They say life begins at 40, that was when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. My whole life as I knew it changed so quickly. I was young and physically fit, so being told I had this disease didnt seem real at the time.
Now I know that its real I had a mastectomey in November, and am still having chemo treatments every week. Which will be followed by radiation. Trying to get my head around it all has been the hardest struggle for me. There is no breast cancer in my family and I breast fed both my children. but as we know now this can happen to anyone.
I approached my surgeon twelve months ago to get my remaining breast removed.Not for health reasons just so i wasnt so lopsided.
He refused and has been trying to persuade me to have a reconstruction using the tram flap method.I have said no to this on numerous occasions.I dont want the extra surgies or the scarring envolved.
Oh but you are young.42.you will regret it if you dont blah blah. im sick of hearing it everytime i have to see him.
I hate my scar! I hated undressing, hated the mirror..hated looking deformed in my eyes.
I had my ovaries out 5 days ago, i thought it would be a breeze after Mastectomey, Chemo and radiation.Not to be im in so much pain, moody and sooky.
Cant believe after the last 18 months the toll my mind and body has taken.Im hoping this is the end now and i just stay on Aromisin for the next 5 years or so and, put all this behind me.I dont think i could cope with any more surgerys needles or burns!!!
Im sure treatments for breast cancer,were invented by men.Its bad enough you lose a breast, then your hair,then deal with the grey fluff growing back,then burns from radiation,the scars you are left with.Now im expected to wear a compression sleeve in the middle of summer,to control my lymphodema.Through this whole thing ive never felt so self conscious and looked so hideous>>>>>>
Yesterday marked one year since my surgery.
I had my mammogram and ultrasound. the nerves were incredible!!!!. when i was having my ultrasound, I was there for about an hour and they kept walking in and out, looking at my last films, the technician came in.So im in this big panic thinking the worst!!! they couldnt find the two lumps i had biopsies on last year in my remaining breast!!!! go figure something must be working!!!!!
Ive just started to take the drug exemestane instead of tamoxifin.This is a clinical trial that im doing. was hoping some of you may be on this same drug. just wanting to know if you are having many side affects and if they settle down. My hot flushes have increased and im having joint and bone pain,cant sleep(which is nothing new),and very lethargic tho this could be as ive just finished radiation.