Hi lovelies, I had a single mastectomy on friday and it was totally ok. I was terrified about the anaesthetic, how Id feel about myself, pain levels...
Actually, its ok. Im super tired. I came home with drains in, the district nurse comes daily to empty them and assess my progress.
Pain seems to be really manageable. I have panadol and voltaren. My shoulder and upper arm are tender and sensitive, but I started my physio yesterday and the gentle stretches help.
As for how I feel about myself, well I have just accepted it. Im sure it will catch me up , but my surgeon doesnt want reconstruction for me until Ive done my chemo and possibly radiation . I was upset by this before the surgery, but now I just want to get going on everything.
The night before my op I was very upset. But tue nurses and all the hospital staff are very kind and look after you well.
It will be better than you expect, my surgeon said it, snd on the other side he was completely right.
Much love to you. Xxx
Just come back from hospital the op is going ahead for the 23rd Dec when the surgeon examined me she said it wasant easily palpable so they are going to mark it so have to have that procedure done day before with ?guide wire put in knew my blood pressure would be high when the nurse did it this afternoon my anxiety levels where on the ceiling.Take care luv Judi
Hi everyone my head is a mush today for want of a better word im going to see the surgeon at 2pm and then hopefully surgery will go ahead on the 23rd Dec i just want to get it over and done with now time seems to go so slow and i seem to be having more down days than up at the moment sorry to moan folks hows my two buddies who are at the same stage luv Judi o
Hi chez we will definetly keep in touch as we are both at the same stage i go on Tuesday to see the surgeon with possible surgery on the 23rd fingers crossed probably my blood pressure will be through the ceiling when i have my pre assesment im so scared but am trying to stay positive and reading about these other ladies which have been through it keeps you going keep in touch sending you a big hug Love Judi
I'd like to echo Wemblo. Panic eventually gives way to a feeling of wanting to give oneself the best chance of coping.
Everything goes both very slowly and very quickly from now on. I had same problem diagnosed in June. Op in August. Radiotherapy in October.Tamoxifen on-going
What has helped me most:
recognising how much the medical staff want to help
making time to rest and think and help myself by spending less time on things that feel unnecessary
someone to go to appointments with
finding the practical suggestions and supportive posts on here
telling people one at a time - it gets easier
kindness of so many people
meeting others who are a little further along the journey and have found ways to cope
best thing somebody said to me: Be Strong.
Thankyou so much for that, you are right dont google i have been much to my husbands annoyment talking to other ladies who have been through and going through this is so much better and although my hubby has been so much of a support he doesnt understand as much as someone who has been through it,i will just be relieved when the 23rd is over and done with.
First of all DO NOT GOOGLE there is far too much stupid stuff out there. Stick to this site, and other reputable cancer organisations.
Second, of course you are scared, your body has let you down without warning in a dramatic way. Let your tears flow, and gradually your brain will kick in again as you get more information about your treatment plan. You will have a designated McMillan nurse who will go over anything and everything until you understand what is going to happen - keep asking questions until everything is straight in your mind. I took notes at every appt so I could read it all at home, then rang the nurse for a chat when I was confused.
This is not an easy process and scrambles your brain, but as everyone here can tell you, it IS do-able, and there is so much support here. Don't forget that we all deal with this differently, and no-one can tell us the right way to do it.
Finally, I was diagnosed March 2010, and I'm nearly at the end of treatment, feeling fit and fine and thanking the NHS every day. Yes there have been tears and grim days, but I'm still here even with a bit of my boobs missing, and its absolutely fine!!!!
I was diagnosed yesterday with Grade 2 invasive Ductal cancer i have an appointment with the surgeon next week and hopefully surgery on the 23rd December i would really like to talk to someone who has gone through this type i am so scared at the moment and keep breaking down in tears.