Thanks for the update. I'm sorry to hear you did hit "rock bottom" not surprising with all you have been through. I hope the challenge continues to make you feel better. I hope it all gets easier with time.
Dx LCIS Dec 1997, Dx IDC, DCIS, bilateral LCIS Oct 2005 er+pr+her2-
Bilateral Mastectomies, expanders and silicone implants
Basically, had the mastectomy and auxillary node clearance end of November. 18 removed, 8 affected. Had four or so more treatments of TAC chemo and started Herceptin at the start of the year. Had rads for 5 weeks April/May-ish and have been on just the herceptin since then. I believe it finishes in January 2011.
I didn't really hit rock bottom emotionally until the anniversary of diagnosis in August/September. Yes, i crumbled badly and finally realised what I had been through and what I have "lost" so to speak. I still like to stay positive but am a realist too and understand that there is a risk of it coming back so I am still very weary of my body.
last month I started on a 10 week challenge and have lost 6cm from my waist and 3cm from my chest (I am keeping my prosthetic in until last weigh in and measurements - hehehehe - we gotta use it right? ). I find I still have days of complete exhaustion and I try to listen to my body and just stop for the day (which is usually hard to do). I have found though, that the exercise is giving me happy endorphins which is a good side-affect.
I hate having the lyphodema to deal with - but its a small price to pay right?
Anyway, sorry this hasn't been updated for so long. I usually just post in the primary cancer section if I do post now, I should probably come in here more often.
Hope everyone is doing well xxx
Hang in there friend and keep posting
"Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish."
dxd June 04 IDC RB
dxd Jan 07 ILC both breasts
dxd May08 mets to ovaries dxd Sept 08 mets to bone, abdo, lung.
Well it turns out that chemo doesn't appear to be working. The tumors haven't responded so it is off to surgery on Thursday. Cath will have a ct and bane scan tomorrow to confirm that it hasn't spread followed by a mastectomy on Thursday. She should be out of hospital Sunday/Monday, dressing clinic on Tuesday and then she can go home. Hopefully she will be up to the 5 hour drive home by then. The breast surgeon also said she is nearly certain to have lymph-edema so will have our hands full for a while. At least the tumors will be out of her body!!!
I will post this on the other forum as well.
Thanks for all your support,
to you both Nearly there!
Well it is time for round 4...let the battle begin. Chemo is hopefully on Wednesday, however they have just checked her bloods against her cancer marker for the start and the count hasn't reduced very much. Also the swelling in her arm pit is still easy to see with the eye. Also she has no strength in her left arm. Poor bother but she is a strong women and remarkably positive.
So we will see the breast surgeon tomorrow evening and she will do an ultra sound. That will probably determine whether we have chemo on Wednesday or go to surgery sooner rather than later.
So fingers crossed everyone and I'll post how we get on.
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