I wished to let you know of a note that we added to our forum guidelines today, which is about uploading photos of an intimate or private nature to the Forum. You can read the full Forum guidelines here. Below is the new note.
It is ok to upload photos to the Forum, but we ask that you don't upload photos of an intimate or private nature, or of any medical documents you have received. It is not possible to issue a diagnosis by seeing a photo online, and some users may find other people's intimate photos distressing. If you have concerns, we recommend you seek advice of a GP or healthcare team who will be able to assess you in person.
If you upload photos of an intimate or private nature, or of any medical documents, we will edit your post and remove them from the Forum.
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Welcome to the Breast Cancer Now Forum.
I'm sorry to read you are going through a difficult time. I hope that joining this Forum and reading other people's stories will be helpful.
At this stage you may be hearing a lot of new words and expressions. Many people find this a bit overwhelming. We have resources that explain some of the main expressions and treatment options here: https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/facing-breast-cancer/going-through-breast-cancer-treatment
Regarding the pain you are feeling, we would recommend visiting your GP at your earliest convenience if you notice any changes to your body. They will be able to assess you in person and advise on the best way forward.
Additionally we have a number of resources that may be helpful on this link: https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/support-you
If you felt that at any point you'd like to speak to one of our nurses, you are very welcome to call us on freephone 0808 800 6000. Don't worry if you're not sure what to ask, or if you burst into tears while on the phone. We are here to help you - and our support is free, friendly and confidential.
Sending you warm thoughts
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I am sorry to read this has been your experience in your current role.
If you ever felt like chatting about your diagnosis to someone who understands, you can reach our team on freephone 0808 800 6000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, 9am-1pm) - we'll always be happy to chat.
Regarding your challenges at work, did you know that Macmillan Cancer Support have a work support team on their helpline? You can call them on freephone 0808 808 00 00 (every day, 8am-8pm). You can find more information about what they can help with here: www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/work-and-cancer/information-for-employees/your-rights.html.
Sending you all our love
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