I've posted a couple of times here since my diagnosis just under a month ago. 33, invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2, HER2+ and estrogen receptive.
I had lumpectomy just over a week ago where lump was successfully removed plus 4 lymph nodes which tested as clear and a further one which had miniscule cancer cells. I am recovering okay apart from what I have been told is pectoral muscle pain.
Mentally it is a different story, I am now on sleeping pills, anti depressants and diazepam. I am truly petrified of chemo which is the next stage of treatment they are recommending.
I am wondering if anyone in a similar boat has refused chemo. I am currently saying I won't have it as that's the only thing that's letting me sleep at night at all. I don't care about the radiotherapy or any subsequent hormone drugs, herceptin etc. I would even be happy to have a full mastectomy if need be. I just can't face the prospect of chemo, specifically hair loss. I'm young and vain and I refuse to look like a victim. I don't want to feel ill either, I have three kids under 4 and my mental state has already turned me into a ghost, without feeling ill on top of that.
I'm absolutely terrified of dying and it returning. Since the lumpectomy I'm confused if I even have cancer now?!
Follow up appointment with surgeon is in a week and in my mind I can't agree to the next stage of treatment. My husband is furious but the more I read the more I'm doubting it's the best option for me or if it's needed.