Hi there

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I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer 2 weeks ago. I'm waiting for HER-2 and CT scan results for a treatment plan to be put together. Appointment next week. First CT scan showed small tumour on adrenal gland so having a second to look at that more closely in the meantime.

  • Sorry to hear this 

    How are you feeling?xx

  • Still taking it all in really but I'm a generally positive person. It's been hard seeing my news upset other people. Physically my breast and underarm (it's in my lymph nodes too) ache and feel uncomfortable, I'm definitely more tired than usual but overall feeling quite well. Thank you for asking xx

  • I’ve started chemo and immunotherapy for my triple negative BC today. 

    That has given me relief now it’s started and hopefully on the road to being okay. 

    Just don’t Dr Google anything. 
    I have been told by friends who are doctors (I am not posh, it is just via my job Joy) that BC doesn’t generally hurt. 
    I have also been having achey feelings hence me asking them. Plus shooting pains. 
    They think it could be related to anxiety causes. 

    Yes, it has upset other people at my end too. I guess you hear cancer and think of death initially and not the fabulous work researchers and others have done to progress with this illness. 

    sounds like you are keeping it together much better than what I did when I found out. 

    I wish you well and update us on your journey. And as my consultant said, it’s not a fight because fighting will be tiring, it’s a journey. our journey xx

  • Hi,

    It's hard on family and friends. They don't know what to say or do. It's scary stuff. I'm HER2 positive grade 3 I have appointment Thursday to discuss chemo options. I'm generally a positive person also. I've had a few meltdown moments. I think it's the not being in control and a fear of the unknown. 

    I find the forums supportive listening to others journeys who are further into treatment plans and  out the other side.

    Sending positive vibes and wishing you a speedy recovery xx

  • Thank you. That's really helpful and supportive. I'm pleased you have started your treatment and that has brought you some relief. 

    I like what your consultant said. I'm a lover not a fighter! 

    Take care and I will update xx

  • Thank you for sharing. I think I'm going to find the forum useful too Slight smile.

    I'm imagining I'll have a little meltdown at some point!

    Sending best wishes for your appointment on Thursday. Do share what it will look like for you if you can xx

  • Hi Gotthistogether,

    I’m sorry to learn if your diagnosis, I had a lumpectomy nearly two months ago and two lymph nodes removed. It is a shock when you are told and it is important you take a bit of time to let it register and sink in.

    You have made the first big step by finding the Macmillan site, also do visit your nearest Macmillan centre, a list is on here, or ring them on 0808 808 0000, they are superbly helpful and give you lots of great info, do walks, talks and lots more. Please also get a good support structure in place, family, friends, good work colleagues, I’ve lived on my own for nigh on forty years and like you are a very positive person, but realised you can’t do this on your own. I also go for a short walk every day (British weather permitting) and do a daily diary, this is mega helpful, as it gets everything off your chest and out of your system. It is important during the day to keep yourself occupied, hobbies, interests etc., it stops you from dwelling on what is going on. You may also find it beneficial to listen to a meditation podcast, they really help you to relax especially when you are trying to get to sleep. I use one called ‘Go Gently’ by Christine Elizabeth Smith, it does a lot for me.

    I know it’s hard sometimes, but try and keep as positive as you possibly can, have positive people around you and dump the negativity, above all, be kind to yourself - I promise you, you will get through this. You are never alone and can always come and chat to us shower in here.

    Take care and big hugs.xxx

  • Thank you for your supportive reply and recommendations. I hope your recovery from surgery is going well. Will you be having further treatment?

    Hugs xx 

  • Hi Gotthistogether,

    Your very welcome.

    I’m awaiting results of a further biopsy and then five days of radiotherapy - fingers and everthing crossed.

    Love and hugs.x

  • Hi,  - I’ve just come across your post and wanted to say hi & how are you getting on? I’ve just (Wednesday) been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and struggling to stay positive & get my head round it. Have you had your treatment plan yet?