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Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 06:46 in response to mejules

Hey

Thanks, I saw the breast surgeon and he explained everything and the measurement which I understand now. He said it's all out and said he was really happy with the results, it was downgraded from 3 to 2 aswell. 
Should find out on Thursday when I will have my skin graft and then it's focus on healing in order to start radiotherapy. I feel so much better now. I'm at home as well, was discharged yesterday.

thanks for your support everyone, means everything to me that I have you guys here when I need you. 
 

WL

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 07:38 in response to BigJean

Hi BigJean

ive just finished my chemo and have ct scan for radiotherapy tomorrow but after radiotherapy I’m on tamoxifen for five years I just wondered if you have started taking it how you have been on it x 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 07:40 in response to Woollylamb

WL

so glad you have been discharged and back at home. Nothing beats being around our home comforts x so glad too you got clarity over your results and for it to be downgraded is great news x sending you hugs WL you are nearly there me lovelie xx 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 07:43 in response to mejules

Hi Mejules, 

that’s fantastic well done you on finishing chemo. One hurdle done !! 

Ive only started it since Saturday, I take it at night time as I read lots of women saying it’s better to take at night . I’ve been a bit restless and a little bit hot !! That’s it so far no other problems.

good luck with your ct scan . 

Take care

j xx

 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 11:49 in response to Woollylamb

Hi Woollylamb

Thrilled to hear you have been discharged and can continue to recover at home.  There is nothing better than being in your own home!!

You must be over the moon with your results now you have been downgraded, that is truly amazing.  

Keep the positive news and thought coming!!

I was at hospital yesterday and my infection has finally cleared so they were able to stitch me up and remove my drain (only 35 days!!!), oh it feels great!

I'm booked in for my mastectomy next Wednesday and this morning woke up with a desire to clean my kitchen through so that's what I'm doing and enjoying every second.  Taking it very slowly but just a good feeling.

Please look after yourself, keep warm and well.  Good luck for the appointment on Thursday. Rosie

 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 11:51 in response to mejules

Morning mejules

Great news the chemo has finished.  Hope the CT scan goes well and the radiotherapy isn't too tiring.  How long are you having it for?  Isn't it lovey each time you cross a hurdle!!

Rosie

 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 12:09 in response to mejules

Hi

Well done for finishing chemo, I know you found it tough but brilliant that you stuck it out to the end. Onto the next phase. X 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 12:16 in response to Rosie80

Hi Rosie 

So pleased your infection has cleared and the drain is out, just take it easy with the cleaning. I ended up redecorating the downstairs loo before my op! 

So op next Wednesday, will be good to get it over and done with. Just a suggestion, I got myself a mastectomy pillow for under my arm and it's been a god send. I got it from Jens friends on Facebook, she does them for free and asks for a donation towards postage, might be worth a look. Will be thinking of you next week. X

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

12 Nov 2019 23:57 in response to Woollylamb

 

Hi Woolylamb,

I'm glad to hear that the breast surgeon was able to explain everything to you a bit more clearly. It's great to hear that it is all out and, even better to discover that it has been downgraded.

I thought that you were staying in hospital until you had your skin graft, so it must be a bonus to have got home for a few days. Let's hope that you don't have too long to wait for it.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

13 Nov 2019 00:00 in response to mejules

 

Hi Mejules,

I know that you've had a hard time on chemo, but I am glad that you managed to get through it all - I expect that you are too! I hope that all goes well with your CT scan tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

13 Nov 2019 00:06 in response to Rosie80

 

Hi Rosie,

Great news that your infection has finally cleared. Having your drain removed and being stitched up must have been a marvellous feeling after so long.

I shall be thinking of you on Wednesday when you have your mastectomy. It sounds as if you've been very busy today, but good on you for getting into the kitchen. Hope that you are feeling very proud of yourself this evening!

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

13 Nov 2019 07:39 in response to Woollylamb

Hi WL

 

It will be good to get the operation over and done with that's for sure, I am really nervous now though and just trying to put it to the back of my mind and get on with things.  A bit more cleaning for me today although a break halfway through as we are going to friends for lunch - outside of our children and my parents, they are the only people who know about my diagnosis and they have been absolutely brilliant to us.  

 

I still need to have my wound dressing cleaned and changed daily at our medical centre but that is better than going to the hospital 45 minutes away as we have been doing.  Feel like we have a new lease of life.  The Consultant said I can drive now the wound is closed so will take myself today and give Stewart a day off (he's gone out to prune the fruit trees to celebrate!!).

 

I will look up the mastectomy pillow that you have mentioned, thank you very much for that.  Any other advice also greately appreciated.......

 

How are you feeling today?  Bet you cannot wait to get the skin graft done now can you?  I hope they don't keep you waiting for too long. x

 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

13 Nov 2019 09:29 in response to Rosie80

Hi

Its horrid how this whole thing just turns your life upside down with all of the appointments you have to go to, I have to go to two different hospitals depending upon whether I'm seeing the breast Surgeon or the plastic surgeon, sometimes both on the same day! I would like to have a day when I don't have a conversation about it but I think that's a long way off yet.

Ive just been told Friday for the op, I'm awaiting confirmation from the surgeons secretary. It will be good to get it over and done with and hopefully not a prolonged hospital stay this time.

 

I can't think of any other tips for your mastectomy, I had some nighties instead of pj's as I couldn't bend down to put the bottoms on, but I had an abdominal wound as well for the reconstruction. And I got my husband to set our bedroom up so I could reach everything I needed, clean bedding, we moved the tv in there as well, my mum bought me a lap tray and a travel mug which was handy so I didn't spill things and it took me ages to drink a cuppa, so it never went cold.  I think you've just got to let yourself heal, are you having your lymph nodes removed as well? 
 

wl

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

13 Nov 2019 18:35 in response to Woollylamb

Hi WL

Have you heard from Secretary and is Friday confirmed yet?  Trust me, I have everything crossed for you that it is a complete success and your recovery from the skin graft goes well.  I do hope you are not in for too long and get to recover at home in relaxed comfortable surroundings.

Like you I have two hospitals depending on who I am seeing, one is 3/4 an hour away and the other is an hour and a quarter away, luckily most appointments are at the closest one so pleased about that.  Luckily we've only had one instance when we had to go to both on the same day and that added to the stress but I got a McDonald's I was craving as no time to stop for a proper lunch so that was a bonus.  A McDonald's of all things - life is so funny!!!!

We are going out on Monday to do some shopping so I'll get a couple of winter nightshirts (thank you).  I like the idea of a travel mug so will look at one of those too as due to the complications I suffered, I struggled after the original lumpectomy and lymph node removal I also had problems with a cup of tea and it keeping warm!!!!!  Will change the bedding on Tuesday and remember your words to let myself heal......  Let's hope it is a better recovery than my last operation.......

As mentioned above, I had 4 lymph nodes removed at the same time as my lumpectomy and the cancer had only spread into two so no more being removed thankfully.  The consultant has said I will receive my results on either 20th or 23rd December and from there my MT will have decided if I need any further treatment or if everything has been cleared and that's it.  I just want them to be 100% sure that everything is clear so I don't mind what treatment I need, they are the professionals and I trust them totally!!!!

Good luck for Friday, keep us updated on how it goes...... Rosie

 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

14 Nov 2019 00:51 in response to Woollylamb

 

Hi Woolylamb,

I'm glad to hear that Friday is the day for your op and hope that you don't have any further complications.

I agree about the mastectomy pillow.I found these absolutely invaluable, especially as I had experienced the double mastectomy.

Hoping and praying that all goes well for you.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx