I am now back at my parents, recovering from the operation. Pain is slowly diminishing every day! My movement is increasing and I’m getting my appetite back (that was never going to take long). I’ve been back to the surgeon to hear the results of the surgery. Apart from it being successful, he told me the pathology report explained that out of the 21 lymph nodes removed (everyone has about 20-30 of them in that area), 13 of them were cancerous. Which concreted the fact that I would need Chemotherapy and Radiation.
I am booked in to see the Oncologist on the 1st May, at Nepean Cancer Care, whom Auntie Joan has said are great. I don’t have a set date as to when Chemo will start, but it will be some time at the beginning of May. I brought up with Dr Moon my concern of having to wait a week to have the initial operation after finding out, then even longer for Chemo. He said it would not be a worry, it would not move that fast. Although aggressive, it has probably been in my body for about 18 months. My body needs to heal before Chemo starts, as it can really create havoc on your immune system.
The breast care nurses at The Breast Cancer Institute are amazing, kind and are so good at what they do. I think it’s so important in these situations that the patient is made to feel comfortable; in reality, our lives are in their hands. I am aware that Breast Cancer Awareness is all over the joint at the minute and seems to be trending. However, being in this situation has made me realise just how much more they need to help this situation. Not just with breast cancer, but health in general. Westmead Public Hospital is so tired and worn down, it is actually heartbreaking to walk through the corridors and into the bathrooms.