Here’s a little vlog about my Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment plan for those who wanted to know more.
I don’t discuss anything in gory detail so don’t think any trigger warnings are needed but I do have a plaster on my neck that covers a recent small surgery.
More than anything, I wish I’d tilted the camera, done my hair better and put a lot more make up on ha ha! :) forgive my sorry state.
My Triple Negative Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Thanks for watching and a huge big thank you again to all of you who sent the loveliest messages to me – you have no idea how positive and upbeat it’s keeping me – THANK YOU!
You can get some great cancer resources here.
- I have Breast Cancer
- My Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment
- One year after my Breast Cancer diagnosis
- A Gift Idea for Cancer Patients
- 5 Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients
- Thank You for your Support
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I hope sharing my Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment plan helps you.
I also have triple negative breast cancer. I had 3 lumpectomies followed by a double breast reduction and lift. I started with taxal in September of 2021. Now I’m 2 treatments in on the A/C chemo.
I had my youngest son shave my head early on. It was liberliberating. I can shower in under 5 minutes!
I love your positive attitude. I know you can do this.
I’m sending love and positive vibes your way!
Wishing you so much love during this – and you are so right about shaving your head being liberating :) I am now 6 years since writing that original post and life is so good – you have got this – wishing you ALL the best!! x x
Hello from Michigan in the United States I also was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and have also gone through red devil and now only 4 Taxol treatments left before I go to radiation. I am experiencing neuropathy numbing in my toes especially and a little in my fingertips ,I’m a little concerned because I feel it is having a little numbness effect on my private parts also. I wasn’t able to have my treatment yesterday because my white counts were way low. Just remember to stay strong and take each day at a time.. Some days I am very achy and then some days I feel very good but I did wean myself from the steroids which were keeping me awake at night and had other side effects that I wasn’t happy about.
You will do just fine just listen to your body!
Hi Karen! Oh sending you so so so much love. Yes I got neuropathy too – actually my treatment was 4 years ago. Apologies that the blog post doesn’t have the date on. You are so right about listening to your body. Sending all the love to you for a speedy recovery after treatment x x x
What is the second chemo you are going to revive? My mother has triple negative and the chemo in the US isn’t working.
So sorry to hear that and I hope things improve asap x I had AC chemo first, then Taxol and then radiation x
Just finished 4th AC given every 2 weeks. Feel like a truck hit me. Good news is that MRI shows a Pathologic Complete Response meaning the tumor bugger is no longer seen on radiology! Starting 12 weeks of Taxol on Wednesday. Then lumpectomy of dead tumor in March followed by Radiation. Thanks Triple Negative crap! Happy Holidays to all and please get us out of 2020!
Oh yes I remember that feeling – it does feel like a truck! I’m happy that stage is done for you :) HURRAY on the MRI result!! Sending you the best and lots of love x x
Breast checks really are so so important. You are so brave in sharing your story and I know this video will help so many other women out there going through the same thing. You are a true inspiration and talk about your plans and treatment so eloquently. Sending all my strength xx
I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through but I’ve found your video really informative and I am impressed by how composed you are and how clearly you’re described your journey to diagnosis. Sending you lots of hugs: you are a ray of sunshine and an inspiration. I hope your video spreads the message about checking for lumps, even during breastfeeding.
Thank you so much Mel :) I really want to encourage people to check x x
Thank you so so much Mel – I really want to encourage people to check x x
I’m Ness. I’ve never visited your blog before but Kirsty from My Home Truths sent me over here. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I was also diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of December. I had surgery on December 10th and am starting chemo on January 13th. However, my chemo is only 4 times every two weeks, so it finishes in 8 weeks. I was also advised to have genetic testing and depending on the results of that I may need further surgery. It’s certainly a huge shock and a scary process. Also my mother-in-law recently passed away due to breast cancer, so dealing with this emotionally and trying to stay positive is a huge task. I like the idea of calling it a getting better chair, not a chemo chair. Totally going to steal that! My oncologist was quite reassuring that it’s not a dire situation and that I’ll dance at my newborn niece’s wedding, so I’m so sure you will be dancing at your daughter’s wedding too. My boys are a bit older so it’s been hard trying to explain everything to them in such a way that they understand what’s going on without freaking out. Good luck with everything and I’ll be thinking of you. We’re both going to kick cancer’s arse. xo
Ness, despite the annoying circumstances I am so delighted to meet you! And I’m also so pleased that you’re straight into treatment too – are you in Newcastle at all? I’m 4 days in from my first chemo and not had the hard hit from it yet but feeling good. It WILL be our getting better chair and we will beat this :) :) how are you feeling about starting treatment? x x x
Glad to hear you’re feeling good so far. I’m definitely scared but determined. They said they I get to have some anti-anxiety drugs before I sit in the chair. I do suffer from anxiety anyway, so this is a huge challenge. I’m in Sydney. Please feel free to email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or look me up on Facebook. My full name is Vanessa Connor and I’m friends on there with Kirsty. Hope you keep feeling not too bad. Yes it is the getting better chair, definitely. xo
I used to live there :) I’m emailing you x x
The AC chemo is unpleasant but it is only at it’s worst for about 4-5 days in the 3wks. I was still able to do most things with my children (I had 6yr old twin boys), I took every opportunity to rest while they were at school.
There are options for extra chldcare – under special conditions for 13 weeks you can apply for assistance.
The weekly chemo for 12wks was much much easier and I had few side effects, my hair started to re -grow too.
I had Triple positive and the treatment is very similar.
A PORT is the best thing ever – it’s only sore for a few days. I had mine in for 3yrs (long story but mostly precautionary for last 18 months).
There are a few FB groups I can recommend if you want support and information and friendship.
I cut my long hair too.
Thank you so much for that advice as I had no idea! I need to get in touch with Centrelink I think. My port is a great idea although making weird whirring noises now when I lie down – I do have a shocking chesty cough though. Can you remember how long after chemo your roughest days were at all? Although I guess different for everyone? Thank you SO much! x x x
Wishing you all the very best with your treatment and that you are surrounded by much love and support.
I am now 3 .5 yrs on and I know it’s not easy ,
Oh Trish thank you so much and I’m so happy to hear that! Although yes, not an easy road I’m sure. What was your diagnosis if you don’t mind me asking? x x x
You’re amazing! I can’t even imagine what you’re going through, but you are dealing with it in a truly awe inspiring way Mim. Wishing you all the love and luck in the world for the next bit. Take care, hope you manage to have a good Xmas xxx
Thank you so much beautiful – I really appreciate that! x x
Wow. You are so brave for doing this video. Thank you so, so much for sharing. You look so cute in that haircut. So glad the CT scan came back normal. I am so glad they have technology like this to help with all these kinds of issues. Continued prayers for you. I am sure you are still in such shock. That all happened so fast. You seem so strong, but I know it has to be so hard and beyond words for you, especially with your kids.
Thank you so so much Marcie for your lovely, kind words and prayers! x