Thank you all so much for your support and words of advice. It's one thing to know that there are other women out there who are (or have been) through this, but so much better to feel like I'm actually connected with you all through this forum. I spoke to the nurse this afternoon (they were having an extra 'case review' as my results were so different from the mammogram/ultrasound expectations). We now have a much better idea of why there was confusion yesterday and so I have so much more trust in what I'm being told. I know I'm going to have some bad moments, and probably many worse than this morning still to come, but guess I have to keep reminding myself that it will get better - I was dreading having to 'face' people this evening but inevitably it wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined it would be. I even managed a few hours of 'cancer free' distraction with people I haven't told and, daft though it might sound, I suddenly realized that I'm still just a 'normal'(ish!) person. Best of luck to all of you, and thank you again for helping me end the day feeling so much more positive than when it began.
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Hi all I was diagnosed yesterday with invasive ductal carcinoma (I'm 45, single, no kids). Felt completely shell-shocked last night as nothing 'worrying' had shown up on either the mammogram or ultrasound and both the consultant and radiologist had thought my 'lump' was some sort of necrosis. Managed to walk into the consultants room feeling pretty confident - and came out in tears. They think I'll need an MRI and lymph biopsies then surgery (conservative hopefully) in a couple of weeks, followed by radiotherapy. At the moment I'm just about 'holding it together'. I'm finding that I can get by with text/email but the moment I have to say it out loud to someone it's suddenly all very real and I'm in floods of tears. I know this is going to be an emotional rollercoaster but any tips on how to get through talking to other people about it would be great. I couldn't talk to anyone last night but will have to face people later today and I'm dreading it. thanks G
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