All depends if your boss has had any experience of cancer treatment directly or through other staff? Some people seem to think this is nothing others know the truth and acknowledge /realise the impacts. Hope your boss is understanding. A friend of mine just called up to wish me good luck and then babbled on for 20 minutes about the dancing summer school she's running for kids. Yes! Very nice but I'm about to get my boob nuked and don't give one! I'm sure you can sort the boss out! Good luck.
Hi Jill, good luck this afternoon - sounds like a bundle of fun! I'm taking my daughter to her friends and then coming back for a hot and steamy date - with the ironing pile! We lead such exciting lives!
Hi Jill, Brad Pitt would do if Poldark is not available ha,ha! I'm feeling really tired today - haven't got the energy to do anything. I really need to think about packing and getting sorted for my holiday, but my mind is elsewhere at the minute! Had a bit of panic last night - felt a slight lump above treated boob and mentioned it this morning, they just said to keep an eye on it and it could just be side effects from my first sessions of radiotherapy. Scar tissue is feeling really hard now as well, I'm lucky my surgeon did a really neat scar just round my nipple and managed to perform the sentinel node biopsy through this too! I just keep thinking will I spend the rest of my life worrying over every lump and bump but I guess we all go through this and over time we will stop worrying so much.
As I lay on the bed so long this morning my mind was going into overdrive thinking what have they seen on the images and why is it taking so long, hope it's not as bad tomorrow - my neck and shoulders are painful now I've just got to tell myself not many more now! Sorry for moaning, been let down by my friend this afternoon so I just needed a little moan on here and I will be fine. I need some of your funny stories to cheer me up!
Welcome Lisa, wish you didn't have to join us but since you do I can confirm what everyone else has said, this islet is a life- saver because you can always find someone to talk to who will understand. As good as relatives and friends can be it is just too much to offload on them all our fears about the treatment and the future. It is a real help to be able to sound off and ask questions here without worrying about dragging others down. Jennifer x
Anyone experienced the holding breath technique for left siders? I have been practicing but because my first session is today and I'm feeling nervous can't hold for more than 20 seconds. Scared stiff my heart is going to get caught in the beam and age 10 years over night ( yes - this is what my oncologist told me could happen!).
Good morning back from second booster session - must say I'm not liking this much! It takes a lot longer - I think I was in the room about 25 minutes today! I got a bit worried at one point as I thought they had forgotten I was lying there! Apparently my clips were being elusive!! I started to count the branches on the picture on the ceiling at one point. Do you all have tree pictures on the ceiling at your hospitals? As I'm having boosters they are all in the same room so I have to look at a cherry blossom tree for the next week and a half - be much nicer if Poldark was there ha,ha! Hope you all have a good day, my nights aren't getting any better - think I'm going to start looking for the meteor showers in the skies this week whilst I'm awake!
Thank you for all your replies , it's so helpful and supportive knowing so many are going through the same process.
I am hoping that then my rad will start in sept ( my surgery was 6th July ) I had good news last wk from my onco dx test score was low so no chemo just rad. My lymph node had some micrometastis in so not sure what they will do with that ???
thank u all , hope yr all staying strong
Morning Christine, My oncologist appointment was good, she was a lovely lady and talked through the process with me and the reasoning behind me having it, I was already feeling very relieved not to have needed chemo so didn't question rads and was happy to have them as an extra precaution, they were a doddle to be honest, completely painless and other than a bit of a hot boob come the end I suffered no ill effects, 2 months on I'm back to normal life, you will get there and it's a great feeling! Best of luck today xx love Jo
Hi Lisa and welcome
Sorry you have been diagnosed with BC but glad you are being treated, hopefully cured! As the girls have said, they have to give the wound time to heal before further treatment. It drags on when all you want to do is get it done and over with but makes sense.
sending love Lorna x
Hi Lisa and welcome. I had my second WLE at the end of May and started rads 7 weeks later. I have now had 15 of 25. When we were discussing start dates the oncologist said i had to start within 3 months of my first surgery which was end of April. Mine was high/intermediate grade DCIS so probably a different pathway and different hospitals seem to have their own guidelines. Good luck with it. Xx
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I have just joined the forum this evening after reading so many interesting and helpful comments. I was diagnosed with BC in June , had lumpectomy and sne in July . Have my onc appointment this Thursday . Just wondered what will happen and the likelihood of when radiotheraphy may start ? I realise it's all a process and a waiting game ....
Any help would be more than grateful? X
I'm worried about effects post rads as I really want to get back to my fitness regime - I used to go to boot camp 4 times a week before BC and cycle at weekends. I know I will have to gradually build up again but am worried about going back. My mind wants to do more than my body!!! I just want to feel better about myself again - fitness was my 'thing!' Cycling is quite good as it's lovely being out in the fresh air and no pressure on boob area - I did wear a soft sports bra with a soft dressing in it to stop friction! Legs feel ok today - probably hurt tomorrow!!
Hi everyone. Had first booster session this morning. It was a different machine, which came a lot closer than the others. I had X-rays done first, then they attached a wire with a button on it to my boob! Then zapped two sides as before. They kept talking measurements over me all the time - think it's really precise as they are treating just where the tumour was. Did have a little panic as I was laying there as I wanted to cough but thought I'd better hold it in in case I got zapped in wrong place! My skin is holding up ok - just have darker patch under boob and slight pink square! Am slapping lots of aqueous cream on, hopefully rest of boob will get a chance to recover whilst I am having boosters. They told me it will be the same each day - think I was in the room for about 15 minutes. Had awful nights sleep last night was going to check on here to see who was awake but I pad lights the bedroom up and don't think hubby would be impressed at 3am! Dam hot flushes are waking me up. Hope you all get on well today
I did go out on my bike yesterday - managed to do 28 miles but it was really hot and I did feel a bit bad a couple of times but glad I went - I need the exercise - missing my fitness so much but at the minute I'm so tired in the afternoons I haven't got the energy to do much!
Hi Christine I was taking HRT from the age of 43 after total hysterectomy and only had to come off it when I had a heart bypass (2009) so I went in to menopausal symptoms since then and still get them, headaches, mood swings, hot flushes, duvet on- duvet off in the night so I would get this dreaded Letrozole what is it for then I am 68 now. sorry to keep asking.