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So. I have some good news to share! I went in to see my team this week to find out what my treatment would be going forwards. Last week when we saw my onc, he'd not had a huge amount of time to look at my results (because I'm impatient and wanted the results asap), and as I said it showed a progression. And because of this, we talked through my options - TDM1 being the obvious choice - but he still wanted to take some more time to review the results more closely and chat through everything with other oncologist at the MDT (a weekly oncology meeting). Which is exactly what happened. And it turns out the spots in my chest haven't grown as much as it seemed at first glance. Especially not compared to my first scans in early 2018. Which everyone is super happy about - I think my team are as ecstatic as me about it tbh! And in more good news - I'm not changing treatments right now. I get to stay on my tried and tested herceptin and perjeta for a while longer. So after a week of fear, and tears, and being grumpy, it's back to whatever normal is these days (all of the above Jim might say 😜). I'll still be having scans regularly to keep an eye on the little glowy cancerous bastards that have popped back up and are slowly growing, and I'll still continuing with my 3 weekly infusions of drugs but I won't be having to worry about how new drugs are going to affect me! TL:DR - I'm still first line bitches. Come at me! .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawareness #busylivingwithmets

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All set up for the final show of the year on Sunday in Clochan. Even managed a visit to the Land Girls memorial. What an amazing first year I've had. I've travelled all over Scotland, meeting lots of lovely crafty people, both customers and vendors whose enthusiasm for yarn is contagious, and I have lots of plans for next year. I met up with a friend this morning @shamrockandthistlecoffee and tried the fantastic chocolate orange latte which has kept me going all day. It was lovely to chat about how going through cancer treatment has pushed me to pursue my dream of working in the fibre industry and how everyone is so supportive and I've made some great friends. #yarnpeoplearemytribe #chocolateorange #yarnlove #indiedyedyarn #handdyedyarn #craftedinscotland #skeins #bowfiddleyarns #bowfiddlerock #ybcn #kickedcancersbutt #lovecolour #localcraft #newstarts #foundmyhappiness

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Thank you to everyone who got in touch yesterday about my scan results. I'm sorry if I didn't reply, but it wasn't quite the news we were hoping for* and I just needed some decompression/champagne drinking time (*but was the news we expected!). There's been a bit of progression of cancer in the lymph nodes in my chest. Not a huge progression. But some. And enough to make my team think the best thing for me is to look at a drugs change. I'll get the full timescales on this next week when I've been discussed at the MDT but it's looking like a change to kadcyla/TDM1 instead of perjeta, and exemestane instead of letrazole. Changing drugs from the ones you've come to know is always scary. But I got a good 18months out of my herceptin and perjeta combo, so I really shouldn't complain! I'm going to, you understand. But I really shouldn't! So. If you have any experience with these drugs, or fun puppy pictures let me know (Positive tales only please 🤞) And as always, tales of how veganism, mushrooms, seeds, keto or kale will cure me can be kept to yourself, ta! .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawareness #busylivingwithmets

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Took another trip into the CT scanner - the polo of peril, the doughnut of doom - this morning. I'm not going to lie to you and say it was smooth sailing. Canulation was an absolute pain in the ass this time. (Check out my stories 😬) But I made it through in one piece and came out smiling. Now. Fingers crossed peeps. Fingers crossed! .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawareness #busylivingwithmets

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THREE YEARS CLEAR 🎉🎉🎉 Got the results from my 3rd post surgery mammogram this afternoon and I am still NED - No Evidence of Disease. Great news just before our honeymoon! ☀️ 🏖 🥂 Now to enjoy my mini sticky toffee pud tart and a cheeky gin 😋 • • #BreastCancer #ThreeYearsClear #Mammogram #MammogramResults #Er+ #NotTooYoung #YBCN #ResultsCelebrations #YearlyMammogram #NED #NoEvidenceOfDisease

