My story - breast cancer to metastatic bone lesions in my spine. I'm scared

I don't really know where to start.  So here goes. I had right side breast cancer back in 2008 and new breast cancer in left side. I had double mastectomy and reconstruction. It was a tough time. I've been ticking along nicely until I something popped in my back. I went to a chiropractor, whom I'm still seeing but just lately I'm getting no relief at all. So I called GP and asked for an MRI. I had my results Friday and was told I have metastatic bone lesions on my spine. I'm scared. Waiting for appointments to come. Don't quite know what to do with myself 

  • Hello Jools183,

    Welcome to Cancer Chat.

    I can imagine how you're feeling. It's difficult to know what to do when you receive news like this so an important thing to do is to try and process your emotions. The doctor is there to guide and support so don't be afraid to ask questions or share any concerns about next steps in your future appointments. A tip that could help is to write down your questions in a notepad and take them with you. Another good way of helping to process these results is to talk to the people close to you. Do lean on them when you need to. There's some guidance on cancer and how cancer can make you feel on our website.

    I hope this helps and the forum is always here for you,

    Moderator Anastasia

  • Hello Jools,

    Welcome back. It is lovely to hear from you again, although I am really sorry to hear your latest news. I am sure that you remember the awful state of waiting for results first time around and the many negative thoughts that this conjured up. Being in this area of the unknown, is always scary, but try not to overthink things until you get your appointment and further clarification of where this leaves you. Take Anastasia's advice and write down any questions you have to take with you to your appointment. You will also find it helpful to take someone with you, to write down any answers given, as it is all too easy to forget what is said before you leave the consultation. 

    Do you have any idea how long you are likely to have to wait for your appointment? I do hope that it comes through soon and that you are still a suitable candidate for treatment. Unfortunately, I can't really give you any advice. Many would say "try not to dwell on the MRI results, until you know more", but I know that this is virtually impossible to do. Keeping yourself busy, whether with work or pleasure, will help to concentrate your mind on other matters, even if only for a short while.

    As you know, we are always here for you. Please keep in touch and be sure to let us know how you get on with your appointment.

    Kind regards,

    Jolamine xx