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Secondary breast cancer

Hi to everyone reading😁😁😁

I'm 47 and last October was, devastated to be diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. I'm coping really well with treatment had my first CT scan around 7 weeks ago and cancer as shrunk significantly (lungs and spine).

I wondered if anyone on here have similar diagnosis as myself and any inspiring stories to tell πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 529 ✭✭✭✭

    @Grimmer69

    Hi,

    Welcome to the community, I hope you will get to know us soon, everyone is very friendly, you will find a lot of support here to help you through this really tough time.

    I am so sorry to hear of your secondary diagnosis, that must truly have been a terrible shock for you, but I am really pleased that the cancer is responding to the treatment. Is that chemo you are having?

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and thankfully my treatment was successful. I had chemo, a mastectomy and radiotherapy which removed the cancer. I did have a lot of post-treatment side-effects that have taken a long time to improve. I have had a lot of help from my oncologist who has been brilliant in getting me seen by others to try and help with things.

    Things are slowly improving but to be honest it hasn't really stopped me, just slowed me down! haha! Sometimes I am like an old woman, and I'm not! Well not according to the medical professionals, who all tell me I am a young person! If they say it, it must be true!🀣

    Since my cancer diagnosis I was just determined not to go the way of my family (sister, mum and dad), I am very positive and refuse to allow cancer to define me, or dictate how my life was going to be. It is difficult, it hasn't been easy but I am so thankful for being given a chance to live again, when it could so easily have gone a different way. I now try and live my life in the best way possible, my priorities have changed. Life is just too short and when cancer tries to come and steal it from me, I intend to give it what for. Being part of this community does that, it is a real privilege to meet others and to be able to support, encourage, cry and laugh with everyone wherever they are on the cancer road.

    If you'd like to chat just join in with any conversation or start your own. We also have an off-topic category and you can chat about anything there. Even though you don't have a choice currently living with cancer, sometimes it's good to not have it in your face all the time.

    I look forward to chatting with you soon, keep in touch, let us know how you are getting on.

    Lou x

  • Grimmer69Grimmer69 Posts: 3 ✭

    Thankyou for your response I love love love your attitude I'm very much in the same mind sett cancer isn't going to stop me I'm living with cancer NOT dying from it. As they say where's there's life there's hope. I'm currently on immunotherapy ibrance and letroloz plus two implants every month zoledex to pute in the menopause and another to strengthen my bones sorry can't remember the name and pretty sure I can't spell it!!!!!

    Good to know you are doing so well and are recovering your nasty treatment. I was a rare case diagnosed straight to secondaries at only 46 so never had a chance to fight the bugger off in the first place but I'm fit well and ready to take on the world πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘xxxx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 529 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Grimmer69

    Thank you for your reply, I am so very pleased you have the same fighting spirit within you. I do believe it can really make a difference, so you hang on in there. I am with you! You know you will get the support here when the going gets tough. I take Letrozole, but I don't know the others. I am so sorry the diagnosis was so advanced already and you are very young! I know that because they tell me I am, and I am much older than you! hahaπŸ˜„.

    I hope you have a peaceful evening,

    Take care and chat soon,

    Lou x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 339 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16

    Hi @Grimmer69

    So sorry to hear about your secondary breast cancer, but what a great positive approach you have. That is fantastic and I am sure it makes a difference.

    My cancer is different, but I have had amazing support from all of the lovely folks who write in our Community. It is full of courageous, caring and funny people who will support you when you are having a bad day and who will celebrate the good ones with you, You are very welcome here and I hope you will keep in touch.

    Rob x

    PS. You and @Sunshinedaff are both just kids. Now where did I put my bus pass? 🀷‍β™‚οΈπŸ€”

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