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.
Had a good 35 minute consultation with Dr Barrett this afternoon reviewing all my problems that I thought I had plus something she highlighted that I didn't even know was happening! It was a bit of a shock really because at first I thought she was saying that the cancer had spread to my stomach so that was a shocker but this is not quite the case and the stomach is in fact okay. The cancer has spread to an area around the stomach called the mysentery which are glands or nodes. After explaining the stomach problems I had during my holiday Dr Barrett said that the nodes will be full of cancer and are squeezing and pushing the stomach up which is also affecting my breathing and making me feel very sick. She didn't offer any remedy for this other than anti-sickness tablets which I'm taking but aren't particularly helping.
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.