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Hi. I was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer following a routine mammogram which led to 2 biopsies and a lumpectomy for suspected DCIS. It all came as a hell of a shock to be honest. I'm 57, non smoker, non drinker maybe a bit of a sugar addict and could do to shift half a stone but am pretty healthy. I've since had a lymph node biopsy where 4 nodes were removed and thankfully all clear. But having been discharged from the breast care team I'm now waiting for an appointment with oncology to discuss further treatment which may be radiotherapy and hormone therapy. I've had some grim reports about how this might make me feel and being self employed with a very busy schedule for the rest of the year I'm worried how it's all going to affect me. Does anyone have any experience of this so I might understand what's coming a bit better? 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the Community but sorry to hear about your diagnoses.

    Navigating the cancer journey can be such a stressful and challenging time but getting support from people who have walked the ‘exact same' cancer journey can help a lot. (I have a completely different cancer).

    This New to Community area is like our reception desk where we look to try and direct you to the best part of the Community for you to get support. The Community is actually divided into dedicated Support Groups (Discussion Rooms) so can I recommend you join and post in our dedicated Breast Cancer support group. This will be a safe place to talk to others with a similar diagnosis, treatment experience, to ask questions and get support.

    To connect in with the group please click on the link below…….

           Breast cancer

    …… then once the group page opens click in the [Black - Click to Join - Banner] that appears at the bottom of the page and this will then confirm that you have joined the group.

    When you are ready……. you can introduce yourself by putting up your very own post by clicking [+ Create new post] or [ + ] in the top right of the group page.

    You can copy and paste the text from this post into your new post.

    You may find it helpful to call the Macmillan Support Line open 8am-8pm (timings may differ across services) 7 days a week on 0808 808 00 00. This service provides cancer information, practical information, emotional support, benefits/financial guidance or just a listening ear.

    We also have our Ask an Expert section but do allow 3 working days for a reply.

    Talking to people face to face can be very helpful so do check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support in your area, do also check for a local Maggie's Centre as these folks are amazing and give support to all the family.

    Do get back to me if you need further help navigating the community.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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