I love the way you write about your experiences. I too have breast cancer and am in my early 60's. I have been amazed by people's kindness but also shocked at the attitude of others, especially in private radiology clinics. I agree that it's no journey. My girlfriend with pancreatic cancer says **bleep** cancer! I'm desperately trying to stay positive. Thank you for such an insightful read.
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Hi Julie, My heart goes out to you. At the moment I'm just finished radiation (after surgery then chemo). None of it was fun, and the side-effects are serious, but they tell me, statistically, it will give me a longer life. All I can say from my experience is to get all the information you can about treatment options. Ask your health professionals to quantiify how much longer you are likely to live if you take the treatment they are offering. If possible, consult another professional for a second opinion, and be sure to read the Cancer Council's phamplet on complimenatary therapies. Whether you accept any treatment offered depends on a whole host of personal factors such as age, general state of health, family and relationships. Best advice I can give is take your time - don't be rushed into anything. There's an excellent book by Professor John Boyages called "Breast Cancer - Taking Control" that I recommend you get your hands on if possible. All the best for your future decisions. Alison
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.