Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a wife and mother of 3 young children, Matthew 13, Ellie 10 and Freddie 6. I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2001 at the age of 36. Following Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, I was in remission until a chance MRI scan in Feb 2005 for an unrelated problem, detected that the Cancer had returned. I was then diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer. The likely prognosis given in February was 18 months to 5 years. I then had to undergo aggressive Chemotherapy, but following the results of a recent bone scan, it was found that the Cancer is still spreading.
The treatment in Germany will cost thousands of pounds and for most people like myself, the opportunity for this is a dream. Many of my Family and Friends want to make this dream a reality and are making tremendous fund raising efforts, because without them, I would not be able to seek the treatment that I so obviously need and which is not being offered in this country.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Update from Spinal Surgeon
Dr Barrett suggested that if I hadn't had an appointment through for the MRI scan, I should contact her secretary to chase.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Then we went on to talk about my posture and back problem which is obviously causing me huge problems and concern. I obviously asked about what could be done and she mentioned an operation called Vertebroplasty http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=vertebro
She said as it is bank holiday weekend coming up, people are on hols but she will try to speak with the radiologist about this operation and also a spinal surgeon to see if they thought that metal rods into the spine might help! As usual I have to wait for all this. Dr B said she would call by the end of the week with an update on these suggestions.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Hols didn't quite go according to plan!
I did still manage to get out and about on the days that I didn't feel so bad thanks to having the wheelchair as I just couldn't walk very far and we managed to visit a number of nice places including Mijas and Puerto Banus, blimey how the other half live with their flash cars and £30 million pound yachts!
Julie did a marvellous job of dressing my armpit everyday and although we had a few days where it was getting quite bloody we managed to keep it under control. Unfortunately though, there is no change and I still have a massive hole in my armpit with no sign of healing. It did impact my holiday a great deal because I just couldn't swim and therefore no chance of cooling off from the lovely hot sun.
All in all it was lovely to get away, I didn't have to do anything and I didn't have to think about hospital appointments etc. Unfortunately I've returned on a real downer and have been in tears a few times over the last couple of days. I just don't know how I'm going to cope because I can hardly do anything myself any more without being extremely tired and in pain. I can't eat properly and I can't breath. I've got an Oncology appointment on Monday and am hoping to discuss my problems at length with Dr Barrett to see what can be done.