One year ago today,at 1.15 pm,I sat in my surgeons office,waiting for the results of my core biopsy.A week earlier,he had sent me home with a book ,titled,Early Breast Cancer,and he said,if the result is. negative,you can simply throw the book away.
I found it hard to look at that little book.I couldn't read it at night,or on a cloudy day, and I found it easier to read sitting in the sun!! He came into the office,and asked me how I was.I remember I said " good" then he said this,"Well I have the results of your core biopsy,and as we thought,it's a cancer" .
As many of you know, BCNA has been supporting Australians affected by breast cancer since 1998.
During this time, we have grown to reflect and meet the needs of the increasing number of people diagnosed each year. This year alone 15,000 women and 125 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, affecting their families and communities too.
Just celebrating the end of my chemo rounds last Friday, yay!!! I had 3 rounds of FEC and 3 rounds of Docetaxel. I had a variety of side effects at different times and 4 days past the last round, I'm still feeling a bit tired and sore.
Overall I am not not feeling too bad all things considered, and my hair has started to noticeably grow back. My partner and I are about to go away for 12 days to Margaret River and Pemberton to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate :-)
Our Get Together is on again. This Saturday 1pm at Chris's house. We also have a guest joining us and a lil surprise to boot!!!!
If you haven't already joined our Perth/WA Womens Group but would like to, we would love to have you.
If you would like to attend our Get Together please join the group and then PM fme for details.
All us beautiful pink sisters get together face to face to chat, share, eat, drink, laugh, cry whatever the moment brings but we all go away having had a great time.
We’re excited to announce that BCNA will be hosting a free information forum in Frankston on Wednesday 10 September.
Women from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are invited to attend this event, which is designed specifically for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer up to five years ago.
The forum will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living well after a breast cancer diagnosis.
I have just been put on Letrozole as am unable to tolerate Tamoxifen. One thing I have noticed is that I am extremely short of breath all the time and even worse when I actually do any activity. I feel as if I am not getting enough oxygen. Oncologist said this is uncommon, but then again they tried to tell me that my horrendous side effects with tamoxifen where uncommon also! Having held down a full time job whilst going through 16 cycles of chemo and all my radiation treatments I am certainly not someone who doesnt give up easily with a little pain.
Does anyone with a largish (DDcup) remaining breast and using a prosthesis on the other side, have any helpful advice on brands and types of breastform to use for chlorine and sea swimming?
I will be in Melbourne on Wed and Thurs next week and hope to pick up a suitab le form.
I have just been diagnosed and have seen my surgeon. I have been referred to a plastics surgeon and I am currently weighing up whether to go down the reco path using trans flap from the tummy. Based on the research it looks like a major op with considerable rehab time. I am a very active person and I wonder whether the mastectomy would be enough to cope with let alone the reco.