Hi, I’m Jacqui.
I was diagnosed in January 2018, after finding a lump just before Christmas 2017, with a 42mm, invasive lobular carcinoma Grade 2, which was hormone sensitive (ER and PR Positive) and HER2 NEGATIVE. I was offered a mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy at Solihull Hospital, which led to a second operation for left axillary node clearance, with the option to have breast reconstruction at a future date.
I started 6 sessions of FEC-T chemotherapy at Solihull Hospital in May 2018 and started to lose my hair after the first session. Using the voucher I was given to buy a wig, turned into a fun afternoon with my friends, trying on so many different wigs and having a completely different hair style to my usual one. I had 2 other wigs gifted to me and experimented with the different styles and colours as well as different styles of scarves. By the end of my chemo I had lost every hair, eyelash and most of my nails, but everything came back!
In October 2018 I started 15 courses of radiotherapy at the QE and began taking Anastrozole. A bone scan showed that I had brittle bones so I began a 3-year treatment of Zoledronic Acid, which entails 6 monthly infusions for about 20 minutes each time at Solihull hospital.
I was advised not to work throughout my treatment, as I work with young children, so went for short walks with my daughter and met up with family and friends between treatments. I was told to expect that the second part of chemo was going to be worse than the first and that was definitely the case for me as it led to a stay in hospital with sepsis. The support from my family, my lovely friends, the Breast Care Nurses at Solihull, Breast Friends, Breast Cancer Haven and Macmillan helped me to remain positive throughout. I took part in treatments, talks from professionals, fundraising and was able to access financial help and advice. Everyone around me was amazing!
My reconstruction was planned for last Summer (2020), but obviously was postponed due to the pandemic – fingers crossed for next year!
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