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Nettienoo,

just been around to tell my residents....getting very tearful now!! Xxx

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Yay Marlyn!! 🙌🏻

 

This group isn’t just about chemo it’s about everything for our treatment and just whatever we feel like so yes we’ll be needing all the info on herceptin and rads and anything else! 😊

 

Here’s today’s hairband (no makeup tho 😝)

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Marlyn, you have made my weekend. So happy for you my lovely. I bet it hasn’t properly sunk in yet has it? You can start planning a life again. Yeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaa! X xxx

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Oh daisy, I can hear your bell ringing for me!!! I'm not going anywhere, I will be able to let you all know how the rads go....actually have a spring in my Sep today, wonder if it will increase my steps???? Xxx

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Wow Marilyn that is good news.  So pleased for you.  Cant believe your chemo journey is over.  Ringing that bell so loud for you and dont you dare go anywhere.  We need you xxx

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Morning gassy lasses,

 

well, I'm just back from my appointment with oncologist, and guess bloody what? He says I don't need any more chemotherapy!! That the 4 cycles I've already done will stand me in good stead, and that my side effects are in danger of becoming permanent if I carry on.....so here I am ringing my virtual bell!! Hope you can all hear it? 

 

Im in next Thursday for my herceptin ( 6 hours) and will continue with that every 3 weeks for at least 6 months.....and rads will start pretty soon too....so looks like I'm ahead of the game...

 

you lot wont be getting rid of me though....I'm still fully immersed in all your lives and want it to stay that way....in fact, I think we should all live together in one huge house! 

 

Ps....I was talking to hubby about chemotherapy side effects. He said..." oh, you can add chemo moan to that list" bloody cheek!! 

 

Susie....loving your wig, I wouldn't be without mine....

 

take care beautiful sassy gassy ladies, I bloody love you all!!!! And I couldn't have managed without you....... xxxxx

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Nice wigs, Susie. They look so realistic. Never a bad hair day for you. 👩👩‍⚕️

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Morning Daisy,

 

You're doing really well by the sounds of it and long may it continue. I know what you mean about pain in the lymph node arm. I've had the same and it feels like it's tripled in size, although it hasn't at all. I'm trying to keep it moving as I'm in fear of the dreaded lymphedema.

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Now to my wigs. The lighter one is my NHS wig. The 3 I was waiting for turned up eventually and I 'm keeping this one. I just needthe wig kady to trim and style it a bit., especially at the front and sides. Tbe other one is the one I bought on line. I now have a choice of looks which is ideal as I go dark in tbe colder months and lighter when it gets warmer. Oops, in this light not much difference. The 1st one is the light one.

Must get on otherwise I'll be late for my appt. Will read posts and catch up later. Love to you all xx

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Morning all, glad to hear from you Seaside. Was getting worried about you.  This is now day 4 for me on T and I am still ok  nothing really nasty so far other than that my lymph node arm is and wound is really painful.  Must get the injection out of the fridge now.  Have a good day everyone x

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Morning my beauties,

 

I'm finally crawling out the other side of the barrying T. Feeling human again 😊

 

Been reading all your posts but didn't even have the energy to comment. That's how bad I felt. Still, I'm on the up now so the husband can breathe a sigh of relief. He's borne the brunt of my outbursts, tears and extreme lack of energy.

 

I was very happy to see your news, Susie - That's fantastic! Now the little voyage to look forward to as well. Really pleased for you.

 

Good luck with the scan, Trixielady. Fingers crossed that your treatment can go ahead next week.

 

Sarah, your hair photos show a lot of strength as to what you've been going through. When the regrowth starts, it will be strong like you.

 

Nettie, I totally understand your concerns about staying on FEC for the next lot of treatment but as you say, you've thankfully avoided a stay in casa NHS this time so hopefully it's for the best. You definitely deserve a tipple on your big birthday. 🍷🍸🍹

 

I had a little giggle at the gas posts from yesterday. I didn't suffer with FEC but with T it's a different story. We're talking loud! Even the cat jumped out of its skin when I passed one yesterday 😂

 

Looking forward to seeing today's headband, Edinbird. 

