I am sorry to hear how vulnerable you're feeling. Are you able to talk to the staff about your feelings? Physically, are you being challenged too?
Hi Sue I have also been told this bit is the easy bit although I remember we're all different and so I have never assumed anything during the treatment, just held back to see how my body and emotions responded.
I hope the planning appointment last week went okay for you.
I start treatment tomorrow.
Today, I am going to be cooking up some meals and putting in the freezer since I may be feeling fatigued from the travel and the treatment.
I too will be starting my radiation within the next week, or so. I have my planning appointment scheduled tomorrow and just like you, I can't wait until this Phase 2 is over.
I'm 31yrs old and I was diagnosed this past June (26) about 2-3 weeks shy of my 31st birthday. I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Grade 1, Stage 1. I’ve had my lumpectomy, and everything went well, so now it’s off to Phase 2. Will you be starting hormonal therapy too?
I honestly can’t wait until I can have my life back.
Wombat woo, I can recommend the Night Manager on iplayer although you may have watched this already or may not be your viewing taste...
Wombat woo, yes two more sleeps.......I am keeping busy although I have no more episodes of the bodyguard to watch. Hmmm.
Good morning Bibi,
that all sound very lovely, doing lovely things with the people you love and care about.
I have been spending time with those people special to me too. Also, I am watching the Bodyguard on catch up I player which is proving a good distraction.
Wombat woo - how are you doing?
Good morning mustardandgrey,
For me, the chemo definitely made my skin more sensitive, I cannot wear anything perfumed.
The advice from others is to generously apply a skin lotion. I will be using diprobase lotion as this is perfume free.
I am pleased to hear the experience was pain free.
0/15 start Thursday.
Good luck to everyone starting this week 🤞you all get through without too much discomfort.
My Herceptin injection was fine and I had a lovely busy weekend away in Oxford - no time to think about treatments so feel quite refreshed. Taking the opportunity of the rest of the week free to do lunch/coffee/dinner with friends and family before starting rads next Monday. I am taking note of all the tips to help me.
Have a good week everyone x
Hi Wombat x The whole way through rads I didn't wear a bra at all, I literally wore very fitted vest T-shirts and let the air get to my boob at night as much as I could. Luckily I could manage without a bra most of the time and even at my treatment sessions I didn't even bother changing into a gown, I literally just whipped my top and vest off while in the treatment room.
If there ever was a need for a bra I had some cropped sports bras that I used as they don't have seams and therefore didn't rub or irritate.
Best advice is heaps and heaps of Aloe Vera moisturiser, my boob has never felt so smooth!!!!!!
Hello and yay, the final stretch and it will not be long before you see that light at the end of the tunnel and you will have finished active treatment. Well done you it has been a long slog for you.
Sending you all best wishes and hugs for Monday.
After finishing six rounds of chemo nearly three weeks ago I'm starting radiation on Monday.
It's a nice feeling to be on the home straight after eight months of the journey
Just as a general comment on the subject, I thought it was only chemo that indicated being aware/beware of infections and bugs around? I guess the only thing is to try to keep healthy for R/T, just in view of hospitals not encouraging attendance by anyone with bugs and illnesses? I don't know how it works, say if you got unwell in the middle of R/T so that you couldn't attend appointments, how they rejiggle? . . . . I used to travel in on the Tube and buses, and even in the waiting rooms there would be someone who would COUGH !! I used to dive down my jumper or T shirt, and carry a antibacterial spray with me, and splosh it over my hands and under my nose if in doubt !!! ( It's a bit expensive, but I highly recommend the Neals Yards Hand Spray - kills off 99% bugs, and smells fresh and light, and isn't drying or sticky - and a bottle does last a good while - I converted my eldest daughter who works in a hospital, and she much prefers it to the very drying and skin stripping alcoholic gels etc) Sorry I've rambled on a bit there. . . .
I dont think so, I think that is more if you are having chemo, but you could always check with your rads team. Is it in relation to colds that you are thinking? x
Good morning everyone,
Bibi, no I haven't had to support anyone with regards to my diagnosis, I have been lucky that way.
