Have you had your two year check up yet, madmaggie? Let us know how it went. I am due to have my first mammogram and consultation with the surgeon in September and I have begun to feel anxious. I do find it helps to try and work out what really worries me. Why exactly is the thought of having a mastectomy so frightening to you? In my case, it is the thought of having to go through all the chemo and radiotherapy again. It took over our lives for months, and I just don’t feel ready to deal with it again. And I want to get my life back. But perhaps you can’t do that when you have had a breast cancer?
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I don’t think it is unusual to continue to feel discomfort or pain in the breast or at the surgery site. I’m having treatment in France and have been told that, following my surgery in July 2018 which cut the nerves and the lymph vessels and then months of chemo and radiotherapy, it is quite normal to have shooting pains and lymphodoema in my arm and heat and tenderness in the breast. Mind you, it still feels a bit scary. I have weekly physiotherapy to ensure that my arm regains strength. The physio says that you must do regular exercises to reduce the lymphodoema (especially in this hot weather) and help the nerves and lymph vessels to regrow. It can take years! There are lots of exercises online. I have some peripheral neuropathy too (numbness in my fingertips and toes) from the Taxol chemo, but it really does help to do exercises. I’m 72 but I try to exercise and walk everyday. Bon courage.
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