 

Hope all the rest of you ladies are feeling OK today.

 

Love to all

 

Sar xxx

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Trixielady, I hope the scan goes ok later so you can crack on! Xx

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Slow days are good Edinbird. Be kind to yourself love and don’t overdo things. 

Sorry for posting same thing twice girls. I have no idea how it happened. X

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Morning xx

 

My plans for this morning didn’t quite go to plan... thought I’d have a lie in as I’m not working today but woke up with a headache and sore chest and shoulders... so had to get up. Not wanting to try for a walk this early but feel a bit better now I’m moving about.

 

Now I can eat cheese again I am at risk of just eating it all day! 😂 I think I might crack on with more eBay though. Husband is off so means I get nice food. Cheese and ham risotto tonight, tikka massala tomorrow that we’ll start today. Need to decide which headband to try today I’ll post a pic once I decide. Only drawback so far is it seems to make my hair far more greasy than the caps. I guess when it’s covered up it doesn’t matter 🤷🏻‍♀️

 

So hopefully a slow slow day with nothing much to report 🤞

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Susie, I can feel the good vibes pouring from your post. I wish you an amazing holiday. I hope you can switch off completely from all this bc crap and just enjoy every minute. 

On the alcohol front, I went from a glass of wine a night to nothing since New Year. Some of it out of fear as to how I’ll react with all the drugs in me and also because I just haven’t felt the urge. It’s my 60th on Monday though so I am going to have some and to hell with it. I saw the Onco nurse specialist yesterday and she was encouraging me, saying my first alcoholic drink needs to be champagne! 🥂🤪.

I still have a bit of an ear infection but bloods are good, Neutrophils 3.7 so as long as the blood test on Tuesday is ok will be having FEC number 4 on Wednesday. I feel a little bit anxious about what the possible repercussions might be by not changing to T for last 3 but I have managed to escape hospital and the dreaded neutropenic sepsis this time so continuing with FEC is probably the right way to go. My oncologist won’t let me have the T anyway so I just need to get on with what I can have I suppose. 

Implausible, when I got to the patchy, very wispy stage and shaved my head, I found it very hard to look in a mirror without my eyes filling but a few weeks on, I am completely ok with it and have no qualms about whipping my hat off in front of others if I’m having a hot turn. My hair was everything to me and I spent a fortune keeping it looking good in the past (and probably will do again in the future). I think you may surprise yourself how quickly you get used to a bald head and you really haven’t got long to go before it starts to grow again. Xxx

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Susie, I can feel the good vibes pouring from your post. I wish you an amazing holiday. I hope you can switch off completely from all this bc crap and just enjoy every minute. 

On the alcohol front, I went from a glass of wine a night to nothing since New Year. Some of it out of fear as to how I’ll react with all the drugs in me and also because I just haven’t felt the urge. It’s my 60th on Monday though so I am going to have some and to hell with it. I saw the Onco nurse specialist yesterday and she was encouraging me, saying my first alcoholic drink needs to be champagne! 🥂🤪.

I still have a bit of an ear infection but bloods are good, Neutrophils 3.7 so as long as the blood test on Tuesday is ok will be having FEC number 4 on Wednesday. I feel a little bit anxious about what the possible repercussions might be by not changing to T for last 3 but I have managed to escape hospital and the dreaded neutropenic sepsis this time so continuing with FEC is probably the right way to go. My oncologist won’t let me have the T anyway so I just need to get on with what I can have I suppose. 

Implausible, when I got to the patchy, very wispy stage and shaved my head, I found it very hard to look in a mirror without my eyes filling but a few weeks on, I am completely ok with it and gave no qualms about whipping my hat off in front of others if I’m having a hot turn. My hair was everything to me and I spent a fortune keeping it looking good in the past (and probably will do again in the future). I think you may surprise yourself how quickly you get used to a bald head and you really haven’t got long to go before it starts to grow again. Xxx

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Mornin' gasbagsSmiley Happy

 

Hope you are all well.

 

Remember that expensive mattress topper I bought on impulse in the middle of the night when my T-related bone aches kicked in last week?  Well it turned up while I was in hospital and I got the teen twins to unpack it yesterday and install it on my bed for me.  Last night was its first outing and wow it is so comfy!!!!  And I no longer have a little rogue spring digging me in the leg Smiley Very Happy  win!

 

I have woken up with a slightly achey back still but I am assuming that is down to the chemo still.

 

Trixielady, no alcohol for me.  Was never a big drinker anyway but just haven't fancied it at all since all this started.  My other half did get me a glass of bucks fizz when we went out for my birthday dinner the other week, which I did drink and it went straight to my head!  Crazy given there was probably only about 2 teaspoons of alcohol in it.  But before then my last drink was before Christmas I think.

 

Susie, same here re better relationship with my dad than mum.  In fact my mum was objectively not a good parent to me at all.... lots of issues.... to the extent that I had to have some therapy after she died to unravel it all.    It wasn't really her *fault* as such (it's a long story), but I didn't know any of that as a kid when she was being very cruel...

 

What was that Philip Larkin poem again??? Smiley Wink

 

Sarah x

 

 

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Have a lovely time in France Susie B

, do post photos.

 I am also pleased that chemotherapy is shrinking gremlins ( in those of you who are having chemotherapy before surgery).

My mum and I fortunately do have a good relationship. That’s not to say that she doesn’t drive me nuts either!

Hairwise, everything is staying put so far 🤞 just a bald patch on my crown.

Hugs,

Rosina

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Morning my lovelies

Hopefully everyone is in for a lovely weekend 

I'm so pleased to hear about the reductions its fantastic news

Susie its a guessing game with the side effects of chemo, I remember my head getting sore and prickly as my hair started to come out faster now bald as a coot and hating it, really jealous had many a fantastic holiday in and around Aix-en-Provence,, I just can't seem able to plan anything not even a walk haha never mind, enjoy

Rosina have a lovely weekend with your mam when and where you going ?? Xx

Is anyone still drinking alcohol ?? I'm scared to !! Although i might have one every so often

Well ladies I'm hoping my heart scan results are good this afternoon and hopefully i can also restart chemo on Monday, never thought i would hear myself say that again after the last sessions xx

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Morning everyone 

Hope all of you enduring side effects from T are feeling better. Talking to my surgeon yesterday I mentioned I wasn't  looking forward to it as I'd coped so well with FEC and basically she said just because I coped well with FEC doesn't mean I'll necessarily be hit hard with T. Basically we're all in the realm of 'we don't know'. Wouldn't it  be nice if we knew exactly which, if any, side effects we would have. Maybe one day? For me I've got the joy of no chemo today☺, just PICC care, then no hospital trips until the14th. Wonder if that's why I've slept so well this past week or so? Chris is going to a small music festival this weekend, Teddy Rocks, in Dorset  so hubby and me will have a bit of us time. We're going out for a meal tomorrow evening and general planning a relaxing time together. Should be totally chilled before our trip to Aix... 

Rosina, happy to hear you've booked a couple of days away  and that the hotel are providing a fridge for you. I'd be tempted to find out if it would take a bottle of white wine, or two. But then I do enjoy a tipple at the weekend🍷. Lovely that you're treating your mum too. Unfortunately, I haven't got that kind of relationship with my mum. We have very little in common. I always got on better with my dad who sadly passed away many years ago.

Implausible, hope the head shave goes ok this weekend. It really is the pits. I'm still losing hair and yesterday evening I started to get that horrible prickly feeling so I'm not looking forward to my weekly hair wash this morning. I do wonder if it'll ever stop.     

Must get up now and wash said hair otherwise I'll be going out looking as though I've just been swimming. Daren't risk a hair dryer just yet.

Have a good day you wonderful ladies xxxxxx.

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How is everyone this morning?

 I have got this recipe on my mind since last Sunday when I first sampled it.

Plan to give it a go 🤗

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Hi Susie B, battling this #### Chemo, my friend and from what I am reading here... Ouch!

