Thank the gods for Breastscreen! I had a mammogram in 2010 which was clear and in May this year (2012) my results came back showing a 2,5cm lump. I never would have noticed it myself as I am peri-menopausal and very fit and active - there are lumpy bits everywhere!
I have had a lumpectomy and two lymph nodes removed. The cancer had spread but my surgeon is happy that he got clear margins in surgery. One of the nodes had cancer cells but only of a microscopic size. I count myself as extremely lucky!
I lashed out and had a funky, bright new hair style the other day to cheer myself up whilst I wait for my first appointment with the oncologist. They say to expect that I will be having the double bunger - chemo then radiation. This is not going to stop me for long.... there are too many adventures to experience yet!
Look at my new grandson! This is what has helped get me through a lot of yucky days - the thought that my daughter had a fifty per cent chance of giving me my first grandson :-) Little Andy was born on November 22 and is serving to keep my mind on nothing but helping to care for him. I am staying with my daughter for a couple of weeks to help her settle in to a routine with the little one and I am over the moon!
I am now five weeks post chemo and about to start radiation. I have had a review with my oncologist and he has changed his plan to put me on Tamoxifen due to the fact that I am a warfarin patient.
He now says I am to go on Femara. Of course I Googled it and now I'm scared ! Not only does it read like a checklist of chemo side effects but it can even cause more tumours! What's with THAT!?
hi Girls - I am having a real problem with cramps and i have no idea if it has anything to do with chemo reactions.... I am a couple of weeks post my (last) chemo dose and have been feeling pretty good (considering) so had a bit of a walk the other day and also did a bit of upper body work in scrubbing sea turtle tanks and stuff - not a real lot of physical exercise but the most I've been able to manage in the past four months. Well anyway - I dont know if this has brought on my cramping or the fact that I have had diarrhea for five days...
Today was a good day! Lucky number 13 since my final chemo... I am almost weaned off the steroids and I wonder what I will do for conversation when they wear off.... My brain goes shooting off on all sorts of tangents and my mouth just follows and I find I talk incessantly! At least my family and friends are entertained ;-)
I made it through day 6 post LAST CHEMO ;-) it was so nice to get that damned PICC line out of my arm. Its very difficult to stay away from the ocean after 18years straight of solid training and racing outrigger canoes.