Gin gin and more gin!! That's the secret 🍸🍸🍸🍸 had 3 bottles for my birthday 😁😁😁
I'm still here too although I joined the thread later on. Over four weeks since my last chemo now and rads start next week I'm going back to work part time on Monday too. This thread really helped me at the beginning and the kept me going through some very dark days.
Fingers crossed life is returning to a new sort of normal now.
Not too bad Jill although the rubbish weather we are having down here is making my aches a bit more annoying. Had a slight wobble at work today when I realised that I was letting something get to me that I promised I would not when I was going through treatment. Had to give myself a bit of a stern talking to.
How about you? Any nice plans for the summer?
This thread saved my sanity on many occasions last year and I definitely don't feel ready to withdraw just yet. I'll never look at a sprout in the same way.
I'm still here too. Some days I think it might be good for me if I tried not to visit for a day and try not to think about BC but I feel rather at home here and I'm definitely not ready to abandon ship yet.
How's it going Delly and how is the feline in your life?
I'm still here too Delly! It's hard to believe this thread has been going a year, what a lot of giggles it's given us all! I remember Like it was yesterday first speaking to you Jill , what a long way we've come! Mammo will be fine and you will feel wonderful after its done and dusted for another year 😊😊
Where've you all gone to then??
Are you all ok??
Loadsa love Delly xxxx
FEC-T with FEC first seems to be quite common it terms of this type of chemo. I was told that they (the scientific world/medical professionals involved with cancer treatment) had discovered that it was best to use a combination of different drugs to hit the cancer with, to lessen the chance of it being resistant to just one drug. This is also the case when treating persistent diseases like TB.
I guess they aren't totally certain what chemo drugs will work best for any one persons tumor, so that is why they use a combination. Why they use FEC first, I'm not sure, and you will notice seeing what others ladies on the forum have been given, that there are lots of different chemotherapy regimes that they give people! Some people have weekly doses, I was on three weekly doses.
It sounds like you have just had your 'T'...if so, be ready for some aches and pains to hit about day 3 - 5, hopefully they cave given you some co-codamol or similar to take if you need it. I found each one worse than the last, so I certainly felt like I had had some seriously strong chemo by the time I'd finished!
Hi Emma Jane....one of my four daughters is called Emma Jane! Her fiancée is a medicinal chemist working for a large pharmaceutical company and when I told them I would be having FEC-T he read all about the various drugs and what they do. He they they were obviously all powerful chemicals but the T was definitely the 'business end' of chemo, so let's hope it gets the job done for you. I certainly felt the effects of T a lot more than FEC!
Jen - what will your surgery be next week?? And yeh, I hope it all goes well with it. x
Tina - Not long to your Rads then. So are you actually back at work now?? If so, is it going okay? Are you still having the "first day at a new school jitters" !! Glad to hear about your hair - whoohoo x
Hope you are all doing better and recovering well from the onslaughts of chemo, lovies.
Lotsa love, hugs and xxxxx's, Meeeeeee
Good luck tomorrow Ruth, glad you got through the 'prep' today ok, it's not too bad really!
Ekmoat (sorry; I don't know your name!) I started with a treatment plan of a WLE (lumpectomy) followed by radiotherapy then tamoxifen but after surgery, pathology and then MRI scan showed multiple suspicious areas so a MX followed and the pathology showed the ares were more cancers. I have recently finished chemo, starting tamoxifen on Thursday and soon to start rads. Hopefully you won't need chemo but be prepared for things to possibly change as they find out more.
Hi Jen.... And everyone else! Good luck with surgery Hun.... And agree with Delly! Though knickers must be all cotton they can be funny!! 😂 Yes, chemo **bleep**e all done, thank god! 6 wk thus Friday last one had!
