[CANCER] DEXA Scan Complete

The combination of endocrinology drugs that I'm on - tamoxifen and Zoladex at the moment, swapping to exestemene (sp?) in 6-7 weeks, means that I'm being pushed into an early menopause, with consequent risks of Osteoporosis. Today, therefore, I had a baseline scan on my bone strength. I've been told these are typically every 2 years now... The first appointment was slap bang in the middle of a big meeting at work that I couldn't…

[CANCER] Endocrine Therapy: Tamoxifen & Zoladex #BreastCancer #WaitingRoomFeet

I'm super tired. Today was the day that I start on another round of treatment, an injection to be had every 28 days, known as Zoladex (I'd been sent a leaflet by Breast Cancer Care to read a couple of weeks ago). My cancer is fed by oestrogen and progesterone, so my oncologist wants it out of my system as much as possible: although the chemo will apparently already have 'aged my ovaries', I'm still young…

[CANCER] Urban Axe Throwing with @WhistlePunksUK, courtesy of @ElliesFriends

When cancer strikes, it's pretty rubbish, and your life can become absorbed by medical appointments, a fear of the future - often combined with a desire to cram in as many experiences as possible as life feels more precious and there 'to be lived'. Many charities help with all kinds of aspects of cancer, but, along with the Willow Foundation (for 40 & under), and The Honey Rose Foundation, Ellie's Friends is one that I've…

[CANCER] 1 Year Mammogram #BreastCancer

So, this time last year, I had not even had an appointment with the GP about a concerning lump (that was 15th August - so I must have booked it, but not told anyone). My bedroom was nearly finished (I'd been stripping it, painting it, getting electrics, furniture, carpets done) - little knowing how much time I was going to spend in it. My annual calendar was set up with teaching deadlines, and I was…

[CANCER] Moving Forward Course with @BCCare

So today, I've just finished the 'Moving Forward' course run in partnership between Breast Cancer Care and hospital trusts (Stockport in my case). For 3 hours over the past 4 weeks, around 12 of us have gathered in a (rather hot and stuffy) room at Stepping Hill Hospital to think about where next. In the past, people used to finish hospital based treatment and effectively 'waved goodbye', but this is the point at which help…
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