Together we will beat cancer


Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 14:42

Hi All

Been reading of a few of the posts and just wanted to say hi, really.

Having reached my 5 yr anniversary in Autumn, I'm feeling pretty crappy at the min having recently been diagnosed again in same breast after my annual routine mammogram.

A little bit of history: Spring 2011 my elder sister (45 at the time) found a lump which was (ductal) breast cancer, 2 months later my mum (65 at the time) found a lump which was (lobular) breast cancer and after joing the Family History Clinic at my local hospital August 2012 (nearly 43) my tumour was spotted after my 2nd annual mammogram.

So am now waiting for results of a CT scan (scary times) and a date for surgery for a mastectomy and possible ovariectomy.

Don't really know what else to say except hopefully get results and surgery date on thursday so for now it's all things crossed x

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 15:25 in response to girli21

Hi there ... well hunny ... life's a bag of poop sometimes ... that cancer waits to let you feel more positive and it knocks you down again ... but you did it once, you can do it again ... at least you know how the system goes.. you keep your positive head on, kick it's bum again ... wer all here with you ...  cancer wants us to give in, but wer a pretty strong bunch, and together well get it on the run ... let us know how you go ... wer on this rollercoaster too, just look round, and wer there ...

Well brave lady, sending you a big caring hug ... hold on in there ... Chrissie xx ❤

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 16:26 in response to girli21

Hey girl121 - that's a real bummer bit you know you can do this. You'll feel crappy - that is pretty natural. I cannot even imagine what you must be going through emotionally. But you got this!

As said in Chris's post - you've done this before and it is treatable - that's the great part. What you have to get through is by no means easy but you can do this. Focus on the outcome.

I also lost my mom to breast cancer and my sister was diagnosed 7 yrs ago. I was diagnosed last year at this time. It sucks and life throws us curveballs but we just gotta get through it. 

Keep us posted and vent if you need to because I'm always listening.x

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 18:29 in response to Jbains

Hello ladies.  I am ignorant about breast cancer (yes I know, ain't I lucky) but there do seem to be cases of breast cancer running in families.  Is this the genetic mutation that we have heard about in the press that has resulted in some (mainly rich celebities) having breasts removed.  Or am I totally off the mark?  I realise it is all very fine for me to ask when it is not my problem but I would be grateful for any comments.  And I do so want you all to beat this for good.

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 21:55 in response to Annieliz
Hi Annieliz. Unfortunately none is us are medically trained and can only share our experience. Perhaps go onto cancer research or breastcarenow website? It is rather complicated but there is quite a bit of info out there.

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

12 Dec 2017 22:16 in response to Jbains

Thanks for replying; I was just wondering.  I remembered for example Angelina Jolie having a double mastectomy because a faulty gene appeared to run in her family.  I realise that what the rich and famous can do is not always open to the rest of us but it was an interesting subject and I will indeed look it up.

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

13 Dec 2017 07:11 in response to Annieliz

I'm in a family history programme at the hospital 

they are going to re check our history as my mum died of it at 42. 

Ask to be referred 

I have two daughters who I don't want to go through this in the future 

good luck 

my op is next Friday x

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

13 Dec 2017 08:24 in response to Whistable

I’m also in the family history programme but we tested negative for the BRCA1&2 and were told no known genetic link. Ours is apparently a huge coincidence  

But I agree always best to speak to a professional x


Thanks ladies for your comments x yep back on the rollercoaster

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

14 Dec 2017 06:19 in response to girli21

Good luck today and let us know how your appt goes. Thinking of you.

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

15 Dec 2017 10:25 in response to Jbains

Good news. CT results show it’s isolated. Op for mastectomy on 27th Dec x

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

15 Dec 2017 10:32 in response to girli21

Yeah!!!!!! That's great news and I'm so glad! You got this!

Op wont be easy but it's a step closer to getting rid of the bas**** Cancer!!! Youll get through this and we are here every step of the way.

Go do something you're up to to celebrate. All victories whether big or small have to be celebrated.

Here any day and every day. YOU GOT THIS!!

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

15 Dec 2017 10:51 in response to Jbains

You Are so positive 

love that 

good luck with your op. X


Re: Breast Cancer (again)

15 Dec 2017 10:59 in response to Whistable

Sorry perhaps I've been unclear. I've had my op back in Feb. I meant yours. I'm not always positive - like we all experience its a real rollercoaster of emotions.

It's hard not to be positive as only we know what we all go through emotionally and physically. But we got this!!

I felt like I had no choice but to be positive as it was scary stepping into the unknown.  Take it easy and go do something nice for yourself.

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

1 Jan 2018 15:47 in response to Jbains

Hi all. 

Well I’m 5 days post op after the mastectomy doing really well, feeling very positive. Had my dressing off and am so pleased with the neatness of my wound and all things considered it’s been a memorable xmas and new year but could have been worse so onward and upward to 2018.

Taking a little getting used to the fluidy floopy sounds from my chest but fingers crossed that all settles down and causes no problems. 

Take care all you peeps on the rollercoaster and hang on tight x x x

Re: Breast Cancer (again)

2 Jan 2018 00:56 in response to girli21


Hi Girli21,

I am so glad to hear that you have had your mastectomy and are doing well. Don't worry about the 'floppy sounds' - these settle eventually.

I have had two bouts of cancer in the same breast. The first time was 7½ years ago and the second 6½ years ago. The first time I had a lumpectomy followed by Tamoxifen treatment and the second I had a double mastectomy, followed by Letrozole treatment for 6 years. I just finished taking this last July. My mum also died with breast cancer 20 years ago, but treatment has progressed so much further since then.

I'm glad to hear that your woundis neat. Mine was a bit of a mess, which was blamed on the original lumpectomy. I tried myofascial release on it and it looks so much better now. I couldn't have any reconstruction, but can still attend exercise classes, go swimming and even wear the odd evening dress.

Here's hoping that things go better for you now that you've had it all removed. Please keep in touch and remember that we are always here for you whenever you want to talk.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx