My Pre-Surgery Appointment

It’s been six weeks since I last saw my surgeon. Today I had to go back and see him for the last time before my surgery, just eleven days away now. I came to the appointment with my list of questions, all ready for a long discussion that would put me at ease. Click here to start at the beginning of my journey I was surprised to hear that my surgery will only take about two hours. I had read that this procedure takes 2-3 hours per side so had been expecting a much longer time frame. I was pleased …

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A Few Days Away

Before I found out I had cancer Simon had purchased a travel auction voucher for a few days away in Port Broughton, a beachside town a couple of hours from Adelaide. We have just spent the last few days there and it was so nice. We spent a lot of time fishing. I know, this wasn’t how I expected to spend my time. In my mind Simon was going to fish his little heart out and I was going to find a nice spot on the beach or in the shade and just chill out with a book. The first …

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A Second Opinion

After I sat down and talked with my surgeon, I knew exactly how I need to move forward with my treatment. There was only one way in my mind that I could get the results that I want – a life that is cancer-free and worry-free. I committed to it, booked my surgery and was quite happy. But I’ve never had a major surgical procedure – in fact my lumpectomy is my only other experience. I still have my tonsils and my appendix. I’ve not been in hospital since my youngest daughter was born nearly 21 years ago. Both my …

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What to Say to Someone with Breast Cancer

I just received a message from a Facebook friend. This was someone I hardly know. We have meet a few times in person, and occasionally will comment on each others’ Facebook posts, and I don’t think I have seen him for at least five years. But I was happy to be approached because it shows that by being open about what I am personally going through I am able to help others too. Yay, a small benefit to this shit hand I’ve been dealt! Anyway, I digress. He contacted me because he was wondering the best way to approach an …

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