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Hi Jude, 

Yep it’s great that chemo and radiotherapy is behind us now, we’ve all come so far! And very surreal looking back on it all...

Think you’re right about hair colour, will prob get it coloured before hols even if it’s a semi permanent colour to start with. Going public with our ‘new’ hair will be another great milestone ticked off ✅

Good result re your toe nail! I was lucky, didn’t lose any. 

Happy Sunday everyone, enjoy the sunshine ☀️ 

Cat 😘

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Forgot to say I had one dodgy chemo toe nail which came off today with a perfectly formed new nail underneath - result! x

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It’s great saying post chemo isn’t it Cat, it’s just like looking back on a bad dream to me now

your hair will look defo better to you with a bit of colour, I nearly went out for a jog today with no hat on but bottled it 😂

have a good weekend ladies

 

Jude x

 

 

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Hi Jude, 

 

Thanks, I’m 10 weeks post chemo today so fingers crossed mine starts to thicken/lengthen up a bit more now. I think dyeing it will make a difference too. 

Great news about being signed off from radiotherapy 👍, not so great needs about cystitis 😟, it’s not a nice thing to have so  hope it clears up very soon! 

 

Take  care everyone 

Cat xxx

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Hi Cat

It probably took 10 weeks before it started to thicken up, looking on Pinterest & YouTube it’s seems that around 15-20 weeks it really starts to thicken up / lengthen.

On other matters, I saw my radiotherapy consultant yesterday who was pleased with my skin since radiotherapy & she has signed me off - so I was pleased with that.

I’ve had a nasty bout of cystitis this week which I never really suffered with before but have got antibiotics so hopefully will pick up soon

Take care all

 

Jude x 

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Hi Sue, Thanks. Yes it feels great to finish!

The joint pains are annoying aren’t they, interested to hear how the yoga helps and any other suggestions anybody else has.

My hair is quite patchy/thin at the moment so I’m hoping it thickens up soon.

 

Hi Jude, how many weeks after chemo did your hair start to thicken up?

 

Take care ladies

Cat Xxx

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Hi Jude

Good to hear your hair is thickening up and looking better. Im thinking I might have mine coloured late March - I still feel it's a bit patchy and it's completely uncontrollable so I think it needs a bit more length before I can do anything with it.

 

Sue xx

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Morning All

 

Cat - congrats on finishing your radiotherapy. It's a good feeling isn't it.

 

Like a number of others I'm suffering from joint pain and pins and needles too (I'm also not on any other drugs as I'm TN). For me it started between Christmas and New Year. I thought it was my menopause symptoms returning as about 18 months previous I'd been experiencing pins / needles and stiff fingers / painful Achilles etc. After a load of tests to rule out other things my GP concluded it was as a result of falling levels of estrogen due to menopause. So on to HRT I went. Some of the problems started to lessen straight away and then everything completely disappeared after about 5 months. But I had to come off HRT for chemo and the symptoms suddenly returned with a vengeance late December (about 5 months after stopping HRT). I'd just come to the conclusion it was just because the chemo had reduced my estrogen levels even further.  I mentioned it to my onc last week and asked if I could go back on HRT but that's a no.  I'm seeing my GP in March as he mentioned there were alternatives to HRT so I'm hoping he can pull something out of the bag for me as like others I'm hobbling when I get out of bed or if I've been sat for a while. I'm also trying yoga as a colleague told me this helped them but I'm only a week or so in for this so it's too early to tell.

 

So if anyone finds something that works for them - please share.

 

Sue xx

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Hi Tarnia,

I started to get SEs about 3 weeks in but nothing that bothered me too much. I had similar symptoms to prickly heat so took anti histamine tablets for the itchiness.

I wish the hair on my head would grow quicker too! I guess we have to be patient….sigh.

I also feel like a 90 year old some days, but I’m thinking that exercise should help. So far I haven’t done anything more than walking.

 

Hi Jo,

Thanks! That was exactly what happened to me, I posted the messages and then they disappeared! Very strange isn’t it.

I’m not sure how long I will remain on Tamoxifen for, I think I might be moved to Letrozole, or something else, after a couple of years. No idea how they decide who has what when.

I hope you get the pain in your feet sorted, sounds painful.  

 

Take care everyone

 

Cat Xxx

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Hi all,

 

Cat, Congrats on finishing radiotherapy.

I have also had problems with sending messages. I keep writing them and then posting and then they disappear! This is my third attempt today...

