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10 year survivor

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Hi everyone this is my first time here and I,m a survivor first diagnosed nearly 10 years ago with grade 3_aggressive cancer in left breast after 12_months of various lumps and cysts I finally had a mammogram at age 49 the radiographer asked if I had noticed anything different apart from the benign cysts ..I said just a small area of skin that seemed to dimple and stretch when I raised my arm she then made sure this particular area was pictured and a few days later I was recalled for a biopsy and then that dreaded result " you have breast cancer" I went for my results alone never for one moment thinking I would hear those words . I left the consultant in a state of disbelief or denial they said this was quite a normal reaction the reality hit when I got home to my husband and family lots of tears and then the short period of anxiety waiting for my op. I was very lucky.... After a wide local excision and removal and examination of the lymph glands under my left arm, no trace of cancer was found in these glands because of this I didn't have to undergo chemo and was instead given a course of radiotherapy As I said I was very lucky !! Yes it was scary but you have to stay positive stay STRONG I had good support from family and friends and I go for yearly check-ups and a mammogram every 3 years .....Proud to be a survivor๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Very encouraging to read your story, I too diagnosed grade 3 last July but had chemo, mastectomy and radiotherapy starts Thursday. Congrats on being a 10 year survivor, hope more and more of us are up there with you x

Jelly21 in reply to cazlav

Hi good to hear from you and your story is encouraging to others and there is life after all the heartache. Did you bother with reconstruction? Xx

Janny1306 in reply to Jelly21

Hi no didn't bother didnt want another(unnecessary) op I just stick a chicken fillet in left side to even things up but have thought about it over the last 10 years if its right for you go for it

Jelly21 in reply to Janny1306

Hi thank you for responding some days I want it and sometimes I don't I wish we didn't have to go through this in the first place it would of made life a lot simpler xx

Janny1306 in reply to cazlav

Stay positive stay strong๐Ÿ˜Šam sorry you had to go thru so much I used after sun cream on my breastwhen skin went red after radiotherapy I found it helped

Janny1306 in reply to Janny1306

Ha sorry previous reply not meant for you !! I think if I,d been younger (was49) or if scar and missing chunk was more visible I might have gone for reconstruction my bra covers most of it and chicken fillet does the rest ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was diagnosed 15months ago with grade 3 stage 3a. Her2positive and estrogen positive and have had the full works so to speak. Am now cancer free -yay! Which is a truly amazing outcome.

So feeling very fortunate -still recovering from the after effects of treatment. I'm looking at recon because am big breasted and fine when clothed with the prosthesis but not so keen when Im naked. I also find the prosthesis hot and sweaty in summer/hot weather so though recon is a big step and major surgery am taking consultation but also taking my time -pros and cons either way.

However am just so happy to be alive and well.......๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š and continue to celebrate life!!!

So pleased you are now cancer free, another positive story to keep everyone going! X

Hi Janny, STRONG, POSITIVE and great SUPPORT are certainly the way forward!

Lovely of you to join here. Great to have somewhere to go and sound off! Keep going xx๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Janny1306 in reply to Tracej

You too Trace thanks , wishing you all the best ๐Ÿ’žโœŠxxx

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