Waltzing with my lovely daughter at the dance school's bollywood-themed ball (any excuse to dress up!)
Name: Marneyd (marneyd)
Member Since: January 11, 2012
Profile: Cancer Survivor
Type of Cancer: Breast Cancer
Her2 Status: No
Lymph Node Involvement: No
Surgery: Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Reconstructive Surgery
Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Chemotherapy: Adriamycin (Doxorubicin), Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), Epirubicin, Fluorouracil (5-FU), Taxol (Paclitaxel)
Hormone Therapy: Arimidex
What I Hate Most About Cancer: The feeling that my body could be my own worst enemy
What I Have Learned From Cancer: How much I value my family, how much they value me and how much strength you can dredge up from nowhere when you have to.
Cancer Center: University Hospital of North Staffordshire
Tips for others on how to deal with the mental struggles of chemo/cancer: Cling to the positive.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Breast cancer No. 1. Surgery left me with some lymph oedema in the left arm, but the exercises helped and this is now barely noticeable.
Leiomyosarcoma 2009: Can still sometimes feel the 'join' where my guts were resectioned and this can be a little uncomfortable.
Breast cancer No. 2 2011: The nature of the reconstruction made it really hard to stand straight for about 3 months after the op. Also a tiny part of the new boob 'died' as it lost its blood supply temporarily - its taken 6 months to heal fully but is ok now.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Breast cancer 1 2004: FEC - started throwing up after session 2 and it just got progressively worse.
Breast cancer 2 2011: TAC - minor heartburn, some nausea, some reaction to lenograstim injections, but apart from a little nausea, no sickness (hooray!). Complete hair loss with both types of chemo.
Radiation or Proton Therapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Breast cancer No. 1 2004: Quite bad desquamatous exfoliation towards the end few sessions. Found this very distressing at the time.
Hormone Therapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Arimedex (Anastrazole) - started in January - joint pains can be quite unpleasant.
Fundraising Description: Race for Life (Cancer Research UK) ;