Shirley - Interview 22
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Shirley is a married fruit grower with four adult children.
Ethnic background / nationality: English / Scottish
Brief outline:Shirley was diagnosed with DCIS in 2006, aged 70. She had a wide local excision and radiotherapy, and also took part in a clinical trial.
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What about the radiotherapy? What was that like?
The DCIS, on being told, for me personally - and, okay, I had wonderful help and advice from a friend, an expert - I didn’t go on the internet or anything. I didn’t ask for a second opinion. I didn’t, which I could have, I suppose, under BUPA, gone off to London or what have you. I decided to stick totally with the NHS team in [local town] and they were absolutely brilliant, basically.
And what would have been your concern about going on the internet for information?
That I’d have been bamboozled by the different things different people were saying and, you know, that the sort of probably multiple choices etcetera…
Yes, so you’d rather really just be guided by a doctor you trust about what to do.
Yes, and our GP in fact, because I’d had the mammogram and I hadn’t gone to him saying, “I think I have a problem”, he actually wasn’t involved at all, bar the one time, and it wasn’t him, it was one of the lady doctors in the practice. I did get desperately uptight and worried about things. I think it was in between biopsy and the wide excision I got, and I did get more than a bit concerned at that point. And a delightful person, and you know, it was all quite good in the end [laughs].
What did they do for you? Did they prescribe anything?
Well talk. No, no.
Just talked to you.
No, no. I was asked if I wanted some sleeping pills and I said, “No.” I hate taking pills [laughs].
So it was just someone to talk to be reassured?
How do you feel about routine mammograms now, in the light of your experience?
I think it's absolutely essential, and terribly important to go and, you know, I hope my daughters will both go. I told them to go anyway. Both said, ìWell, you know, it was, you happened to be seventy by the time it was discovered, and we think that we'll hang on until we're actually asked to go.î But my daughter-in-law has been, which is sort of nothing to do with me, because cousins of hers have had a desperate time, and is going now regularly, thankfully.
Do you know why you were called out of the blue after you'd turned seventy?
I haven't a clue [laughs]. I don't know. I don't know. I didn't ask.
But glad that you were.
Well, delighted, because I wouldn't have known possibly for about eighteen months.
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