Everyone is really going through a rough patch.

Thank God for the good news of size reduction!

A BIG HUG for everyone!

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Marlyn, trust you to come up with gas bags together with its connotations🤣🤣🤣  

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 Implausible, I was surprised too when she asked  if I wanted her to operate or the other surgeon, a man who is new. The other male surgeon who I met  along with a couple of other members of the team when I transferred across from Taunton has since left. Hope it wasn't something I said. As for having a physical sign of Gremlim shrinking it does make chemo more bearable. I don't know how it's spelt but the lymphodeama predictor thing is called a voodoo,  at least that's what it sounded like. Sorry just seen the predictive text  should be zoozoo. This predictive stuff does make me laugh sometimes😆.

Edinbird, glad to hear there's been a change in your Gremlim. Could be T is more effective than FEC, which goes back in part to the trial I'm on. May it continue to change and shrink.

I hope those of you suffering from the side effects of T start to see more  improvement soon. 

Sandraindurham and Veronica I hope you're both ok. 

Take care everyone and have a good evening. xxxx

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Hi Edinbird,

yes , definitely much better today ( a whole week post dose 4).

Meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow, we are going to an ‘art talk’ led by the woman who did the arty bits at my yoga day - should be good.

Then my mum is coming over on May 14th and we are escaping for 2 nights at a local country house hotel. I like to treat her . Also good deal on booking.com.

 I can cancel at the last minute but I am determined to go. I told them about my chemotherapy and they are putting a small fridge in my room for my injection. I plan to walk in the Ashdown Forest whilst I am staying there - Pooh territory.

There you go Marlyn , hope that made you smile 😊 

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That made me laugh! Plenty of gas around here!

 

I feel much better today and I dared try some cheddar just now and it tastes great! So maybe takes about 10 days before tastebuds are back to normal if anyone’s are currently screwed? I’m pleased anyway.

 

Day off tomorrow, I’ll be having a nice long lie! Every day this week I’ve not wanted to get up. And pleased to have a day off. I don’t want to use leave for nothing but husband is off tomorrow and Monday so that’s ok. I don’t get any of the May bank holidays and somehow he gets both and an extra Friday!! No fair! At least that means I can make my weeks shorter in May. Then once it gets to June I’ll have more appointments to break things up.

 

Glad you got what you were after Susie, and you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday. Hope everyone else feels better or continues to feel ok xx

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Everyone reacts differently Daisydi.  I got off very lightly in the FEC stage, so maybe I am more susceptible than average to T?

 

I hope it is kinder to you 

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Looks like I should prepare myself for tomorrow then day 4.  Must admit I am feeling very weary but I dont feel sick and that is a big bonus for me and because I dont feel sick Im not taking any tablets which means I dont get constipated or have really nasty headaches.  Lets see what tomorrow brings.  Also my mouth and tongue are holding up.  That was so painful last time my tongue looked like it was going to break in two down the middle.  I will keep everything crossed

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Our new name......... The gas bags! I think that suits us actually, in more ways than one....titter titter xx

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Blimey , we can't half gas.... in many ways! 

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Look how much more we post compared to all the other monthly threads!  Smiley Very Happy

 

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Hi you lovely lot, how are you all?

 

Susie - fantastic news about your gremlin shrinkage!! what a difference!! That is really reassuring not only for yourself, but for all of us to hear, even those who are having the chemo after surgery, as it proves that it really blooming works! Thank goodness for that because it would be a blinking ordeal to go through for nothing.... Edinbird great news that your lump feels like it is shrinking up good too!

 

and Susie it is great too that they are being so accommodating about your trip to France and about your anxiety re the surgery, etc. Nice when they remember to human Smiley Happy

 

When you said you are happy with the surgeon, so you are going to stick with them, I suddenly realised that I didn't know we had a choice! Luckily my surgeon is lovely, but she was just who the hospital assigned to me, never occurred to me I could pick a different one.

