My Cy Journey With Cancer

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My journey began back in March 2023 when I was diagnosed with DCIS cancer in my left breast.

DCIS is Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and is a condition that affects the cells of the milk ducts in the breast. The cells lining the milk ducts turn malignant (cancerous) but stay in place (in situ). DCIS is an early form of breast cancer, but my Breast Surgeon told me I would need an immediate full mastectomy of my left breast. I also had a tumor on the nipple and the DCIS had spread throughout the milk ducts.

He also said that although he couldn’t tell me what to do, he recommended I did not opt for immediate breast reconstruction which would mean that I would wake up without a breast mound at all. However, they would insert a breast expander so that it was ready for a silicone implant. This could come later when they were sure of the results.

Not knowing that much about breast cancer let alone anything about breast reconstruction I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I wanted the cancer gone!! So, after lots of thinking and overthinking; talking with my husband and family, who were happy to go along with whatever I wanted, they just wanted me healthy and well, I told my breast surgeon I would go ahead with the mastectomy however, I was unsure about the reconstruction. It was just a feeling, but everyone reassured me and I went ahead.

Being a larger busted lady at the time I knew that I definitely would not want to live with a large breast on my right side and nothing on my left.

I was so lucky to be referred to Dimios Stavro Clinic by my Breast Surgeon and so later that week I met my Consultant Plastic Surgeon for my initial consultation. He explained the procedure and told me about all the advantages of the surgery, showing me some pictures of various reconstruction surgeries. By the time the consultation I felt that I should go ahead with the surgery recommended.

My mastectomy took place the following month on the 10th March 2023. This is a date that is and will forever remain as it was the day that the cancer was taken away and my journey living with the after effects of cancer began.

All went well with the surgery and I was home three days after the operation. All was fine until two weeks later when they started to inject the IV to increase the space in the breast expander. It was painful and as the skin stretched, my fears grew. After two months of fortnightly injections the breast expander was ready for the silicone implant to be inserted and I went back for further surgery. Unfortunately, it was so painful and I developed one of the uncommon risks of the surgery with pain and numbness in my left shoulder, arm and breast area. Again, I needed further surgery and had to have the implant removed. I needed chemotherapy, but I also had to undergo a radical hysterectomy at this time, and the skin around my missing left breast area became buckled and puckered. I was depressed and needed therapy to alleviate the depression and pain associated with the scarring.

I wanted to have my right breast reduced for symmetryand I was frightened about the cancer returning there too. I asked the doctors to remove the right breast but the GESY (National Health system in Cyprus) would not allow this to be paid for unless the cancer occurred in my right breast! I went to several doctors again begging for the operation to remove it. I did not want to wait for the cancer to return again, and I hated looking at myself with only one breast. They offered to give me another silicone implant but it was too painful and I just didn't want it. I was scared.

Finally I found a Consultant Plastic Surgeon offering to repair the puckered and scarred left breast area and remove the right breast. But at a cost.

AND so here I am trying to raise the 8,500 euros it will take to do the operation that will finally allow my some peace during this journey with cancer.

We all know of course cancer is a life changing event and those of us who have experienced it wish we had not had it, but for me there has been so many other worries and problems that have come with it!! I am a natural worrier as many who know me would tell you but this has made me stronger and positive to change. I am able to deal with everything. I just want to feel peace and symmetry in MY body as a woman.

Most importantly I have met the most amazing, lovely people I would never have ever met otherwise. I will treasure and be forever thankful for all those special people and the special friendships and connections we have formed. If you can help me achieve my goal of having the right breast removed and the left breast area repaired I would be so very grateful. Thank you and God Bless.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 11, 2024
  • Christina Eracleous - Thank you!

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  • Donated on Apr 08, 2024
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 11, 2024
  • Christina Eracleous - Thank you!

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  • ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ Phonehouse
  • Donated on Apr 10, 2024
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  • Daria Skrabek
  • Donated on Apr 08, 2024
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