Joining the shitty titty club...

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Perth_girl77
Perth_girl77 Member Posts: 10
edited August 2023 in Newly diagnosed
So yep, newly diagnosed...46 years old, no kids and I took the pill for 10+ years...no doubt all contributing factors. Ended up with grade 2 DCIS with small invasive component, detected on routine screening thanks to a strong family history (mum and both grandmothers, plus a few other relatives) and several previous benign fibroadenomas. Lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy and now about to commence 5 weeks of radiation therapy and then Tamoxifen, neither of which I want to do. Am also right in the throes of perimenopause and the periods from hell, because it's not shit enough to have breast cancer, the downstairs situation also has to mess with me. Of course there is nothing I can do about it at the moment and I hear Tamoxifen may even make it worse... Anyway, hi...
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  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,668
    edited August 2023
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    Oh dear, @Perth_girl77 - perimenopause is no fun at all on its OWN, let alone mixed in with all the rest of what's going on xx.  I was mid 60s when diagnosed, so well past the menopause bit - and the tablets didn't really change anything that much - but made my aches & pains worse .... but i was arthritic too!   OMG - if i was a horse, they'd shoot me! :( 

    Welcome to the forum tho - you are in the right spot for support from others who have gone before you xx.   Whack up ANY questions - there are NO silly questions ... and someone will give you an informed answer.

    All the best with your Rads xx ..... remember to lather up AFTER each treatment (not before) ... and ask about Mepitel Film if you find your skin is getting red & angry 'early' ..... it is sort of like Clingwrap that is put onto your Rad site to help prevent severe burning 

    Check out this post for a few areas in the forum, where we actually get up to a bit of fun & share pics of our pets, gardens, and jokes - yes, we even have a laugh now & then!!! (God knows we need the laughs!). Feel free to comment and/or add pics on any of them!!
    https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/discussion/23477/a-big-welcome-to-all-our-new-members#latest

    Take care & all the best for your ongoing treatments
  • mell45
    mell45 Member Posts: 26
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    Hi @Perth_girl77 that all sucks! However I did smile at the headline "shitty titty club". I am 45yo and on zoladex and letrozole so I hear you. It's crappy to add in menopause to the cancer shit show. This is a great support network and I can also recommend the wonderful BCNA podcasts. All the best with everything.
  • Fufan
    Fufan Member Posts: 123
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    I had the periods from hell, and so a hysterectomy at 39, so I hear you.  I, too, love your headline: I have found humour helps me.  Hang in there: you can do this!
  • Perth_girl77
    Perth_girl77 Member Posts: 10
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    Thanks @mell45 and @fufan 🩷
  • daikym
    daikym Member Posts: 9
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    @Perth_girl77 LOVE the shitty-titty club!!! Totally using that one! Thanks for sharing your story.  Also DCIS and awaiting my first specialist appointment. Thankfully through menopause and perimenopause. Feel your pain though. 
  • Perth_girl77
    Perth_girl77 Member Posts: 10
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    @daikym 😝 and best of luck with your treatment and next steps.
  • Perth_girl77
    Perth_girl77 Member Posts: 10
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    Thanks @Edithead also had lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy…hate having to go through any of this, but very glad I found this forum. 
  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,668
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    I LOVE the Shitty Titty too @Perth_girl77 !!  Keep that humour going - god knows, we need it!! xx
  • Julez1958
    Julez1958 Member Posts: 1,149
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    Hi I don’t really have anything to add except I love “ The shitty titty club”!!
    Take Care 🌺
  • June1952
    June1952 Member Posts: 1,859
    edited August 2023
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    @Perth_girl77 - as others have said, welcome to the 'Shitty Titty Club'.  Cannot see BCNA changing its name to that anytime soon 🤣🤣🤣 but we all love your new title for it.
    All the best for your treatment.  💖
  • SarahB77
    SarahB77 Member Posts: 8
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    Hi from another Perth girl, also recently diagnosed and im guessing also the same age!!
  • Tarma
    Tarma Member Posts: 73
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    I'm with you lovely gals,, the shitty titty is awsome, brings on a giggle every time I say it 😆
  • Perth_girl77
    Perth_girl77 Member Posts: 10
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    Hey @SarahB77 - sorry to hear about your diagnosis, hope everything goes well for you  <3

  • SarahB77
    SarahB77 Member Posts: 8
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    Hey @SarahB77 - sorry to hear about your diagnosis, hope everything goes well for you  <3

    How is it all going for you?