Worries and concerns

I have finally managed to get an appointment at the Breast Clinic, though not with my consultant as she is away for a further two months.
Originally my appointment was 6th February, then this was postponed until the 20th.
As Hubby had his own overnighter appointment, I couldn’t attend, so the revised date was the 6th March, only to be postponed until the 20th March.
This was then cancelled until May, and I thought enough was enough.

Although my mammogram came back with no cause for concern last year as it had the year before, I am anxious as I am tender, swollen, and sometimes have pain around the scar site. I have contacted the support team, and they say this is perfectly normal.
I’ve never been in this position before, this was my first surgery apart from tooth extractions, and my uncertainty is making me restless as I don’t know what to expect.
I have read articles of breast cancer sufferers where the cancer has returned elsewhere in the body after two years. It’s two and a half since my lumpectomy, and I am so afraid it will come back despite my medication.

A slice of Humphrey was sent away for further analysis to ascertain whether I would benefit from chemotherapy. He registered so low on the scale, I was lucky in that I would only require 20 radiotherapy sessions. I was relieved beyond belief and had to be on my own for a while.
The journey is going to be a killer for both of us, nearly 400 miles in total. Neither of us is looking forward to it, but at least we can share the driving.
Hopefully having seen someone face to face will put my fears to rest.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Worries and concerns

  1. Sadje says:

    Oh, I hope that there is nothing to worry.

  2. As someone 15 years out from a lumpectomy, the site can occasionally bother me but it’s the scar tissue. It doesn’t swell but the scar tissue is hard inside and not flexible. Aside from the swelling which would also bother me, it sounds normal. Glad you are getting it checked out. I had my annual check up today and “the girls” came through fine. Good for another year. Good luck to you too. We do feel better afterward.

    • Thanks Kate. I appreciate your support as you know. You helped me so much when I was originally diagnosed and thereafter. I shall never forget that. Glad the girls got the all clear.

  3. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Living with fear of cancer returning is a dreadful stress on our lives. That is a ridiculous thing about the appoints being postponed, rescheduled, on and on. I am an ovarian cancer survivor, I understand what you are saying.

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    Gad you’ve mansged to get an appointment. Peace of mind is worth the long frive.

  5. fransiweinstein says:

    Drive not frive

  6. A reassuring chat with a knowledgeable person is called for. We shall hope for good news (and the waiting and drive there is the worst part). Smiles sent to warm

  7. blindzanygirl says:

    I am SO glad to read this Di, though NOT glad to hear that you have been restless and anxious about this. I TOTALLY understand your anxiety. Don’t know what to say apart from I am sorry you are goung through this, and offer my heartfelt support. I am really sorry that you coukdn’t get an earlier appointment. That really sucks. I know that if you are worried, time is of the essence. I hope that you can feel more at oeace iver it, but know that that will not really happen until after your appointment. Am very sorry about thenpain and the swelling. That must be really worrying. Here fornyoy Di. ❤️❤️❤️

  8. DM says:

    So were you able to get an appointment before May? Appreciate the updates Di. 400 miles on the road, plus all of the stress around the testing etc. takes a lot of energy. Will be thinking/ praying for you both. DM

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