Hello Sandra and Tracy,
Sandra, I'ts completely understandableyou feeling scared with regards to family history. Hopefully others will soon join this group and by sharing experiences wil help us all cope and come to terms with it xxx
For more advice and tips on chemo and wigs have a look at the starting chemo in Dec or Nov group. This is useful as these women are where we will be be soon and can give very practical and useful advice xx
I am currently in the December group as there was no January group and I wasnt sure exactly when I would be starting Chemo. Still unsure if it will be end of this month or begining of January but I will find out on Monday at my Oncology appointment.
Brief history, found a lump in April, Mammogram in May was clear, lump got bigger and painful and was visible to the eye along with another lump below it. Went back to the doctors, was dismissed twice finally referred back to breast clinic on third visit to the doctors in October and had scan in November which showed no signs of cancer however a biopsy was done to be on safe side. Week later told I had cancer, 6 days later had lumpectomy and 17 lymph nodes removed.
I finally got my results yesterday, this is what the consultant wrote down for me - T2 (5.0cms) N1/17 Grade 3 ER+ - which I think translated into English as only 1 lymph node out of the 17 they removed was affected, Grade 3 means it was a fast growing cancer, however good news is they got it all. I havent stopped smiling since yesterday afternoon. I didnt realised how stressed and anxious I was until this point.
Next steps, Chemotherapy - FEC-T, Radiotherapy and then Tamoxifen.
I have my Oncology appointment on Monday so will have more details then.
I was so excited when I went to pick 2 of my daughters up from school yesterday and they were very pleased with the news. My youngest (7) just kept saying "so you don't have cancer anymore?" She was a bit disappointed that I still need the horrible medicine that will make my hair fall out (I think she more concerned that I will turn up to school with a bald head on show and embarrass her).
Ok so onwards and upwards. Not looking forward to chemo but appreciate its a means to an end. I suppose I'm as ready as I wil ever be for the rollercoaster ride that is is ahead of me.