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4 years since BC diagnosis & joining BCNA & my surgery ...

arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 5,726
Woohoo!  This year was the first year that I didn't actually 'remember' that Jan 5th was the anniversary of my actual diagnosis of BC ...... so that must be a good sign!

So - today - it is now 4 years ago since I joined BCNA (at the suggestion of a girlfriend in Qld who had been diagnosed a few years earlier) .... and a few days later, Jan 15th, I had my surgery.

What a roller coaster ride it has all been .... lots of tears, anger, melt downs, but there's also been lots of laughs and education - all emotions are a part of this shitty disease - but, newbies, take note - it DOES get better!

During this time, I've really appreciated all the support & info & camaraderie from the group - but especially the wonderful friendships that I've made along the way - with regular PMs within 'The Famous Five' over the years ....  xx.  

So ... a big THANK YOU to all of you who've helped make a difference 

All the best to those who've been recently diagnosed ...... reach out, lean on us, ask questions, and we'll do our best to offer support and info to help get you thru the rough bits xx

take care, stay safe 


  • Cath62Cath62 Brisbane Member Posts: 594
    Congratulations @arpie. Good on you. It's a big achievement and I am pleased you shared. It's good for us all to hear the positive stories. Thank you too for all your support and wisdom. This group is just the best because of people like you. 
  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 751
    Congratulations @arpie that's fantastic news.   You are such a champion for those of us that find ourselves here.  Thankyou for sharing your wisdom and advice.  Your sense of humour.   Could not have got through many times without your thoughtful messages.    Xxxx
  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 240
    I second that @arpie
    I have found your posts thoughtful and
    informative and love your sense of humour.
    It is good for all of us to hear the positive stories to help us through the tough patches.
  • MazbethMazbeth BrisbaneMember Posts: 183
    That’s fabulous @arpie! Thank you so much for always adding so much insight and compassion to your posts. You are always there for those of us who join and take those first tentative steps to post something. 
  • jennyssjennyss Western NSWMember Posts: 1,327
    Dear @arpie,

    best wishes from jennyss in Western NSW
  • SisterSister Adelaide Hills, SAMember Posts: 4,957
    Good on ya, @arpie.  I must admit, once I got the scan and review appointment done late last year, I forgot about it all, too.  Must be something about the 4 year mark.
  • FLCloverFLClover Sydney Member Posts: 1,339
    That’s awesome news @arpie!! 🥳🥳 What a wonderful feeling to forget your diagnosis date!! 😀😀😀. 
    I’m glad you’re doing well ☺️. And yes, it does get better ♥️
  • June1952June1952 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,358
    edited January 19
    Well done @arpie 🏆 
    I have to admit my diagnosis date was never remembered (put the stress out of my mind ?) but, even 7 years on, the date of my first surgery sticks out every year.
    With all you have to cope with right now it is a wonder you remember anything.  😀
    Wishing you continued good health.
  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 240
    Yes I think I will always remember the date of my DIEP flap surgery - 6 August - Hiroshima Day.
  • Keeping_positive1Keeping_positive1 Member Posts: 302
    I am coming up to the five year mark of my surgery on 24 January, I guess I still have it firmly ingrained in my brain.  Hoping I forget it after this and just is another day.  
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