16-10-2016 08:01 AM
15-10-2016 08:28 PM
How was the Moving On course? It's nice to think that the 3 of you managed to finally meet each other.
It's now a year ago since I was called back for further testing from my routine mamogram and the 12 November will be the anniversary of the day I was diagnosed. I have a letter from the hospital to arrange an appointment, so I'm guessing it's for my yearly mamogram. I'm not worried about it, but I'm quite sure that I'll be in tears when I approach the machine. But I guess it will get easier from there.
I had my first visit to the hairdresser 3 weeks ago (don't think I posted that at the time). It was so nice to feel pampered! She spent nearly an hour trimming and chatting. Still wearing my wig and have decided to carry on doing so until Christmas when I'll have had it cut a couple more times and then finally coloured.
Half term is approaching and I'm pleased to say I've managed a whole half term!! It's so good to be back at work I think I am so much more calmer and laid back than I used to be at work - just enjoying the company of the children rather than feeling the stress.
A couple of weeks ago my sister in law (Mark's sister) was also diagnosed with brest cancer, which has been a shock. You kind of think that having it yourself means that your friends and relatives will be spared (law of averages) but it really isn't the case. The good news (not that cancer is good news) is that they think it is stage 1 and she will have radiotherapy after her lumpectomy and not chemotherapy. But as we know, things can change once they've analysed what they've removed. I've just been cooking meals made from mince for her to put in the freezer to tide her over for the next 2 weeks as she has her operation on Thursday. She lives just with her daughter who has just started a new job so it is going to be tough for her too.
I hope you are all well and enjoying being able to get on with day to day life
Lots of love Kim xxx
04-10-2016 10:36 PM
29-09-2016 08:03 PM
Hello lovely January ladies,
so it's one year tomorrow since I was diagnosed and the nightmare unfolded. I'm sitting here with a glass of wine reflecting on all that happened to me. I find it very difficult to think too deeply about the day my life came crashing down and everything that followed as its all still so painful and raw. I think about myself a year ago and ask myself how the hell did I cope with everything that followed. At the start of it all I couldn't imagine ever getting to where I am now with life pretty much back to normal. I am so lucky to have got through it and hopefully have a long future ahead of me. I've got a new house to move into, two happy and healthy sons, a lovely husband, a job I love and a new horse. I am so grateful for all this.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies on this thread for all you did to support me through chemo.
love to all
20-09-2016 10:02 PM
I have also finally worked out how to add a photo! Still feeling a bit up and down, but I think the trend is up. Seeing my oncologist later this week, hopefully for the last time EVER. Not sure how long it will take me to feel over this extended episode, what a year it has been..... thanks so much to all of you fab ladies for helping me through it all. It has made such a difference to have fellow travellers. Lots of love. X
20-09-2016 06:39 PM
20-09-2016 06:24 PM
I have the hot flushes Mechelle - boy! Dr suggested switching to all cotton sheets, cool pillow, avoiding red ine, chocolate, cheese and coffee and drinking sage tea.
I have the aches and pains too! I find the warmth helps and so whilst trying to keep cool I end up wearing socks!
I can't believe how thick my hair is as I am sure it wasn't before!
20-09-2016 05:56 PM
20-09-2016 05:33 PM
Hi Ellie, what a good photo - your hair looks quite thick too. It's strange how a few of us have this 'steely grey' colour- I wonder how many were grey prior to treatment. I had some grey, but having dyed it for several years, it's difficult to say to what extent !!!
Re your post - I am on Letrozole and for the first 4-5 weeks had no s/e whatsoever . Then started with hot flashes, much worse than the flushes I'd had for numerous years, but nothing I can't cope with. I also had ' morning sickness/ nausea , oh boy !!! Re started Domperidome with ? slightly helped. On review with con onc, he suggested taking it at night( instead of a morning ) and that he didn't think it was due to the Letrozole !!!!!!!( does say tho on info ? nausea / vomiting). Saw GP as the nausea was getting me down and put me on Cyclizine- I take one at night with the Letrozole - problem solved , yehhh. Now 12 weeks since having the Dexa scan with no result as yet - need result for when I renew travel insurance at the beginning of November, so hopefully will come whilst on holiday. Hope you are feeling ok, love and best wishes to all. X X
19-09-2016 07:14 PM
16-09-2016 05:42 PM
Elizabeth, your hair looks great! Mine is very bushy and sticks up so I'm hoping as it grows and gets more weight it will lie flatter! Not moaning though I'm so pleased I managed to hang on to it!
I saw my surgeon on Monday. All v good. Haven't got to go back for a year! I'm being referred to the plastic surgeon for recon and he said I mustnt lose any weight! I've never been particularly fat and they will need the weight I have put on to make new boobs! That's a result!! Although I hate feeling fat and untoned, so I'm trying ,y best to get as fit as possible!
Have a wonderful weekend. Happy holidays Cassy and Mechele,
16-09-2016 05:12 PM
My husband shopped arouind online and we used a company called GetGoing Travel Insurance. Obviously, it was like writing a book having to inform them of absolutely everything. But wasn't expensive, nothing like I had imagined.
16-09-2016 04:41 PM
Hi Elizabeth - lovely to hear that you're feeling so much better and your hair really does look lovely - probably be early spring before mine gets to that length . It's great seeing everyone's photos and being able to put a face to a name .
Wishing everyone a good weekend