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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, January 15, 2015 8:15 AM
I hope it helps a little to write it down here and I'd echo Tina's advice, a local support group I'm sure would be helpful and you can always post here for support to help you through this too.  It will get easier, for now just accept there will be bad days and go with it, there will be good days too though so just take one day at a time for now. 
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, January 18, 2015 6:31 PM
Good afternoon!  My name is Kim, I am now 39 years old, and I was diagnosed in Nov of 2012.  Original diagnosis was just in the right breast I had three tumors the main one the size of a golf ball and two slightly smaller ones.  As I was in the surgeons office waiting to go over options it was then that I found out the results of my CT Scan.  I had tumors in each lung.  So surgery was not an option but I did Taxol for a year and it dramatically reduced all of my tumors.  However, just recently I found out that it has spend to my bones.  So I am now undergoing treatment for that and to keep the other tumors from coming back.  I know that there is no cure for Stage 4 but I know that I can live with this for a long time.  


[style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"]-Kim  [style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"]Dx 11/12/12, ER/PR +, HER2 -, Stage 2.  [style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"]Now metastatic breast cancer (lung and bone) Stage 4  [style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"]Survivor since day one! 
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, January 18, 2015 8:38 PM
Hi Kim and welcome. I know a number of women who have done very well treating breast cancer as a chronic illness, so you're right--you can live with this for a long time. It's great that you had such a good response to the Taxol, and I hope that your current treatment does as well. I wish you the very best, and I'm glad that you introduced yourself here. 
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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, January 19, 2015 11:56 AM
Hi Kim,

We've had a few members who have done very well after treatment for mets to bones and I'm told its the easiest type to treat and I just wanted to send you good wishes and hope you have a great response.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:57 AM
Hi my name is Gwen and I was diagnosed on January 20, 2015. On the outside I am a trooper but on the inside I can't stop crying. I have a lot of support and so much is going through my head that I feel like I am in a fog. I try to make myself accept what is happening to me but when I simply say "I have breast cancer" I break. I guess I now understand how the people I deal with feel when we tell them they are HIV positive. I know I will survive because I have a 7 year old who loves me to the moon and back and GOD knows I love and live for him daily. So he is in every decision I make. I never thought I would be in this predicament not to say I am any different from any one else. Its just harder to imagine when you are on the inside looking out as opposed to being on the outside looking in. I have cried everyday since the day I found out and yet as I write this I cry. Why am I crying? I am determine to beat this so why I am crying? I don't know. I guess I just really need someone to knock me over the head and say you are not alone or I got you because in reality I am not alone. I have support but support is not able to stop these streaming tears. I guess I am scared. Scared of what will happen in the future but determined to live by any means necessary.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:41 PM
Gwen its very early days for you and the early weeks are a blur or emotions and fear, allow yourself to cry, you're still in shock and that is normal and something we all felt.  I can only reassure you that all this really does get easier and you will get through it and there are many long term survivors here who were just as scared as you are now, if we can do it so can you.Pals
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Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:37 PM
Thank You.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:52 PM
Keep us posted on how you get on and ask any questions you're not sure of, there's lots of people here that have been where you are that can offer help and support.
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 - Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:24 PM
Gwen:

I agree with Tricia.  Until the shock wears off, the world is upside down.  Once you meet with your medical team and a game plan is set up, you will feel a little relief.  Allow yourself time to accept what you have been told and to absorb it.  It is a shock and since this is early in you diagnosis, there is so much that is unknown.  

As far as your support system, it is nice to utilize this website to discuss your fears as well as ask your questions of someone who understands what you are going through.  

Please keep us posted and come back.  We are here with hugs.

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 - Friday, January 23, 2015 5:57 PM
Thank you. It helps to know I am not alone. I have not had a decent night of sleep since hearing this news. I have let go of some of the unknown. The surgeon is a familiar face as he performed my gallbladder surgery last summer. That makes a difference. My appointments to meet with the plastic surgeon and oncologist is set for the first week in February and my final appointment is on the 9th. By then everything should be set. I do worry about something so small and unimportant but I can't help it. Having breast regardless of the size defined me as a woman. Women have breast.  Why do I feel that when they take these they are striping away part of my womanhood. I feel like I am loosing what makes a woman. I can't wrap my head around thus and to me it's irrelevant but bothersome.
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