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by jezza
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just diagnosed and freaking out.
Replies: 31
Views: 42206

Re: Just diagnosed and freaking out.

As soon as I found out I needed an op , I just wanted it done NOW! It's really the only way to get a picture as to what's going on. Unfortunately you will probably still have to wait a few days for path results. Have you told your kids/parents what's happening? Personally I didn't tell any friends, ...
by jezza
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just diagnosed and freaking out.
Replies: 31
Views: 42206

Re: Just diagnosed and freaking out.

I did have a complete body bone scan the day before my mastectomy. I was nervous wreck but luckily I had a nice technologist who was able to check and tell me it was all clear. They aren't really supposed to do this...it's up to your specialist to give you the results but she could see how stressed ...
by jezza
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just diagnosed and freaking out.
Replies: 31
Views: 42206

Re: Just diagnosed and freaking out.

For some reason Drs specialising in breast cancer seem always to be called breast surgeons or in some cases you can be referred to a general surgeon. I'm sure they don't operate on everyone they see. When I was referred to a surgeon (general) I had a fine-needle aspiration first off and then a biops...
by jezza
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just diagnosed and freaking out.
Replies: 31
Views: 42206

Re: Just diagnosed and freaking out.

The recovery from a mastectomy is usually pretty good. You have a drain (or two with a double) for a week or so. The main thing I found hard was lifting arms over my head and also they don't advise driving for a couple of weeks (from memory). Most people are surprised that it isn't a more painful op...
by jezza
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just diagnosed and freaking out.
Replies: 31
Views: 42206

Re: Just diagnosed and freaking out.

Hi Rockchic Yes...it's pretty hard to give opinions unless you come across someone who had a similar diagnosis. You will (or I certainly did) have various scans and tests before your op and that will give you a clearer picture of what's ahead. Lots of ladies on the forum have been through the public...
by jezza
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Just joined!
Replies: 6
Views: 14082

Re: Just joined!

Very normal reaction Joss and I'm sure we have all felt like that. It seems like you are doing (and have done) everything that you can. I know I was anxious for quite a long time and actually had a prophylactic mastectomy 6 months after my first one as I felt that it was the right thing for me and r...
by jezza
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Primary Breast Cancer
Topic: Merry christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 13134

Re: Merry christmas

yep... level 1676! A real time waster I know but I enjoy it.
by jezza
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Primary Breast Cancer
Topic: Merry christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 13134

Re: Merry christmas

How great that you have someone to hang around with and share things. Bowls would keep you fit too. Get what you mean about mammagrams and checkups. I wa "discharged" from treatment after 10 years. At first I felt a bit lost but so good not to have all the anxiety of tests etc. I had a dou...
by jezza
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: radiation therapy to have or not to have it?
Replies: 12
Views: 17874

Re: radiation therapy to have or not to have it?

Just saw this and I guess you have already read this thread. So hard when the decision is up to you. Did you get any indication which way your medical team was leaning? ....what they would do in your situation? No doubt you have been googling like mad as well! Please let us now what you decide. I re...
by jezza
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Partners, family, friends
Topic: My BFF has BC and The Struggle is Real
Replies: 9
Views: 15772

Re: My BFF has BC and The Struggle is Real

I was diagnosed a long time ago but I do remember that it was a relief sometimes to be with people who didn't even know I'd been diagnosed because I didn't have to explain how my treatment was going etc etc...could just talk about normal things. I'm sure the newer friends in her life do know she is ...
by jezza
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Secondary Breast Cancer
Topic: Need help on metastasis options and process
Replies: 14
Views: 16447

Re: Need help on metastasis options and process

Has your mum got a breast care nurse? They are usually great as a go between to help explain things. I have never heard of a specialist not sending all reports and results to a patient's GP. Also Palcare sounds scarey but they are invaluable in letting you know what you are entitled to and can help ...
by jezza
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: New Melbourne Get Together 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 18997

Re: New Melbourne Get Together 2017

Yep...I'm in. Richmond or the city is good and central for public transport. Mighty Oak is from Melbourne from memory? Might be a few other Melb. ladies who haven't been to a get together. Will be nice to meet up again.

jezza
by jezza
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What do I say to my friend? I'm very worried.
Replies: 6
Views: 13972

Re: What do I say to my friend? I'm very worried.

Chrismelb has always been very honest but she is a prime example of what modern medicine can do. I'm sure everyone has begged your friend to at least seek conventional help, even to be used in conjunction with "natural therapies". I think any cancer specialist or even GP would be shocked t...
by jezza
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Secondary Breast Cancer
Topic: Radiation Side Effects
Replies: 6
Views: 11770

Re: Radiation Side Effects

Cancer Council australia has a phone in info service in each state I believe. I think if you rang them (re toothpaste) you would get some suggestions as I'm sure many undergoing treatment would have the same problem. Not sure if you still have access to a breast cancer nurse as they are often very h...
by jezza
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: BRCA 2
Replies: 15
Views: 26152

Re: BRCA 2

Oh right...that figures. I guess most I've heard about is for emergencies and some cancer treatments that have to begin immediately. Crazy to think that if your lump had been malignant you wouldn't have had to wait ! I understand how you feel about not wanting to put it off. Hard to think about much...

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