The biopsy is one of the hardest parts of the journey because from the time the Doctor collects the biopsy until the time you receive the result is generally one week.
I am sending you a hug. This walk you are on can be absolute torture. You feel like you’ve taken a seat on death row and waiting for your sentence. Its the worst feeling in the world. Its the longest week of your life, and I am so sorry you are going through this.
Be kind to you and do everything that you love and whatever makes you smile. Laugh and get distracted, for worry is another layer of stress you do not need right now. It will not help, and you don’t need to overthink. This is going to be a tough week. I am so sorry.
My daughter would say right now “Mum this is where you have to learn where to stop talking!” But I have to say I was genuinely impressed how the Doctors knew where to put the needle when they were taking the biopsy. I discovered that they look at the breast like a clock face. My lump was nine O’clock!
I later learned that when they are operating, they place a tiny piece of titanium where the lump was so that they can monitor that area when you go for your check-ups each year.
No-one tells you this. Year after year I would go in for my checkup, and the radiologist would always say to me that there was a spot there but it was the same as last year.
So here I think that I have a benign tumor that’s always the same only to learn some ten years later that its the titanium the Doctor put in when I was initially operated on so that they would always know where the lump was removed.
Finally, I was given my prognosis, the first thing I wanted was hope. I wanted to know what the prognosis of others was. I wanted to know about the survivors. I wanted to know what they did. I wanted to know everything. I wanted something I could hook onto that meant that I was going to survive this.
So it is with much pleasure I share with you my prognosis and may it give you hope and make a better day for you.
- I was 41 years of age at the time of diagnosis;
- My cancer was discovered early;
- It was hormone sensitive, aggressive Grade 3;
- It was 4mm in size;
- No node invasion;
- I had a lumpectomy;
- I took Arimidix for 5 years.
My surgeon said that whether or not the breast was removed, the survival rates were the same. So I opted for having the lump removed and kept my breast.
Because the cancer was aggressive, Grade 3, I had to have 12 weeks of chemotherapy. I also had radiation.
Because the cancer was hormone sensitive and because my ovaries started up again after chemotherapy, I had them removed. My surgeon later told me that this was one of the best things I could have done.
I am now 55 years young!
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
Throughout my journey to recovery, I was often asked if I would speak to other women about my experience and share the best tips and advice I had received.
Tip No. 1 – no regrets
When confronted with a decision to make ask yourself “if I do this” or “if I don’t do this” will I regret it later?
If you research like I do you will find the good, the bad and the ugly and it will do your head in!
At that point, take a deep breath, separate yourself from all the “noise” and look within and answer yourself honestly if you will regret what you are about to do or not do? Then act accordingly.
With all my love xoxo