I had always thought I was in the lowest possible risk group - no family hisory of any cancer, 4 childen all breastfed for more than 2 years. You just can't tell. Thank heavens for Breastscreen. A friend of my sister told me when I got the diagnosis to celebrate that my life had just been saved. She was right. I have been fortunate enough to have only a small tumour, 9mm, and no nodes involved. The only fly in the ointment is the HER2 + status which means it's not as free and clear as it might have been - but I am going to try and maintain the positive that I had after the first results day. 2 out of 3 isn't bad I s'pose.
I have an incredible husband and my kids have been on the phone nearly every day keeping up to date with the latest news. My mother is 96 and still lives in her own home - she has taken it her stride and that has helped enormously to keep me calm. My brother and sister are also in touch daily, I am surrounded by loving caring people. I can't fail !
I'm plotting another trip, maybe not for a few years (have to save up) but we're going overseas again. Life is definitely there to be lived and this episode only serves as a hurry up. I plan to be around to see some grandchildren. I'm not beaten !
Only 3 more Herceptins to go - and then just the long road to hopefully nothing else. I have a mammo lined for the week after next so all fingers and toes crossed for that. My onc is vbery happy with progress, bloods ok, coping well with Arinidex. Apart fro the stiff joints no major side effects - I read to day that a study has shown that the women who suffer from joint pain on Arimidex are in the group who have the least recurrence. That makes me feel better and able to deal with the aches.
I wish the best to everyone reading,
There has to be some now and then doesn't there ?
Well my daughter has announced that she is expecting a baby in November. Not planned and slightly bad timing but she and her fiance are happy about it so that.s what matters.
Gosh - a grandmother. Not sure about that. Although the grey/white hair fits the bill !
At least I have something positive and happy to focus on now, and a reason to be completely well.
I have 7 zaps to go - the boosts on the tumour site.Just as well - my nipple is really burnt and also the crease under my breast. Good they don't get any more.My radiotherapy cream from our local naturopathic chemist is excellent and has kept my skin moist and protected on the whole. The onc at the clinic is very pleased with the result to this point.
It's going to be good not having to drive in every day for treatment - just once every 3 weeks for Herceptin till June.
I lost my mum on Wednesday. She was 96, still in her own home (with care) and quite healthy. I think she just wore out.
She had been eating less for a few weeks and on Saturday her carer found her cold and unresponsive. She woke a little during the day but was mostly sleeping until Wed afternoon when she just stopped.
It's odd, a bizarre feeling. That she will never be sitting in her armchair waiting for me again, that she won't be sharing Christmas with us, that she will not be on the other end of the phone every other day.