Hi Warcol, So sorry to see you back here on the wrong side of the fence , what rotten luck.
ER + is mostly less aggressive than TN and doesn't always involve quite so aggressive treatment plus as Jill says you have the extra protection of taking Tamoxifen for 10 years after to help prevent reacurrance.
I can imagine how devastated you must be feeling, once is more than enough for anyone to deal with but as you know only too well that you have to face it and deal with what needs to be done , that doesn't mean you can't feel bloody well furious at having to do it again though!
Hello and welcome to the forum, sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed in the other breast.
ER+ is oestrogen receptor positive, so part of your treatment will be a hormone blocking tablet which you will take daily for up to 10 years.
I am post menopausal but take tamoxifen which is usually given to ladies who are pre menopausal, however I have osteoporosis in the spine so my oncologist advised that I take that as it is easier on the bones.
You will probably have a dexa bone scan before you start on them, this is to check your bone density. It is a very very simple xray of the hips and spine, takes about 10 mins to do and does not hurt at all. It then gives the benchmark of your bone density and will be checked every 2 years.
There is a very good leaflet on here which will probably explain it better, here is the link
You will get loads of help and support on here from the wonderful ladies, come on here whenever you need us and there will always be someone here to help.
Sending you hugs
Although that's great news on the tumour shrinkage, I'm soooo sorry to hear about your break-up Such a shame he couldn't hack it, so to speak. You're having to be understanding to others difficulties, lacks, weaknesses in coping with. As if the vagaries of BC haven't been enough, 'ey.
Is that now why you're having second thoughts to having the double recon? Or the shrinkage has changed things for you? Or are there other reasons too?? That's a helluva difficult decision.
Just a point to consider from my own experience, and resulted in a long awaited recon (7yrs!). Life can sometimes have a habit of throwing up other unexpected obstacles (and brown stuff!), that can then cause delays. With hindsight, I'd have opted and pushed for immediate recon to both, got it all out of the way back then when I was stronger mentally and a bit younger too. As it had a long term impact on my personal life/confidence, from a single person point of view. Prevented me from pursuing dating and a relationship. Not that it would everyone, that's just how it affected me.
You had your reasons for your initial decision to have both masts and immediate recon. If it was your absolute gut - I'd follow it and go for it, if you're feeling strong enough to, and give the time to yourself to get sorted. Then go find that "better" guy?!
Sorry you're also having such a tough time chemo wise. Will those be your last two? Hope so. Hope you can find some extra strength from somewhere to stay strong.
Loadsa love to you and everyone
Sorry I've been off radar.
Corr, daughters and rocky roads and pancakes - yum yum. Crikey Snoozy, you make your recons sound like a spare bits farm!! And not big enough implants??!! Lummey woman Awwwww, It must be sooo bloomin tough losing hair, lashes, eyebrows. Especially second time around. I'm admiring your upbeat attitude, even if you may not be feeling it deep down. You're looking pretttty good from here though, girl!! Not so good on your own self needle admins. How did your daughters party go?? Wild?
Unicorngirly - Another Awwww, "dodgy chemo hair and not many eyelashes" for your daughter. I hope you're over your last postings side effects. How much longer have you to go, you and Snoozy?? What is it about boys/men, and emotions?? Thank you for asking after me, flower.
Oy, you two - I keep missin out on the kiddies Macs parties ;-(( !!
Much love to you both