Hi Ktk, glad to hear surgery went well and you are recovering, I think the drains are the thing I'm most worried about. Keep on resting xxx
Just read your post about tumour size.
I have bilateral BC - right side tumour is thought to be 4.4 cm and left is 2.2 cm - both Er+ and HER-. I asked if they could do what they could to preserve my breasts when it was thought I only had one small tumour. I was originally expecting to have a WLE but when my MRI showed the tumour was bigger than originally thought I was told I’d need to have a quarter of the tissue removed in each side and my team said it was no longer an option. My surgeon is a specialist in oncoplastic surgery which is why she’s prepared to try a therapeutic mammoplasty. I was told it’s not a procedure available in all hospitals.
May I ask if you are pre or post surgery?
My initial genetic counselling is on 23rd May ktk. It’s also my wedding anniversary and my Mum’s birthday! I’ll be thinking of you. Xx
To all of you ladies wondering ‘what next?’ I hear you! I also have to wait for a genetics test and to see what they find when they remove both tumours before my treatment plan is finalised. More scared of that appointment than the surgery. Been told to expect chemo as my team don’t want to do radio in case I need further surgery and they think the chemo will be a way of ‘buying time’. Have wondered if I’m making the right decision to go for a therapeutic mammoplasty if I’ll ultimately need a mastectomy but surgeon thinks it’s initially worth giving it a go. Good luck for everyone undergoing surgery or waiting for results over the n3xt few days. Xxx
Glad surgery went well ktk. Hoping I’ll feel this way tomorrow evening! The v shaped pillow sounds like a great idea. Where did you purchase yours? Hope District nurse turns up soon. Sending big hugs back. Xx
Hi jazza, I had meltdown yesterday too and keep thinking... This time next week!!! I don't know what treatment is next, still waiting for Her,2 results, had to have my biopsy redone as not enough tissue, I do know I am ER,+ so hormones, the not knowing is dreadful isn't it. Initial biopsy showed 30,mm grade ,1 ductal tumour and a few spots so boob going as only A cup and not much left behind. I keep looking at the bad boob and either hating it or feeling sad. One step at a time is good advice but not easy to do all the time.
Good luck to surgery ladies for today,
Can I ask the size of your lump? I have been told they don't do plastic surgery after a lumpectomy my local hospital. Many thanks.
Im from the January Chemo thread and I finished my Chemo (thank god) 4 weeks ago. Im due for surgery on Monday 14th Double Mx with one side Lymph nodes and reconstruction...I keep think that these are the last days I will spend with my boobs!! Its so weird...I am nervous but more of the lenght of surgery and being under anathestic for 7 to 8 hours.
Kip...as Im 6 months diagnosis I can asure you that those feelings of jelousy are normal and do fade a bit as this crazy world becomes your new normal. I do still find when Im out and about that I look for people that look like theyre having Chemo to feel less alone...I also had some real anger feelings at the start too. I got my diagnosis two weeks before Christmas and it was like being shoved in a bubble where the whole world was carrying on and you could see it you just wasnt part of it..very strange times indeed.
It does get better as you get going and the monthly chemo threads are a life saver xxx
Hi Jazza, good luck with the appointment and so sorry to hear about your partner, you sound like you still have some lovely support around you though and we are all here, waiting to hear about your surgery and the next steps ahead. Sadly nobody really knows how this feels unless you dealing with it, my husband, kids family and friends are truly wonderful but unless you are on this road its hard to comprehend the wide range of emotions you feel and how quickly they change. Thinking of you...
Thanks to all of you for replying and for your support. Been out with friends this afternoon and was great to feel normal for a while, home now anxiety kicking in again. Telling myself to be strong ... we can do this.