So ... today is the last day that I will have breasts .... am off to hospital tomorrow to begin my fight against breast cancer - and having a double mastectomy.After being officially diagnosed on 27 June 2014, it feels like an eternity of waiting for the surgery date to arrive (but not so in realistic terms). And now it's "one more sleep" !!!
Having just finished 8 rounds of chemo 2 weeks ago (4x FEC, 4 x Docetaxel) I am feeling ok, still tired, my nails hurt and I have tingling in my hands and feet. But my gums have stopped bleeding when I touch them. So I can now thankfully brush my teeth like a normal person, the cotton buds just didn't do it for me!
The countdown is now on for surgery, 10 days to go. I am having a double mastectomy, my choice. I would not be happy with one breast and I didn't want a reconstruction. Happy to be flat chested, no bras, there is an upside after all haha!
I got to the end of active treatment (I'm on tamoxifen now) over 8 months ago and have been wondering to what extent I would recover my level of energy. When you think about it my energy had been depleted first by having cancer for some months before diagnosis, then by surgery, chemo and radiation (not to mention tamoxifen and chemo induced early menopause!). I remember asking my surgeon how long it would take to feel like me again. She suggested it would take about 12 months. That was over 2 months ago and I was still a long way from being able to handle anywhere near what I used to!
Well I havent posted for a while here as I just hate typing out longish things on my phone and I havent even turned on my laptop in weeks and weeks........Anyway.
I had only mild (meaning managable) side effects with my first and second round of TC.
A disgusting tongue for the first week and a bit after each dose.
Bone ache in my ankles, knees and shins.
A blood in my nose each morning.
Speradic dodgy gut.
Who would have ever thought that the lovely red drug and it's partner could be so nasty.
I have just completed my second lot of A/C chemotherapy on Monday. It has been a week since that happened and it feels great to feel half normal.
Here is how I felt after having the chemothrapy.....