About Me

09april23_19Welcome.

My aim is to help anyone in a similar situation to me – sharing experiences and anything useful learnt along the way. It took me a while to get over the shock of having cancer, and the learning curve was steep when I tried to grasp the implications of what was happening to me.

I have been living with a cancer diagnosis since July 2007;  in that time I have had

  • surgery to the breast area (mastectomy and lumpectomy),
  • ovaries removed (oophorectomy),
  • chemotherapy (epirubicin),
  • radiotherapy (to the breast area and pelvis and base of spine) and
  • hormone treatment (tamoxifen, letrozole and zoladex/goserelin).

I have taken bondronat tablets (ibandronic acid)/had injections of zometa (zoledronic acid), on and off. I am prescribed prozac.

I had a portacath fitted for delivery of chemo drugs in 2007 - I have the line flushed every month.

I have inflammatory breast cancer with secondary cancer in my liver and bones. First I had chemotherapy; the scan at the end of this indicated no active cancer. I then had a mastectomy and then a recurrence of the cancer in my breast in Autumn 2008 required a lumpectomy. My scan in 2008 raised possible doubts over my lungs and groin, but a groin biopsy did not reveal problems. Since then I have had radiotherapy to the chest area. In autumn 2009, I elected to have my ovaries removed rather than continuing to suppress their behaviour using Zoladex. Then I had stiffness in my hip joint due to cancer damage, which needed radiotherapy in Feb 2010. I changed from tamoxifen to letrozole in March 2010. My life expectancy is put at “a small number of years”, though in the early stages it was put at months.

I am suprisingly well in myself, and work part time. This helps distract me and I feel like I  have two parallel lives - the hospital/medical version, and the public version where I try to carry on as normal. I am in my forties, married, with a school-age son.

I am trying to improve my health through nutrition and exercise. I enjoy walking, swimming and short cycle rides. I sometimes attend tai chi classes. I have changed my diet so I am dairy-free, eating fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, chicken, fish and eggs. I try to frequently have foods that may have anti-cancer properties or boost the immune system. When I go for walks, I take pictures using my phone, and hope they brighten up my pages.

You may have found your way to this site because you too have cancer, or you are trying to find out more on behalf of someone you care about. My best wishes are with you, and I welcome your additions to my blog - either with questions you wish to share more widely, or positive input that you feel will support others.