hi carmia I think the answer to your question is Yes - I have changed my life significantly (for the better I may add) firstly I gave up work after treatment (I decided that I wanted to spend whatever time I had left doing things I wanted to do) and was lucky in that I got an early retirement package. That has opened up the doors for me to take up new interests and hobbies. I go to the gym three times a week and very fit now and also joined a walking club so walk once a month too. My diet has changed too I eat more healthier and whilst not into any 'fad' diets I drink a lot less alchohol and I eat more healthier food - lots more fruit and vegetables and now I am not working I have time to look around for nice things to cook and try and nice recipes. On a day to day basis I worry much less about silly things and don't get upset or stressed by anything I just chill and if it happens it happens... I am so much happier in myself. And yes I see more of my family and make more of an effort than I used to. i notice the leaves on the trees and the wind blowing through the grass and the birds singing - again the little things in life that are pleasant but perhaps I used to take for granted before. We have moved house (something we always talked about but never got round to) and in my new non working life I have made many new firends. I do voluntary work which is great and I really enjoy that part of my life too. It is a long road you are right and when I was diagnosed I convinced myself that I would not see the following spring - well I have and I have seen 5 springs since so all is good. Yes it a good thing to re evaluate your outlook on life and whilst breast cancer is the pits it surely made me do that and for that I am very grateful xx Very best wishes for your treatment those dark times will pass I promise x
Good to hear you are well, and thank you for your well wishes. Yes I already feel much better like a load is off my shoulders, I slept well for the first time last night.
Thank you for your support over the last week or so.
As I and many have said this forum is a wonderful place to come, it has become my little comfort blanket.
Have a good day
Im really Well thanks Carmia, you will feel much more able to cope with your treatment plan now you know exactly what's happening and that you have no spread, I'm thrilled for you! Xx
I am so glad to hear that you lymph nodes are clear I know it must be a relief to you knowing it hasn't spread to the lymph nodes and good luck with your further treatment at least you now know what you are up against. I was one of the 'unlucky' ones where it had spread significantly to my nodes but after fantastic treatment I am now five years down the line and very well and healthy so even lymph node spread isn't as bad as it sometimes sounds. x
I know Jo, I know, I cry then smile then want to hug everyone, shout it from the roof tops. I also can now consider myself lucky, so onwards and upwards, chemo it is, chemo it will be.
How are you?
Have to share this, just had the call that my lymph nodes are clear, will need chemo, herceptin and tamoxifen, I dont know if I will also need radiotherapy? I am HER2 positive and oestrogen receptor positive, but the lymph glands are clear. Fantastic news. xx