DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT PLAN
TELLING MY FAMILY
My diagnosis was confirmed just over a month after I felt the lump. This is because there are many appointments, scans and procedures required for a complete diagnosis to be made.
Don't let this worry you, as this length of time for a full diagnosis is normal and my timeline of the scans and procedures will help to see how it planned out.
The Cancer Nurses, Doctors and Specialists really do their best to guide you, help you and move the process along as quickly as they can.
If you feel, the process is not moving as fast as they should and you are worried, do speak to your Cancer Nurse or McMillan Support and they can guide you in the right direction.
But positivity is key
Self Detected Triple Negative Cancer
G2, IDC, ER, PR and Her2 negative
3.1cm on imaging
Axillary lymph node FNA - C2
Ultrasound guided clip insertion
Staging CT CAP
Proposed for Dose Dense AC/Paclitaxel Chemotherapy followed by surgery an radiotherapy as appropriate
TELLING MY FAMILY
I found it easy to tell my family.
Just because we had been through so much together. There support was something I needed, so the thought of not telling them was illogical.
I can tell you though, that not having my Mum here, whilst going through Cancer has been tough. She was just so caring and sweet. Though, If she had been here, it would have been another heartbreak for her. She'd experienced so much heartbreak in her lifetime.
My brother Jayesh has been my rock, he's so strong and has such understanding and empathy which helps so much.
I can talk to him about absolutely anything and poor my heart out to him. But sometimes I just don't want to cry in front of him, because I don't want to hurt him by him seeing or hearing me cry.
My father has supported me too. He needs guidance most of the time. But he's been there.
My mother-in-law cried when she heard the news. It's hard to hear, it's sad, it's scary, it's shocking.
But support is so important when your'e dealing with Cancer.
Talking about it is important.
Being proud really won't get you anywhere - I experienced this first hand and lost my Mum to Cancer because she had pride and couldn't trust.
Love is all you have at these times.