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  • Forum Post: RE: Sick Pay query

    Hi George & Jackie Thank you for your reply and help on this matter, i am just battling with them all the time, and its really getting me down now. They dont have a clue at all, and like you say they dont care cause they have no need to care. Its so hard trying to educate them on what you have...
  • Blog Post: Keeping A Secret

    Keeping A Secret When I first found my lump, I didn't think it was serious, so ignored it for about five weeks, I didn't even mention it to my husband. Then I decided it had to be dealt with eventually, so told him. He packed me straight off to my GP. She initially agreed with me, as the...
  • Forum Post: Looking to meet other 30ish women with breast cancer...

    Hi all, New to the site; I'm currently undergoing four treatments for stage four breast cancer - I'm thirty and was diagnosed in December. I have great family, friends, doctors and support, but I don't know anyone else in anything remotely like a similar experience, and it feels like time...
  • Forum Post: Why am I worried again?

    Hi, I was dx in November 2012. I had mastectomy and SNLB December 12th 2012, chemo between February and May 2013 and I'm now on a hormone tablet for at least 5 years. My first annual breast check gave good results - no evidence of disease - and I thought I was moving on. But this last week or two...
  • Forum Post: Re: I feel a bit of a fraud

    Hi Yvonne, Why are you feeling so bad because you've been told your cancer is only grade 1? After all, it's still CANCER isn't it. As you've already been told, things do change during your surgery and results. Sometimes a grade 1 becomes a grade 2. Sometimes no lymph involvement turns...
  • Blog Post: My cancer and my children

    Being told you have cancer is tough. But then you need to tell everybody else. The thing is there is no manual out there on how you tell your children, and once you’ve left the hospital after being diagnosed you’re pretty much on your own. No one else can really break the news to your children...
  • Forum Post: permanent hair loss

    hi im just writing this to see how many people have been left with permanent hair loss after chemotherapy. im two years out from my last chemo, my hair has grown back round the back and sides but it is very thin. It is very sparse on top like male pattern balding. I am unable to go without a wig and...
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  • Forum Post: Mothers breast cancer- can anyone answer my questions?

    Hi, I'm Katie and I'm 19, my mum was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My mum's 52, doesn't drink regularly or much, doesn't smoke, and stays healthy. She's recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, which the doctors said was age related and not genetic. She had a routine...
  • Forum Post: New member....kinda unsure

    Well I am new to this and don;t really know where to begin... Basically I am 17, about it be 18, and my mum was diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago. I am an only child and have taken it pretty hard to be honest because me and mum are proper close. I am about to sit my mock A2 exams in...
  • Forum Post: Myocet / Cyclo Chemotherapy Regimen

    Hi everyone, Just wondering if there is anyone out there on the same Chemo as me? I had my first treatment yesterday which went well, but Ive been reading the anti-sickness drugs, which say they cause constipation (amongst other things)! Does anyone know if it is ok to take something like Fibrogel...
  • Forum Post: Re: Hair loss after chemo

    I am a 68 year old male and have a GMB IV brain tumour. My hair has been grey for many years. After radiotherapy I lost about a 2 inch wide strip above my right ear. I called it my dodgy haircut, but my hairdresser did a good job with a comb-over. It then grew back dark - to fill the whole area. It looks...
  • Forum Post: Starting chemo in May

    Hi, I've joined this site and I have breast cancer. I'm starting my chemo on 10th May FEC-T and am looking to chat to other people in a similar situation to myself. Thanks
  • Blog Post: Last chemo done and dusted! 4th April 2013

    My sixth and last FEC chemo was on the 22nd April. The side effects hit me harder again this time, but here I am nearly two weeks on and I'm slowly recovering and I am feeling better each day. The sun is shining and that always makes you feel better! The hypnotherapy sessions to tackle my needle...
  • Blog Post: 16 February 2013

    I can't believe how fast time is passing! Chemo number 4 came and went on Friday 8th Feb. My veins are not playing ball as they are painful after previous chemo's, so after two attempts a doctor was called and the canular had to go in on the inside of my arm. I'm still trying to find a local...
  • Blog Post: 22 January 2013

    FEC chemo number 3 under my belt, yay! It was touch and go as to whether I would get to the hospital last Friday after a very heavy snowfall in Cardiff. Having had my chemo delayed the week before due to my low blood count, I was determined to get my chemo! I even googled how long it would take me to...
  • Blog Post: 16th January 2013

    Where has the last few weeks gone!! Well I'm glad to report that Cinders did go to the New Years Eve ball in the end! I managed to get a last minute place on the day, so hurriedly packed my posh frock and sparkly bandana and checked in at the hotel with my six friends! I had a couple of glasses of...
  • Blog Post: 30th December, 2012, day 9 of second round of chemo and I'm feeling goooood!

    So, having dreaded being laid up in bed over Christmas, I am so glad to report that I had a great one and ate all my christmas dinner and even managed some Buck's Fizz and mojitos! Despite the disruption of flooding and bugs, all my children managed to travel to me and they wouldn't let me lift...
  • Blog Post: 21st December - week 3 and chemo number 2 under my belt, yay me!!!

    I have rested completely over the last couple of days and thankfully my blood count had gone up this morning when I had a blood test. I was so nervous about having a cannular put in, but the PICC line specialist that saw me on Monday, came and did it herself and although I found it stressful, it was...
  • Blog Post: 11th December - day 11 of 1st FEC chemo

    Well so far day 4 and 5 have been my worse days on FEC! I don't have much energy or appetite still and the ongoing insomnia leaves me very tired, but its all manageable and I do what I can each day to keep some kind of normality in my life! I had a little road trip out to Sainsbury's on Sunday...
  • Blog Post: TGIF 7th December!

    Woah, what a week this has been! Its now day 7 of FEC chemo!! Day 4 (Tuesday) of chemo was rough and day 5 (Wednesday) the worse so far! I cried and felt so angry and sorry for myself!! My appetite is zero and my mouth feels like I've drank a shed load of alcohol! Im brushing my teeth gently and...
  • Blog Post: Monday 3rd December

    I'm feeling ok considering what's been pumped into me! I still feel nauseas in the night and on waking, but I'm fine once I start taking the anti sickness tablets in the day. The steroids make me feel restless, which is not a good combination when I feel so tired!!! My middle daughter came...
  • Blog Post: Saturday 1st December

    It's been a tiring and eventful few days since my last post. On Thursday, I had my PICC line fitted. As a real needle phobic, myself and my daughter were amazed at how calm I stayed throughout the whole procedure! I am convinced that the hypnotherapy session I had on Monday afternoon was the reason...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday 27th November 2012

    This was my first outpatient visit at the Velindre Cancer Hospital to have bloods taken and my oncology appointment. It felt surreal sat in the waiting area surrounded by cancer patients. I was there nearly two hours and passed the time thinking, reading a newspaper and even a bit wig spotting! I wanted...