Fuffs123, you are spot on about trying to find somewhere to park at LRI. It's a shame that we can't go to Glenfield for everything. I took my mother-in-law there the other day to see a skin specialist, after having been there about 2 days before to see my oncologist. Once you've managed to park the car somewhere, you then end up in a broom cupboard to talk to the oncologist.
I saw my consultant on Monday and he will remove my right breast, taking whatever they need from my tummy to reconstruct and reducing the other side too. I still have to see the plastic surgeon to make sure its all possible but he said Id have 2 teams working on me, it would take about 4 hours and that it could all be done at the same time. xx
oh my goodness..so many new replies and no time to read them just yet! But after a skim read Im def joining the snivel club too please! Just a quick update really...
Went to the hospital this morning and met my consultant. He seemed really lovely, a real, 'don't worry we'll sort you out' guy. It was all pretty much as I expected. There are 3 tumours but only 2 biopsies were done. He said one option would be to biopsy the third and do mri's and if that came back negative then they could consider breast conserving surgery. He asked what I thought and told him that for my own peace of mine Id rather just go for the full mastectomy which he agreed was a good decision. have to have a radioactive coloured dye in my boob the day before op so they can see where my sentinel lymph node is. He says they look ok but 20% of cancers in the nodes cant be seen on ultrasound so theres still a chance it has spread but he seemed quite positive. Im seeing a plastic surgeon next Thursday who will obviously have the final say as to what will be best for me in terms of reconstruction but today he said there didn't seem to be any reason I couldn't go for an immediate reconstruction. Providing a scan on my tummy is ok, they can in effect give me a tummy tuck and use the blood vessels and fat there to use for my new boob. They can also reduce the other one so I'll have two teams working on me either side. Because its quite a long op and a lot involved I may have to have it done in Chelsea rather than in the marsden (which is 10 mins away) which would be a right royal pain but they have a better high dependency unit there. In hospital about a week, then at least 6 weeks to recover. Nurse showed me lots of pics too and they were really reassuring. So...still not out the woods but so far, looks like i'll make a full recovery, get a new pair of boobs and a tummy tuck to boot! Feeling so much better today. Still a few what ifs, but I feel much clearer about whats going to happen and that long term I have a very good chance of a full recovery xx will be back later to cacth up on the last 4 pages ! 🙂
Hi Rosie Ree
My story was the exact opposite, in that if I hadn't kept my fibroadenoma my cancer probably wouldn't have been found for a long time yet and by then it would have been far more serious. My cancer was at the back of my breast, near the chest wall and the swelling made the fibroademoma at the front of my chest stick out a bit which is what sent me off to the doctors. Pretty sure I wouldn't have noticed anything wrong if I'd had my fibroadenoma removed when I first found it a decade ago.
I'm not saying this to be contrary, just to say that fibroadenoma aren't necessarily a bad thing - I'll be eternally grateful for mine as I think it saved my life!
Hope your treatment goes well
Just looked in here
love that Francine really made me larff!
OH just puts his arm round me when I have a meltdown in middle of night, How does he know when I am
Love the idea of having to have dogs on the bed to help you though it
Can definitely recommend Tarte au Citron though.
Into Hot Cross Buns at the moment - Waitrose ones, lovely plump fruit!!
That follicliwhatsit sounds awful, Am getting an under arm fuzz but not very much, putting it down to Anastrozole - still need to get something so I can clear it - electric razor here i come!
Oh was offered jab for pneumonia but he has health problems any way, perhaps it's anothe 'perk' of cancer
Guess what though - booked aholiday in Spain for September , so excited - first time i've dared look that far ahead
LOL actually Cheryl I think your joke might be my new favourite joke 😄
Must be the day for GP visits as I saw mine this morning. She is absolutely lovely but what is it with GPs and injections - she was trying to persuade me to have an anti-pneumonia injection this morning. Is pneumonia another cancer side-effect I don't know about yet? I decided she was just trying to be helpful and offer me something so that I felt supported and that was the best she could come up with!
Sorry you're still having trouble with the healing and I don't know what folliculitis is but it doesn't sound like the sort of thing you want anywhere near an armpit so I don't blame you for having a meltdown. Did you get some antibiotics or something to help? I think you need to send husband out to get a stock of chocolate and tarte au citron as they seem to work 🙂
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Ha ha Francine, that is so good, made me laugh. OH said oh thats a bit strong isnt it? lol - But then he is NOT us is he (bad english there). We are all entitled do do whatever and act whatever way we do. Kepp up the good work
Definitely double-points for snivelling between 1am and 5am Cheryl, but you get half a point deducted if it's done in the company of a much-loved pet (whereas you gain half a point if it's done in front of a much-loved human)
So, what's got you upset? Would my all time favourite joke help? Yes? ...Well here goes then:
What do you call a fly with no wings?
Sharon (aged 50 and a quarter)