Hi - I too was diagnosed recently on 20/8 with stage 3 invasive ductal breast cancer. It was such a shock as I had convinced myself it was harmless cyst like I had about 10 years ago. Mammogram last August was clear & didn't feel lump until few days prior to rpt mammo, USS & biopsy this August. I went to Gp in July as breast felt dense, swollen & painful. Gp gave me course of abx initially as thought unlikely to be the big C!! but referred me to Consultant via rapid access referral few weeks later. I had masectomy with snb on 5/9 & have been avoiding looking online too much. I've been doing Ok since surgery, lots of support from family & friends but worried as have some swelling & discomfort today just below the surgery scar. Due to see Consultant next week when I will get the full picture, also had CT & Bone scans prior to surgery. I know I'm due for chemo & radiotherapy but when & for how long I've no idea. Two days after my diagnosis my Dad died, so the time leading up to my surgery I was kept busy helping my Mum arrange the funeral etc. It seemed quite unreal at times & I've not been at work since the diagnosis so life has changed completely. We didn't sleep well for days but you do in the end as you just get so exhausted & you have to try & have some normal days. It difficult seeing how it affects your loved ones, my husband found the waiting for me going for surgery the worst as just wanted me to be rid of the tumour. It's good to read about others experiences & to know you're not alone.
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