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I was diagnosed with breast cancer (triple negative) in October 2019, to say it was a shock is an understatement as I had had a mammogram only 4 months prior that showed no evidence of breast cancer. Initially I was told it was treatable albeit advanced however following a CT scan I was advised the cancer had spread to multiple lymph nodes in my chest and neck, no spread to any other major organ but they staged it as a stage 4 and my only option was palliative chemotherapy, I am only 57 and this is not the news I wanted (I know none of us want this news). I am now on cycle 4 of 6 cycles of chemo. I am due to start docetaxol this week providing my neutrophils pick up sufficiently, having read all the information about this drug I am rather nervous about all the side effects, have any other members had this drug that are able to share their experience? I have also had neutropenia after every cycle so far. They started me on GCSF injections prior to this cycle which has helped but not enough at this point, I am going back for a rebleed today in the hope I have reached the cutoff otherwise this cycle will be deferred too. Has anyone else had this diagnosis that could offer me any hope as my oncologist gave me a prognosis of 1-2 years? I am devastated. My first progress scan showed a reduction in the size of all the affected lymph nodes but I'm having difficulty convincing myself this is a good thing as I don't want to get my hopes up only to have them dashed again. I am trying to stay positive as I'm a firm believer it helps but it is becoming increasingly difficult given the prognosis I was given. I so don't want my life to be cut this short as I have too much to live for particularly my daughter getting married next year and grandchildren in the not too distant future. I am getting lots of support from family and friends and could seriously not have got this far without them, I am however a little disappointed with the support from the hospital, I'm not sure if I was expecting too much from them but I do feel quite brushed off. Any positive information anyone can provide would be appreciated.