Hi ValBeach, sorry you find yourself here, especially at Christmas (but then there is never a good time to receive a diagnosis). You are right that this is the worst time whilst you are waiting with nothing being done and you can get very paranoid about cancer spreading. Once your treatment plan is in place you can chat with others going through the same on the "going through treatment" thread. Here is my story which I hope you find some comfort from : lifeafterlola.com. I hope you have a good New Year in spite of it all. xxxx
Hello and welcome to the forum, know it is not somewhere any of us would choose to be. Just wanted to wish you well for your MRI on Wednesday hope it all goes well.
As you can see on here we are a lovely bunch of ladies who will help and support you in whatever way we can.
I was diagnosed on the 21st December so I am with you 100%. I completely understand (as do most of us on here apparently!) the fear, frustration and thinking that it's growing as we speak! I have an MRI scheduled for Wednesday but that's because I have super dense tissue and they want to be sure of what's there. (The bit that freaked me out was the contrast chemical they will use!)
Like you, I just want it sorted. I haven't told my children and won't until we have a treatment plan. I am probably waffling now but just wanted to say I am with you and we're in this together! xx
Hello Val, so sorry you have had to join the forum, especially at this time of year when the waiting is likely to take a bit longer because of the holidays etc. This really is the worst time when you are waiting for results and want to know the whole picture. At this stage we all feel/felt helpless and distressed and I'm sure lots of other people here will come along and back me up on that.
Initially there is a lot of waiting around for the full story but once your team know the full picture and share it with you things will get easier. The vast majority of people who have BC will have sucessful treatment and go on with their lives. This period you are living through now really is the pits but you will get through it.
This time three years ago I was half way through chemo, facing Christmas with no hair and worrying I would feel too sick to enjoy it. I actually enjoyed that Christmas and I enjoy life now more than ever.
Do you have a date for chemo to start? Really don't fret about it too much. For the vast majority of people it's a lot less traumatic than you would imagine.
You will get lots of good advice and friendly banter here so stick around.