Survivor since 2007
Oh Saana, I know we are all very sorry to hear you are starting on this journey. At first, this is a bewildering experience; you don't have a lot of answers because you don't know what questions to ask. You probably know what type of breast cancer you have, and they may have given you a preliminary stage and bits of other information. My advice The following helped me so much at first and throughout this journey & it's pretty simple.
Get a 3 ring binder. This will be where you keep ALL copies of your test results. You are entitled to your test results so don't take NO for an answer. Take this binder with you to every one of your appointments. You are going to have a bunch of them.
Remember to get a business card from each office you go to see. I taped them on the inside cover of the binder so they would be handy.
Have a list of your medication you take, if any. Also have with you important information and telephone numbers on a list as you will be filling out many patient introduction forms from each and every office.
Another extremely important thing to do is take your spouse, a relative, or a friend with you to your diagnostic & treatment appointments. This person has to be able to take notes. You are going to be given a lot of information and you won't remember most of it. This is extremely important as you will have those notes to refer back to in upcoming days. Right now, you are still in the "fact-finding" portion of your treatment.
Please remember, there are many women on this board you have been where you are and we want to help you along your journey. Your positive attitude is all important! You will also need the support of your family, and friends. We will always be here for you. Please count on women here as your "sisters" we will supply you with much information from our vast collective bunch of experience. You will be ok. We have all walked this path. God's blessings, & take care, Sharon