13-06-2018 06:36 PM
That’s the plan Ladybowler! I have a summer of Motorsport to get stuck into! See my reply to a Thistledown...
And if the September plan goes tits up (couldn’t resist that) then Barbados here I come!
13-06-2018 06:33 PM
First off Thistledown, good luck for tomorrow. Your post op recovery sounds encouraging: I am having a lumpectomy to remove mine, and SNB too. Surgery Thursday, recovery Friday and weekend....then driving and back at my desk for Monday. The Thursday after that, a week post-op I am off to Silverstone for three days for Formula One. End of July I am off to Hungary for F1 again and....if everything goes to plan, I am off to Turkey for the World Rally Championship mid Sept after a month of rads.
THAT in a nutshell, is my perfect plan. 😂🙂❤️
13-06-2018 05:37 PM
That is good, JaneBelinda ! Let the next stage commence - you will breeze it for sure !
It was two weeks yesterday since I had my TM and full axillary node clearance, I go for path results and next stage of treatment plan tomorrow. Since I’m being hit with the old anxiety gremlins again (insufficient margins?and loads of infected nodes ? 😩) I decided to do something very bad.
We went out on our (elderly) cabin cruiser for a two hour trip to a favourite place, it meant negotiating two locks on the way there, so I was leaping off boat to moor it - (husband was driving) - opening paddles and lock gates with grim determination, untying boat and climbing back on to set off again, - and I thoroughly enjoyed it, was shattered at the end of the day but healthily so ! No ill-effects at all, and fresh air, birds, water lilies and jumping fish, dragonflies galore, bliss.
I reasoned that there would be no lifting of affected arm to 90 degrees needed, - luckily so as I still cannot do it... but I think exercises must be helping as I can lift my grandson up now (a heavy two and a half year old) without pain. The only discomfort I have is the actual underarm scarring, they are rather thick and nastily prominent as yet, hopefully Vitamin E oil will help to reduce them when I’m OK to use it..
So, the op will be fine for sure, and even if you are having nodes removed, - sure it is a bit uncomfortable, but very definitely manageable, do take care in the early days, but otherwise, thrash it !
( Fair dos - I know I shouldn’t have done a boat trip, but the red mist descended ! ) 😏
Anyway, back to gentle pursuits, Headspace app and mental visualisations (of killing this damn disease), and trying not to think of tomorrow and what that will bring.
Each step at a time though, have to remember that, don’t we ?
09-06-2018 06:06 PM
Exactly, Thistledown! It was like a revelation to them!
Part of my job ( I’m a creative head and senior designer/director in a graphic design company) is copywriting. That letter would have been filed straight under B (aka the Bin).
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08-06-2018 09:55 PM
Well done 😄 !
Pleased to hear encouraging and positive results, and that in future, other women don’t get that insensitive remark... it’s really important not to have any doubts sown, we are all so vulnerable at this initial period and really need positivity and self-belief.... 👍- I think you got the point over beautifully, bet you walked into your business meeting with head high after that !
As you say, focus on recovery now - I’m doing that too, mentally building my arsenal and gearing myself up, with the rest of you, to face this and crush it.
Thank goodness for this forum....
08-06-2018 09:38 PM
All sounds good JaneBelinda and you sound quite chirpy too. Its unbelievable how sensitive we are to everything after a cancer diagnosis. I got upset in the MRI machine because they played some music which was a bit dark. Then I got upset as I was being wheeled into the operating theatre when they told me to "say goodbye" to my partner. Every day things which you wouldnt usually notice are magnified x100. xxx
08-06-2018 09:13 PM
08-06-2018 07:09 PM
Still getting used to this forum, but anyway, I am replying to all you girls kind enough to be joining me on this journey.
Short story is I am awaiting a lumpectomy including lymph nodes removal, Then hopefully rads and not chemo. Then tamoxifen for 5 years. So....feeling positive 🙂
I could go into my diagnosis in detail, Her 2 negative and such like, but I’d rather focus on getting over this.
PLUS best thing is...I suggested the consultant does NOT state in his standard letter to ladies’ GPs, that he gave Mrs / Miss X ‘the bad news’. In 12 years I am The ONLY person to have commented on this poor choice of words in what should be an impartial letter. Imagine receiving that, a few days after diagnosis? Sure, at the time it IS ‘bad news’ BUT....whatever the prognosis or eventual outcome, striking a positive mental attitude is a vital part of the cancer journey. So...just as we are building that positivity...WHAM! My initial reaction was...hey, I was told three days ago that my cancer was treatable and now my GP is learning I received ‘bad news’. What is my consultant hiding?
it did the trick! 🙂
08-06-2018 07:08 AM
And I will be thinking of you on Sunday. This might happen with you...? Four days after my 50 minute long MRI and my arms, armpits and boobs still ache a bit. I guess due to the awkward positioning and freehanging boobs for so long! Just saying...so you don’t immediately panic and think it’s something more sinister!
Erm...that’s what I did, until I gave myself a sensible slap 😂
07-06-2018 06:40 PM
All the very best for tomorrow, fingers well crossed for you.
It’s such a merry go round, isn’t it - my turn again next week 😬, but you will be in my thoughts... and whatever choice you make, it will be the right one for you, as Kip says..
Keep those knickers close.