Archive for December, 2013

December 18, 2013

Dexa-scan results

I had a dexa-scan, which stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry and measures my bone density. One of my chemo drugs is known to cause problems in this department and this coupled with the absence of estrogen (surgery and drug induced) and the switch from taking Tamoxifen to Letrozole puts me at high risk…and sure enough, I have early signs of osteoporosis.

I have more drugs to take…one to take once a week and five to take every day.

So cancer, you bastard, I’ve kicked your ass and banished you yet you rear your ugly head at every turn; but I’m alive to see it and for that I am thankful.

December 9, 2013

Catch up and thank you

I really need a catch up here!

The oopherectomy was simple and recovery time was fleeting…yay for keyhole surgery! However, the removal of my implant filler ports was (in the words of my surgeon) “challenging”. Radiotherapy had caused adhesion of the ports and tubes and these had to be cut out, under local anaesthetic which had to be increased several times before I was brought down from the ceiling.

It’s all done. All surgery is complete. In about ten years the implants will need replacing, or sooner if I wish but I have no plans for further surgery any time soon.  I have two more Herceptin treatments…phew, because it’s getting difficult to find a use-able vein. When I had a blood test a few weeks ago it took twenty minutes and four needles…chemo messes up the veins something rotten.

I must and will add to the side-effects on my Cancer Diary; some of the permanent ones are interesting, some niggling, some maddening.

I must also thank all you superb people who read this drivel. It’s a total understatement to say you’ve helped me through this. I can’t repay you all personally so I shall be paying it forward as often and wherever I can. I reached out for support and you guys were there. Thank you xx

And on a sad note, there’s a post on Ralph’s Blog about this lovely little chap.
I’ve never met this little dog but I’ve cried buckets over him

harrycamelHarry’s Blog can be read here