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Greyhoundluv47

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, October 01, 2010 11:34 AM
Hi - This is all very new and very confusing.  I found a lump on my left breast 2 weeks ago, saw my docotor who found two more lumps.  He sent me for bilateral films and an ultra sound.  Today I'm seing a surgeon.  I don't have cysts I have lumps.  Where do I go from here?
 
Thanks for listening :)
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, October 01, 2010 6:37 PM
Hi Greyhound,

Firstly, over 80% of lumps are benign, so this may be nothing.

I hope you're seeing a breast surgeon who will probably do a mammo, the only way to give you peace of mind is a biopsy of these lumps which is not painful, but uncomfortable.

I really hope it's nothing serious, but please keep us posted and let us know:)

Tricia xx
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, October 01, 2010 11:32 PM
My name is Laurie.  6 months ago I had a mammogram that revealed calcifications.  First had needle biopsy then surgical biopsy that showed atypical hyperplasia.  Returned for follow up mammogram last month and three more calcifications clusters were found.  Had another biopsy and then 6 hours after discharged from hospital went back for repeat surgery to stop the bleeding.  Biopsy showed- lobular carcinoma in stu.  Been a week and a half since I was discharged from hospital and I have numerous bruising and swelling in left breast.

The surgeon wants me to see an oncologist to research drugs or surgery to deal with diagnosis.  One very good friend of mine passed away from breast cancer.  She was in her late 20' s with two young kids.  My father just passed away from colon cancer 4 months ago.  This breast cancer scares me.  I had always thought of what I would do if confronted with a threat- and the answer was fight with everything I had. 

Every time I get a mammogram and wait for the results, every time I wait for my surgical biopsy, every time time I wait for the biopsy results... I have extreme anxiety.  I can't eat, I can't sleep, my mind is often in the clouds and I do not pay attention to my work, I try to hide from my family so as not to upset their busy lives.  Always the way I have lived my life was to take on any problem and solve it.  Always a problem can be solved, right?  So, I am thinking I need to take care of this and put it behind me.  Therefore, I am very seriously thinking of a mastectomy with reconstruction - hopefully from my own tissue.   I need to deal with this, take care of it and get on with my life.   Appointment with first oncologist is in four days.

Thank you for listening,

Laurie

 

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, October 01, 2010 11:59 PM
My name is Laurie.  6 months ago I had a mammogram that revealed calcifications.  First had needle biopsy then surgical biopsy that showed atypical hyperplasia.  Returned for follow up mammogram last month and three more calcifications clusters were found.  Had another biopsy and then 6 hours after discharged from hospital went back for repeat surgery to stop the bleeding.  Biopsy showed- lobular carcinoma in stu.  Been a week and a half since I was discharged from hospital and I have numerous bruising and swelling in left breast.

The surgeon wants me to see an oncologist to research drugs or surgery to deal with diagnosis.  One very good friend of mine passed away from breast cancer.  She was in her late 20' s with two young kids.  My father just passed away from colon cancer 4 months ago.  This breast cancer scares me.  I had always thought of what I would do if confronted with a threat- and the answer was fight with everything I had. 

Every time I get a mammogram and wait for the results, every time I wait for my surgical biopsy, every time time I wait for the biopsy results... I have extreme anxiety.  I can't eat, I can't sleep, my mind is often in the clouds and I do not pay attention to my work, I try to hide from my family so as not to upset their busy lives.  Always the way I have lived my life was to take on any problem and solve it.  Always a problem can be solved, right?  So, I am thinking I need to take care of this and put it behind me.  Therefore, I am very seriously thinking of a mastectomy with reconstruction - hopefully from my own tissue.   I need to deal with this, take care of it and get on with my life.   Appointment with first oncologist is in four days.

Thank you for listening,

Laurie
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:09 PM
Hi everyone, my name is Angela and I found out last night that my mom has breast cancer and they removed her breast yesterday.  They didn't tell any of us kids (we are all over 30 so not really kids) because they didn't want to worry us until they knew for sure.  Mom is doing good, going home today and seems in good spirits when I talked to her.  As her only daughter, we have always had a special bond.  The bottom of my world dropped out when she told me last night.  It's not real yet but at the same time it's too real.  Obviously everyone dies, but it was a slap in the face when all of a sudden reality jumped up and said, guess what, your mom won't live forever.  We won't know until later this week the diagnosis which is also hard, waiting is not my strong suit.

