For a change, things have been relatively steady recently. The consultant is happy with how my scars are healing & I feel I'm almost back to full movement. This is a relief as radiotherapy would be horrible if you were uncomfortable in the position. I'm definitely getting stronger- I'm slowly increasing the time I am … Continue reading Getting ready for radiotherapy
I know it's all gone a bit quiet, but just getting into a routine! Things at this point are pretty good. The consultant seems reasonably happy with my healing, although I do have to see her again so she can keep a close eye on the mastectomy wound. I don't think this is in any … Continue reading Recovery – final lap?
As the consultant was leaving after I'd come round from my mastectomy last week, she said I should wear a sports bra for a while. From what I'd read this is quite common. I have to confess I put this out of my mind to start with- the last thing I wanted to think about … Continue reading The epic sports bra hunt!
I can safely say that at the moment these have been the worst part of this whole experience- and that's saying something! They are horrific & I'm so aware of how grisly they are that I just want to hide away until they come out. They get in the way of doing even the simplest … Continue reading Drains
So, after being unexpectedly offered the choice of immediate reconstruction, I agonised for a few days over what to do. A decision had to be made reasonably quickly as my surgery was set for the New Year, so time was needed to make sure all the right bits & pieces could be gathered in time. … Continue reading Mastectomy
Happy. Christmas! I'm faced now with an unexpectedly big decision. I had been led to believe that immediate reconstruction after my mastectomy wasn't going to be an option, but the surgeon has said it could easily be done. I'm very tempted to go for it - not really primarily because of the cosmetic factors, although … Continue reading Big decisions
Today is the day I find out exactly when my mastectomy is booked for - after seeing lots of reports in the press yesterday about non-emergency surgery in the NewYear being postponed in anticipation of a really busy winter for hospitals. Can't pretend to be anything less than nervous. I have had no information at … Continue reading Appointments galore!
I went back to work a little over a week after this final session, giving myself a couple of extra recovery days. I did feel it made a difference, although after a couple of days back in work I'm shattered! Still, Christmas holidays now, so hopefully will be able to have a couple of days … Continue reading Next steps
Feels like such a watershed moment to have completed the final session- although easy to forget the difficult days afterwards! I really felt a very strong need to mark the occasion, so did something very rare for me & posted on Facebook. I never use it normally for such deeply personal things, but wanted to … Continue reading Final chemo done!
Hard to believe the final session is tomorrow! In my last post I was really worried that the side effects just didn't seem to be getting any better, but ironically I've noticed less pain in my hands & feet this afternoon- although it's just occurred to me that could be the steroids I've been taking … Continue reading Final chemo eve!