Well sometime in July I started getting pain in my back..ignored it for few days but by August I could not bear and went to various docs, they all said it would be a sprain etc and we did many physio etc. But by Oct 11 I was fed up and hence went in for a mri, there is said one disc D12 has been compressed due to cancer. I came to know that I have BC, a lump on my right breast which has metazised to my bones via lymph nodes. My treatment plan was 12 to 15 taxol along with Herceptin as my tumor was her 2 positive. Am done with 14 cycles to taxol + herceptin and now just 1 last taxol chemo is left. Back pain is now better then before as my lastest scan says am clear by 90% of my cancer. But that scan was after my 9th chemo cycle. And now my next scan will be after 3 months and am oping it to be more clear then ever. Docs says back will never be 100% fine. I will always have to be careful and it will always be siff around lower back unless i plan some surgery etc.
All my best wishes are with you and incase you have any more questions, then please feel free and ask. Eat well and healthy at the right time. Thats the 1st thing that will help you recover from chemos. also ofcourse being positive all the while
Lots of love
I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping your bone scan goes well. In November I was where you are now. One mastectomy and node clearance, plus a couple of rounds of chemo later and I still find it hard to believe I'm doing this.
My tips for the early days is to plan treats for yourself so you have something to look forward to. A nice day out can be snuck into the program in between appointments. Before my surgery I wanted to swim in the ocean one day and also spend a day taking photographs at a location of my choice. I think my husband enjoyed those days as well. I felt sad but more normal and it got me away from hospitals and needles.
Hi Avni ~ my name is Jess from BCNA. I just wanted to get in touch to say hello/hi and i hope you are you are connecting with some of the wonderful women in the online network - if need any help at all - just let me know :-)
I just wanted to also let you know that there is a group in the online network for women living with advanced/secondary breast cancer, if you wanted to have a look, you can find the group here: http://www.bcna.org.au/group/4218
~ jess x
I had to wait six weeks between diagnosis and surgery. It was a long wait. Some of the most important results don't come until after the surgery when they have the tissue to analyse fully.
I went through the public system in Brisbane, I was diagnosed mid September, waited 2 weeks to see surgeon, then another 2 weeks till surgery. Lumpectomy, mid Oct. The results from pathology after operation took a few weeks. The waiting seems endless. No secondaries is good news for you, all the best Linda,
I feel for you Linda. I pray that's what it is. Mine was in the left breast, 3.8cm or 5cm depending on what result you see, and a lymph node size 1.7cm. Thankfully the scans were clear as I pray yours to be. I've just had the mastectomy and left axillary clearance on Friday and now have these uncomfortable drains.thank heavens for the bags and support from a variety of sources including family and friends. Its best to accept while staying positive and strong is what I've been advised repeatedly.
We're so lucky that we're so supported by such caring services and breast cancer is so treatable as Robyn also mentioned. Indeed take it a day at a time and listen to your body and what it needs. This is time you need for you and to be looked after. Will be rooting for you. Regards, Shaza.