Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Stage 2, Grade 3. October 2012.
2 operations. Lump removed and nodes. Clear margins around lump.
Found lump just below 2cms in size. Early Breast Cancer. Mother had breast cancer at 55 yo and now in her 70's.
Currently not at work and had Chemotherapy 7 times and about to have Radiation on May 22nd for 6 weeks.
Hairdresser for 20 years, and 5 years as a Pharmacy Assistant.
Married for 7 years to Sean.
A "selfy" of myself after a month following 7 hits of chemo. Still wear the wig when I go out, but it gets hot (hot flushes), My lungs are behaving now, seem to be almost back to normal, and although I am still tired and have an arvo sleep, taking it easy most of the time. I am happy the majority of the time, curious about what the Radiation for 6 weeks will be like, but assume that it will be ok, Love Bel
Response to my Instant Menopause Blog: I am triple negative, (not on any tablets at all), and only have Chemo and Radiation as my methods for Cancer treatment. I was just guessing about the Menopause, as Im not a doctor and havent talked about it because its only just starting to happen. I found myself in a sticky situation and panicked, I was dropping my friend off for a bus, and there was no where to park and I had a bus trying to back into where I was. I was a little trapped.
I had a moment today when I stopped and thought "Who the hell are you?" as I cried all the way home. I found myself today flipping out over a situation that before this happened, I would have sworn over and laughed about, while driving my car. Instead, I felt real panic, and behaved so differently to my norm, and then I felt embarassed. Its a tricky story to describe, it was related to driving my car, and getting into an awkward situation behind a reversing bus......any-way it wasnt that big a deal....but I totally lost my sense of humour.
We had the absolute best night in Hobart staying for one night at the Grand Chancellor, 20th floor, ocean view, and 20 degrees. I ate a 3 course meal and had 2 glasses of wine. (well I tried to eat all the food). I spent the whole time trying to forget I am in the middle of cancer. It worked. I found I hadnt missed wine after all..... and drank with lots of water around it. It had been 6 months of the perfect diet and wow how great was that chocolate dessert !! I strolled around the docks with husband and we had perfect weather.
At long last Chemo has finished and I have enough energy to go away for an overnight stay with my husband. It has been a boring, long 6 months, and I am over the first stage. Radiation starts on the 20th, but Im keen to have some fun inbetween. My 47th birthday tomorrow and after a year in Launceston, my husband and I are going to see Hobart for one night. Then on the weekend I have a good friend flying in from QLD to visit and put a smile back on my dial. Time for a nap.......will catch up with you all soon... Bel
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