TonyaM

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My first bout of breast cancer was in 2003 when I found a lump in my left breast. I was 47 years old with no family history of breast cancer -  I was devastated.

I opted for a lumpectomy, full node clearance followed by radiation for 6 weeks. I was ok for 7 years (apart from breaking my ankle and enduring 3 operations on it) and then cancer came back. It was picked up on my routine yearly mammogram. A cancerous area of 3cms had grown in a year- same breast, same spot. Thankfully, my body and bone scans were all clear.

So in May 2010 I had a mastectomy and then chemotherapy. The first round of TC combo knocked me for six and I ended up in hospital isolation with an infection and no white cells. I decided not to continue with chemotherapy and my oncologist was ok with that. He said that taking Tamoxifen would probably benefit me more anyway because my cancer pathology was eostrogen positve and hercepton negative.

My hair took almost 3 months before it started to sprout and I was very distressed about being bald for so long. It was around this time I joined the BCNA online network and received much support from my pink sisters. It's been 18 months since my mastectomy and I seem to be ok but will need more time before I have confidence in my health again.

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In the local paper

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Posted by TonyaM on 18 Oct 2013, 09:51PM

Kellyville Breast Buddies is a support group that my buddy Katriona and I  started at the beginning of the year.We have many women in our group now and offer support,friendship and information from BCNA.We also sew drain bags which we put in a gift pack and donate to our local hospital for women undergoing breast surgery.And now we are in the local paper.

In the local paper

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Posted by TonyaM on 18 Oct 2013, 09:51PM

Kellyville Breast Buddies is a support group that my buddy Katriona and I  started at the beginning of the year.We have many women in our group now and offer support,friendship and information from BCNA.We also sew drain bags which we put in a gift pack and donate to our local hospital for women undergoing breast surgery.And now we are in the local paper.

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In the local paper

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Posted by TonyaM on 18 Oct 2013, 09:51PM

Kellyville Breast Buddies is a support group that my buddy Katriona and I started at the beginning of the year.

We have many women in our group now and offer support, friendship and information from BCNA. We also sew drain bags which we put in a gift pack and donate to our local hospital for women undergoing breast surgery. And now we are in the local paper.

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Genox out of stock

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Posted by TonyaM on 05 Jul 2013, 04:41PM

Hi ladies,

I can't get Genox at any pharmacy in Sydney- am told it's been out of stock for a month or so. I won't take the other brands cos they have something in them that gives me a facial rash and bad headaches.The chemist thought it might be Titanium as this chemical is not in Genox brand. Has anyone else had trouble getting Genox? It's really not good enough is it.   Tonya xx

Is it 3 yrs or 10yrs?

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Posted by TonyaM on 30 May 2013, 05:25PM

There seems to be a few of us here  going for our annual checkups at the moment.I had my mammogram last week and am happy to say I got the all clear on my remaining breast ,3 years on from my second bc diagnosis.I would really like to say it was 10 years on from my initial bc diagnosis cos then I'd be getting the golden handshake and turfed back out with the general population of 1 in 8 getting breast cancer.I think that's what I was told back in 2003.But as you ladies know we often get the goal posts moved on us.So I will be grateful and happy to celebrate 3 years but secretly going y

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TonyaM

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  • Marital status:  Married
  • About:  I am a wife, a mother, a nurse (having a break), an artsy/crafty person and a twice breast cancer survivor.
  • Number of children:  2
  • Interests

    • Hobbies: 
      Craft activities, Photography, Reading, Travel
    • Breast cancer-related interests: 
      Depression and psychological impacts, Medical research

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