Appointment with GP today at 5.15 - to check the rampiril is doing it's job and to ensure it's not affecting my kidneys whilst repairing my heart!!!
Herceptin again tomorrow, then just 2 more to go.........! x
Mai and Daffodil - there are two very interesting threads on here regarding reconstruction. I highly recommend you having a read. First one is under "Moving forward after treatment" "Recovery after treatment" "A flat way of life" and the second one is under "Going through treatment" "Surgery" "to reconstruct or not".
I'm still very much undecided. Like you Mai I'm keen to let sleeping dogs lie and in another way I'd love not to have to think about prosthetic etc when I get dressed in the morning!
Aww, thanks ladies for the lovely words. I am deeply moved. Likewise, you have all been amazing and whilst I shared all knowledge researched you double checked and sense checked it too and just knowing there was someone else out there feeling as crappy and isolated as me was a great comfort. I'm sure we will be friends for life now. I think our shared compassion and sense of humour has been a great distraction from some pretty harsh realities we've faced! xx
I had my lymphodema check up last week and all good, only a 2% difference so Im considered low risk for lymphodema.
Binocular woman!!! thats funny Shi. x
Daffodil, I still have my head in the sand on the recon at present but would be interested to hear what you have to say after your appointment. I feel a bit nervous about the prospect of the tissue in that area being disturbed again - let sleeping dogs lie and all that...... but want to feel balanced and symmetrical again! :-? xx
Thanks for all the wishes for today. So, I need an ultrasound scan, but surgeon didn't seem too worried. Have to see him again in two weeks time, so more waiting, first to get a scan and then for the results.
I will also attend a BRA meeting on 8th May to meet other ladies who have had or are waiting to have breast reconstruction surgery. It is an opportunity to discuss options and outcomes. Still about 9 months till I am due to have mine, but surgeon wants me to the research so I can make an informed decision.
Take care ladies.
Thanks for sharing this Treehouse.
Of course, you'll have no need to use them - you're off on holiday and you're going to have a wonderful family time xx
Yes indeed Tatyana - please do pop onto facebook and take a look at what's arranged - you could well be tempted!!
I do like the way Treehouse has become known as "Binoculars" Woman - when my son was small he used to call binoculars - knocky woods! - all have a connection, in a funny way with the name "Treehouse".....!
If it wasn't for this forum - I'm sure I would have gone crazy (sorry.... crazier!)!!! Love you all, xx
Wow a year ago from first chemo already! Mine will be 11th May!
Mai, how grateful are we to have met someone as wise, brave, positive and encouraging as you. I can still recall reading your first posts (I wasn't brave enough to come on board at that time!) - your detail helped me enormously in preparing myself for the torture of chemo - your reassurance that everything was going to be ok - you'll never know just how much your inspirational posts meant to me in those early, dark, scary and nervous days - just saying the words "thank you" seems so insignificant but I say them anyway and I times the sentiment behind them by at least a million...... you, my lovely, are priceless.... xxxx
Treehouse, maybe keep a doughnut and a dummy in your pocket in case of emergency when you return to work. A comfort food and a pacifier! 😂😂 xx
Good news about your phased return, Treehouse. We will do this together. My next shift is on 10th May, only 3 hours, but a start.
Take care, brave warriors. We are survivors.
8th May will be my cancerversary.
I am seeing surgeon on Monday so he can check out my swelling between breast and armpit. Most likely a bit of lymphoedema.
Talking of "in your pocket" reminds me of when I went to see these guys live in London a few years ago, who were awesome!
Mishy, your cancerversary must feel quite bittersweet between the battle you have survived and the loss of your lovely Dad who is now in your pocket telling you to keep going. Sending positive vibes your way. 💗 Xxx
Treehouse, I hope your phased return goes smoothly. It is good to get back some normality in your life but make sure you set the pace and learn to say no. You have been through far too much to allow anyone to push you. If you are tempted to allow others to stress you out just remember your buddy Mai7 is in your pocket saying "not allowed" 😂😜 xx
It's a year today since my first chemo and how grateful I am to have been able to go through it with you lovely ladies here. Thank you. 💗 This forum is priceless. 💗🌸✨
Katie11 - are you still on here?? We haven't heard from you in a while and hope all is good. I have sent you a pm and look forward to hearing from you! J x
Thanks ladies I survived the ordeal! A bonus for having just one now meant it was done really quick and the other one didn't keep getting in the way! Also, when I had the one last year before final diagnosis - my hair was long and kept getting in the way too!
The lady operating the mammo machine was lovely too - really chatty so that helped relax the situation.
Now just got to wait for the results.....
Tomorrow - hair cut - so looking forward to a bit of pampering!
Got a busy weekend too - so lots to keep my mind busy...
Ladies - the day has arrived..... eeekss - the first mammo for mono boob at 3.20pm this afternoon - please keep me in your thoughts.... xx
Mishy - my lovely, you've just made a strong girl cry!
My thoughts are with you today and I know your Dad will be looking down at you and feel proud of what you've achieved throughout this past year. Losing a parent at any time is tough but whilst going through chemo, etc - what a real tough cookie you are.
So a big virtual hug for you my love - feel proud and give a big smile! xx
Mishy, Maggies will see you right. Never had such swift action as when I contact them. On the plus side ( is there one?) I was told that pain will be my constant companion for a while. Meaning years! Oh joy 😱 What we have had done to our poor bodies is so very invasive, and the rads leave so much scarring. My poorly breast does get quite hard and lumpy at times, but my registrar said it was quite normal after he examined me. A hot shower helps me. Hope everything went well with both counselling and examination. 🍀 X
Thank you for the Bra tips ladies...
Its really iinteresting for me reading how you are all doing after the treatment...
I like the phrase The new normal for me!! Think thats one I will have to accept for the future.
Us January 18 girls are all crawling to the end of Chemo now thank goodness. Its such a huge journey we go on together.
Shi I had no idea you had a scare lovely lady...Im so glad its all ok xxx