I am 43 years old and was diagnosed with Breast cancer 8 weeks ago after I found a lump. My GP sent me for further tests where biopsies were taken and they confirmed that I had breast cancer. I cried for 3 days didn't eat or sleep as I had thought it was just a cyst and just couldn't get my head around it all. I had to go back 4 days later to discuss how far it had gone & what surgery was needed I was told I needed a full mastectomy and full lymph node removal on my left breast radiotherapy & highly likely chemotherapy would be needed depending on my lymph nodes in the operation. Surgery was scheduled for 3 weeks later which I have just had done 3 days ago. I was so nervous about the surgery & the pain afterwards but the whole team doing the surgery were fantastic and put me at ease, although it is sore the drains are the most painful part I have found and although I am uncomfortable & slow moving around it is better than I was expecting. The surgeon has said that my Lymph nodes were a lot worse than they was expecting & chemo is highly likely I will find out for definite next week when I go back for check up. But I have accepted that whatever treatment is needed at least I am lucky enough to still be here & if I lose my hair etc it'll grow back it has taken me a while to come round to this way of thinking as I was devastated but I do think positive thinking is a big part of recovery.
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