15-11-2018 08:01 PM
12-11-2018 01:09 PM
11-11-2018 06:19 PM
Hi Katygran, all sounds quite normal to me! I'm 71 and its 2 years since my WLE with full clearance . It does take a good 2 weeks to get rid of the anaesthetic...or so I was told, and it was. I had to do exercises to stretch the scar tissue under my arm, so a bit of an ongoing nuisance. It still gets tight.
Top tips for me: putting little things on the diary such as a teeny walk, or coffee shopping . I can now do an Egon Ronay of those!
Treats - like manicures and pedicures as I knew my nails would weaken with chemo.
Family- when the grandkids didn't have snotty colds they were my uplifting Angels
Telephone calls to true friends. Much better than texting.
Above all, please be kind to yourself. Don't know about you, but I don't have red underpants and a cape.
The very best of luck. 🍀💐😘 X
11-11-2018 05:58 PM
11-11-2018 09:12 AM
Hi there. I am 2 weeks post mastectomy and lymph node removal. I too am very tired. I’m a widow so stayed with friends for the first week. Be kind to yourself. I echo what others have said. Today a friend is taking me to the garden centre for a coffee. My first outing that isn’t up to the bloody hospital! I don’t want to go but I know it will be good for me.
Sending you hugs xx
09-11-2018 08:42 PM - edited 09-11-2018 08:43 PM
Hi Katygran, I just wanted to echo what the others have said and assure you that it's completely normal to feel a bit like roadkill at this stage. You have been through a lot both mentally and physically which is a big set back and you need to give yourself a bit of time. Low moods are to be expected and we all cope different. I think my anxiety sent me more towards detachment from the situation than depressed and I didn't really get upset until I finished treatment and was relieved it was over. If your low mood continues you could chat with your GP and see if its worth trying medication just to get you through it until you're feeling strong again. I was 48 at diagnosis in March 2017 and I'm getting my bounce back after treatment finished in January this year. Just go steady on yourself, you'll get back up to your usual pace in time. xxx
08-11-2018 10:10 PM
Hi Katygran, It's a huge shock to be diagnosed with cancer and totally normal to be feeling as you do so soon after your op, We tend to recover far quicker physically than we do mentally. I was diagnosed at 46 and had never up to that point ever suffered with any mental health problems but this floored me and for the first time ever I gladly took diazepam and antidepressants.
3 years on and I'm off of them and feeling great, things do get back to normal, once you know your treatment plan and things get under way then you feel like you are gaining some control back.
It takes time but normality will return Xx Jo
08-11-2018 08:18 PM - edited 08-11-2018 08:19 PM
I had radiotherapy Katygran - 20 zaps - about 6-7 weeks after surgery. Chemo was recommended but I wouldn't consider it, so r/t was a must. I didn't have the best of margins after surgery, and I had 11 lymphs removed and 1 node was cancer positive. I found r/t very manageable, but then I don't work, and being in London, I could access hospital easily, while for others it can be huge round trips to hospital every day, so there I was lucky. I have been on Letrozole since June as it is a very hormonal positive cancer. Wish you onwards and upwards x
08-11-2018 03:35 PM
I'm 63 and had WLE and axillary clearance in May this year, after completely taken by surprise by The Lump one winter's evening. I'm a HUGE advocate of walking and being amongst the wildlife in the local park, followed up with a reward of a hot drink in a cafe, and did return to it quite quickly after the op. My energy levels have taken a dive in recent years anyway, which I found most disconcerting, as I'd always been a night owl - and now I regularly try to watch ITV3 catch-up seriess that start at 10pm and I regularly miss the endings!!
Depression can be a demon, and if you feel it creeping up, then I recommend seeing your doc just to have a chat about things. I have been on anti/deps for many years, seems to be a family trait where we're a bit low in the serotonin separtment - and when I started to get some tearful days post-surgery, I asked my doc if I could self medicate a bit until I felt settled again - so with her approval I staggered some increased dosage for a week or so, which seemed to be the answer.
You will get back to your routine, but do it with some kindness and treats involved so that you feel good (like the cafe and sometimes a good book in the cafe - I can lose myself for ages doing that!). All will be well.
Hugs aplenty x
08-11-2018 03:22 PM
It is normal to feel like that after an aneasthestic as it is still in your system, one of the things I was advised after mine op was to drink plenty of fluid as it gets rid of the toxins in your body and helps with the fatigue. Try going for a short walk every day as the fresh air will help you as well and build up your stamina.
You are still dealing with the diagnosis and everything that has happened to you so far so it is bound to have an effect on you and make you feel low but it will pass Keep coming on here and talking with the wonderful ladies who will be able to help and support you through this.
Sending you hugs