Aug 3, 2020 10:11AM sylviaexmouthuk wrote:
Thank you so very much for your interesting and obviously heartfelt post. I was so pleased to read that we survivors on the thread can be of comfort to you and try to help you overcome or at least ease your fear. We all understand the fear and anxiety that breast cancer patients experience with this disease that can always come back.
Many congratulations on passing your three years since diagnosis. I was glad to read that you are living your life fully. It is important to remain positive and take each day as it comes. I think we all have the possibility of recurrence and spread in the back of our minds and you will find that as the years go by it will stay more and more often in the back of your mind. Just do what you can to lead a healthy life, eat healthily, keep physically and mentally active, and avoid stress.
It makes me feel proud of the thread to know that we, in the group, can help you and somehow give you the strength to cope with anxiety.
I do hope you will have good news when you have your appointment with your oncologist for your six month check up. We can all understand how afraid and stressed we get as the appointment gets nearer and nearer. Most of the time we get good news and there is this wonderful feeling of relief. I am over fifteen years since diagnosis and most of the time I keep breast cancer in the background, but sometimes I do go to the what ifs.
I was a few months off 63 when I was diagnosed back in 2005 and I remember the shock and horror that I felt. I was in a kind of stunned heavy silence. I was very reluctant to have treatment and did not start it until November, having been diagnosed in June. I sought other advice and treatments, mainly homeopathic with a consultant who dealt with breast cancer patients and I did it through my orthodox breast cancer surgeon. I took oral Iscador for five years and other things all the time I was having the standard treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The tumour status of triple negative breast cancer was in th dark ages in the UK at the time, and I was merely told my breast cancer was not hormonal, the anti-hormonal drugs would be of no use and the prognosis was poor. I chose to ignore all the doom and gloom, went through the treatment, did my own thing when I felt that was what I wanted and here I am 15 years on! I have always told patients on the thread to be positive about being diagnosed with negative receptors. I was glad that I did not have to go through years and years of anti-hormonal medications with their side effects.
I was glad to read that you have a great husband and three amazing grown up children and four lovely grandchildren. It is so important to have love and support from your family and that is a great motivation to keep going.
I do not find anything selfish in your post. A diagnosis of breast cancer is a great shock in a person's life whatever the age. There have been all ages on the thread.
Continue to love your life with your husband and family and enjoy your daily walks with your two dogs.
Please continue to read the posts and you can always come on here when you feel like and just tell us what you have been doing on a particular day. Talking about things other than breast cancer is great therapy and we talk about all sorts of things. Of course, lately, the talk has been about Covid-19 and the effect that it has had on all our lives. In the UK it is all still very confusing, and just when we thought we might be coming out of it all, we seem to be going back into it. We get very confusing instructions from the government.
That is about all for today. Keep well, keep safe.