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One of the hardest thing during this diagnosis is that your children are unfortunately looped in. I try to keep things as normal but when horrible #chemotherapy side effects gets the better of me 😓 it ain’t happening I.e. “Mum, but you said this morning you’ll bake me some chocolate cake,” Mum and Fatigue: Mummy is feeling a bit tired today can I try do it tomorrow?” 😫 or You can’t even play rough fight anymore with your 13 year old coz #chemotherapy had turned you into a hypersensitive easily brushed 85 year old so you end up sounding boring and a spoil sport. I kept on saying and crying to one my close friends in the beginning of this #fuckingcancer that I feel like I’m a shit Mum as I’ve put my kids through this😓 If anything positive have come out of this is I noticed that children are more #resilient than we give them credit for. Our boy seems to have matured in the last few months he sorts himself out in the morning and goes out a little bit more now with his friends not glued on the Xbox! He has got a good set of friends so I’m 😀 I also now seem to have a bit more of a buddy relationship with our daughter who’s in Uni as we can talk without bickering and so proud of her as she’s focusing on her exams❤️❤️❤️ and opening up to me with any issues she might have despite our love and hate relationship in the past 🤣 Lastly, my little family is my motivation why I get up everyday combat fatigue with energy to make sure my WBC is getting a bit of a nudge to prevent missing any treatments. Now, to try and go back to sleep while #chemopause is giving me nightsweats 😭 #livingwithcancer #fuckcancer #cancersucks #tnbc #triplenegativebreastcancer #ybcn #surgery #checkyourboobs #cancermuggles #thisgirlcan #breastcancerfighter #breastcancerwarrior #chemosucks #nobaddays

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Happy AKAversary Fall '14! 5 years of sisterhood and I couldn’t imagine doing life without them... Of course we had to return to where it all began! #APKturns5 #ThetaGammaForever #YBCN

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I'm off to the hospital today for another round of treatment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ NGL, there are times when, even though I know that these drugs are saving my life and even though I'm really grateful for them, and even though I know the longer I'm on this line of treatment (herceptin, perjeta, denusomab, letraxole and Zoladex) the longer I'll be alive - there are times I just want to stay home and not go in for treatment. And those times have been hitting me more and more frequently lately. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's not that I don't love my nurses, or that it's even a horrific course of treatment. It's just that I'm so utterly bored of having cancer in my life that I'd like to bury my head in the sand for a while and live a "normal life" - away from the drugs and needles and fear - just for a while! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But there's no burying my head in the sand so today I'll get up, get dressed and put a smile on my face and get my ass back to the hospital. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawareness #busylivingwithmets

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My #free @stellamccartney #louiselistening bra arrived this morning. I cannot explain how happy I am to receive one. It’s simply beautiful. #breastcancer #postoperative #cancer #stellamccartney #stellamccartneycares #ybcn

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STABLE. 12 hrs later, one shit load of chemo infused, bone strengtheners, zoladex implant and CT scan later and I heard that magic word.... STABLE. Up yours cancer. You aren't getting rid of me yet. #scanresults #metastaticbreastcancer #fightingforourlives #fightlikeagirl #stable #stablemable #ybcn #truecancerbodies #secondarysister #supportingeachother #andbreathe #stronggirlsclub

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"I wish somebody would have told me babe, Some day, these will be the good old days, All the love you won't forget, And all these reckless nights you won't regret, Someday soon, your whole life's gonna change, You'll miss the magic of these good old days" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How was this over a week ago already? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes when I'm feeling down about the enormity of what my life is now, I remember what amazing people I have around me! Friends who don't let me wallow in cancer. Friends who don't flinch at me talking about it. Friends who listen when I need them to. Friends who don't judge if I want to go to bed at 9pm or 3am. And friends who have accepted this "new me" without any hesitation. I might not be able to go on weekends away with them all, or see them all the time, but they're all around me. And when I remember that, then it kind of all seems a little less scary! ⠀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sunset #hadrianswall #fizzfest #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawarenessmonth

