My name is Sheila, I am Dutch and I live in The Netherlands with my husband. This blog is in English so that I can share my experiences with my friends, family and followers all over the world. Please leave me a comment on any page or share your own stories. Under About me, you can read my story in Dutch (summary) to get a better idea of what happened to me.
I’ve started this blog to keep my friends, family and colleagues informed about my health. Around June 17th 2012, I noticed blood trickling from my right breast. I went to see my GP on June 25th. She sent me to the hospital for tests. On Thursday, June 28th 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since I had no idea that anything was wrong this was quite a shock. After a few more tests, I received the news that the cancer had metastasized to my liver. The cancer had permeated the liver, making it one-and-a-half times as big and pressing against my lungs (causing me to be out of breath when walking 4 flights of stairs). The bilirubin in the liver was at 50 at the time of diagnosis.
I am keeping this blog as a way to keep track of all the events and my progress through the various phases of treatment. Please share this with anyone you wish. I am writing the blog in English so that my friends in the US and my family can stay in touch.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support and kind thoughts. Please comment when you feel like it and feel free to pass this on to others if you like. I hope you will find the blog useful to keep in touch.
Update January 10th, 2014:
More than a year and a half later, I can tell you I am feeling great. My liver has been stable for over a year now, and I’ve been on hormone therapy since May 5th of 2013. The cancer in my (right) breast is now less than 8 mm big (down from 7 cm) and the lesions in my liver are reduced as well, although the radiologists cannot tell from the scans how much.
I want to encourage anyone who has any questions to contact me. You can also follow me via twitter @sheilaghosh.