At age 33, after being single for many years, having no kids yet & never been married, i finally found 'The One'. Yay me! But then 5 months later...."BAMM!!". I was diagnosed with Early Breast Cancer. That was 1yr ago this month. Just when i thought i was getting my life sorted, my whole world was tipped upside down & shaken. Shaken lots!
After having a lumpectomy & nodes removed (which were clear, yay), i was told i had 2 have 4 rounds of chemo, 1 month of almost daily radiotherapy, 12 months of herceptin & 5 years taking Tamoxafin tablets.That was worse than the actual cancer diagnosis.
Knowing now that my treatment may ruin my dream of having children, we quickly done one cycle of IVF. As i was told my chemo needed to start ASAP, IVF needed to be started immediately. As IVF is not cheap, it was only possible due to my parents taking out a bank loan, which i will be forever greatfull for. The chances of having children are now slim, but we have 4 embryos frozen & there is still a chance, so i still have hope. Hopefully i'll get 2 repay my patents with sum grandchildren, as well as sum money. :-)
I've now completed my chemo (very worst time of my life) & radio, still receiving Herceptin every 3 weeks at hospital & taking Tamoxafin daily. (Although, i've stopped at the moment due to side effects). The last year is kinda like one massive blur, but lately it is all starting to sink in. And Wow.... Has ALL that really happened!! My hair is now growing back (Yay!), although it is now more like a dark frizzy afro, instead of the blonde straight hair i used to have.
I didnt really speak to many people when i was going through my main treatment. I think i just wanted it done & over with. Life is starting to get back to some kind of normal, although it is a struggle, mentally, everyday. Hoping things will get much easier soon. Hoping 2 connect with other girls that have gone through similar, or are going through it. Getting treatment is by far the toughest thing i have had 2 undergo. My chemo finished months ago, but im still getting side-effects. If i can help anyone else going through similar, or just have a chat, that would be great.
Im new to blogs & actually most things to do with the internet or computers. Im 34, have a boyfriend, no kids yet & completely useless with technology. Haha.
Its been 1year this month, since my diagnosis. And WOW... What a year.
Herceptin... Almost finished, 12 months :-)
Tamoxafin... Started, but on a break. :-$