When were you diagnosed with secondary breast cancer?
March 2016 confirmed.
What type do you have?
Bone Mets to my ribs, sternum and lower spine.
Did you have a primary diagnosis?
Yes - October 2015.
What symptoms made you go to the doctor?
My left breast had swollen to twice the size of the right breast and I had electric shock type pain going through it. I could feel a lump in my under arm but it was hard to tell what it was.
How long did it take to be diagnosed?
I had about 4-6 weeks of being treated for mastitis by my GP with antibiotics. I knew within myself it wasn’t mastitis.
It took longer than it should also as I didn’t receive my 2 week referral to the breast clinic. As it was taking so long and I was worried about it, my employer at the time very kindly paid for me to go to a private clinic where I was diagnosed same day.
How many times did you speak to a medical professional before you were diagnosed?
Quite a lot due to the mastitis issue and then not receiving my breast clinic appointment.