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Going through breast cancer as a young woman presents many road blocks. One of them has become prevalent and that is financial struggles. Going through treatment is not cheap and causes a lot of distress that we don’t want to be facing while dealing with the threat of death. Unfortunately, it is a reality for most.

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KATE - Battler

My name is Kate. I am 43 y.o.


In August 2016 i have been diagnosed with early stage of breast cancer. I knew it might happen to me at some stage as I have...

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Nothing else to be said #youarenevertoyoung #breastcancer #youdontknowhowlongittakestolookthisgood It is the first of the month so you know what to do CHECK YOUR BOOBIES #breastcancer #firstofthemonth #haveafeel #checkyourboobies You are allowed to take the brave face off #breastcancer #youallowedtoshowthatyouneedhelp We may not be your blood family but we are family #breastcancer #wemaynotbeyourbloodfamilybutwearefamily #breastcancerfamily #weareholdingyourhand At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we will remember them. Lest we forget #wewillrememberthem #thankyouforyourservice Morning everyone it is the first on the month so you know what to do CHECK YOUR BOOBIES #firstofthemonth #checkyourboobies
Day 31 posting....Well it is the end of the month but it is not the end of breast cancer, please remember to check your boobies (that includes you men as well). Remember do not take no for an answer you know your own body get a second opinion if you are not happy. You are never to young to get breast cancer.

WE NEED A CURE FOR CANCER #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #needacure #knowyourbody Thank you to Cranbourne Little Athletics for their very kind donation of $600. This will help one lady #supportingacharity #thankyouforyoursupport Day 27 posting....Having a social life

With a bit of planning and a few precautions, your social life can still go ahead. You might like to plan a holiday.

Your social life
You might not always be able to do the things you take for granted. But you don\'t need to stop your social life completely. You may just find you need to plan ahead a bit more.

These tips can help:

Get some rest during the day if you\'re going out at night – you\'ll have more energy for the evening.
You can take some anti sickness tablets before you go out for a meal if you think you’ll need them.
Drinking a little alcohol probably won\'t affect most types of chemotherapy – but check with your doctor first.
To avoid getting an infection, always eat freshly cooked food - avoid raw meat, fish, eggs, soft cheese and take away foods.
If you have an important social event coming up, ask your doctor whether they can arrange your chemo so that you’re between treatments that week.
Infections and vaccines
Avoid family or friends who might have infections such as chicken pox. Let your doctor know if you think you’ve been in contact with someone who could have chicken pox.

You should not have any live vaccines while you’re having chemotherapy. It’s safe for you to be around other people who\'ve had live vaccines as injections.

But there can be problems with live vaccines taken by mouth (oral vaccines).This includes the rotavirus vaccine that babies have. You can be infected by the virus for 2 weeks after a baby has had the vaccine. So during this time, be very careful about handwashing and avoid changing nappies if at all possible. Your doctor or chemo nurse can talk to you about this.

Your doctor might advise you and your family to have the seasonal flu vaccine. It is important to have the flu jab before the virus starts to circulate in the population. This is most likely to happen during the winter months.

Talk to your specialist about having the flu jab if you’re in the middle of chemotherapy treatment. Your immune system is weaker, so the vaccine might not work quite so well. Your specialist will tell you the best time to have a flu jab. #breastcancerawareness #sociallife #breastcancer Day 26 posting....Resting during chemo

Rest is very important in one’s life to provide some change to the body. Rest is needed so that the body finds a change from the monotonous routine and recharge itself and get ready for the next day to start working. According to the studies, a normal adult needs about 6-8 hours of sleep and the best time of sleep is from 10pm to 4 am.

Proper rest or sleep is precious so that the body tissues are healed up. Some people get proper sleep, whereas some feel disturbance in their sleep cycle and it’s most commonly found in the cancer patients. Sleep disturbance is normally observed due to the various issues which can be stated as follows:

Hectic Schedule: Hectic schedule from the office and the sedentary lifestyle generates stress for us and due to this one feels anxiety and depression and for the one which is diagnosed with cancer their sleep is mostly affected.
Tumors Formation: formation of tumor results in itching, fever, nausea, and pain that disturbs sleep .
Side-effects: Due to treatments taken for any disease some of the side-effects are observed and one of them which is mostly observed is insomnia.
Sleep is important during cancer and here it’s why?

