Well, I guess I call myself a survivor now - and so happy to be in that group.
However, I sometimes feel I haven't had Cancer - it all happened pretty fast, and thankfully I have needed no further treatment at all after the mastectomy. Sentinel node was clear - so that was just great news.
I was fitted for a prothesis this week, and don't think I will have any problems coping with that.
So apart from missing my right breast - I guess I am back to normal and find it hard to believe it all happened sometimes.
However, I do feel weepy still fairly often, the smallest thing can set me off - especially people being very kind! Isn't that stupid!!! I can cope with everything, having physio because of a few probs with right arm, getting used to seeing me in the shower etc, but do something nice for me and it's waterworks!!
I guess this will pass, and I just thank my lucky stars I had a relatively easy time of it all.
Love to everyone out there still undergoing treatment and other probs.
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I had a mastectomy February 9th and fortunately need no further treatment as
the sentinel node biopsy showed the cancer had not spread from the breast.
So that is really good news. I am getting used to the "new look me " and my
husband is really a great support, which helps. Had a fitting for my
prosthesis Tuesday, a lovely lady who came to our home and made the whole
process so easy.
As I was diagnosed 18th January, everything seemed to happen very fast,
which in one sense was really good. However even that seemed to be too long
a period to wait between diagnosis and treatment at some times. The waiting
was just the hardest thing for me, very little sleep. The morning of the op
I was calm and collected, and by that stage couldn't wait to have it over
The McGrath nurse has been invaluable throughout, and the surgeon and my own
GP great. All of this helps.
My healing after the op has been good, and am ready to wear the prosthesis.
Not that I am ashamed of how I look, just is nice to look "normal "when away
Hope all goes well with you,and that if any extra treatment is needed you sail through it.
Will be thinking of you - Ellie
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Hi Briony, I am also newly diagnosed and am due to have surgery within the next 2 weeks. Have to decide whether lumpectomy or mastectomy. As there are multiple sites, am considering the latter, but am scared stiff. How do women make that decision??
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