I hope your first herceptin injection goes okay and you manage to get away.
wombat woo - I hope you're doing okay.
Wombat Woo I hope you are continuing to feel better - a good cry now and then does seem to help. I had some counselling a few months ago through my local cancer support centre and found it very helpful. I know what you mean about people not always understanding the mental changes as well as the physical changes to you and your body - things are changed forever and some days that just hits hard and I need some time to myself to process. I have had a lot of support from family and friends but does anyone feel like you have to support them to get over your diagnosis? That can be emotionally draining.
i am having my first Herceptin injection tomorrow afternoon- should have been going away today but have managed to change plan and going tomorrow evening as long as I feel well 🤞.
Have a good weekend everyone and hope treatment continues well for you all. X
Hi wombat woo,
I am doing okay thanks. I am having less emotional wobbles. When I was first diagnosed in Jan this year I was having hiccups due to the stress of events.
I went through a long stage of feeling almost frozen, stuck, hyper vigilant. I still have these although only on occasionally now.
From my reading I have found there is a significant correlation between a breast cancer diagnosis and post traumatic stress disorder.
The counselling has helped, she has given me useful advice and reassurance and given me space to talk and she has listened without judgement.
The oncologist did a referral to counselling, there was a few weeks wait, the support has worked out well for me.
I hope get some rest and your appointment goes okay.
Hello Wombat Woo,
(Totally love the username btw!)
Just wanted to say that your comments about not being able to cry or properly process this grotty situation that we’ve found ourselves in, is so familiar, happened to me too...I burst into tears long after diagnosis and op after a daft thing happened, which in the ‘good old days’ would have just made me laugh..
it was kind of cathartic, but now I get teary a fair few times, and yep, fed up at the “think positively” and “you’re OK now, aren’t you ?” remarks from nearest and dearest,..with the exception of my daughter, who is going through PND herself, and understands the mental anguish. I’ve asked for counselling/CBT too, to see if it’ll help.. (I found a poem on this forum called “ Cancer Lite” that really sums it all up ! It was very accurate to how I feel these days ..)
You are definitely not alone as loads on here identify with all this..hope you feel a bit better soon and keep gearing up for your rads treatment. Finished mine on 24th August and can happily say it really isn’t so bad, it’s the travelling more than anything, but you and others on this thread will mentally tick each day off and get there !
All the very best
Well I'm sure it's absolutely fine to be fed up, I've raged & cried at the unfairness of some of the events we've missed this summer & the holidays cancelled.
Anxious/Wombta, have you accessed counselling through your BCN or GP?
I'm shattered today, combination of early alarm and treatment I think, so I'm back in bed having a siesta before tonight's treatment.
Hi wombat woo,
Let those tears out as I think it is the start of the healing process.
Have you you access to or thought of counselling to help you process your thoughts, anxieties and health situation?
I am not going to say stay positive - it is okay not to be okay. Hugs.
I am sorry to hear you're fed up. I totally get what you're saying regarding the number of hospital appointment, I have found this totally overwhelming at times.
I have found the hospital accommodating and flexible if I speak with the breast care nurse or department and say that I am not available on certain days they seem able to accommodate. You may have a different experience though. Hugs
Hope your treatment continues to go well Maggie.
JaneBeina congrats on getting through treatment 🛎
Just had appointment for Herceptin injections starting Friday -didn’t realise I would be having to give blood 2days before that - looks like my life is just full of hospital appointments at the moment - and not even all at same hospital- have to go to a bigger regional centre for the rads. OK I know I have been expecting all these appointments but I’m feeling really fed up as we have had to cancel/alter 2 sets of weekends that were booked because of appointments. Friends say to me it’s just another step to getting to end, appointments are more important than what we had planned - I know all that but I’m still really fed up and teary about it - was feeling like I was getting on top of the Letrozole fatigue and looking forward to being away. I know they are trying to make me feel better but It’s not helping. Sorry - feeling sorry for myself .