Intro of Pennyrose
I am a very private person but by way of introduction to this group - I will try to fill you in on where my journey is up to.
What a journey ! I had breast cancer in 2009 and had the obligatory lumpectomy, chemo, radiation and 5 years of Hormone blocker drugs - all with their own unique side affects. But I did everything asked of me and eventually went back to work - just 2 days a week but I was quite happy with my semi retirement - then my work gave me three weeks notice (retrenchment) - and at the same time (March 2016) I saw my dermatologist who removed some bits and pieces including a "cyst-looking" thing from the back of my neck. It was a glandular cancer - not a skin cancer - and I waited 13 days to be told the pathology showed it to be Breast cancer.
Not a nice way to start my retirement - but since then I have had scans to show the secondary breast cancer is now in the lining of my lungs, lining of my heart, various spots around my chest and one in the vertebra. I began chemo almost straight away and have seen a radiology oncologist but at this stage he does not want to do radiation. Next week I am due for follow up scans and then the oncologist will tell me where to from here.
I am 100 klms from the oncology treatment and live alone, though I have a partner - he lives 100 klms away as well. He is always here to take me to treatment and appointments. My kids are not close by but are a great source of comfort to me . Yes I worry, mainly about those I care for. I suppose the uncertainty is the greatest issue. Do I make plans for some time with them? or do I make plans for a funeral?
My! I'm getting all self absorbed now and miserable.
Perhaps I will leave it here .
Hope you are all coping as best you can. - Pennyrose