This is a diary of my experience with breast cancer. Whatever I write is what I feel or what I understand. The latter might not be correct, the former might not always be rational. Rely on your doctors and the expert sources they refer you to, such as Breast Cancer Care and MacMillan, if you’re seeking info & advice. I hope this might one day help someone who’s either going through the same thing or supporting a loved one who is.
My name is Leah and I’m 45 years old. On Saturday, 17 December 2016, I found a lump in my breast and took it to the GP on the 19th. He referred me to the one-stop breast clinic where on the 30th I was diagnosed with breast cancer. On 4th January, I was informed that it was a grade 2 invasive cancer. I had a lumpectomy and a sentinel lymph node biopsy on 19th January.
On 1 February, I found out that the tumour was in fact grade 3, but the margins around the tumour were clear and the lymph nodes negative (hurrah!). I’m waiting for an Oncotype DX test which will determine if I will need chemotherapy. If so, that will come first and then it will be followed by 3 weeks of radiotherapy and 10 YEARS of Tamoxifen.