Ladies, right now the government has extra funding to allocate and we need to make sure breast cancer gets the priority it deserves. I've shared my story, please share yours:
Avibaby, It’s me that’s kooky 😂😂
i finish rads this Tuesday. I have actually quite enjoyed the attention and, so far so good, no real side effects. Fingers crossed for you too xxx
So happy that you were able to hold on during your most recent phase of the excruciating waiting game. Not easy to wait as long as you did.
Congrats on the surgery date - you are in a new "waiting" phase - but it won't be as difficult, i.e. it's much easier to walk when you KNOW where the stepping stone is.
Sounds like you know how to keep your mind in your "normal" life.
Great news for those of you not needing to have chemo, rads really are fine or maybe im just another Kook! 😜 Also good that you have an op date now Maggie 👌 Getting on with things whatever they may be is damn site easier than all the endless waiting!
Best of luck to you all ladies Xx
You don't seem like a kook, but even if you are, I love hearing that "rads are not bad"!
I am about to start the rads next week.
Congratulations on your "no chemo" news! I also got the same good news! I have entered the radiation phase, still getting used to the routine of it all.
So happy to see that you are feeling better.
That is great at least you have something to aim for now and it will soon be here with you being the other side of it having a lovely cup of tea xx
Yay! Great news Caroline...no need to feel guilty at all!! I am on day 12 of 15 for rads and so far so good with little side effects...of course I do understand that the effects are cumulative but hey, wtf, if it is for the Good then bring it on! You be kind to yourself and don’t stress too much. Am I a bit kooky for saying I actually don’t mind my rads? 😂😂😂🏁
So a little update and a bit of good news within a world of s***... I finally saw an oncologist today (which was a massive relief in itself as I'd been told it would be mid-September at the earliest) and I found out that I don't need chemo! I'd prepared myself that chemo would be a certainty because of my age, as my surgeon suggested that would be the case, so it was a genuine surprise when the oncologist said the risks outweighed the benefits. But I know chemo is something that so many people do need to go through, and I feel a bit guilty about not having to go through it myself - lots of love to everyone, whatever your treatment plan xx
I'll be given some "bonus" radiotherapy sessions instead of chemo, in addition to the usual 3 weeks, and will take Zoladex plus Aromasin for potentially 10 years or more. I think I'm going to be kind to myself and just take a month of work during the rads... if I can't have some rest from work stress now then when can I?!
Fertility treatment is also nearing the end... 8 days of injections done, 4 more to go, with egg harvesting due on Monday (thank god, my ovaries are aching a bit now).
This whole cancer thing is a bit of a rollercoaster, eh?
Hope you're all doing well!
Maggie - Yeh, thats a load of bo**ox for you to have to go through. You must be feeling very frustrated and concerned. Hope it gets sorted for you sooon.
Decided to do a bit of a "Heston" - trying to make sprout, choc and voddie ice cream for us all. Thought it'd make a change from cake. Mmmmm, errrr, yuk, yuk, yuk. Waaaa - somebody give me some Haagen Das "pralines and cream" pleeeease!! Stuff these so called healthy sprouts
Yeh thanks JDW, I'm fine in the BC sense. Is a long time ago now for me 2006 and unluckily 2007, mastectomies plus full node clearance, which was standard procedure then (just before SNB procedures came in). Lumpectomies would have left me with little + Masts meant no rads. Luckily didn't need chemo, really sympathise with anyone having to go thruogh it though. Am part way through very delayed bilat implant recon (up to fully inflated expanders), but fell off the horse to get finished due to struggling with severe depression from all sorts of other on top BC.
I think the "drains or no drains" may be very much down to the size of the lump removed.
Avibaby and Paulus - good to hear you're doing well.
Good to see you again Lilacmoon and MadAnge. Glad you're still living up to your name, Ange!!!
I have to say, you're all doing amazingly well, plus "sounding" very positive, even if you aren't feeling it. Expect wobbles and meltdowns though. It's only natural to have, cos it's a PIG!!! Don't fight them. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to just breakdown, sob, vent, rant. The Forum's a great place to let it all go. There's always someone who's been through the same and understands. Lots of sympathy, plus hopefully some giggles too.
Loadsa love to everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Oh Maggie what a crappy day you’ve had! I really hope you can get it sorted ASAP. I’ve no doubt that your team will be doing their utmost for you and that very soon you can look back on this blip in your journey xxx
Oh my dear what a time you are having, just wanted to send you hugs and hopefully you will get a treatment plan next week.
I can only say that I've just checked back over my dates - had WLE/axillary clearance 10th May - had R/T planning done on 22nd June ( so 6 weeks ) and started R/T on 11th July ( so 8 -9 weeks )? I was okay about that because my main concern was that I be properly healed before they started zapping?
I can't help on the chemo situation, no experience there I'm sorry x all the best
Back at work, keeping busy, and distracted from the C-word by daily fertility self-injections (I don't think I've quite reached satsuma ovary status yet!)
Still no word on chemo but I'm trying to chase up a first appointment with oncology to find out my treatment plan. Decided to prepare myself for them recommending chemo due to my age, so if it's not needed then it's a pleasant surprise!
Hope you're both well Doolally and Jo? Good luck with the scans!