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What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Hi, just seen the reply. I hope the new hormone therapy isn’t too bad so far. 

The pain across the mastectomy and under arm is definitely getting worse. I’ve no idea what it is as I can’t remember lifting anything or doing something more strenuous. I did the exercises religiously at the beginning and then lapses but have resumed them in the hope that helps. 

My appointment with the plastic surgeon is next week so hopefully he will check it over. I’m hoping to find out what he can offer for reconstruction and an idea of how long I’ll have to wait. 

How is your pain? I hope it isn’t too bad 

KJ xx 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Start my new hormone tablets on Thursday. The pain is bone pain it horrible. Im still waiting to see plastic surgeon I shouldn't moan their is people worse off than me. How are you doing? 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Hi 

are you taking hormone therapy? Is it down to that? Lots of people suffer with joint pain taking that.  

I had a mastectomy in April and still have a lot of pain across my chest and under my arm but hoped it would ease up in time. I’ve got an appointment with the plastic surgeon in a couple of weeks to discuss what reconstruction I could have and will mention it then xx 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

The most annoying thing I've found after breast cancer is the pain I'm constantly in I find it hard to do anything normal these days. I went back to work on May the 1st this year had my op January of this year and since then I've had pain all o er my body it's truly bringing me down and still get very tired easily some days I wish I hadn't had the treatment if I knew I was going to be in so much pain. Has anyone else experienced this? 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

I completely understand this. I had a lumpectomy and 4 weeks radiotherapy and felt like I was 1 of the lucky ones so played down how I was feeling. 2 months post active treatment I'm feeling very emotional, stressed, overwhelmed and extremely tired. Has come as a bit of a shock.

Sending big hugs, you are not alone x

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Hi Anniej, 

 

Thank you so much for your response, it's really appreciated. 

 

If you'd like to help out with this media opportunity, would it be possible to email your contact details to press@breastcancercare.org.uk? I'd love to tell you a bit more about this opportunity, check some details about yourself (age and surname) and keep you in the loop with any updates.

 

However, absolutely no problem if not!

 

Best wishes,

Georgia 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Hi Lucy51, 

 

Thank you so much for your response, it's really appreciated. 

 

If you'd like to help out with this media opportunity, would it be possible to email your contact details to press@breastcancercare.org.uk? I'd love to tell you a bit more about this opportunity, check some details about yourself (age and surname) and keep you in the loop with any updates.

 

However, absolutely no problem if not!

 

Best wishes,

Georgia 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

Hi teresa1403, 

 

Thank you so much for your response, it's really appreciated. 

 

If you'd like to help out with this media opportunity, would it be possible to email your contact details to press@breastcancercare.org.uk? I'd love to tell you a bit more about this opportunity, check some details about yourself (age and surname) and keep you in the loop with any updates.

 

However, absolutely no problem if not!

 

Best wishes,

Georgia 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

I felt really emotional and anxious after.    I got obsessed with anything to do with cancer and felt annoyed when people said ‘you can forget about it now’...    agh!!!!! 

I also felt really guilty for how I felt as I only had lumpectomy, another op as didn’t get clear margins and 4 weeks radio. Compared to a lot of people I was very lucky so was also downplaying how I felt as I didn’t feel I should be upset which in turn made me feel even more emotional!! 

I have ended up having counselling which has been really beneficial.  

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

I really didn’t understand the enormity of what I’d been through. I really thought I’d have my operation and just go back to normal life (I didn’t need chemo or radiotherapy). I spent nearly 2 months not understanding why I was stressed and so upset all the time, I still don’t completely. Why can others sail through treatment but I’ve struggled with everything? 

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Re: What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

For me it was the number of friends who had disappeared into thin air, and the number of friends I made who shared my journey. . X

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What was the most surprising thing about life after breast cancer?

What were you most surprised by when adapting to life after your hospital-based treatment for breast cancer finished? Whether it was positive or negative, send your thoughts to press@breastcancercare.org.uk if you’d like to help with a potential media opportunity.

 

Best wishes,

Georgia

Press Officer