I've had a couple of appointments this week, which has reminded me very unpleasantly of how my life was for all those months. Still, it's all routine stuff. I had my first mammogram at the hospital, which feels like another milestone passed. I saw the oncologist today, who has asked me again to see my … Continue reading A matter of confidence
It's a good sign that my posts are much less frequent. I'm pretty well & just about back to normal. I've even had my very short hair trimmed & went hatless into work for the first time today! People kept saying how good I look & I kept forgetting that they hadn't seen my hair. … Continue reading Two steps forward….
Been hearing a news story today around the terrible shortages of specialist staff in the field of cancer genetics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44040896 I'm still waiting to hear back from all the genetics forms we completed, and from the request to access the medical records of 2 close relatives. That means we're still living with the constant possibility … Continue reading Shocking genetics specialist shortages
Funny how 'normal' has landed so suddenly. I feel mostly fine. Injections & tablets seem to have settled now & I suspect this is almost how my new normal feels. Hair is growing now, although still not quite enough to be brave & go hatless in work quite yet - but soon. My nails are … Continue reading Stepping onwards
Had the second Zoladex a week ago, and still seem to be avoiding the worst of the side effects. Last weekend was really busy, so I delayed starting the examestane tablets by a day, just in case. I've had 6 now and am feeling exhausted - truly & totally wiped out. I can only think … Continue reading Hormones, round 2
It's very odd how quickly we ease back into normality - usual work & life routines. We are pretty adaptable I suppose. I'd heard so many sad stories of people feeling utterly bereft and rudderless when the main treatments stop. I was very aware of this possibility, but I seem to have been lucky so … Continue reading Back to normal?
Sometimes it felt that I'd never actually get to this point, but here we are at the end of active, obvious treatment! Today I had my final radiotherapy session & it really does feel as if I can now start getting back to a more normal life, one not quite so dominated by hospital appointments! … Continue reading End of radiotherapy
I've had 5 sessions now & am beginning to get a bit more used to it. After the first couple I felt a bit desperate, thinking I wouldn't be able to get through them all as I really felt quite horrible afterwards. After those 2 I realised that it was to do with the way … Continue reading Radiotherapy – what they don’t tell you!
Just back from my first session & yet another weird experience to add to the catalogue I seem to be collecting! One of the best things I think I'm going to find out about radiotherapy is that they usually seem to be on time for appointments, which is a pretty new experience too! I had … Continue reading Radiotherapy begins!
After the abandoned appointment last time, we actually managed to complete the appointment this time! Although I didn't know it when it was booked this was the planning session, so no actual radiotherapy (RT) involved. Lots of questions, and the usual frequent confirmations that what they had down was the treatment I was expecting. I … Continue reading Radiotherapy – planning session