Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Recap of Breast Cancer Journey!

My breast cancer journey!

Alhamdulillah.. Glad that I have completed all my treatments, finally!! *relief*

Just to recap all from A to Z..

9/10/11 - Notice there are lumps on my right breast
22/10/11 - Biopsy at the same hospital
25/10/11 - Collected result - Breast Cancer Stage 2B. Was advised to remove whole right breast.
27/10/11 - Seeking second opinion from Dr Patricia Gomez, Breast Specialist of Hospital Pantai KL
31/10/11 - Admission for surgery to remove lumps at the same hospital
1/11/11 - Surgery took 2 and half an hour
3/11/11 - Discharge
26/11/11 - Surgery to insert chemo port which only took half an hour (day care)
29/2/12 - First out of 12 cycles of chemotherapy Part 2 - every week
5/6/12 - First out of 33x of radiotherapy - daily
25/7/12 - The last radiotherapy - completion of all treatments
(click those links for further details ya)

Doc advice :
- eat healthy foods - less meat, more fruits, vege and fish. This is very hard for me coz I don't each vege and I like snacks and fast food!! *sigh*

- supplement for prevention of recurrence? No need. Coz what I need most is Tamoxafin tablet which to be taken daily for 5yrs! That will cost me RM150/mth.

- no more period!! I was shock to hear this coz I thought the period only stops during treatments but it is going to stop for my entire life???!!! Period is my enemy. If have them, have to go see doc immediately as doc will need to stop them. Unless we plan to have another baby, then will have to consult with doc. Deep inside, I am so glad that I already have a pair of children.

Yep, everything done in 9 mths!! Really appreciate my company and boss for taking care of the bills and paid MC! I couldn't ask for more!! *touch*

Thank you so much for all your prayers and supports. You all make me stronger and I never know that I am such a strong person!! Really!!

Anyway, will start work on Wednesday 1/8/2012. Working only 4 months this year... O.O


P/s.. sorry no pics.. am just lazy to upload.. Heeee...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Tumbuh Pt 2

The hair, after a mth from the previous WW entry.

My uncle said "3 bulan lagi panjang sudah tu"! Let see..

Nyway, wishing the Muslims a blessed Ramadhan!

Eventhough most of friends didn't encourage me to fast as I am still on recovering process, but I believe Allah will help me go through this. However, am not fasting when doing treatment.

Will start work on next Monday - still to be reconfirmed though.
 
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Radiotherapy

My breast cancer journey!

After successfully completed my 16 cycles of chemotherapy, next treatment will be radiotherapy - ionizing radiation. It is part of the cancer treatment to control and kill the malignant cells. It is also preventing tumor recurrence after surgery to remove a primary malignant tumor i.e. early stages of breast cancer.


Before the treatment, will need to do marking on the area which need to be treated. The marking process they call it RT Planning. Process takes  about 10mins. Just lay down with both hands up and they will do the rest. Ruler,  white board marker pen and white tape are the tools for marking. Pls do not remove the marked white tapes sticked on any area of your body, until the very last day of your treatment! Phew.. Kalau tertanggal, dorang lekat balik! Hehehe..

That's one of the marking right on my chemoport


As for the radiotherapy treatments itself, I only have to lay down for about 2-3min on each session. Oh yes, need to take off shirt and bra. Radiotherapy is something like laser pointing to the treated area from few angles. In my case, 3 angles - left, right and top. It's a standard of 25x sessions on daily basis. It is a much easy process.

This is the machine for radiotherapy.
The one circled is moveable 360 degree!

Side effect?? Errr..  the common side effects are fatique and skin irritation like a mild to moderate sunburn. That's answer why I often doze off easily. Just shut my eyes and la la land!! Heheheh.. yup, sunburn on that area!

I have successfully completed 25x of radiotheraphy yesterday. 8x more for booster. Can't wait to finish the treatment.. Sudah tersangat boring hari2 p hospital!

Will start working soon!! with new position!! That need me to refresh what been study before!! Phewww..

Still got few stale stories.. huhuhu...

Till then..