Mark Foster - Survivor
My Story -
I feel certain that there must be MANY men ‘out there’ who have breast cancer and are simply UNAWARE of it, as I would have been had my partner, Robyn, not insisted that I go to my GP that day.
On the morning of February 13th, 2014, I felt a very small lump just above my left nipple. As stated I thought little of it. However, that afternoon Robyn and I saw my GP. He immediately contacted Belinda Brown (Well known and wonderful breast surgeon in Mornington). Although she was very busy she managed to get me an appointment the next day. She took a ‘sample’ from the area and arranged for me to have further tests in hospital.On Tuesday, February 25 we visited Belinda again to hear the dreaded four words “you have breast cancer”
Two days later I was in Peninsula Private Hospital and after tests to locate the Lymph Nodes was in surgery the following morning (Friday, Feb. 28) for a total mastectomy of the left breast. I was discharged from hospital 8 days later on March 8.
I am lucky in that the cancer was caught early and I have not required Chemo or Radiotherapy. I am on Tamoxifen, quite a common anti-cancer drug. I am well physically and mentally, and in fact am about to travel to Far North Queensland to ‘bare all’ on the beach and in the pool.
I don’t think out there, there is a great deal of support for men who have breast cancer. I actually haven’t talked to any other man. I Googled Tamoxifen to find out the side effects, and the only side effects I could find was that I was liable to get hot flushes & a dry vagina…it’s very pink out there.
I believe for every negative comes a positive, and if I can save one man’s life it will be worthwhile. So my message is “Catch that little ‘squatter EARLY before he moves into another room i.e. liver etc”