Dealing with emotions
Hello ... I'm generally not a joiner in community forums of this type, but here I am ... I was diagnosed on December 23 last year (2018) and had surgery (lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy) on January 15. I start radiotherapy on Feb 18. I've recovered physically really well: my surgeon is great, she's done a fabulous job…
Music for radiation therapy
Apparently some centre let you chose music for your radiation therapy. Although there is music playing, I’ve not been offered this but even so, I wouldn’t want to risk creating a mental link between something horrible to my all time favourite music. So if they asked me I’d just say play Billy Joel. 😆 But this got me…
Breast out, immobilised. How’s the radiation small talk?
So I’ve done a week of radiation and struggling with what’s normal. People here often say the staff are so lovely and supportive blah blah and have effusive praise. There is no conversation or small talk with me, they talk to each other but not to me. But quite frankly, how else could this go? I don’t have language for…
Hi There, I'm posting my story on here as I am feeling lost - my family and friends are really supportive but I just don't feel understood. In 2015 I was diagnosed with low grade DCIS - my treatment was mastectomy, SNB with reconstruction in February 2016, followed by a prophylactic mastectomy of my remaining breast in…
Mastectomy due to DCIS
I was diagnosed with high grade DCIS (3.7 cm) and I had a lumpectomy followed by 5 weeks radiation therapy. I went back for my annual mammogram this October and lo and behold, the cancer ( high grade DCIS) is back, this time 1.4cm. The doctors have recommended a mastectomy of the affected breast as they have said I cannot…
Hi there I am in my second week of radiation for breast cancer and DCIS so I wonder if anyone is in my situation where they already have implants and if the radiation affected them and they had to be removed down the track which apparently there is a 40% chance they will. Also does anyone recommend acupuncture as I have…
Rise of the machines😩🤬🥴🤢
Is anyone else terrified of the scanners, the beam, the other thing that’s round? It’s been building for weeks. I can call it out right now. This is my first “phobia”. It’s not claustrophobia. Just looking at them terrifies me. And so does everything else - the powerlessness, it’s impersonal and cold, it’s poorly…
Scuba diving after treatment
Does anyone know how long you need to wait after finishing chemo/rads before scuba diving? I've checked my with my doctors, but it's not something they know about and I can't find much about it online. I'm hoping to dive 5 weeks post radiation and three months post chemo.