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Breast cancer for the under-50s

Breast cancer is far less common in the under-50s, but this can leave younger people with a diagnosis feeling isolated. This group is a place for them to come together, share experiences and support each other.

Cancer then Covid

Gilly12
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Hi I’m just wondering if anyone else is in my shoes . I had breast cancer last year, mastectomy, radiotherapy and antibody treatment that ended early at the end of March . My poor dad brought corona virus home after a hospital stay and I had to move in for a week to look after him not knowing he had corona . He sadly died on 31st March from it . I was tested on 30th March and was positive . I’m recovered and well now but I just feel at times “ why me ? Why my family”  it’s been very tough mentally and physically. The fatigue is still with me from my cancer treatment and I have pain still in my shoulder and mastectomy site . Feeling a bit lost x 

Gilly
TheScriptFan
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Hi

First can i say how sorry i am about you're dad.

I finished my cancer treatment last July, i had so many plans for when i got the all clear, but everything has had to be put on hold. I turn 50 in October and i have a party planned but it looks like i might have to cancel it, it wasn't just going to be a birthday party but a thank you to all the friends who supported me.

When the covid thing first appeared i worried, i work at a special needs school and all i could think was it took me a year to fight cancer now i have to keep myself safe from this. But no where near as tough as you have had it. My granddaughter is 1 next month and lives 50 miles away, i'm hoping lockdown will continue to ease then at least i may get to spend her birthday with her. 

I have the same issues as you, the fatigue is horrible, luckily i got to see a fatigue nurse a few times before lockdown, and as for pain in my shoulder and mastectomy site i get this too. I did speak to my breast care nurse about it and she said its the after effects from the radiotherapy and will be on and off for a few years but to take ibuprofen to ease it, and it seems to work.

Lost is a good description, i often feel lost, like no one understand and unsure of who to turn to. 

Take it easy and i hope knowing i totally get where you are coming from helps you not feel so lost, reading your post has me xxx

Take Care and keep talking xxx

It's gonna make us who we are, it's written in the scars  "The Script"