Melatonin is produced in the brain while we are sleeping and it have antioxidant properties thus preventing damage to cells causing cancer.
Improper sleep and rest increase the level of stress hormone secretion and decrease in the count of the natural killer cells which help the human body to fight against cancer.

Measures to have proper sleep for cancer patients:- Reduction of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine consumption.
Comfortable mattresses and clothing.
The Increase in consumption of water in daytime and reduction at the time of night.
Avoidance of junk food.
Involving Exercise in your daily routine.
Avoiding extra medicine without doctor’s consultation .
Keeping mind relax most importantly.

Just remember if you do not feel like doing something just say NO and if you feel like taking that nap just DO IT #breastcancerawareness #rest #breastcancer Post 25....just a few pictures to look at and think about today #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #thinking Posting 24....Neuropathy caused by chemo

Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy. Some chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy, a set of symptoms caused by damage to nerves that control the sensations and movements of our arms and legs.

It is usually strongest right after a chemo treatment, but tends to lessen just before the next treatment. The symptoms usually peak about 3-5 months after the last dose of treatment is taken. The abnormal sensations may disappear completely, or lessen only partially (you may have it for a little while or you may have it for the rest of your life); they may also involve less of the body.

There are three types of peripheral nerves: sensory, motor, and autonomic. If damage occurs to sensory nerves, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness. ... Unfortunately, sometimes the damage is permanent and symptoms do not go away.

Besides medications used to treat conditions associated with peripheral neuropathy, medications used to relieve peripheral neuropathy signs and symptoms include:
Pain relievers. ...
Anti-seizure medications. ...
Topical treatments. ...
Antidepressants.

Once neuropathy has developed, few types can be fully cured, but early intervention can improve outcomes. Peripheral nerve fibres can slowly regenerate if the nerve cell itself is still alive. #breastcancerawareness #neuropathycausedbychemo #breastcancer
Day 23 posting....we are back on the subject no one whats to talk about Advanced Breast Cancer and how you might like to make plans

It can be daunting to organise your personal, financial and legal affairs, collect all the paperwork and make decisions, such as writing your will or choosing the type of funeral you would like. However, getting your affairs in order can bring a sense of relief and can allow you to focus on treatment and living.

Organising your paperwork
It’s helpful to have all of your paperwork up to date and in one place. This will make it easier if a family member has to help you with financial and legal matters.
Important documents to get together might include:
birth, marriage and divorce certificates
bank and credit card information, passwords
investment details (e.g. shares, funds)
Centrelink and Medicare details
superannuation and insurance information
house title/lease documents
loan details (e.g. house, car)
passport
will
advance care directive
document appointing a substitute decision-maker
funeral information.

Discuss your legal arrangements with your family, and let someone know how to contact your lawyer.

Please go to our Facebook page for the whole article #breastcancerawareness #beingprepared #breastcancer Day 22 posting....Not a lot of words today as this pic says it all #breastcancerawareness #inablinkofaneye #change #breastcancer Day 21 posting.....Life after treatment

Cancer is often described as a journey (personally I don\'t like this word but) that starts at diagnosis. During treatment, some people feel that their life is on hold. After treatment ends, it may be hard to know how to resume normal activities. This can be described as being in limbo
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People may expect life to return to what it was like before the cancer diagnosis. For many people, though, it isn’t that simple. The reality is often more emotionally and physically complex. Some cancer survivors find they can’t or don’t want to go back to how life was before their treatment.

Finding a ‘new normal’
Many people say that cancer changes them. After treatment, they may feel different, even though they look the same. With time, cancer patients often find a new way of living. Many call this a “˜new normal’. It may take months or years to find a “˜new normal’. Misconceptions about treatment ending
I should be celebrating.
I should feel well.
I should be the person I was before cancer.
I should not need support.
I should feel grateful.

