Great news about the lack of lymph involvement! Like many others have posted, I had 8 chemos, surgery, rads and 18 herceptin. Finished herceptin in Aug, now just on tamoxifen for 4 more years. It is horrible and terrifying when you get diagnosed, but there are so many ladies on this forum proving it is doable, and there is light at the end of the tunnel - hence my pic!!
One thing you may wish to ask your hospital about is having some sort of port or line inserted. There are mixed blessings, they need taking care of and can look a bit distressing, but they save your veins and you don't have to get injected all the time for your treatments, blood tests etc. I ended up having a hickman line put in about half way through my treatment as my veins gave up. I'll be honest I didn't like it - but it was a relief to not have injections any more, and since I ended up having it done anyway I kinda wished I'd just had it from the start. Something to think about anyway (I'm sure you have already got enough to think about!!)
Good news is, as others have said, chemo is not nice but it is do-able. Make sure you are vocal about any side effects you have, there is so much they can help you with, but sometimes you do need to ask! And even better news, once chemo is over (it DOES end, I promise, even if it won't feel like it at the time!) having herceptin on its own is a breeze. And rads are pain free too.
Do keep posting, the support on here is phenomenal and we have a rule that there is no such thing as a silly question. Good luck and very best wishes xxxxx
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