 

That lymphodema (sp?) predicting machine sounds interesting..... I might mention that to my doc see if they are getting one. and congrats on nabbing post #4000 Smiley Happy

 

Marlyn - well done on the walk. Hopefully you feel better for it (even if it wiped you out Smiley Happy ) - I never regret a walk even if I have to force myself. That said, I haven't exceeded 2k steps since last Friday Smiley Sad Smiley Sad Saturday I wasn't feeling well so stayed in my jamas, Sunday through Tuesday I was in PRISON Smiley Happy, and yesterday and today I've still felt pretty rough plus have been working. I did at least get dressed and out of the house today to go and vote. Might try at least a wander round the block before dinner, if it ever stops pouring with rain.

and yes, we are awesome!! Smiley Very Happy

 

Rosina - gorgeous bluebells, I haven't seen any yet this year Smiley Sad

 

Sonia- I have also been totally exhausted the past couple of days - weak as a kitten! Usually by this stage in week 2 I am much livelier.

I know I have just got home from hospital, and that ought to factor in. But I am still fairly sure there was nothing wrong with me in the first place other than T side effects knocking me for six (and then antibiotics side effects adding to the mix and making me feel worse). They never found any evidence of any actual infection or problem.... I think that T is just a LOT harder on me than FEC was. (FEC I was ok days 1-3, rubbish days 4-7 ish and then pretty much fine for 2 weeks. T seems to be ok days 1-4, start to feel bad day 5, totally broken days 6-10 and counting.....)

 

All that said, though, I'm more awake/ok this evening than I was at this point yesterday - in fact I started to pick up a bit today from around 2pm ish - so here's hoping I am starting to come through the T fog. Just need to get rid of the horrid dry mouth now.

 

take care all

Sarah x

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Sonia28, I hope you're not doing the driving🚗! 

Marlyn, yes I feel we really have come along way. At the beginning it all seemed daunting with tests ops, chemo,  radiotherapy, etc or chemo, ops, chemo, radiotherapy, etc, but we can and we are doing it step by barrying step.      

Implausible, sorry the cold cap hasn't worked for you but as you say you had to give it a go. I've managed to hang on to some hair, but definitely not enough to go out and about. But then it was always my intention to wear wigs and bandanas until I could colour my hair again. Vain or what?!

About to read more posts. I'll be back. xxxxx

  

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yes i think you deserve that one todat Susie,

 

Heart you always make me smile Marilyn, well done on your steps,  Im with you that we have all come so far.

 

Daisydi, long may it last that you feel well. 

 

Im feeling better in myself today, but totally fatigued when i do anything, I did try Nytol last night, and slept slightly better, but not brilliant. I am determined it will not get the better of me, as I am off to Stoke N Trent tomorrow to watch my youngest Danny compete in the  national schools gymnastics competeition.  May mean I sleep in the car but I will go.

 

Take care ladies, hope you are all doing well xx

 

 

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Oh go on then.....I will claim 4001 then!

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Sorry quick post. Can I claim number 4000?

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Back from 2nd visit to hospital, back again tomorrow for PICC care then that's me until the 14th when I have PICC care again. Can't believe how accommodating the hospital can be when it comes to bc care. The only gripe I've had is with the radiology dept that seems to book a number of patients in at the same time so you can be waiting for up to an hour🕑🕒. Not so good when your immune system is low. Anyway I was told I could have pre- assessment next Tues, but Susie with bc said no thanks can I have it after trip away? Lesley, without  bc would have said yes. I've either become more assertive or bolshy since diagnosis. Anyway they slotted me in this afternoon so all I need to be concerned about is surgery appt, which they may not notify me of until the last minute, my request. They aim to do breast/lymph node surgery in the morning and get you home the same day☺. After ANC I won't have a drain, and they use glue to fix you back together. Onto the better news regarding lymphodeama. Yeovil along with Taunton and one other hospital have just obtained a new machine which predicts lymphodeama before it happens. Basically you get checked every 3 months and it can detect any problems before the lymphodeama developes so an arm compression stocking  can be put on before things get out of hand. Not sure how long the checks go on for. 

