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Nov 10, 2019 04:46PM
Nov 10, 2019 05:03PM
You may or may not need help. The only time I had help was for my surgery as it was in another city and I needed to be taken home. During chemo (and prior treatment for an infection), I drove myself to every appointment. Same with radiation, even though I had to travel daily by ferry for 6 weeks. During this time, I was able to take care of my two special needs pets (one of whom needed sub-Q fluids twice a day) and myself.
It was a tough time for sure, but I'm a private person and independent to a fault. Maybe it's not the best or easiest way to be, but it's who I am. I also seem to be emotionally stronger when I'm alone and don't have to worry about others being upset. Maybe I'm weird (okay I know I'm weird!)
Wishing you the best, however you handle things. :)
P.S. Forgot to answer your original question. When people offered, I thanked them kindly and said I prefer to do things myself when I'm able; if I'm not able, I'll let them know. Or something to that effect.
Diagnosis: 12/15/2010, IDC (plus DCIS & ILC), 2.5cm IDC, Stage IIb or III (unknown -- radiation to lymph nodes instead of ALND surgery), Grade 2, 2/2 nodes (sentinel and intramammary fully involved with extracapsular extension), ER+++/PR+++, HER2-
1/25/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
4/13/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
9/14/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes
11/7/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
8/22/2012 Femara (letrozole)
7/10/2013 Aromasin (exemestane)
7/12/2014 Femara (letrozole)