It’s been a tough gig but after an initial operation, 18 weeks of chemotherapy & 3 weeks of radiotherapy, it’s finally over & I have to say it’s been the longest 6 months ever!
Each set of treatment has left its own mark. The operation has left a 4 inch scar, the chemo has made me unbelievably tired even 6 weeks on & the area of skin affected by the radiotherapy is pink & covered with a prickly heat rash.
- I’ve learnt that whilst being positive & optimistic doesn’t cure you (hopefully the medical treatment does), it sure helps you get through it & come out the other side with some emotional stability. And that you have to live for today, we all presume that we have a lot of tomorrows to enjoy… but you never know what’s round the corner 🤷♀️.
So how do I feel? Blooming relieved, exhausted & without getting all happy clappy – very thankful.
The support from you guys has been fantastic, so heart felt thanks for your generosity – the cards, flowers, plants, biscuits, books, puzzles, booze, chocolates & ginger teabags – I’ve drunk a lot of ginger tea, not sure I ever will again! And my need to eat Maltesers is finally receding 😂
The phone calls, texts & messages of support have been immense, you may not have realised it but they have really helped me get through the darker moments, the steroid induced waking hours between 4 & 6am & the laying on the settee feeling a bit sorry for myself times – so huge thanks to all of you 🙏
And a big up to the dedicated NHS staff who have been there every step of the way, from pre-diagnosis to being at the end of a phone as required. During my treatment for breast cancer I can honestly say that I have not met one member of NHS staff who hasn’t treated me with compassion, honesty & kindness.
So a further 9 months of 3 weekly herceptin injections & quarterly cardiac rest tests, to check the herceptin isn’t damaging my heart. Along with 3 years of taking a daily bisphosphonate tablet, to strengthen my bones as breast cancer & the treatment can seriously weaken your bones, then hopefully I’m as good as new.
Wishing you all a fabulous & healthy 2019.
Big love 💗