In response to your question - I’m on Letrozole not Tamoxifen, although I think SEs are similar!

 

Tarnia, I am also struggling with muscle/joint problems and I’m fine for a while, then when I stop or sit down and really struggle to get up and start moving again. I also feel like a women of 90, especially when I get up in the morning!

 

My my feet are also really bad- pins and needles and then if I walk for a while, they start to hurt and throb......oh well I’m seeing Oncologist next week, so I will see what they say.

 

best wishes 

jo x

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Hi Cat

Glad to hear you’ve finished radiotherapy with very few side effects. I’ve had 9 of my 23 so far so getting there and up to now no side effects 🤞🏼 Using cream 3 times a day.

My leg hair has returned in fact everything seems to be slowly returning to normal ( although wish the hair on my head would grow quicker)!

 

Im getting really bad joint pain currently and im not on any other medication so i’m assuming it’s a late side effect of chemotherapy. I’m ok if I keep moving but after I rest then move again I’m like an old woman of 90 which is really annoying. Up to now I’ve continued with my running but I think it’s time I stopped for a while to let my joints heel which again is annoying as it’s the one thing I love to do and it’s kept things “normal” through treatment so far ☹️

 

Take care ladies

 

Tarnia 

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Hi Ladies,

 

The reason I have been quiet on the forum for the last few weeks is because I tried to send responses but for some reason my posts are not appearing, so I’m trying again on a different device in the hope that it works this time!

 

I finished radiotherapy last week – hooray! I had a round trip of over 60 miles each day but didn’t suffer too much with SE’s other than a bit of tiredness and the usual soreness/redness. For a couple of days my nipple was sore and weeping but that was short lived thankfully.

 

My hair is growing back, but very slowly, only have a few centimetres so far (not sure if it will be curly yet, but probably as my hair was naturally curly before!). Nothing under my arms or legs yet which is fine by me!

 

Hi Jude, good to hear you’re getting on well at work, not long now until your holiday! Sounds like we’re all booking holidays which we definitely deserve. I’m off to Tenerife with my OH mid March but haven’t managed to lose the weight I put on during chemo yet! I’m also on Herceptin and recently started taking Tamoxifen too. I still get tired if I try to do too much but not sure if it’s after effects of treatment, Herceptin or Tamoxifen or most likely a mix of all of them! I’m not getting nose bleeds any more.

 

Hi Tarnia, I hope the radiotherapy is going well, I think you’re half way there now. I found the last couple of weeks went by quickly. Keep up the moisturising, I’m sure it helps a lot. I’m trying to decide when to dye my hair for first time, at the moment I don’t feel I have enough of it!

 

Hi Sue, good luck with your trial. And good to hear acupuncture is making a difference, I have thought about having acupuncture too if needed. Congrats on going public with your own hair, I’m going to a Spa in a few weeks time too and a few days later I go to Tenerife so will go public with my own hair then…eek!

 

Hi Jo, I’m getting aches and pains in my joints too but think it might be a SE from Herceptin, not really sure. Are you on Tamoxifen? I don’t know if I’ve been on it long enough for all the SEs to kick in yet….time will tell.

 

Take care ladies…..I really hope this post gets to you!

 

Cat Xxx

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Hi Sue

No beard for me at the moment 😂

 

I’ve had my hair coloured again but a slightly cooler shade & it looks a lot better now it’s thickening up & the coverage is more even! 

 

take care ladies

 

Jude x

 

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Hello all

 

Jude - sorry to hear you're not liking your chemo curls - I have read previously that they don't last for ever so hopefully your hair will soon return to its pre chemo state 🤞. I'm looking more and more tufty every day and as my hair gets longer ie about 2cms now - I'm finding that my wig is sometimes slipping which is becoming a real pain.

 

On another note has anyone else turned into a bearded lady?? I've noticed over the last week or so the fine downy hair on my face seems to be getting longer. However I'm not sure if it's just returning to its pre chemo state and that I'm noticing it more cos theres no other hair around my face to mask it or if this is a genuine post chemo gift 😬.  Luckily its very fair and fine at the moment but if it goes the way of the hair on my head I'll have a grey beard in time for my hols 😂😂.

 

Have a fun weekend all 

 

Sue xxx

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Hi all,

 

Im pleased to report that my hair is now growing well. Eyebrows and eyelashes actually resemble eyebrows and lashes! I had to shave my legs the other day. 