Common concerns
I was looking forward to the treatment ending, so why do I have mixed feelings now?
It’s common for people to feel both excited and anxious when treatment ends. Many say they need time to stop and reflect on what has happened before they can think about the future. This process may mean they re-evaluate and change their values, goals, priorities and outlook on life.

Many people feel a sense of loss for “the person I once was”, “the way things used to be”, and “the things I used to do”.
Some feel they should be happy and full of wisdom because they survived, but instead feel guilty that this isn’t the case.
Some people feel as though they have fought a battle and need time to rest. Others want to return immediately to their previous life.

How you feel and cope will depend on the type of cancer and treatment you had, and what you’re like as a person.
Any long-term side effects from your treatment will also play a big part. Many cancer patients have ongoing health concerns because of the cancer or due to treatment. #breastcancerawareness #yournewnormal #lifeafterbreastcancer Day 20 posting....How long does chemo stay in your body?
Chemotherapy agents are powerful drugs used to treat cancer throughout the body. Chemotherapy drugs work by a variety of different mechanisms. Their general effect is to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells, which divide and proliferate quickly. Because some types of healthy cells – such as those that line the mouth and intestines, or cause hair to grow – also divide quickly, chemotherapy can have a temporarily harmful effect on them as well, producing side effects such as nausea and hair loss.
The benefits of chemotherapy can be long-lasting. This is crucial in fighting cancer, but it raises the question of how long these drugs stay in the bloodstream.
In fact, most chemotherapy drugs remain in the body for only a few hours or days. They’re broken down by the kidneys and liver and excreted in the urine, stool, or sweat.
A variety of factors can influence how long it takes for the drugs to leave your body. These can include the type of chemotherapy you’ve received, the presence of other medicines in your system, your age, and how well your liver and kidneys are working. Damage to an organ can slow down the process of drug removal.
Remember that even though chemotherapy is rapidly metabolised and eliminated from the body, the effects – and side effects – of the drugs can last a long time, depending on the type of chemotherapy involved. Your doctor can give you a range of how long any side effects are likely to last.
So there is no real answer to this question everyone is different and so is their chemo. #breastcancerawareness #chemo #breastcancer Day 19 posting...Men get breast cancer as well

Symptoms of breast cancer in men are similar to those in women. Most male breast cancers are diagnosed when a man discovers a lump on his chest. But unlike women, men tend to delay going to the doctor until they have more severe symptoms, like bleeding from the nipple. At that point, the cancer may have already spread.

The good news is that most men survive breast cancer. In Australia, 85% of men diagnosed with breast cancer are alive five years later. Most men fully recover and the breast cancer does not return.

Men of all ages can be affected by breast cancer, however, the average age of diagnosis is 69. 
Symptoms - A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue. Changes to the skin covering your breast, such as dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling. Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward. Discharge from your nipple. #breastcancerawareness #mengetbreastcancer #breastcancer Day 18 posting.....Lymphodema

1. What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body.

This is due to a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system and occurs when the demand for lymphatic drainage exceeds the capacity of the lymphatic circulation. The condition usually affects the limb(s) although it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to maintain the volume and protein concentration of the extracellular fluid in the body and to assist the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste products from the tissues.

2. What causes lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema may arise because the lymphatic vessels or nodes have been damaged or were not formed correctly.

Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of some cancer treatments including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset of lymphoedema may be at any time. It may occur within months of the damage or it may appear years later.

Secondary lymphoedema may also arise without a cancer diagnosis when one or more of the following conditions occur:

Trauma and tissue damage
Venous disease
Immobility and dependency
Factious – self harm
Infection such as cellulitis - see Consensus Guideline: Management of cellulitis in lymphoedema
Filariasis - Lymphatic Filariasis is a major cause of lymphoedema in the sub -tropical areas of the world. Parasitic filarial worms are transmitted through mosquito bites. The parasites lodge in the lymphatic system causing destruction of the healthy vessels and nodes, resulting in lymphoedema. #breastcancerawareness #lymphoedema #breastcancer