the ladies before me have given you lots of great advice. I was diagnosed in April 2018, had mastectomy, chemo, node clearance and radiotherapy and now on Tamoxifen. Feeling good, life back to normal, working full time again now, yes I'm stiff and achy and still riding the rollercoaster of emotions but you'll get there. As soon as you have a pathway for treatment find the appropriate pages in "going through treatment" whether surgery, chemo, rads etc and you will link up a group going through it with you. Its the best support ever as you can share experiences and fully understand each other.
Stay on here and we'll guide you along.
Sorry you find yourself on here. I was officially diagnosed 20th of August and started my chemotherapy September. I am on my 4th week now and so far doing ok. I also have my pants pulled so high attitude that it gave me a wedgie, but like what Jaybro and Mai said it is ok to have a blip. Mine came yesterday when I finally caught the dreaded throat infection 🙈 but my bloods are fine and no temp so chemo tomorrow is still ago💪🏼 It made me upset as I felt like I let my body down but we’re all human afterall 😊 And when you’re diagnosed there are lots of help out there, you’ll be surprised how quick your GP sees you for every little concern.
And when you start chemo, chemo nurses are there to help you manage sideeffects and with any concerns.
Your breast cancer care nurse is also there to support as she will be your main key worker. I missed the microblading slot but managed to have my hair cut into a bob and was able to donate 2 braided 9” hair to the little princess trust. I am cold capping just experiencing a bit of shedding but I still have my hair🙈
Cold capping is when they a saloon cap type on your head (-4 up to -15 degrees) in the attempt to preserve the hair follicles. It’s uncomfortable in the first 15 minutes but eases off afterwards. an
Stay away from Dr. Google and try to look up Breast Cancer Now, NICE Guidelines for Breast Cancer (this is what our medical team uses as standard for treatment) and Macmillan Website too.
Lastly trust your medical team and be kind to yourself when you hit a 💩 time ❤️
Hi there, hope you are feeling OK, especially with those pants pulled up so high😉. You will gets lots of support from this forum. Lots of women here with lots of experience, so ask away, or just ask for emotional support as this is a rollercoaster ride we are all on at various stages. Good luck.
Hi Debknits, sorry you find yourself here in the club none of us wanted to join but glad you are feeling quite positive and things are running smoothly. You can still get through treatment if you have down days too. Sometimes it’s hard to admit our fears to loved ones which is why it’s nice to come on here where everyone knows how you feel. I’m still here and doing very well after my stage 3 diagnosis in March 2017. I also had lymph node involvement (9/12+) and had chemo, surgery and radiotherapy followed by Tamoxifen. It’s a lot to get through but it’s all doable. Here’s my story which you may find useful as you prepare for treatment. http://lifeafterlola.com/
If you’re definitely having chemo you may want to consider having your eyebrows microbladed beforehand. once your treatment plan is in place you can chat with others going through the same on the “going through treatment” threads on this forum. I found this really helpful and I’m still in contact with my chemo buddies. Hold on tight to those positive pants!
Sorry you are having all this thrown at you - it’s the position I was in 12 months ago, only without the wedgie. We all find our own way through what lies ahead (it’s not always easy but we get through). I opted for head buried in the sand, just get it over. We also have very different experiences - chemo floored me tho mysteriously I didn't lose my hair, radiotherapy was a doddle. Others will say chemo was ok but radiotherapy a nightmare. Who knows? What’s important is the trust you have in your team. That’s a huge factor. And don’t worry when your positive pants slip a bit - we’re human and have blips, big blips. Best of luck,
I was diagnosed on 27th September but haven’t got a clear picture yet as I’m having a bone scan on Tuesday and s CT scan on Friday. Can only say I am so impressed by my care to date. I’ve was seen by my GP and 8 days later had the mammogram. Ultrasound and biopsy, where consultant said it looked suspicious, 6 days after that met with consultant again for confirmation that it is breast cancer & lymph nodes are affected hence the next scans. Also met my BC nurse Joanne
I am a fighter a little weeble - I get knocked down but I get up again type of person and this will be yet another test to get through.
POSITIVE PANTS ON AND PULLED UP SO HIGH I HAVE A WEDGIE lol