Thank you for taking the time to reply to me Jill. Hopefully my dentist is right and it's nothing to worry about, but the hospital referral has made me feel anxious x
Aah, thank you all for thinking of me YD and I have been away visiting friends for a few days and had a lovely time.
Think I said that the dentist referred me to the hospital last week because of the lump on my gum? Referred me via the cancer route, which panicked me a bit, especially as I had a phone call from the hospital the next day to sort out an appointment! Receptionist said it was normal to be this quick as have to be seen within 2wks, so going this Thursday. Still worrying about it, but the antibiotics have definitely shrunk it and my dentist thought so too when I saw him again yesterday and said again that he doesn't think it's cancerous. Saw my chemo onc as well yesterday (what a day!) and she thinks it looks like a blood blister, which is what I wondered too. Hoping it's not the Zoldronic Acid that is part of the problem as onc said it would have to be stopped for a while if that's the case. Dentist thinks it's the chemo that has caused the problem as the lump is over a tooth that has had root canal work.
Chemo Onc checked both breasts, under arms and collar bone yesterday and said she couldn't feel any lumps and I'm healing from radiotherapy nicely. And you'll be pleased to know re Saturday, I can wear deodrant on my left side again! (Gorgeous Greek onc had said no!)
Not having the scan to check for the little bit of cancer in the internal mammory chain that was left from chemo (a few mm) until Dec as both she and Radiotherapy Onc have said it's too soon and could give a false reading, but Chemo Onc said she'd be very surprised if there was anything there, especially as it responded well to chemo. and I was also told that at radiotherapy. Would have liked the scan earlier though really as I don't know definitely that I'm clear.
So bit of a mixed few days-Thurs, hospital , Friday, a family wedding (and a year since my op!) Saturday us! x Sunday, family Tuesday, my first mammogram since bc Next Thursday, my birthday! (hopefully a better one than last year as it was a few days after my op+it poured with rain and it never rains on my birthday!) xx
4 more days! xx
Hello ladies, I have a feeling we're all going to be bouncing off the walls by the end if the week. I'm so excited about the meet up. Ali, I hope you can make the meet up in October! 😊
Hi Linda, I did fecx6 so no docetaxel for me. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the neutrophil count, mine were always ok but I was told they can change from day to day. Hopefully they'll be ok for you tomorrow 🤞🏻I cold capped through all my treatments even though my hair was quite thin on top and I had really bad cradle cap by my last one. I was worried that they may tell me I couldn't continue but was told they never stop anyone who wants to continue with the cold cap and some people had continued despite hardly having any hair left.
Thank you Jil for taking the time to reply. As you say it's unlikely to be anything, but I suppose they have to cover their backs as well. My dentist said to me that he knew it would make me feel anxious once he'd said it, but he was 99% certain it's nothing, but this would also mean I could be seen quicker because he wasn't sure what was the best treatment route, so he needed a 2nd opinion. I suppose the feeling of anxiety doesn't easily go away once you've had a cancer diagnosis x
Feeling a bit anxious-had a swelling on my gum which came up after chemo. Went to the dentist, who x-rayed it, said it was an infection and gave me a course of antibiotics, but said it would have to be removed-said chemo had found a weak spot cause I'd had root canal treatment there before, which needed re-doing or other options. Lump went down with antibiotics, but yesterday I noticed it had got bigger again and managed to see my dentist this afternoon. Put me on antibiotics again, but referring me to the hospital via the cancer route! He said he's 99% sure it's nothing and a cancer lump wouldn't reduce as mine did, but this way will get me seen sooner and he'd like a 2nd opinion on the best treatment as there are three options.
I know there's only a 1% chance it's anything serious, but I keeping homing in on that, which is silly really cause if I was told I'd got a 99% chance my bc wouldn't return I'd be jumping up and down with relief! xx
Linda, I had my chemo at Medway hospital (Kent) Luckily my daughter was with me when I was told I couldn't continue with the cold cap as I was able to get her opinion as well-she agreed that my hair looked too thin on top. I did lose quite a lot of hair when I was using the cold cap, but I managed to disguise it by wearing a hat and as I still had quite a bit at the front and sides, it didn't look noticable, especially as it was Winter.
I'm not sure that I lost all my hair completely once I'd stopped the cold cap, although my daughter said that I did! I used the cap during FEC and stopped using it during T, but my hair seemed to start growing back fairly quickly whilst I was still having chemo.
I haven't used the Lush bar that helps growth, I didn't seem to need to. I've got quite a bit on top now and my hair is thick. (I finished chemo in March) Only problem is that it doesn't seem to have a style and I think I look like one of the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz x
I don't know if that is correct or not Linda, but the same was said to me on my 4th session and I had to stop using the cold cap. I was told it would stick to my head and be very painful x
Sometimes Sue, it's a bit hit and miss! Seem to be getting recent one's now, but texts people sent during chemo are somewhere in cyberspace!
Thanks for pm xx
2 weeks today ladies! Although I need to pm Sue otherwise I will only be with you in spirit! I haven't a clue where we're supposed to be meeting or what time! xx
Hello ladies! Haven't been on for a while as I've been camping in the Lake District. I can definitely recommend camping to relieve the hot flushe, they were pretty good whilst I was away but I came home and they're back with a vengeance 😟I dont think the heat heat is helping 😱
Buddyfan, those pictures were beautiful and the dragonfly one is definitely a contender for the country file calendar!
Mishy, Jencat sorry to hear about your troubles with returning to work. Hope you can both get something sorted soon.
Kirsten, well done! I need to sponsor you. I'll do that in a minute 🙂
Just over 2 weeks until the meet up. I'm so excited 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
Mishy, thank you for taking the time to reply to me. It sounds as if you're going through a nightmare at the moment, I hope you manage to get something sorted soon. It doesn't seem fair that you're not receiving any wages or that you might not receive redundancy pay either.
I've not been sleeping well either, which as you say, doesn't help our recovery x
Thank you Jill and I'm sure you're right, once I'm back after a couple of weeks, I'll probably be expected to cope as if I haven't been away! I need to get it sorted asap because of the school holidays coming up x
Thank you all for your advice regarding my work dilema, it's really appreciated x
I discovered today that I had a message on my phone from the Macmillan work advice team, so I'll get back to them on Monday and see what they've got to say and I also need to phone my chemo onc anyway to let her know that I've now been discharged from the radiotherapy onc and now back in her care, so will also mention this situation to her. I spoke to a work colleague last night who was off sick last year and she said that HR made her do 3wks at 50% and then 3wks at 75% and she was only absent for a month, not 11 like me!
I can't afford not to work as I'm on my own, but another option I've wondered about is reducing my hours permanently. I'm 60 next August (that feels a bit unreal!) but I could probably take my work pension now. It's not worth much, so taking it a year earlier than I intended might not make too much difference and it might be worth it physically and mentally. Another little job for Monday maybe?!
I need to sort all this out asap as school finishes on Thursday, plus I'm getting stressed and not sleeping well.
On a positive note, I didn't see my usual onc yesterday, his replacement was Greek and gorgeous! (and lovely) I was a bit disappointed he didn't need to examine me! My YD said she felt like asking for an examination too! xx