Class of 2017 returnees.

It's been awhile,never left just lurked.Diagnosed with Serous Pappilàry Cancer in 2017,hysterectomy all good.

Fast forward to my birthday Aug24th.New diagnosis of breast cancer.Told today there are two areas so will need a mastectomy.

Another rollercoaster ride.Ah well onwa4rd and upwards again.Wasnt the 77th birthday gift I expected.

Wishing everyone the best of luck on the path no one wants to be on.x

  • Hi Stargazy,

    I was class of 2017, and remember you. Sorry to hear your news. I am going through this with my husband at the minute. He survived throat cancer for 14 years, then a few weeks ago he was picked up on a routine blood test as being anaemic. After tests and scans he has bowel cancer. (just for a change) The consultant sounded very positive he could sort it, but it doesn't seem fair, does it? 

    One of my friends has just had a mastectomy on one side and a lumpectomy on the other. She seems fine, and can't wait to get back to her bowling!! As you say, onwards and upwards!! xxxxx

  • Hi NannyAnny,sorry to hear about your husband,on a positive note my husband is being signed off from the colorectal team as it is now 5yrs clear for him.We celebrated that yesterday on our 57th wedding anniversary.What a year.

    I am not going over to the breast cancer forum just yet if ever.Will have a lurk but this forum feels where I should be.Crazy isn't it xxx

    1. Stargazy
  • Hi Stargazy,

    I joined the bowel group in case I have any questions! I still like to be here as I feel these are my friends!!! Very silly, too.xx

  • hi stargazy so sorry to hear your news. i had melanoma 2015 endo 2016 i actually had them at the same time it just wasnt picked up sooner. i hope you keep us informed on your progress. kate x

  • I could be having a mastectomy as early as next week,but more than likely to be Oct 14th.There are two areas of concern

    Won't know if I will need further treatment till lymph nodes are biopsies.Op will be done as a day case.I may after all pop over to the breast cancer forum for info.

    1. Stargazy
  • Hi . I've seen some of your posts from yesteryear! Sorry to read of your new diagnosis, I'm gutted for you - it does seem like we'll never escape this hateful situation.

    I myself am reeling, just had the first anniversary of my op, all good so far fingers crossed but yesterday my hubby's GP put him on the 2 week wait cancer pathway for Bowel cancer - he was discharged from Oncologist for Prostate Cancer in 2018. Still trying to process this news and wondering why I've still got a pain in my chest and shortness of breath yet X-ray a couple of weeks ago showed heart and lungs all good. What's lurking in the wings for me?

    Sending hugs, Barb xx

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  • Hi Mrs BAH,my husband also had prostate cancer found when they were doing scans for the bowel cancer.Today he got the letter signing him off from the colorectal dept as it's been five yrs.!so I hope it goes as well for your husband,x

    1. Stargazy
  • - sorry to hear your news about hubby; fingers crossed his tests come back negative.

    Good news though that X-rays came back ok for you - perhaps all the stress and worry is causing the shortness of breath and chest pain? I hope it stops soon: I've found yoga helps me when I'm anxious about life and work. Take care of yourself.

    Dx

  • , as a fellow class of 2017 too we hope to be moving forward. Sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis I know that’s something I have been told i am high risk of and it’s definitely something i worry about especially as i am getting pain in the area and around the back of my rib cage although they reckon its pain coming from my kidneys which is possible. I am sorry to hear your facing more surgery but on the more positive note if it gets the little bugger out its worth it and from a friend of mine who had breast cancer a few years back and had a mastectomy she was struggling with how she looked because she was big breasted but was really pleased with her “fake boob bra” as she put it and it helps with her confidence, I know I would struggle as I do already with body image. I know its not the 77th Birthday gift you wanted but I still want to offer you a belated Happy Birthday . As you say onwards and upwards, please keep us updated with how everything goes.

    Sending you a big gentle bear hug Bear 

      GBear Xxxx 

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  • , oh Barb i am sorry to hear about your new worry about your husband and i send every bit of luck that he will get good news from his results. I totally get your worry about it being your 1 year anniversary of your surgery and having concerns about what is lurking in the wings. I think we all get that worry it’s totally natural and everyone understands here I think we can all say we have had them worry's. I know I am worried about the recent problems i am getting from possible my kidneys I see the specialist on Monday. But i am not convinced its my kidneys but I could be wrong.

    I had a sudden fatigue and dizzy spell the other day getting out of the bath as we have a shower over the bath, I cannot use the bath now really as I struggle to get out but with help from sinks, walls and window sills I have generally been ok getting out of the shower except the other day when i fell out in the most undignified fashion ever and banged my foot I have a lovely bruise on my big toe but my foot in general is feeling sore, it’s funny how it can feel it’s swollen like a balloon when it’s not, must be some kind of protection I suppose from the healing I keep needing to take my boot off which i wear when walking to protect my foot. My Dad is complaining i am pulling the sink off the wall and really need to use something else to help get in and out of the shower. So we are looking at what possible adaptation we can put in the house especially the bathroom which needs it so i am safer. I be honest I feel very embarrassed about it all but I have had to just learn to except my limitations too. 

    But i do understand that once you have heard the word cancer it can stay forever in the back of your mind but we learn to keep it there and try to concentrate on other things. It doesn’t stop us thinking about cancer but it does help to not let it be a constant worry and often over time that worry gets less. 

    Sending some gentle bear hugs Bear 

      GBear Xxxx 

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