Claire, I was getting worried that I hadn't heard anything from Onc about blood tests fir medication!?! But relieved to see I'm not the only one not started yet!! Rads staring 19th May, 19 not 15 sessions finishing on June 14th. Hair getting better, texture now softer and though still thin I'm back in work few days with no wig or hats! 😂👍🏼 Still have the flipping weight to loose..... Though told not to loose any new as I've been marked up for rads! Xxx Tina
Well today I've had a wire fitted and an amount of radioactive material injected behind my right nipple.
my wide section lumpectomy is tomorrow morning .i was really scared of this procedure and it was making me shake with worry. The worst part was the needle to numb it. After that I felt nothing. The ladies who looked after me were patient,pleasant, and helpfull.
the doctor/scanner was so understanding and it didn't take long to get the wire in place and secured. So now I have a large white dressing around the side of my breast .
the injection of radio colloid was over in seconds and I felt almost nothing.
so my op is tomorrow and I just want it over so I can get on with recovery.
All my very best wishes to you ladies who like me are at the beginning of this journey, and huge thanks to the ladies already at the end of thier treatments who are willing to help others xxxxx Ruth
My surgeon says I hopefully won't need chemo as I have dcis. But there might be a chance after he examined results. Anyone else had this? Trying to focus on positives but that's what red wine and waking int the middle of the nightr does feel so scared now!
I'm hoping to delay starting tamoxifen till After rads too. I havent seen the onc yet and don't seem to have an appointment in the pipeline so I don't know what she's got planned for me! I am also going on holiday mid July and would rather start after. I feel my body needs to get rid of chemicals and drugs and detox before all that starts. I also want to try to lose some wieight and get rid of the steroid puffiness before I am put on more medication. But I suppose if I need it I will have to take it! I'm not looking forward to an enforced menopause!
JenJen, Well A BIG hello.
I was only thinking about you last night and wondering how you were getting on. And blow me, there you appear.
Yeh, this thread is pretty fast and furious to keep up with when you've had a break from, but it's just soooo good to see and hear you wo'ever lovey.
Well done on your "kicking" so far. I'm sure you probably felt like the "and screaming" at times. Dare I ask how your Mum is??
What surgery will you be having next week?? Need to feed yourself up for the sacrificial table. Don't forget, if they DON'T want you "commando" (i.e.without briefs), put your bestest, sexiest briefs on. I like to give the operating team something interesting to look at and talk about But, I'm a hussy like that!!!!
Loadsa love and one of Delly's extra long hugs
Oooooo - Kim, I'm with yer now. Soooo sorry for your diag lovey. Hard/tough for you Yeh? Please keep us in touch with how you're doing, will you.
Claire - sooo glad you're doing okay now. So far, so good. Lets hope it STAYS that way.
I must apologise for my expletives folks, must keep a control on my language!!
Hope everyone has a restful w/end and gets some sleeeeeep zzzzzz
Hi lovely ladies.
Sorry Ruth, it was you who the "what ifs" were getting to. But same as with Amanda, Valerian oral drops.It's called DORMEASAN. Has hops in too. Try it, it helps with anxiety as well as sleep disturbance. From health food shops, Holland and Barrett.
Good to see you Claire - so glad to hear you're doing okay.
Jill, that's a really good simile - ref the "train" - good one darlin.
I'm now 9 hrs later or so, from my initial response, so have FURTHER catching up to do - sorry. Be back in a mo
Jill, the 'tattoos' are really small, I was quite surprised! It was all done very quickly and efficiently, I have more than two weeks with no hospital visits!
Not looking forward to starting tamoxifen next week, it was going to be started after rads but new research say it has no interaction with rads so start it three weeks after last chemo, at least that it what my onc is doing, Claire and Siissy; you might be doing the same!
A five minute hug Delly, I like the sound of that! I will try and get some valerian liquid and see how I get on with it. I have not slept very well for a long time but not to an extent that it bothered me that much but then the 'big C' came along and it got a whole lot worse!
