Hi Sharon, pleased to meet you 🙂 Im..er..karen lol Feeling ok today. Concentrating on the positives. My work know and have been great. Now looking forward to the day when I may hopefully have the boobs of a supermodel lol Hope everyone else is holding up xx
thanks all. Lke you Cocolily im beginning to think a full mastectomy may be better just for peace of mind really. Just told my older kids and they seem fine. We;ve stressed the positives. Im in Surrey by the way, live with my partner michael and have 4 children, 23, 21 , 10 and 7. (the youngest are definitely less trouble than the older ones!) 🙂
Karen, I am absolutely gutted for you but GREAT news that you don't need chemo and possibly radio. Surgery will be the best you can get and you get the body of a teenager to boot!!! You have to have a silver lining, I agree 😉 Sad for you to have to go through what lies in store but you'll be FINE and will come out the winner. I'd like us all to stay in touch and am going to figure out how to PM and swap contact details xxx
Another new member here. Got my results this morning. I have invasive lobular cancer grade 1 (wont know the stage till they operate). Will see a surgeon within 2 weeks then op within 4 weeks of that. We talked about a partial removal but because the affected areas are a bit apart and they have to remove that plus surrounding tissue to leave clear margins it is most likely I will need a full mastectomy with possible immediate reconstruction. On the up side...they will probably reduce the other one and take tissue/fat from my lower half so I get the reduction I always wanted and a bit of free lipo!!! Silver linings and all that. (really trying to find some positives here!). If I have a full mastectomy then its unlikely I will need radiotherapy or chemo but if its a partial one then I will need radiotherapy but again, chemo is unlikley. I was kind of expecting it but there was a little bit of me that preyed that theyd say it was all fine. Have been in complete meltdown but calming down a bit now. At least I know what Im dealing with and the long term prognosis is good with the info they have at the moment. Great news for you Angel you must be so relieved xx
Thanks all. Feels better to know others have the same stresses as me! Seriously think Im getting paranoid about it all. You all sound so positive and strong, hope I will be the same once the results are back. I swear the not knowing is worse than the outcome, whatever that may be. Im in Gloucestershire, so under the care of the team in Cheltenham. Will keep you posted and come back when I need some words of wisdom 🙂
Welcome to the forums, this must be very difficult time for you. I’m sure other users will be along to support you soon.
In the meantime, maybe you would like to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer practical information as well as emotional support. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.
I am new to this Forum but appear to feeling as anxious as others. I got referred to Breast Clinic last Thursday having seen my GP with a newly found lump. She thought it was a cyst (as it was movable) as did the first Dr I saw at the clinic. I felt quite calm about it all until after the inital mammogram they sent me back for a more detailed one and an ultrasound. Nothing could have prepared for the bombshell that Dr dropped as I lay on the bed. Not only is there a significant solid lump ( def not a cyst) but also a "bumpy" looking lymph node under my arm and calcification in the tissue. I had the node FNA and a core biopsy on the lump. They couldn't get to the calcification but I was told they would probably do a wire biopsy once the results are back. Then I got taken into a small room with just chairs and a box of tissues (I knew then it wasn't looking good). I met the original Dr and Breast Care nurse who said it was likely to cancer. They gave me an appointment for 27th Feb for results but said they would contact me sooner if they got them back. Everything else is a blur and this week has been the toughest I known. I'm convinced the news will be bad and the thing that troubles me most is the impact it will have on my 3 daughters (21, 19 & 17). How can I do this to them? I haven't said anything to anyone except my 3 closest friends and my husband (who is burying his head and wont talk about it at all). Does anyone know if the longer the results take is a good or bad sign? Anyone else had/got similar symptoms to me? The waiting is soooo hard, I can;t eat or sleep and keeping up the pretence everything is normal is getting harder and harder. I just want to know (well I think I do!!)
Hello everyone. I got the all-clear. My tumour is benign and has probably been there for a long time but because my breast tissue is so dense it was never detected, even on mammogram. No treatment, just yearly screenings. I almost fainted with relief and I still can't quite believe this nightmare is over. I know for some of you, however, this nightmare is not over and will carry on a while longer, until you are all better again xxx I would like to stay in touch with you so please PM me if you can so we can exchange contact details (are we allowed to do that??) Good luck to Karen today and also Petal, on another thread, who is only in her twenties and gets her results today too. Love to you all xxx
great news Rosie, only sorry that you cant celebrate it more what with everything else you have going on x Im sorry your news isnt so great Cocolily xx
I'm relieved to say my biopsy came back as benign but I'm on annual screening from now on due to significant family history. Thank you for your support lovely ladies, the waiting is horrible. We are still waiting for mother-in-law to die which is very hard to watch.
so sorry it wasnt better news Restless. Ive been checking throughout the day to see how you got on. But you know what youre dealing with now and yes you will get through it. We all will one way or another. Ive told my older children (23 and 21) and theyre ok. They are very much 'well we dont know for sure yet'. My youngest are 7 and 10, the 10 year old being autistic so not sure how to approach it with him. Maybe for once the fact most things go over his head is a good thing but my 7 year old is very different. She is so perceptive and always know when Im upset. Im off to the pub tonight. Will be thinking of you all over the next few days. Im in Surrey and would love to have a get together. xx what time are your appointments tomorrow?
Yes, there is a Live Chat session running tonight but it is only for those with a secondary diagnosis of breast cancer, that's where the cancer has spread to another part of the body. General Live Chat runs each Thursday evening between 8.30 and 9.30pm, everyone will be made most welcome. Just follow the link if you haven't tried Live Chat previously.