I went away with friends at the weekend and survived......thought I would get tired but managed ok although this week I have been shattered!

Sleeping really well but definitely still tired overall.

I’m not on herceptin so can’t comment on SEs but I know the hormone tablets are causing me achy joints and tired muscles, sometimes I get up in the morning and can’t actually walk as everything has seized up. Also if I have been sitting down for a while my legs just seize up, oncologists said I need to get back to proper exercise not just walking as that will help muscle issues.

Take Care all.

Jo x

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Hi Sue

To be honest they are very unattractive curls mainly around my ears and my hair is still very short, I’m really not liking it 🙁 I’ve also got a tufty area on the crown!

I am pleased with how my eyebrows & eyelashes are growing now though & like you Tarnia the hair down there is making an appearance although I didn’t lose it totally

 

Re tiredness how are you all feeling? I’ve been back at work for 2 weeks & although I feel ok I am tired but not sleeping particularly well. I’ve read that the side effects of herceptin include tiredness & insomnia so it could be that. I’m also continuing to have a few nosebleeds within a week of each herceptin injection - anyone else? It’s not down as a side effect so who knows!

 

Take care all x

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Hi Jude,

I didn’t lose all my hair because of cold capping but all of it has started growing really curly which for me is really strange as I’ve always had dead straight hair! Not quite sure what to do with it but I’m just thankful it’s hair and growing 😂 I finish radiotherapy on 8/3 so I’m going to book myself in to get it dyed on 9/3 something to look forward to! 

My eyebrows are growing back too and top eyelashes on one eye but no signs on the other eye just yet...oh and my lady garden is growing well too 😂😂 not that I’ve missed that!!

 

sue glad your nasal hair is growing, no more runny noses for you 👍🏽

 

Take care all

Tarnia xx

 

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Curly hair Jude - how exciting! Mine is still at the spikey stage - i  look like I'm  a leading character in the Tufty club 🤣🤣. I went public with my own hair yesterday - Im at a spa for a few days so not able to wear my wig in the steam rooms and saunas etc

 

Sue xx

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*Not quite mascara ready

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Hi Sue

Giud news re the nasal hair!

My is coming back as well & it’s great not to have a permanent runny nose!

my eyebrows & eyelashes are filling out as well which is good, but quite mascara ready but getting there

My hair is starting to go curly...

Jude x

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I might be over sharing but this will mean nothing to the others in my life - but I was so excited to see just now that my nose hair is back 😂😂👏👏👏.

 

Happy Monday all 

 

Sue xx 😘😘

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Hi Sue

Glad the acupuncture is working for you. I’ve also heard that massaging the scalp helps the hair to grow. I’ve also heard that black Jamaican castor oil is also very good for hair growth so I’ve been massaging that into my scalp and leaving it overnight to see if it speeds things up! Only time will tell!

 

Have a good weekend all 

 

Tarnia xx

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Hi Sue

That’s good news that the acupuncture seems to be helping your hot flushes! 

I’m going to take up the hairbrush challenge, it’s definitely worth giving it a go, pleased that it’s seems to be working for you

Take care

Jude x

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Morning ladies - hope ur all doing ok.

Just wanted to let you know that the Acupuncture sessions I've been having for hot flushes etc seem to have produced positive results - whilst they haven't gone completely they have reduced in frequency and intensity so probably worth a try if you are being affected by them.

 

And also I've been doing a little solo experiment too! I remember reading yonks ago that brushing your hair encourages it to grow - something to do with stimulating the hair follicles if I remember correctly. So, whilst my hair doesn't by any stretch of the imagination actually need to be brushed I've been religiously brush my hair / scalp twice a day for the last week and I don't know if it's coincidence or if this actually works but I'm convinced I've had a growth spurt since I started. I'm not saying it's definitely worked but I'm going to continue to do it - so again anyone who's frustrated that your hair isn't coming back as fast as you'd hoped maybe reach for that hairbrush. I'm obsessively doing ten stokes front to back in sections all over my head. Fingers crossed.

 

Enjoy ur weekends and if anyone takes on the hairbrush challenge - post updates on the results.

 

Sue xx

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Hi Ladies

 

Tarnia, I do drink more now than I did pre chemo I think it is a good habit to get into, although without scaremongering it can be a sign of diabetes so may be worth seeing a doctor or mentioning it to your oncologist or breast care nurse if you are excessively thirsty.