All my very best wishes for you ,your family, and your continued recovery. Big hugs Ruth.xx
Hi everybody, I have been reading all the new comments on this thread as it is one I joined when I was first diagnosed at the end of September. At the time I was scared, in shock and petrified by what lay ahead and I found that Jill, Jo and others further down the line were able to offer reassurance and support.
i had two lots of surgery followed by chemo which I finished on Tuesday. It's been an incredibly tough time I thought I could not face, but I have and I ve got through. just rads to go now. The support here has been fantastic from ladies at the same stage of treatment to those who are out the other side.
i wish everyone who is "recently diagnosed" the very best of luck in your treatment. There is a lot of support here which will help you get through.
love and best wishes
I was diagnosed with the same on the 27th of April. My tumour is 21mm.next Monday 9th of May I have to have an injection of radioactive material to seek out any nodes that are holding cancer cells . Then on Tuesday I will have the wide section op that you mentioned.then radiation for 3weeks. I wish you and all the other people all the very best for your futures... Xxxx
my family is very internet savvy and they all googled breast cancer ".....although It can give too much detail .
they consider themselves informed.
Hi Ruth, it looks like you have got exactly the same diagnosis that I received yesterday. Have you had your operation yet? I am going in on the 19th. X
Amanda - Phew!! Now YOU ARE someone who IS worthy of Sue's praise. Certainly MINE darlin.
Sending you love and a massive long 5 minuter Delly hug. (Normal one's are 3 minutes). Along with strength, me wanting for you to please keep kicking at this bleepty disease darlin girl.
Hey, can't you find something to help you sleep? Have you tried Valerium liquid? You can get it at the famous health food shop. You may find it really helpful. Stop those "what ifs" we mentioned earlier, getting to you. Can so mess your head up this F**kin disease if you let it, can't it.
Loadsa love to you
Ps. I've gotta get back to doing my "Nightbirds" ramblings!! x
Sue Hs - NO, I havn't been thru the mill compared to the likes of Amanda and Jill here, and my friend who's sadly terminal - JEEZ, what a phrase. I appreciate your thoughts and wish/desire to support tho'. Often difficult isn't it, WHAT to say??
Charys - taa for your compliment of kindness, but I'm just doing what I feel for people.
I'm feeling VERY upset and emotional at the moment, and I needed an outlet to express it. HERE is an ideal place, amongst fellow understanding peeps, many who can relate to what I'm speaking of. What better place to be.
God, have I felt sh*t today. So upset, "off balance" is a good way to describe it. And SO ANGRY!! Am seeking solace in this here Forum/place. My heart gets and feels so torn to bits sometimes. Touching base with the likes of yourselves helps me gain some strength back, whilst putting me back in touch with you all. Sometimes it makes me feel worse when there's been bad news of someone, but . . . .
Flip, I'm going
Loadsa loveydovey to you all xxxx
Hi Kim, welcome here, not that you ever imagined or wanted to be on a forum for breast cancer! It's a complete and horrifying shock when you are first diagnosed, your emotions are all over the place and it dominates most of your day and too much of your nights at first, but it does settle down after a while.
Delly, sorry about your friend, it's the news everyone fears the most. Had a young acquaintance die five days after her 30th birthday last month, cancer but not breast cancer. I'm two weeks past my last chemo now, the T was horrible for me, after getting off fairly lightly on the FEC. Had radiotherapy planning, CT scan and 'tattoos' done today, then rads staring on the 23rd and finishing on the 13th June. Start tamoxifen next week, three weeks after last chemo.
woke up a 5.20 this morning, so going to bed now. One day I might sleep through the night... at the moment I don't sleep for more than two hours at a time!
Love and hugs to everyone, stay strong!
Hi Jill thank you for replying. Did you have a wide excision? My lump is 11mm . I know more will be known when they test the lymph nodes. So hoping they are clear. I am in a state of shock, it keeps hitting like a thunderbolt.
Hi just been told today that have Grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma, I had a mammogram recall yesterday and a biopsy. The surgeon said that I will be having a wide excision and lymph node removal. Surgery is booked for the 19th. I am trying not to google as I have been addicted in the past but know I will just get even more worried.
So sorry to hear your sad news about your friend. As for not wanting to scare people, I think it is something we all think about from time to time from the moment we get our diagnosis. I have posted a few threads in "I am recently diagnosed".
Thanks for your welcome. You are so kind to write such a long message including people, it's very heart warming. I particularly like the statement at the end 'we have to channel our mind back to better thoughts, which takes practice'. This is so true, and it's painful even trying to do the practice, but important that we mange to do it.