Sunday, October 14, 2007

Last tuesday we received a phone call from Laura, my step daughter. She was worried because she had found a lump in her breast.
We explained that she must go to the doctor immediately. This she did.

They examined her and took a biopsy of the lump and she had a mammogram.

She got the result on Friday 12/10/07

She has breast cancer.

When she saw the consultant he explained that they try to remove the cancer but unfortunately, in her case, they can't.
She has to have her breast removed.

The cancer is spreading and she will need chemotherapy as well.

Geoff is devastated and so is all the family.
But we will have to be strong and support her. It's not going to be easy for her.

Laura, 43, is married to Martin and they are both on their second marriage.
Martin has two teenage girls from his previous marriage and they get on so well.

Martin is devastated as you can imagine.

What really gets to us is that Laura has always looked after herself so well.

She is so carefull what she dinks and eats. She really is in to all the healthy foods.

She is slim and, well, so healthy in that way. She does not smoke.

I know for a fact that smoking does not cause breast cancer. I have been told this by my consultant, who I have been seeing for about 5 years now.
I have had problems with my breast because I get infections and cycsts. In fact I now where a lap seat belt because I can't stand the pain of the seat belt across my chest.
My doctor has said he will make me exempt from wearing a seat belt if it gets to bad, but the lap seat belt is fine.

I have to see him every six months for a check up. He does not let me go.

I say this because if I developed cancer I could understand it more.

But not Laura.

Laura will be seeing the consultant on monday about the operation so I will keep you informed.

Sorry this is not a happy blog but I just have to tell you.


Girl*Next*Door said...

Oh Annette I'm so sorry to hear that, that really is awful.
Thoughts with you & your family. I know how devastating breast cancer can be, it is rife in my family. My mum has lost aunts, cousins & a niece to it. She had a serious scare herself last year & it is always at the back of my mind if something isn't quite right with me. It is an evil disease but people do recover from it, there is so much they can do now to prevent it spreading.

My nans sister had to have both her breasts removed & although she found it difficult it did remove the cancer.

Hugs to you Annette xxxx

Whichendbites said...

Bad news, thoughts and stuff.

deb said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Especially Laura.

My best friend is a breast cancer survivor. She had a single mastectomy over 20 years ago. She's doing fine.

dickiebo said...

It's sometimes hard to see light at the end of the tunnel, but, there will be. Don't lose heart, Annette.

totallyun-pc said...

god bless, X

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

Oh Annette, I'm so sorry to hear of this. Sending you and Geoff hugs my love.

(I have updated my links now!)


Little Wing said...

annette, I am sending out positive vibes to the universe for Lara.

Hugs to you.

PC Common Sense said...

I'm very sorry to read this news. I don't know you all but I send love and prayers.

Noddy said...

Time for us all to think pink.

Huggles 4u quine

SandDancer said...

Hello. Sorry to hear your bad news. One of my friends found out she had breast cancer about a year ago and what you said about Laura's lifestyle was the same with my friend - she didn't drink or smoke and was so healthy yet this still happened. She has had the chemo and is in recovery now - I hope the same will happen for your Laura.

Twining said...

I am sorry to hear this news annette. Both of us haven't had good news.