Went back to see the surgeon this morning hoping/expecting to be told margins clear, lymph nodes clear, come back for radiotherapy and anti-estrogen treatment. I was hoping I could leave telling people until after treatment, which would have been past the worst by Christmas.
Instead, I was told they had found some cancer cells in my lymph nodes, I see the oncologist 13th August to get chemotherapy set up, then radiotherapy later. I was so glad I had somebody with me - I felt like I had been whacked round the head. Now I have to tell people, since losing my hair will be pretty obvious, and I am told it will be about 18 months before I feel clear of the side-effects. It is no consolation that there was such a small amount of cancer cells in the lymph node that it was 'borderline' whether I should have chemotherapy.
With respect to those of us here who have had far worse experiences, as i do know that in some respects I am still a 'LuckyLass', nothing that has happened or said before prepared me for this.