As many of you know I went through my own breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2011. Following surgery, my breast care nurse gave me BCNA's My Care Kit which included the very welcome, well designed and extremely comfortable Berlei post-surgery bra. It was such a nice surprise and I know many of you will have also received this kit.
We hope that those of you who attended our pilot Active and Well After Breast Cancer information day last week left feeling inspired. Women heard from health and wellbeing experts, got a taste of the 12-week Pinkmoves physical activity program, and participated in interactive workshops.
Has anyone had a horrible reaction to their 3rd cycle TC chemotherapy?
This cycle (only 9 days along) has been the worst. I have had constant nausea, skin rashes and overwhelming fatigue.
I have taken all the medications prescribed, but it seems I will just have to ride it out!
Hello, it has been awhile since I've visited here. Chemo is over, yepee...food starts to taste normal and enjoyable again. I really did not have a too bad a run, no nausea or stomach problems, just the rash on the face and chemo brain full time. I do now feel really weak in the muscles in my upper thighs and in my knees which has affected my daily walks. I have now decided to have radium after alot of deliberatiion because of the autoimmune disease which affects my skin. I went to the Royal Brisbane on Friday to get measured up...what an interesting process!!!
My surgery has left me with two very different sized breasts. The surgeon has suggested I have the bigger, non-affected breast (GG) reduced to match my now cancer free breast (E-F).
Has anyone else done this recently?
I am 12 months post surgery and 9 months post- radiotherapy. My sister died unexpectedly just before I started taking tamoxifen and the hot flushes and lack of sleep it caused were doing my head in so I was advised to take a break from it. Still having the hot flushes (6 months later). My oncologist has advised me to consider restarting the Tamoxifen but to also go back onto HRT (I was on this for 3 years before the BC was first diagnosed).
Has anyone else done this? How have you found it?
So I had my surgery (hookwire localised wide excision and sentinel node biopsy) on Thursday. I have approached my surgery with a positive attitude. It had to be done and there was really nothing I could do about it. Worrying wasn't going to help me with anything. I just wanted to get it done.
So after 8 weeks of hell, i had the mastectomy wednesday, i couldnt look at myself for the first 2 days, then i just thought well, it is what it is, better than the alternative, still dont like what i see but i spose i`ll get used to it, and knowing it wont be forever does help a bit, still have one drain in, one was removed before i left hospital, even the drains arent as horrible as what i thought they would be, so onto the next chapter, chemo starts the week of my 40th Birthday :s
Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a new outfit. I felt good the dressings were finally off my poor irradiated boob and I was sporting almost a number 3s worth of hair on my noggin. When the assistant approached me and offered to help then said "you must be very brave wearing your hair like that especially when it's so grey" And that was the end of trying to treat myself, I hoofed it back to my car for a good cry. It got me to thinking about the things people say. I've been called brave a few times now, I ain't brave there's not a brave bone in my body.
My name is Kristy,
I found out in Nov 2013 that I had the BRCA 2 gene.
From there everything has happened pretty fast.
I went to visit my breast specialist in Dec 2013 to discuss my options and from there we discovered that I had a small lump in my right breast.
I was totally shocked!I just thought I was going to him to discuss whats best for me not thinking that there was already a lump there.