Yes the forum is a great support and a place where you can come and talk about your BC and feelings that you can't always talk about to your family.
It seems to really mess with your head - I suppose it's all the awful waiting for appointments and stressing about them.
I have been 10 weeks from operation to the date of start of radiotherapy so from reading on here I think 8 to 10 weeks is pretty standard time.
Thanks for your response, its good to hear that I'm not going mad having these feelings. This forum really is such a help to know you are not alone in all this. Not too long to wait now for you to start radiotherapy, please keep posting as it would be good to hear your experiences. I will be a bit behind you, probably a couple of months before starting they think, hopefully end of June if I'm lucky. I hope it all goes well for you. Take care. Xxpb
I totally know what you mean, I had a WLE and SNB in March and I was very lucky to have clear margins and nodes were clear too.
Everyone was pleased and seemed to think thats great but I felt, but hey, it's not the end of my journey, I've just been very lucky to get that from my op. I still had the oncologist to see, which I have now done and then the radiotherapy dept, for my planning meeting which I did last week and I will be starting my radiotherapy in 10 days time.
Hope you are feeling better
Thank you every one for your good wishes, its lovely to come on here and everyone just says the right thing. My phone didn't stop yesterday and overnight (family abroad) and many knew what to say but I found myself getting irritated by all the congratulations messages! 'Congratulations' just seems quite inappropriate to me. I haven't achieved anything, I just had a good surgeon and was lucky I guess. I woke this morning feeling low and like there is now an expectation that its all over and I can just get on with it. It feels terribly selfish to write this down here. I know friends and family mean well and just want the best. I actually rang the help line this morning, its the first time for me. I couldn't stop blubbling and all the time there is this voice in your head saying hey pull yourself together you got clear margins. Does anyone know what I mean?
Fab news! What a relief for you...
I delayed my radiotherapy so I could still go on the holiday we had booked and it was the best thing I could have done. The onc was happy to delay and it meant I started radio feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Thanks kalo and Angie, sorry to hear you had to cancel a holiday too Angie, but hopefully you are feeling OK now that the Radiotherapy has finished? I have read your thread with interest its very helpful for those with upcoming treatment to hear from people going through it. I feel much more prepared thanks to this forum. I start back at work after the long weekend so I am looking forward to trying to return to some normality it will also help the time pass while I'm waiting for my appointment. Hope you have a lovely long weekend. Take care both xxx
Just back from the hospital and so relieved to be able to tell you that the margins were clear. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Felt so sick waiting for my name to be called. I held is together and then just cried buckets when we got back to the car with the relief. Thank you to everyone for the support and best wishes on here it has really helped enormously. I now have to wait for my radiotherapy appointment which they said could be four weeks as I'm at the Churchill in Oxford which is extremely busy. Thankfully they said they can work around my holiday booked in July because if we can't fit in the three weeks beforehand then I can start radiotherapy after. So relived another holiday won't be messed up as we already had to cancel one booked for Easter when I had my op.
Good luck to all of you who are recovering from surgery and waiting for results. The waiting is a killer but we find the strength from somewhere don't we and manage to get through it one day at a time. So grateful to all the strong ladies on here, feeling very emotional this afternoon. Big hugs to you all xxxxpb