Honestly, having cancer is like having a full-time job (when you already have a full time job that you’re trying to keep engaged with!). In the past few weeks, I have seen the surgeon, the oncologist, the dentist, been to Maggies for psychological support, GP, radiotherapist, yesterday the ENT specialist, and today counselling… so plenty of #waitingroomfeet (and of course trying to keep my exercise classes going!).

Ongoing Side Effects

When I went through primary treatment, I truly thought that I would get through the treatment, and get on with things, pretty much as normal, but there are so many things still going on.

Some caused, and some controlled, by monthly hormonal injection, daily hormonal tablet and calcium/Vit D tablet, antidepressant, all on prescription, with Omega 3 Fish Oil, Probiotic, Vit B12, Evening Primrose Oil, and Glucosamine Sulphate, non-prescription.

So, we’ll see what the new round of treatment does to me, hoping will be gentle!

Counselling

I was due to finish counselling at the Christie by Christmas, but the new diagnosis means that this has continued. Typically I’ve seen someone for an hour every 2-3 weeks, and we’ve worked largely to ‘compassion focused therapy’, seeking to untangle the thoughts that are in my head, fears about treatment/the future, learning to be kinder to myself, trying to fit life aims into a shorter time, tackling any feelings of guilt for letting people down, and all sorts of things. I definitely appear to have ‘made progress’ .. with a lot of help from those around me.

Today we talked about the ‘worry box technique‘, as I am concerned about the number of scans I’m going to be having (I may #blackhumour joke that I no longer have to worry about secondaries, but there’s always question of progression) – so suggestion is to find a set point to try and get worries out of the head, onto a piece of paper – then see which ones can be ‘problem solved’, and which are uncertainties that have to be lived with.

Researching Secondary Cancer

Compared to primary breast cancer, secondary breast cancer is quite underfunded:

Jo Taylor, of ABC Diagnosis, who ran the wonderful exercise retreat I was on, recommends the following charities specifically researching metastatic breast cancer:

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