Sue, good luck on the trial & well done on booking lots of hols! It’s great having things to look forward to during the winter

Don’t rush back to work. I think everyone needs to do it in their  own time. I found that now I’m feeling stronger I felt like I needed to get a routine back & luckily I had changed to a 4 day week 18 months ago. This week has gone ok but I’m glad it’s friday tomorrow!

take care all

Jude x

 

 

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Hi Tarnia

I'm certainly drinking more water than I did previously but I think that's possibly habit from chemo days. I also wonder if there may be a chance that your body got used to more water during chemo so is asking for it by telling you you're thirsty?

 

In other news I signed up for the add aspirin trial yesterday so I'm starting the run in period today, will have a check up in 8 weeks or so and if all is ok I'll be on to the 5yr trial. It's a randomised allocation of drugs so neither I nor my doctors will know what I'm getting.

 

And in yet more news I've been on a holiday booking rampage and in the course of a week booked 3 holidays which are in addition to the ones we've already got planned. One is only for two nights but I'm still counting it 😂😂😂

 

We'll done on going back to work Jude - I'm not quite ready yet - I'm starting to do more but still getting tired quite easily so not sure it's the right thing for me to go back just yet as I want to make sure that when I am back  I'm not spending to much of.my time away from work during my phased return recovering from being at work. I'm also thinking of going back part-time if that's an option but will leave that until I've been back a while - see how things go 

 

Hope everyone is doing ok 

 

Sue xxx

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Hi all,

 I just wanted to ask you all if any of you are thirsty all the time? I finished chemo 10 weeks ago but I find I’m constantly thirsty! Not sure if this is normal or something I should be worried about 🤔 

On a positive note my first radiotherapy all went to plan today. 1 done just 22 to go.

 

Jude - well done on going back to work. A bit of normality back in your life. It’s good to be getting back to normal.

 

Tarnia xx 

 

 

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Hi Tarnia

Good luck with the radiotherapy - don’t forget plenty of water & moisturiser & if you do have any issues tell the radiographers as they can help

Well done on booking the holiday, it will come round really fast

I started back at work this week & it’s going better than I expected! 

Jo - hope your check up went ok 

 

Take care ladies

 

jude x

 

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Hi All

I finally start radiotherapy tomorrow! I’m having 4 and a half weeks. Glad to be on the last leg of this journey but have to admit I’m not looking forward to the 25 mile round trip everyday 🤨 

 

Jude today I’ve also booked a holiday to Mexico going in April! It’s always good to have something to look forward to and boy do we all deserve it! 

 

Hope everyone is doing well.

 

Tarnia x

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Hi Cat

I'm the same trying to eat better & exercise more, although I have had a bar of chocolate today!

My diet was shocking during chemo & I’ve put a good 7-10lbs on - got to lose it as I’m going to Mexico in just over 6 weeks!

jude x

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Hi Jo

That sounds good, you’ll obviously get monitored more which can only be a good thing

Hope you don’t have any tricky side effects

Jude x

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Hi Jude,
Thanks for sharing the link, interesting. It’s hard to know what to eat and drink sometimes isn’t it! I think ultimately I will aim to have a well balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and take regular exercise.
Great that you have a plan in place, I don’t have one yet but suspect it will be similar. Although I wonder when/if they perform scans as a way to confirm there is no longer any evidence of disease (NED)....

Hi Jo,
Good luck with the trial! My understanding is that another positive about being on a trial is that they will keep a close eye on your health.

Best wishes. Cat 😘
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Hi Jude,

Its the MonarchE trial, phase 3. Basically the drug is already being used for patients with advanced BC (hormone positive) as it reduces growth/spread. The trial is looking at whether the drug will prevent recurrence in people that have had hormone+ve BC. I’ll still have my treatment as planned - hormone therapy and biosulphates but with the added drug.

 

Jo x

 

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Hi Jo
Good luck with the trial, personally if I was on a trial I think I would want the actual drug concerned
Which trial is it? Apologies if you have told us previously - memory like a sieve!
Jude x
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Hi all,

Just a little update- I’ve signed up to a trial and have been randomised to get the drug! 

Initially pleased about this but pick up drugs tomorrow so starting to get apprehensive 😬 

 

Jo x

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Jo - yes it was good to be know how it will work going forward & I do like a plan

Good luck with your appointment x

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Jude,

That all sounds positive and some reassurance to know you will be having mammograms regularly for ten years. 

