Packing for a summer holiday - ideas

I’ve been off on holiday to the sun - some things I packed worked really well…
I have to protect my arm and half of my chest area from the sun, up to my collar bone, partly because of radiotherapy, and partly because I have to protect the arm where  the lymph nodes were removed.

I took [...]

Been out in my posh frock

Had a wonderful night out – surprised my husband with my new dress (though he did ask the price and I did own up). Felt glamorous and elegant. Had a pleasant meal, good entertainment and then dancing. Feet were a bit sore by the end – I had a problem finding shoes that were comfortable [...]

In the beginning: Hospital referral

I got an appointment at hospital about 10 days after seeing the GP. During this time my right arm had become stiffer, and the breast more painful. Wearing a bra was uncomfortable. I started wearing tight fitting lycra vests instead. Each day I felt I was going downhill.
Initial tests
I had a mammogram. I also had [...]

Post-mastectomy: Using a breast form

This is lightweight, being made of cloth. It was comfortable to wear against the mastectomy dressing, whilst giving a bit of shape. It is worn with a normal bra. My bra tended to ride up on one side as the comfie was not as heavy as my breast, and the bra was a gentle fit [...]

Mastectomy: leading up to the operation

It is now about a year since my mastectomy, so thought I’d reflect on it.
I was originally scheduled for a mastectomy at the end of 2007. For a number of reasons, it was delayed for a few months. This allowed me to get my strength back after the chemo. I went for walks and started [...]


I got a call from the oncologist’s secretary today - time to book an appointment. I have been skulking around avoiding hospitals for long enough, it seems. It feels a bit like being
summoned to the headmistress’s or headmaster’s office - not sure whether I’ve been naughty or good! I think it’s probably time for another [...]

Mastectomy Bras and Swimsuits

Whilst on the theme of clothing, thought I’d continue with underwear.
After having a mastectomy, you are first given a cloth prosthesis which just sits inside your bra. You are given an appointment for a prosthesis fitting with the breast care nurses about 6 weeks later. A friend who had been through it before advised [...]

Radiotherapy - longer term effects

Beautiful weather today - went for a walk by the sea in the sunshine. Had a chat with one of our neighbours - suddenly everyone is getting out and about. My colleagues were suffering aches and pains from too much gardening!
I have to take care to cover up against the sun. I have found [...]