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Aug 25, 2019 01:58PM
It was really nice to hear from you as the thread has been really non-active this past week. I sometimes think that all the information relating to breast cancer and TNBC in particular is readily available and that, in this respect, the thread is superfluous. It is, however, I think, still useful for support, comfort and encouragement. I am still shocked when I glance through the other threads in the Triple Negative forum and discover the number of patients being diagnosed with TNBC. It really is like an epidemic.
I do hope you get some satisfaction from your orthopaedic doctor as these appointments need to be meaningful and you need to come away satisfied. I can understand that you would like to have a clear vision of how things will go.
In a way I shall be glad to get back to a more normal life here in Exmouth. There are far too many people coming here and it is almost like an invasion. It is not the quiet little seaside town that we came too nearly 18 years ago. I think the seafront and the town centre have been spoiled and have really been turned into eat and drink centres!! I am looking forward to autumn.
I have been reading my way through the latest email from Chris Woollams of Cancer Active, dated August 19th.
I was very interested in article 1, entitled This Drug can cure illnesses.
It seems that this drug is exercise and that it acts as a potent drug in the body, increasing oxygenation of the tissues, producing anti- inflammatory and stress and depression-reducing hormones called endorphins. Exercise also alters the gut microbiome to produce a wider diversity and more anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids, which boosts immune response. Research shows exercise increases survival and it does not have to be heavy exercise but just light regular walking is enough.
I have gone through lots of articles on the Cancer Active site, having started from the first heading on the basic email.
I have found the following articles with their major headings.
1. Exercise increases cancer survival.
2, Why exercise is good for us.
3, Are you fit enough to beat cancer?
I would think it would be useful for everyone on the thread to read it and make a pledge to do some walking at least every day.
I shall not go on to the second article on the basic email until another time, so that we do not get information overload. The articles do emphasise that exercise is very beneficial all through treatment and then regularly afterwards, to try to keep breast cancer at bay.
I do keep active but I tend to let too many things take precedence over what I should be doing for my own benefit. I am going to try to stop this happening, especially with my duties as a volunteer Director. I have to try to learn to say 'no'.
It has been hot here today but I hope that will be the end of it and that the end of this Bank Holiday weekend will bring some more peace and quiet.
Would you believe that Raymond and I have been trying to listen on Radio 4 to a ten episode adaptation of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. Some episodes are two hours and others are one. It does take a lot of concentration. So far there have been five parts, brilliantly read by the superb actor Derek Jacobi, but there are still five more to go. It is being done over Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend.
That is all for now.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right