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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, July 04, 2015 3:08 PM
Hi,

Sorry you had to join us, the early weeks are very confusing but it will get easier once you get a treatment plan in place, good luck and keep us posted.
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 - Wednesday, July 08, 2015 2:08 AM
Hi... my name is Amanda O'Neill, and my mom was just diagnosed with stage 3 her2 negative. To be honest, I don't know anything about cancer... it doesn't run in my family and until just recently, I didn't actually know anyone suffering from cancer. I am 22 years old, and I am pursuing my Master's degree in forensic anthropology. My mother was my only financial support throughout my undergraduate career, and she was also my rock. Nonetheless, I never imagined my mom, my rock, to become victim to cancer. The cancer is spreading rapidly and aggressively, and it has spread to the lymph nodes in her underarm. I don't know how to process any of this. I don't know what to expect over the years, and I don't know the worst case scenario of her current diagnosis. I don't want to read about my mom's death sentence from websites on the internet... and that is why I am here. You ladies are living proof that cancer doesn't always win. I have a lot to learn, but first I need to learn to be strong for my mom. I would love to be apart of this support group, and I would love to become involved in any ways possible to fight for all of the women affected by breast cancer. I look forward to connecting with all of you.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, July 08, 2015 3:40 AM
Hi Amanda and welcome,

I'm sorry about your Mom's diagnosis, most of us here had no family history either but things are not as bleak as you may think. Many of us too including myself had spread to the lymph nodes and are still fine years later thanks to chemo and radiation, it's only when the cancer may spread to the bones or major organ that it becomes a real problem.  Even then as stage iv it can often be treated well for many years with a good response to treatment so just take things one day at a time for now.

There are many new drugs now even since my own dx ten years ago and more and more people are surviving and living well after this disease.  I know one of the former members here was stage three with twenty two lymph nodes positive and ten years later she's still cancer free and healthy.  Of course we all react differently and of course it's still a concern but I just wanted you to know it's not all doom and gloom at the outset. I researching online stick to reputable sites like Komen and www.breastcancer.org and Dr Susan Loves book is very helpful too and explains a lot. My best wishes to you and your Mom and I hope you'll keep us posted.
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, July 12, 2015 6:11 PM
As I described in a post, I am 23 coming off of a miscarriage and was told I had cancer in my right breast. Months later I still feel the heartbreak of being told this news. As I am fine now health wise, and cancer free talking about this topic to regular people does not feel the same. Once I mention it, then feels as if I have sympathy which isn't what I want. Maybe talking to other's who have experienced this same process can help me move past certain emotions.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, July 13, 2015 2:25 PM
I'm very sorry you had to suffer this disease at such a young age, it's very normal to feel quite lost and sad months after our diagnosis and many people feel counselling or a local support group can help.  Of course we all understand how you feel and time will help and make it easier, just accept you've been through a lot and a major life change and take one day at a time and allow yourself to grieve and feel sad for the old you pre cancer.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 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:07 AM
Just finally figured out how to get to this point on all these posts! My signature sums up the last month. One week since surgery. Resting rather comfortably. Love my lazy boy, pain meds and ice packs. I've been married for almost 24 years and we have 3 beautiful children: boy-19, girls 18 & 16. So I have lots of helpers and a great close-nit circle of friends.
Peg B, 47 I had a mammogram on June 11, 2015. Had a biopsy of 3 spots in right breast on June 15, then followed by an MRI, and CT scan. Originally from the mammogram we thought the tumors were all 1cm and smaller. The MRI showed them to be a bit larger with the largest one about 3.5 cm, and they found a 4th spot. And 2 suspicious spots on my left. July 7, 2015: bilateral mastectomy with sentinel node dissection and ancillary node dissection. Had follow up with breast surgeon on July 13,2015
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:03 AM
Hi Peg,

Glad you're done with the surgery and resting up well, it always helps to have a strong family support too and I hope you'll keep us posted when you have your follow up appt.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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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:46 PM
Hi! My name is Reb. I am 41 years old. I had my first mammogram at 36 - due to my family history. I was so happy that day - it was like another milestone in adulthood...that was on a Friday. On Monday - I got the call that stopped my life. They had found a mass in my right breast. I went Wednesday for another mammogram and ultrasound. Went into the spooky room with the radiologist - a nice dark room with computers everywhere. She showed me the mass. The next day I went to a specialist - and on Friday - I had a biopsy. 

Within 7 days I had had 3 mammograms - 2 ultrasounds and a biopsy. It was benign - thankfully. But for those 7 days - my life stopped. I know have a nice little marker in me for the rest of my life.

It terrified me that everything happened so fast. I had heard stories how it had taken women so long from mammogram to biopsy - so I was terrified that it was happening so fast - and yet blessed at the same time. 

When time came for me to have my next - now yearly mammogram - I was terrified they were going to find something - they didn't and since 2010 - they haven't found anything.

However, I received a notice 8 months after my last mammogram - that said my doctor had requested a risk factor for me. Because of my family history - I have a 20% or more chance of getting breast cancer.

My family history - My grandmother - Dad's Mom - died of breast cancer in 1951 - at age 42. Both of my Aunts - Dad's sisters - were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 - at ages 68 and 63. The older one only had 1 breast removed - and before the year was out - a tumor was found in her other breast. She ended up dying in 2005 of a heart attack. The younger sister decided to have both breasts removed and lymph nodes and she is still alive 11 years later - Thank you God! She does have a pacemaker due to the chemo. The older Aunt's daughter - my cousin - was diagnosed at 55 and had both breast removed and lymph nodes - she ended up dying in 2013 of a blood clot. The younger Aunt's daughters haven't been diagnosed yet. 

See - I thought because it was on my Dad's side - that my chances were slim. But I have learned that in the last 10 years TPTB have determined that it doesn't matter. 

On Monday - I am going to a Breast MRI - again not because they found anything - but because of my family history. And I have to admit - I am terrified! I have a plan - I have had the plan since the first biopsy - have both breasts removed and lymph nodes - get chemo and once cancer free - get a tattoo - my mom and brother have also said that they would get tattoos with me. But even with my plan - I am terrified!

Sorry for the long introduction. Hugs and Love!
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, July 16, 2015 3:57 AM
Hi Reb,

I'm so sorry your family have suffered from  this disease so much and now you have the stress of getting it too, I had no family history at all but still ended up with it but I'm thankful to be here and well ten years on.  This link may help you with some info and there's other ladies there you can talk to about this who are also affected. http://www.facingourrisk.org/index.php
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, July 16, 2015 2:40 PM
Thank you Tricia - I appreciate it. Actually coming here has helped a lot and I will check out that website. Hope everything is going well for you now. 

Hugs and Love!

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