Saturday, September 11, 2010

A summer to remember.....for all the wrong (?)reasons!
Work has been manic, the sun has shone, the veg has been amazing, the sheep have lambed, the pigs grown on to slaughter and volunteers....most magnificent ones this year have come and gone....and despite a wet August the summer has been fantastic....we had a wonderful holiday in Brittany without any rain! So it should have been a wonderful summer.....however things have been happening that will ensure life will never be quite the same again and could actually be the most positive things that have ever happened....in a funny sort of way!
You may recall earlier in the year that I mentioned that my daughter aged 26 at the time had been diagnosed with breast cancer...as a result of that making me a little less upbeat and also the incredible amount of work we have had in...this blog has suffered somewhat....
So, why was I a little less up beat?....and for an enthusiastic person like me a little preoccupied?
Well since my gran had died of breast cancer, and my mother, who i had little contact with since the age of 13 had died of what was thought by her husband to be cancer, and my daughter had it I went for an appointment at the genetic dept of our local big hospital. They were able to find out that my mother had indeed died of breast cancer making 3 generations with me as the meat in the sandwich.....
We were labelled as a high risk family and 3 weeks later I was sent for an early mamogramme.....just to rule out anything as nothing could be felt....and I had always checked...
well a week later I had been referred for 'further investigation'....great!
A week and several proceedures later plus a biopsy of 'something suspicious' I went for the results....
They had discovered a 1.8mm grade 2 invasive ductal cancer in the centre of the left breast in a place where no one could have felt it!!! I swore quite loudly!
Surgery was booked for the 6th September....

Well I am happy to report I survived the surgery....they got the lump, they dug out a lymph node or 2....with the aid of blue dye, radioactive stuff and a geiger counter!!!, the anasthetic made me very groggy but nothing hurt and I have a remodelled boob (yes I know gents...too much info!)that is better than it started out (they will redo the other one to match if I want).
Results will be given to me on Thursday when I find out the rest of the info after pathology on the nodes and tumor and fingers and toes crossed it will be just radiotherapy or that and possibly chemotherapy....

So why have I shared this on a smallholding/woolly blog?
Well to tell you to tell your friends, relatives and colleagues both women and...men (yes more and more men are getting breast cancer) to go and get checked, to not 'forget' about the mammogramme they have been called for, to look for changes, however small in boobs....and not to assume that only older women get it...they don't look here and also remember Kylie Minogue!
Lets rise to the challenge people and save a life!
Me and my daughter will be ok....but those who are frightened to go and get something suspicious checked need to know to do it NOW!!!

9 comments:

Blu said...

Wise and brave words from The Woolly Shepherd! Fingers crossed for you. Blu x

Greentwinsmummy said...

You are amazing,but I have already told you that x x x x x
Keep smiling & laughing dear friend,its the best medicine,you are in my prayers & thoughts for Thursday
GTM x x x x x

willow said...

So sorry to hear this Val but as you say, finding out early is a good thing.
I hope that any further treatment that you may need will not be too onerous, I will be thinking of you and your family.

Irene said...

You're right Val.

I've had a letter about it from the MSA (Social security for French Farmers) sitting on my desk for weeks. I'll ring them tomorrow morning.

Good health to you all you ladies.

Irene xxx

Trekky said...

Both you & your daughter are in my thoughts. Fingers crossed for your results x

Val Grainger said...

Thanks chaps! The more people who know about this common disease the better....its not the end of the world and possibly more dangerous crossing the road!

lavenderjack said...

Sorry to hear your news Val and hope everything goes well for you on Thursday. Thinking of you all.

Gabrielle said...

I'm so pleased to hear your surgery went well. I've lost three dear friends and know at least twice as many survivors. You are so right to encourage regular checks. I've had my first mamo already as the checks start early in France- at 40. We shall be thinking of you,xx

tpals said...

Thank you for this reminder, Val. I've been putting off mine for 3 weeks now. I'll call tomorrow.