Thanks for all your good wishes and kind words. Hopefully we'll be doing the same for you Edinbird and Deano when your chemo ends☺. Now let's have a look at the latest posts. May not get to reply for a while, hubby home soon. xxxx  

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Really good news Susie.  Onwards and upwards.  Well done Marilyn for your walking.  Im still feeling ok after my first T. Think I had so many side effects with FEC that this seems like a gift.  Hope it stays that way.  Love to all of you beautiful ladies xx

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Fab news Susie, makes it all worth it....chuffed to my best boots for you..

 

well, I'm pretty chuffed with myself too today....been on a walk and managed 5000 steps!!! First time since chemo began too, feel bloody knackered now though mind..but I did it! It's hard to imagine this time next week ( bloods permitting) I'll be in bed from cycle 5, I keep thinking back to when it all began and am astounded at what we've all been through, are we awesome or are we awesome!!!! Xxx

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Thats fantsic news, Happy that they are supporting you and are going to let you enjpy your holiday. xx

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Fab news about your gremlin Susie and also that you are happy with surgeon. Xx

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Hi everyone 

Just a quick pop in as I am going back to hospital for pre-op assessment. The surgeon I saw this morning was lovely, and was recommended by one of hubby's work colleagues so I'm going to stick with her. Told them, a was a nurse there too,  about my fear if surgery so they will not notify me of op date until after my trip to France and with as little notice as possible. Gremlim has shrunk from 21mm to 6mm☺, and surgeon pointed out that some of this may be scar tissue. Seems I'm having full ANC, more on that later especially regarding lymphodeama. Be back later with more info and to catch up on all the gossip. xxxx    

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Daisydi, I had my last one last night night and felt the same.

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Just done my first injection.  No problems.  Hope Ive done it right..

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Morning xx another hard to get up day but that’s because I was awake about 3 hours in the night and then I got back off about 6.30 until 8.50. So good and bad I guess

 

I seem to be an unusual triple negative in that I’m only grade 2... but still managed to get in two lymph nodes grr. I don’t actually have a full staging because there was a node on my lung that they weren’t overly concerned about but ultimately another CT scan is needed to check it again. It didn’t affect my chemo regime and the consultant says he’s treating me as curative so I’m happy enough.

 

So I’m T4b (has caused my whole breast to swell and affected how my nipple sits but ultimately is a small 15mm lump and it’s probably blocked nodes causing the disruption to drainage) N1 MX

 

i feel like the lump is less hard to find in the last few days but it was always about the nipple and I’ve not seen vast improvements there yet. It’s only been 10 days since first T need to give it the chance to eat it all up!

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Morning all

 

I had another half decent kip!  Lovely.  Although I did have to take a paracetamol to get to sleep in the first place as I had the proper full on T leg pains.

 

Daisydi, I must admit I can never remember the stage and grade stuff.  Maybe my mind is blanking it.  Had to go back to my consultant letter to get the details:

 

31mm grade 3 invasive ductal cancer with extensive lymphovascular invasion.  Strongly ER positive and HER2 negative.  Oncotype DX score 34.

 

I can't find anything that mentions the stage.

 

And yes, right boob.

 

My surgeon said that had the lump been bigger or my actual boobs smaller, I would have had the chemo up front to shrink it before surgery.  But because my boobs are/were a good DD/E cup, she had room to manoeuvre.

 

So instead I went op first, then chemo and radio

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Morning Daisydi, I am up early.

Going for a walk with H1.

Re. my cancer I am T2N1M0.

This translates as stage 2 tumour, 1 Node positive ( don’t know why it’s a 1 ,as 2 out of 13 removed nodes were positive but 1 was a sentinel node) and 0 metastasis.

 I am ER/PR positive and HER2 negative.

My treatment was surgery first, chemotherapy second (more than half way through now 🤪) to be followed by radiotherapy and Tamoxifen .

Yes, it was the right boob.

Have a great day,

Rosina

PS I was advised to go ahead with the chemotherapy as it gives me 7.3% improved survival at 10 years .

Off to enjoy the present moment.

I did take 2 ibuprofen last night in order to sleep without lower back pain. Slept well ⭐️