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Re: Recently diagnosed

Hi Catchpole

You raise an interesting point about resenting people who have a bad lifestyle but din't get BC but you and others do. Your feelings are very understandable and part of all the mixed emotions I think we all feel when diagnosed. Having worked in the NHS, I get angry at seeing people who are heavy smokers, for example, being treated for ling conditions and they just carry on smoking. However, where do you draw the line? BC doesn't discriminate unfortunately, mine is a genetic flaw, but the experience and reading the posts on the forum, has changed my view on things quite a bit. I'm 62 by the way, so no spring chicken! Having a bit of a thoughtful day I think, lol. Makes a change from some of the other feelings I'be had over the last few weeks!!

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Thanks I'll keep you posted.

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I was diagnosed last week - what a bummer. I am now waiting with trepidation on the outcome of ct body scan and bone scan. I am keeping my fingers crossed they do NOT find it has spread anywhere else. I am 74 and quite fit and shall be giving up golf for sometime but I aim to get back to it. Keep positive.

Re: Recently diagnosed

Hi Suzy,


I thinkone of the things that have struck me on this site is how many of us are veryfit ladies, who take regular exercise, dont smoke, drink moderately and dont eat junk.  Im older than you 67 but friends younget than me have always said im fitter than them.  Thats one of the hardest things i ve found to deal with,


Sure being fit helps, i only had lumpdecomy but i got over my operation really well, and honestly never once felt ill,. im having radio therapy soon and taking tamaxifen.  My oncologist told me mine maybe was caused by my long term HRT,which i took as my mum had very bad osteoporosis and she had early menopause like ,me,Ive prevented that so i dont regret it,she practically crumbled away,  god knows how she made it to 82.


it is very hard to take in , sometimes even  now i feel like it happened to someone else not me.  when you feel well and have done all right things its even harder. i found i resented people who abused their bodies and got away with it, while i got breast cancer but i guess its hormones breast cancer,un;like many others which are lifestyle, thats the bummer. Keep us posted.  june



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Thanks, its good to know...I have never smoked either or drank very much and don't have any of the risk factors but as you say it can happen to anyone. My friends say 'I can't believe this has happened to you, you are so fit and healthy'. Its really good to know there is support out there other than friends and family and its so good to hear you are where you are now a year on.

Re: Recently diagnosed

Hi Suzy


I just wanted to offer some support.  I am also 47 and was diagnosed last July with the same as you.  I had to have a mastectomy with node clearance followed by chemotheraphy and then radiotheraphy.  I finally had my last radiotheraphy session today :).  Once you have had your tests you wil be given a plan and then things will become much easier to deal with.  It is the not knowing which is the hardest part.  The thing I have learnt is you have to take it a small step at a time and try not to be impatient.


I too didn't think I was at risk as was  fit and ran most days, never smoked and had none of the other risk factors but it can happen to anyone.


There is light at the end of the tunnel, I never thought I would get to this point but now today has come.  


It is all doable and I gained strength and support from this forum from others who had gone through it also.  You are not alone.


Take care







Re: Recently diagnosed

Hi Suzy5u


Welcome to the BCC Forum.  As well as the support to be found on here you might also find it helpful to call our Helpline for information and support.  The opening times are 9-5 on weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays.  The number is 0808 800 6000


Very best wishes



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Recently diagnosed

Hi I'm 47 with husband and 2 girls aged 11 and 13. It's now just over a week since I was diagnosed with Grade 2 invasive ductal breast cancer. After finding a small lump near my sternum, my mammogram was clear and ultrasound result U3 did not show anything onerous, the lump was removed under general for further testing, so it came as a shock to be diagnosed with invasive cancer, I'm fit and healthy run regularly but I know now that this does not necessarliy make a difference but I hope will help me get me through what's to come. Next steps are MRI to check my chest wall [I'm worried about what this may show], further ultrasounds and another operation in 2 weeks to remove margin (not done at first op) and a sential node biospy. Its a lot to take in and the waiting is tough, but after the next op a full treatment plan will be put in place and then I know what I have to deal with. Suzy