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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:20 PM
Sending good wishes Cat!!
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:40 PM
Thank you so much.....btw, I LOVE your profile pic! Also, I hope you are doing well in your fight.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:50 AM
Hi Donna, I love your avatar btw, I can't help with this question but hope someone else can, hoping for B9 for you but if not you can research all your options and make a decision on whats right for you, a bilat mast is always an option but doesn't guarantee no recurrance of course but does the reduce the risk a little, good luck.
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:57 PM
Thanks Donna, this is Sammy my Somali cat and he's spoiled rotten!!!:)
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:30 PM
Donna-- Good luck with the lumpectomy.  
Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 



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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:34 AM
Thank you Tricia....that pic is my late, great Rosietoes, a little polydactyl who I raised from birth (her mama was my beloved Babycat). My son took that pic and I just love it. I made it through my needle location biopsy fine.....the radiologist who did my needle loc was WONDERFUL. I truly felt a couple of VERY TINY pinches and a LITTLE pressure and that was that! Scootersmom, the lumpectomy went smoothly.Pain hasn't been bad at the surgical site, just a crescent shaped incision and bruise next to my nipple with a slight dent. Now I am waiting for the biopsy results. Thank you both for the kind words, as you know this is a very stressful thing to go through for us and our families. I was talking on the phone with my daughter, who lives in another state about the possibility of cancer and when I got off the phone I saw my 24 year old son sitting at the other end of the couch with a tear running down his cheek :( . I hadn't realized how afraid he was for me.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, May 17, 2014 1:46 PM
Cat:

I didn't find the lumpectomy that painful.  Just the first day and nothing really that Tylenol couldn't handle.  I was just bored out of my mind as the doctor wouldn't let me go back to work for two weeks. I don't know about you but when I went to have the needle put in, I left the radiologist looking like I had one of Madonna's cones on the side of my boob.  They put a coffee cup over it and taped it to me.  I couldn't put my arm down.

I hope your pathology report comes back with clean margins and that the rest of your treatment goes well (whatever that may be).

It is tough when dealing with family members.  They have so many questions and are trying to be strong.  Open communications is the key.  I had two aunts that had breast cancer so when I reached out to them, I really didn't get much help from them.  One had cancer when she was in her thirties.  She had a bilateral mastectomy at the time and really blocked out all those memories.  The other one had it a year before I was diagnosed and just did not want to talk about it.

Another aunt called me and kept asking questions.  She was comparing me to the other two.  For instance-your Aunt Barb had a lumpectomy with drains.  How many drains do you have, who is going to help you with them, how many stitches, etc.  After the third time telling her that I didn't have drains or stitches she was making me more upset than anything.  I kept telling her mine was not the same as the others.  There are different types.  My mother had to finally call her and tell her to stop calling.  If there was a change we would let her know.

Everyone handles this so differently.  It would be nice if it fell into a single type and all treatments were the same.  It would also be nice to have an instruction manual as to how this is supposed to go.   For many people when they hear the word "cancer", they immediately think it's a death sentence. The only way to get past that is with knowledge. I found that during this trip, I have become an educator to others whether I wanted to be or not.  I am glad that since I had to get this disease that I got it now rather than thirty-forty years ago before the advancement of medical technology.  

It sounds like you have the support you need with your family and that is important. Good luck with the path report. I'll keep my fingers crossed for clean margins.

Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 



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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, May 17, 2014 4:57 PM
The radiologist just put a lot or gauze and tape around the wore (and the needle, since my surgeon wants the needle left in too). I was just amazed at how little the needle loc hurt...I was expecting a really tough experience. My shoulder is more sore than the lumpectomy site, I haven't figured that out unless they had my arm in some weird position...I have had surgery on my shoulder and the range of motion isn't what it used to be. Thank you for the good wishes....I am very hopeful this comes back B9 and that's that. My best to you too.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, May 17, 2014 5:43 PM
Glad its all done Cat and wishing for B9 too, please keep us posted!dancingcat
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:15 AM
Cat,
Hope you are relaxing and being waited on this weekend.  Fingers crossed for b9 results!
dx ILC/dcis excisional biopsy 5/30/08
r segmental mast (partial) snb 6/4
node neg stage1 gr ll
er+/pr- Her2 - Oncotype Dx 11
R mast 9/22/08 w DIEP
tamox,now AI 
BRCA 1 & 2 NEG
davinci hyst/bso,  
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