I have been struggling with the concept of secondary breast cancer since my diagnosis in November 2009. Shell-shocked is how I have been feeling. I was told the cancer had metastasised to lungs and bones. The doctors seemed to be suggesting I would not survive for long. However, once I moved consultants to Professor Grieve, a brilliant and supportive oncologist, hope seemed to be on the horizon.
2010 was spent trying to find a chemotherapy that would help. However, with each one I seemed to succumb to the most awful side-effects. I spent most of the year feeling very unwell as well as several episodes in hospital.
These was a Eureka moment in March 2011 when I was moved onto weekly Taxol and Herceptin. The world changed! No longer was I feeling unwell all the time, I started to put on weight and get some colour in my cheeks. I do suffer from side-effects, peripheral neuropathy in particular, but acupuncture helps keep it manageable. I am tired and can’t do as much as I would like. However, unlike three weekly Taxol, weekly Taxol means I keep my brain! I am still working although I find it tiring.
I am still here and life is looking good. I am enjoying being with my husband and seeing as much of the family as possible.