It's been a while since my last post with not much new to report until now. Yesterday the results from my genetic testing came in and it turns out I have BRCA-2.
What does this mean for me? Well, I had already opted to have my other breast off, so turns out that was the right decision. Also means when I'm 40 odd (I'm 34 now - 35 on Saturday!) I'll need to have my ovaries removed. Also really helps explain why I got this bloomin disease!!!
So with chemo and radiation done, now is the time for me to start Tamoxifen & Zolidex. I am 34, and nervous as hell about going into a menopausal state with this. Nervous about moods, hot flushes and weight gain (having worked my butt too lose the weight I put on during chemo I'd rather not put it back on!).
It has been a little while since my last blog so time to update. Previously I was writing in Days but it's getting to far on now so I'm just going to use headings!
So I am now done and dusted with my radiotherapy - 25 sessions complete. I coped well, but my skin was a disaster! Red, purple and brown, and a little blistered. Since finishing last Tuesday the area has shed a whole layer of skin and is slowly getting back to normal. Couldn't work for the last two weeks of it as just couldn't wear a bra on the area! Oh well - there could be worse things!
Hi ladies....I yesterday started my first session of radiotherapy (1 down, 24 to go!). I'm just wondering if you have any hints or tips for what I should / shouldn't be doing during this period. The nurse told me yesterday I was supposed to receive a booklet or something, which I never got, so thought I'd look to my next best resource for advice - all the ladies here!
All I know so far is to apply pure sorbolene cream after treatment and in the morning after I shower, pat dry, and no deodorant on that underarm.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)
and I'm feeling fantastic!!!
My last chemo session was on Monday 12 November so I am now well and truly done. I honestly feel like I am starting to really get my 'mojo' back! I didn't have a lot of side effects with the chemo, and didn't really feel it affected me that much, however now it is over and I am really starting to feel better I realise it probably did have more of an effect than I thought. I guess just generally with things like energy levels and that 'feel good' feeling - whatever that is!