im feeling very overwhelmed at the moment and struggling to stay strong around family and friends. So thought I would try here for some support from people experiencing the same sort of thing.
Here’s my story so far....
im 34 years old and on 19th July this year I was diagnosed with grade 3 triple negative inflammatory breast cancer.
i have had 8 cycles of chemotherapy (weekly Paclitaxel and 3 weekly Carboplatin). Before my 9th cycle this week I was admitted to hospital with severe shortness of breath. After extensive test it was discovered that the chemotherapy had caused moderate heart failure. My oncologist has stated that I can no long have any chemotherapy (probably ever again)
my surgeon has agreed to give me a mastectomy on my right breast even though the swelling is still extensive. They will also have to remove lymph nodes from the arm pit as the cancer has spread to there. Luckily it hasn’t gone anywhere else.
i can have radiotherapy after but I’m quite concerned it won’t clear everything up. The surgeon has said there is quite a high chance the cancer can return elsewhere in my body.
I have to admit that I’m really scared, especially that they are saying chemotherapy is to dangerous for me. So if it comes back, what treatment options will there be for me?
Sorry for such a long post. Hope to hear from someone soon