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I don’t post very much these days, but I do still pop in and have a read of what’s going on. I just wanted to talk about the last few weeks. I think I’ve reached saturation point. If you’re feeling a bit low then maybe scroll on by. Then perhaps, on the other hand, this might make you feel better about things :slight_smile:

Hubby was told a few weeks ago that his sister (abroad ) has lung cancer. She’s 59 and yes, a heavy smoker. It’s inoperable. Terminal. Started chemo and was told she might have 4 months or 4 years. No one knows.

My brother’s only daughter (they live abroad ) was dxd with colon cancer four years ago aged 31. So much surgery and treatment, over the years, knowing it is terminal but just buying time. Now aged 35, it seems time is running out. There are many new tumors and her kidneys are not good… Her mum sobbed down the phone to me for over an hour. My brother,always stoic, couldn’t even speak to me.

I had my biannual Breastcheck screening two weeks ago, in the local visiting mobile unit. I never miss it. I was surprised to get a letter last week calling me to an appointment to visit the main clinic in the city, two hours drive from home. I had such a bad feeling about this. After two hours of pulling and prodding, many more mammograms and an ultrasound, I was told there was “something” there. It is small and deep. Wouldn’t have been felt. The doctor doing the ultrasound and biopsy said, in her experience of what she’s seeing, a procedure would be likely. Biopsy done and an appointment made for this Monday when I’ll be given the results. Another four hour round trip. They won’t be sent by post or discussed on the phone. I know many of you on the forum have had similar experience and worse, but I can honestly say I feel totally numb. Thanks for “listening”.

Hugs

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Thinking of you Poppy at this tough time.

Best wishes and good luck

Mick

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Hi Poppy, I’m listening to you and if I was there I’d hold your hand for a while. Anthony

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Hi Poppy

My heart goes out to you. I wish you all the best for tomorrow

Izzie xx

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love and healing wishes

and big hugs too

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Aw Pops

It sounds like your family has had enough cancer. And I know that you’ve had a really dreadful couple of years, so I hope your biopsy results are OK. I’ve had several friends have breast cancer scares, and luckily they’ve all been benign. So I’ll be keeping my fingers well and truly X’d for you tomorrow.

And by the way, you’ve been missed on the forum (by me and I’m sure many other people). We’ve needed your brand of sense and your good humour in the face of some horrible times.

Best of luck, let us know what happens.

Sue xx

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Oh gawd, that’s quite a bit to be going through… hoping the best for the biopsy result!

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Hi Poppy I hope your results are benign. It is no wonder your thyroid levels are all over the place with so much stress. Thinking of you. Sue

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Oh poppy what a tough time you’re having. Hoping that everything goes well for you today and it turns out to be nothing worth worrying about. Juls

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Thank you for all the positivity and thanks Sue for the kind words x It’s cancerous and a lumpectomy is necessary. Will meet with anaesthist hopefully next week. Surgeon operates Tuesday and Wednesdays. This means it will be after Xmas before surgery. There will be further tests and discussion to see if radiotherapy will be enough. To and from the city for 5 weeks of daily radiotherapy will follow. Hopefully chemo won’t be needed. The show must go on however so I will be keeping my head down and just carry on as normal. My mantra has always been "just do it ". Buy that dress,get those shoes, visit that place,eat that cake! Life isn’t a rehearsal xx

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So sorry you have such news, hope you manage to have a good Christmas

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You poor Poppy. Typically you put a brave face on it, to us at any rate, I’m sure there’s been a lot more upset, anger, ire, fury, etc in reality!

I shall continue to hope that it’s not the ‘worst’ kind (as if there’s a ‘good’ type), and that chemo isn’t needed. I’m sure you’ll be going through hell over the next weeks / couple of months until you find out the results of the lab tests on what they remove.

Best of luck dear Poppy. You’ll stay in my thoughts.

Sue x

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Poppy, you sound such an amazing person, full of compassion for others. I can’t imagine what you are going through. With your “just do it” attitude and all the other qualities you have it’s this that will see you through.

Take care

Izzie xx

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So sorry to hear that you’ve had a cancer diagnosis - that sucks. It sounds like it’s been caught very early though so you stand a very good chance of them getting rid of it. I personally know three ladies who have had breast cancer and every one of them is now cancer free. Much love and positivity to you. Show the cancer who’s boss :slight_smile:

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Best of luck Poppy. I had breast cancer and two operations, radiotherapy and Chemo so there is life after treatment. It is a slog from start to finish but it is surmountable so take heart. I shall be thinking of you. Moira

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Not sure why my post (18) was anonymous! In my haste to send you my thoughts I must have hit the wrong button xx

Bad news! Hope all goes well with the treatment. Are you on any DMD’s - will you be able to continue taking them?

Thanks for the reassurance Moira. I think that’s just what’s needed now. I’m glad you’re well. Flutterby, “an amazing person”??? I’m not sure about that! I don’t think so! I’m just me. Stubborn,feisty, argumentative, impulsive, sarcastic, a very good listener, a dreamer, amusing and animated, i call a spade a spade and tell it like it is but amazing?, nah. (Now I’ll carefully step down off my pedestal. Ahem)

Krakowian. No, no dmd. Initially dxd with rrms in 2015, twelve months later it became apparent it wasn’t so. Diagnosis changed to ppms then.