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 [...]

New swimsuit for summer

Decided the current swimsuit is starting to look a little tired and discolouring a little – and to be honest it has had good use over the last 18 months. Found something I liked the look of on the amoena website, and it arrived really quickly. It fits and is quite a bright design, so [...]


Chemo line flush (portacath) done - needles back in stock (unlike last week). Did the urine sample, to be sent off with blood sample; this is sent off for testing and should give an indication of whether I need to continue with bondronat. Managed to fit in a couple of swims this week, but will [...]

Swimming after radiotherapy

Went for my first swim since radiotherapy - went early in the morning and the sun was shining and making the trees outside look really attractive. Did 40 lengths so very proud of myself, though I did then come home and have a snooze. Timing was good, as I had my portacath flush last week, [...]

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 [...]