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Facebook tells me I've been posting as @improvise_overcome_adapt for 1 year today! The only thing I regret about sharing my breast cancer "journey" (such a cliché but still haven't found a better word!) is not doing it sooner! There have been times when I've thought maybe I should of not told family & friends about this account & just reached out to the breast cancer community but overall I'm glad I've shared it with anyone that's interested. Thanks to my uncle for encouraging to me reach out to others on Insta & explaining the # concept! 😂 So much can change in one year. This time last year, life was incredibly bleak & difficult: I'd had a mastectomy, was having chemo & just had my head shaved for the first time. I was literally taking it day by day, even hour by hour during the really bad chemo days & telling myself 'this too shall pass'. Today I've had a lovely day with my son & have done loads! I also have short curly hair now - hair is always a bonus! I hope the next year brings you some joy in any shape or form 💖 Take it wherever you can get it! Thanks for reading 😘 #instabirthday #1yearon #1today #gratitude #chasethejoy #pinksisters #cancercommunity #cancerversary #cancerunder40 #ybcn #breastcancermummy #breastcancerjourney #breastcancerrecovery #breastcancerwarriors #mastectomy #chemotherapy #chemocurls #zoladex #letrozole #breastcancerawarness #checkyourboobs #checkyourbreasts #instacancer #touchlookcheck

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I do what I do & I do it well. #ybcn

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#facts we are all teaching @risenation.miami this weekend. • I’m calling my Sunday 11:00am level 3 class #The🍑Experiment • #YBCN

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R I N E S T O N E S✨ Will be added to the site as a new Category soon.😏 This really made my heart smile! I live for editorial stuff like this you will never understand💎 #Brows #SKIN #NoEdits #NoBlurring #Glam #SkinFetish #WOC #BeautifulWomen #MoreLife #RealLifeBlending #Barbie #BBLU #SoonCome #BostonMUA #BostonMakeupArtist #Proof #BeautyAndABrush #BronzedGoddess #BarbiePink #AlwaysWorking #NaturalBeauty #BRATZ #YBCN

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I don't usually go in for all the pink malarkey, but a fellow survivor was rocking an amazing t-shirt on the school run this morning, so I dug this out of my drawer! I'd not worn it before because I've been waiting for all the ops to be over, but who knows when that might be when the surgeon keeps messing up and having to redo everything endlessly?! 4 years cancer free and still a work in progress, pfft! 😩😂 #wearitpink #orsummat #ybcn #breastcancerawareness #frankenboobs #stillwaitingfornipples #boobslikeamessedupbarbiedoll

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I'm going to close off my MBC day posts by letting you in on some the things I've done this last 18months despite having incurable cancer;⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - sailed some (but not enough!)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - stood on a stage and talked about life with MBC⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - visited Copenhagen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - visited Berlin⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - visited Milan (twice) for MBC conferences⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - holidayed in Bordeaux⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - survived Glastonbury⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - been to 11 beer festivals⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - been bridesmaid to one of my besties⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - eaten at a 3 Michelin star restaurant⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - spent awesome times with friends⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - cuddled my dogs at every opportunity I can⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - made some beautiful jewellery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - visited Washington DC with work⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - decorated a kitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - beaten Jim at minigolf⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - made my own gin⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - joined a MBC campaigning group⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - seen the spice girls⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - stared in about 359 photobooth pictures⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - made some incredible friends who are also #busylivingwithmets! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm sure there's a lot I've forgotten, but I hope, as always, in sharing my life with incurable cancer is to make it seems less terrifying prospect, and something to be feared a little less.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for being here today for these posts, and for supporting me on days that aren't all about cancer too!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #metastaticbreastcancerday #bcam #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawarenessmonth

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"How do you stay so positive?" And other questions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I asked, earlier this week, if anyone had any questions about my life with MBC. And you asked questions...... I was going to try and pop them all here, but it was getting super wordy, do I recorded an IGTV........ Which may, or may not, make sense! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please be kind. I don't like this talking to camera stuff, but I'm trying.......🤦‍♀️ (I've also not watched it back so I apologise for any waffle!) .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #metastaticbreastcancerday #bcam #secondarysisters #secondarybreastcancer #metupuk #cancerthriver #metup #metastaticbreastcancer #breasties #walkingmiracles #dyingforacure #womenwithcancer #stageivneedsmore #researchnotribbons #thriver #truecancerbodies #cancersucks #cancerrightnow #fuckcancer #emmaVcancer #ybcn #thegramgang #BreastCancerAwareness #standup2cancer #su2c #breastcancerawarenessmonth

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