Im seeing my surgeon on Friday and like you I had surgery in June. Hopefully I’ll get a follow up plan as well.

 

Take care

jo x

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Quick update
I’ve had an appointment with the surgeon today (my op was last June) he’s very pleased with how I’ve healed from the surgery etc 😊.
I’ll have my next mammogram in June, then on an annual basis for 10 years (I was expecting 5 years).
Providing mammogram is ok in June I’ll then be discharged from the surgery follow up clinic. The breast care nurses will still be accessible if I have any concerns.
I think I will keep seeing the oncologist until I’ve finished the herceptin injections which will be end of September
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Hi ladies

For those if you starting on tamoxifen, I’ve just seen this on another forum

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/292879.php


Worth a read x
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Hi Jo,

Aren’t we the lucky one’s! 😂
Hopefully we won’t even notice..... 👍

Cat 😘
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Thanks for the link Tarnia

Sue x
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Hi again Sue
I also take Tumeric 😂😂 my husband started taking it for his knees (he needs new ones but us too young ) and he swears by it! And again if you google it Tumeric is good for so many things including cancer so that’s why I started taking it also! It’s a natural anti inflammatory which is why it’s good for joints.

Tarnia x
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Hi Sue
I will try find the link and post it.
My oncologist told me the way it works is by thinning your blood so it’s not so sticky therefore cancel cells are less likely to stick to platelets and be transported around the body. Another reason why I didn’t want to do the trial because I could have 1. Been given fake Asprin 2. Been give low dose Asprin or 3. Regular dose Asprin and I didn’t fancy taking regular dose everyday 😐 I know stomach ulcers can be a side effect of Asprin but for me the chances of it reducing a recurrence outways the chances of a stomach ulcer!
See what your oncologist says they are the experts after all.

Tarnia x


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Tarnia

Thanks for the tip re Add Asprin
I'll see what my onc says. Do you have any links you can post re the positive link between cancer and Asprin?
I must admit I was a bit freaked last week after reading negative things about taking regular doses of Asprin - it was in the Daily Mail though so not sure how factual it might be 😬

Sue xx
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Hi Jude
Good job on the colour and hopefully it will thicken up quickly.

I've got an appointment next week so I'll ask about the supplements you take.

Someone I've been talking to today swears by tumeric for achy joints - I've heard of this before so will look into it and speak to the oncologist and my GP. Anyone else use tumeric?
Ive just had the last of my 4 complimentary acupuncture sessions to help with hot flushes - I can report that whilst they haven't gone completely they have receeded in both volume and intensity of occurrence so definitely worthwhile looking into. If anyone is under Weston Park in Sheffield you can get them free at the cancer support center.

Hope you are all well and keeping warm - it's a bit nippy out there today in Yorkshire.

Sue xx
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Hello
Calling all ladies looking for holiday insurance - I've just got a really good deal with Staysure - £118 for a comprehensive annual policy for Europe covering my BC and my other halfs IBS. It would have been £96 had I not needed cruise cover!

Sue xx
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Hi Cat, 

I’m on Letrozole and not Tamoxifen but hair thinning is also a SE of that drug!

 

jo x

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Hi Jude,
I will give Good to go a call once I get something booked up....I better pull my finger out and get it sorted! I’m hoping I get a good covering of hair before I go too! Don’t forget to bring your sun block 😀
Hi Tarnia, I guess there are pros and cons of having ongoing treatment; and I just have to hope I don’t suffer too badly with SEs.
Jude, I agree with you, this forum has been a great support as we go through our treatment 🙏 🙏
Take care ladies 😘
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Hi everyone 

 

Sue, I got offered the Asprin trial but I didn’t like the placebo part as I’ve read before how well Asprin works against cancer! So I spoke to my oncologist about it and she’s happy for me to take a low dose Asprin every day 75mg which you can buy of the counter. You could do this yourself too and then you wouldn’t be part of a trial so wouldn’t get problems with insurance 🤔 ....just a thought x

 

Jude, I’m so glad your hair was a success. Don’t worry about it still being thin in places it won’t take long to thicken up, will be getting thicker everyday x

 

Cat, I’m triple negative so after radiotherapy I’m on my own 🤨 there is no targeted therapy for tripple negative but hopefully your hair will be just fine on Tamoxifen X

 

lots of love all

Tarnia x