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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:02 PM
I was just diagnosed 11/19/14 with ILC plemorphic with peri-neural invasion, ER+ and PR+, HER2 negative. After much research I have opted for a lumpectomy with possible chemotherapy and radiation and hormone therapy. Has anyone had similar dx? Now reading more and wondering if I made the right decision.... I am scheduled for my surgery on the 20th when they will do the lumpectomy as well as remove lymph nodes for testing. Won't know about the chemo until lymph nodes are tested.
11/19/14 DX - Invasive Lobular carcinoma, pleomorphic, peri-neural invasion.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:22 PM
I had a different dx MJM but wishing you a good path report and hope someone with a similar dx will be along to post soon and offer advice.
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, November 30, 2014 6:41 PM
Thank-you, hoping I made the right decision. Love your cat, I have a 17 pound - very long and has a raccoon tail. Glad you are doing well, I have friend who finishes her 3 round of chemo tomorrow.
11/19/14 DX - Invasive Lobular carcinoma, pleomorphic, peri-neural invasion.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, December 01, 2014 1:46 AM
Thanks, Sammy is one of four, used to be six but we sadly lost two to illness, I found them a great comfort during my own treatments, well done to your friend and you can do this so hang in there!Pals
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 - Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:18 AM
My name is Lisa and I was just diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday.  I just turned 41 and have a 2 1/2 year old son who is my world.  I worry about him and being able to watch him grow up.  I feel scared!  But I'm hopeful with all the treatments that I will be ok.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:04 PM
Lisa--

Welcome.  It doesn't sound like you have the full diagnosis yet.  There are so many different types and the treatments vary.  Try not to worry too much yet.  When you meet with your medical team and a treatment plan is established you will know more.  The unknown and the waiting are the most nerve racking part of this whole scenario.  Breast cancer isn't an automatic death sentence so please try not to think of it as that.  I just read an article on American Cancer Society's website of a 47 year survivor.  

Good luck with your visits and please keep us posted.

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.
 
 



Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, December 06, 2014 2:33 PM
Hi Lisa and welcome,

We all felt scared and those early weeks can be very confusing and emotional, it'll get easier once you have the full details and a treatment plan in place, good luck and please keep us posted.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, December 14, 2014 2:50 PM
Hi! My name is Loren and, although this isn't my first time battling breast cancer, this is my first time joining/posting in a forum. I'm new at this, so I'll apologize in advance. I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25 in October 2010, just 3 days before my 26th birthday. I found a lump in my right breast while doing a self exam about 2 years prior to my diagnosis. Doctors assured me that it was nothing to worry about, that I was simply too young for it to be anything of concern. Yeah, right. I should've gone with my gut and pushed harder but I was young and part of me desperately wanted to believe them. After all, I was in nursing school and just too busy to worry about my own health...I was supposed to be caring for others and not necessarily for myself. In all actuality, I should've known better...after all, I was in nursing school. 2 years passed and the lump became so large that it was noticable through my clothing. That's when I decided to bite the bullet and go to the doctor once again. Long story short, I had an excisional biopsy and it came back positive for cancer with 3 of 6 lymph nodes also testing positive. Doctors insisted that no more surgery was needed since I had opted for the excisional biopsy but, this time, I followed my gut and went ahead with a double mastectomy. Best decision I could've made, given my young age I was certain that it would come back again. By December 2010 I had gotten my port and received my first of eight rounds of chemo. I started radiation in April 2011 and was in remission by July 2011. Since my diagnosis and subsequent treatment was so hurried, no provisions were made in the way of fertility and I was told that I couldn't have children. I was devastated! I always knew that I would someday be a mother...now I just needed tweak my plan a little. At the time, I was single and had just started my new job as a nurse at the county jail. There was no rush on the baby! Little did I know that I would meet my future husband soon after my first month there (he's an officer). After a year and a half of dating, and much to our extreme surprise, I became pregnant! What a miracle! 3 months into the pregnancy, I began having pretty severe lower back pain. I just wrote it off as normal pregnancy symptoms, not thinking it was anything out of the ordinary. On July 10, 2010, I was awakened by severe flank pain accompanied by sudden vomiting and profuse sweating. I constantly had the urge to pee (more than normal lol). Classic kidney stone symptoms and it's common during pregnancy. As a precaution, my OB decided to do an ultrasound of my kidneys to make sure that I had passed all of the stones. It was in that moment that my whole world changed. Expecting the all clear, none of us were worried. We certainly didn't expect what we were about to be told: there was an 8 cm mass on my liver and, given my previous history, they were fairly certain that it was cancer. I thought to myself, "not again". I couldn't stand the thought of doing it all over again...liver cancer. Being a nurse, I knew that my prognosis wasn't good. All I could think about was my family and my unborn baby but I had to hold it together...for them. After a risky liver biopsy, it was determined that it wasn't liver cancer afterall. It was actually metastatic breast cancer. Now, my prognosis was better, even though I now had Stage IV breast cancer. At least it wasn't liver cancer. Never could I have imagined what laid ahead. I was told that, because of the pregnancy, no further testing could be done and everything had to be placed on hold until the baby was born. Keep in mind that I was only barely 7 months pregnant. My due date was September 29, 2014 and it was only July 11. I was immediately met with pressure from my doctors to deliver early. Way too early. I was referred to UAMS in Little Rock due to the rareness of my situation, which none of my current doctors had ever experienced before. No one knew just how to proceed...I was presented with an impossible choice: deliver now, jeopardizing the health of my baby for the sake of my own or wait and jeopardize my own health for the sake of my baby boy. The choice was easy. My decision to wait and deliver at 34 weeks was met with so much resistance. My friends and family were forced to watch me suffer in excruciating pain for 6 more weeks. I decided to forego pain medication to further protect my baby. He was, after all, my miracle. By the time that I was set to deliver, I was unable to walk or sit upright. All I could do was lay flat on my back...but it was worth it. I wasn't doing this for me. 32 hours of labor later and my precious Griffin was born: 4 lbs 13 oz and perfectly healthy. Per protocol, he remained in the NICU...he ended up developing a necrotizing gut infection about 2 weeks into his stay and I ended up getting more bad news. This time, about me. My cancer had spread to the bones of my pelvis and spine. That's why I couldn't walk. One tumor had created so much pressure on my spine that it had actually fractured a vertebrae. Now, the fight began. I was immediately started on 15 rounds of radiation. Fast forward to now: Griffin is 4 months old and I'm doing great! I'm responding very well to hormone therapy and am able to walk again without assistance. I'm even getting to go back to work on December 26th and I couldn't be more ready. I'm just trying to be as close to normal as I know how. Miracles happen everyday and I know they're happening to me! God has a plan...I may not know what it is just yet but I don't have to. He does. 
First diagnosed with Stage IIIb DCIS in Oct 2010 at age 25; double mastectomy, 6 lymph nodes removed, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 30 rounds of radiation, remission 4 years. Re-diagnosed in July 2014 with Stage IV DCIS after becoming pregnant with 1st child. Mets in liver, pelvis, and spine; completed 15 rounds of radiation and currently on hormone therapy. 
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:19 PM
Hi Loren and thank you for sharing your story. All I can say is that you have a lot of courage and you have the best thing in the world to live for--that sweet baby of yours. It's great that the treatments are working so well. I wish you and your family all the best. Rena
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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BRCA2-positive
Dx 1986 IDC ER/PR negative 22 positive lymph nodes
CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:53 PM
Hi Lauren and welcome and I'm so pleased the treatments are working for you, you have a lot to fight for and I hope you'll keep us posted and I wish you well.Pals
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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