to be alright so far.
Well, I am going to take the dogs for a walk and be grateful that I am doing this (rather than resenting the cold and mud). It is good for me as I need the exercise as I seem to nibble at things all the time so must stop!! I picked up my new glasses the other day and I have got an appointment this afternoon to take them back - I can't see a thing with them! They are varifocal and make me feel sick - very frustrating.
Have a good afternoon everyone.xx
Sorry not posted for a while, started to write a couple of times and then sounded so miserable so I scrapped it!
Most of you have had enough on your plates lately without hearing me moan.
Just been having the usual worries of if its going to come back and thinking what would be normal aches and pains are something more sinister.
Keeping busy at work and of course something to look forward to like hols helps.
Anybody any suggestions re hair colourant?
Mine has come back a very boring salt and pepper grey, don't mind grey and had a lovely steeley grey colour in mind. My hairdresser is only willing to put a toner on at the moment as she thinks it will break off if anything stronger is put on? Its not growing too quick either which doesn't help.
Sal, I have been using the Kinesio tape on my boob for a while and I definitely think it works.
I hate my sleeve as I think its the most unsexiest thing ever and cannot see me wearing it this summer, that sounds awfully vain but I think you ladies will understand how it's just another reminder etc?
I am still up for meet with you all, I'm sure we will have a laugh.
Love and best wishes to you all, take care.
Good afternoon everybody, just catching up with all your posts. Sam, I feel for you and have experience of caring for my mother when she was ill and disabled and it is very very difficult isn't it? Of course you want to help but the amount of time and emotional energy it takes up is exhausting and it leaves you feeling very depleted and dare I say it a bit resentful? However, you are being a fantastic daughter so hold on to that.
Sal, I am sorry you are still having setbacks and I hope on Friday they will be able to put your mind at rest. As Sam said, you don't get rid of us that easily so keep posting and sounding off, we all care.
Tracy, the operation sounds like a good solution to your problems. I had fat from my back put into my boob 2 weeks after my WLE which has been a great cosmetic result (although if I push and prod it is a bit lumpy and bumpy but been told it is to be expected until it settles completely).
Tara, I know what you are saying about moving on, it is very difficult to get completely back on track. I agree it is not helped by our altered images - my hair is leaving me less than amused too! Mine is thicker and more wirey but it actually looks so odd to me as I have always had straight, fine, longish hair. Also my style at the moment is what everyone charitably calls "an inbetween stage" - i.e. a mess!
Jen, hope you are ok.
Love J xx