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A breast cancer story - 10 months on

Grandparents and children sharing tips and stories

From Jackie Mackenzie-Bell in Nottingham

After surgery in March 2008 (mastectomy and full node removal) I had six months of chemotherapy. It was really tough with the hair loss, tiredness, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. But I got through it and now I have started a year on Herceptin. My hair is growing back well and is probably thicker actually which is not a bad thing.

My partner Steve (Rab) has been wonderful throughout, so supportive and loving. He's been at my side every step of the way - thank you my darling.

I started back at work 2 weeks ago after 9 months off, but will just do three days for a while as I still tire quickly. It was nerve wracking on the first day, severe short hair makes you feel very self conscious and very unfeminine. However, my manager and colleagues have been really supportive and I had a lovely welcome back. It's good to have some normality back in your life.

My next appointment is 17th April with my consultant Mr Macmillon, when we will discuss my reconstruction.

I will keep you posted. Stay positive.

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Updated: 28 September 2009