Had another check-up - still smiling

Been back for my 3-month check with the oncologist. Had a physical examination and there was nothing to cause concern. I don’t have to go back until the new year; I am so relieved. I’m looking in to having surgery on my ovaries, rather than the zoladex approach. My reaction to zoladex doesn’t seem very [...]

Chemo - scan after 6 cycles, 2007

I was sent for a PET CT scan. This was the second time round and I was in a better frame of mind. It was a week before I got the results. I tried to control my anxiety, but it did eat away at me. I was expecting a result that showed some slight change [...]

Having chemo - epirubicin, Autumn 2007

My hormones were all over the place. I was very stressed, and the chemo was overlaid on top of this. The expectation was that I would feel rough for the first few days after having chemo and then things would pick up. What happened was that I felt fine for the first few days and then [...]

First meeting with the oncologist

At the meeting with the oncologist, we ran through my medical history and then I had an examination. I was also asked:

when did my periods start (answer - 14)

how long had I been on the pill (answer - on and off since my twenties)

did I smoke (answer - never)

how much alcohol did I drink (answer - nothing)

At [...]

Medical history

My adult life has been dominated by my hormones being out of balance.
The key things that I would pick out are:
- Severe pre-menstrual symptoms (period pains, mood swings, weight swings, breast pain, a little hirsuteness)
- Pre-eclampsia
- Dislocated kneecaps – might seem like a red herring but there may be a link between the looseness of [...]