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.
MRI Scan appointment
Had the letter through this morning with my appointment for 1st October! 5 weeks from when Dr Barrett suggested the scan, some urgency!
As my armpit isn't healing particuarly well, (it's been 13 weeks now since I was admitted to hospital!), I've started on another course of antibiotics last Friday. Today, I've had to stop taking them. I feel so sick I don't know what to do with myself and my breathing is even worse than last week. I'm sure it's the erythromycin tablets making everything worse. Trouble is why is my armpit not healing. There's no answer to that either! Dr Barrett said last week that it could be due to the cancer spread but didn't suggest any investigation to try and clear it up
Had to call the Doctor out again
Breathing is still really bad and I'm struggling to walk up and downstairs. The district nurses are visiting everyday to change my armpit dressing and they were concerned this morning so put a call in for the doctor to come and see me.
She checked my oxygen levels and took some blood for a full blood count just in case my Hb levels are low. Oxygen levels seemed okay in the lungs even though I'm struggling. The doctor also gave me my Faslodex injection which is part and parcel of all the cancer treatment.
I haven't had my MRI scan appointment through so as per Dr Barrett's instructions last week I rang her secretary. As usual it went straight to voicemail but when I got to the end of the message saying that I was waiting for the MRI appointment, she picked up the phone and said, quite indignantly that she had nothing to do with the MRI appointments and I should contact them which she was quite happy to put me through. I was only going on what Dr Barrett asked me to do!
Spoke with X-ray and I'm in the system but no appointment yet!