I will be fine for a couple of hours and then all of a sudden I am sobbing.  It's hard not being able to make it better or even knowing what to say to someone who has loved you every day for 35 years.  I know in my head that just because she has breast cancer doesn't mean she is going to die, but I can't help but have that thought.  It breaks my heart to think of what my dad is going through, they have been best friends for over 40 years.  They are both trying to make it better for all of us because that's how they are and what great parents do.  I wish I could return the favor.  They know I love them both and will do anything for them and my brothers feel the same way, they raised some great kids!  I feel bad that I haven't talked to my brothers yet because I just can't do it yet. I feel selfish but I know they have wonderful families who are being supportive.  It's the same with my friends, I want them to know but I don't want to talk to them because I'm tired of crying today.  I know I am truly blessed to have a great family and wonderful friends and I know my mom will have the greatest support system throughout this whole process.  We will deal with it, we always do.

I have been reading through some of the posts and you are all amazing. Thanks for the words of support and encouragement, it means so much. 



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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:05 PM
Hi Caroll and Angela,

I'm sorry you both had to join us here but welocme,

Firstly Carroll,/Laurie, I think often your diagnosis is worse in a lot of ways than some.  It's not bad or serious enough to need chemo etc but there nonetheless and has to be dealt with.  Please don't make any rash decisions until you research, check out the surgery/recon forums here and get an idea whats ahead if you go this route.  See what your Dr's recommend and if possible get another opinion too, this cannot be reversed so be sure before you do it. 
We're all here for you if you need us. ((((hugs)))))

Angela, if you've checked out the forums you'll know there are many of us here years out from bc doing well, some members are twenty odd years and doing fine which gives us all hope:)
I'm sorry about your Mom, but as someone who had an aggressive type with positive lymph nodes, I can tell you the stats and treatments are soo much better than they were and growing daily:)

Take heart, research and post your questions here should you need to, but there's every chance your Mom will be fine and live many years yet as I plan to with my own daughter's:)  xx
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, October 04, 2010 10:40 AM
My name is Carliss, I am 57; I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma of left breast in September 2010.  I wasn't surprised with the diagnosis as my mother had it 13 years ago.  Things have changed so much in the treatment of cancer.  I had a Mammocyte inserted September 16 and had 10 radiation treatments beginning September 22 and finishing on September 28. I see my oncologist this week and chemotherapy will be determined at that time.  I've had an Oncotype DX test done by Genomic.  I suppose I will know the results of this test this week. 
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, October 04, 2010 11:55 AM
Hi Carliss,

I'm so sorry you've had to join us but will be keeping everything crossed for a good pathology report and no chemo!!! 

Please keep us posted!:)
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, October 04, 2010 4:11 PM
Laurie, Angela and Carliss - I cannot add to what Tricia has already said.  I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you, your mom, and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! 
DX 5/13/08 Clearwater, FL HER2 +
IDC Stage IIIA changed 12/2/08 to IIB Grade 3
Taxotere, Carbo & Herceptin  6/11/08
Part Mas 11/5/08 SNB neg & addl node neg - CLEAN MARGINS!
Arimidex 11/25/08  35 Rads 12/15/08
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:05 PM
Well!  Am I ever glad to have found all of you!  In August I went for my annual mammo and low and behold I got called back.  You all know the routine.  After a zillion more images, a nauseating biopsy, an infection from the needle tracks (the doctor took the scenic route in my rather large breasts), an MRI, and a partial mast to remove the tumor and then 5 lymph nodes, I am now looking ahead to the journey before me.  I see the oncologist tomorrow and am deciding whether or not to do chemo with an onco score of 17. I found the onco-score discussion on here and that led me to join.  Thank God for all of you!  I also found all sorts of good information concerning radiation and helpful tips.  I will start that in a couple of weeks I think.
 
I have a 10-year old son and am a single mother working full-time.  I assume I'm not the only one to have almost died of fear during those 2 first weeks.  I am up for the process now though and am so happy to have found this forum.  Thanks for posting.  You have no idea how helpful it is to us new ones.
 
And, in fact, just now I found a post about the awful pain in the back of my arm that goes all the way down to my elbow. I thought I was crazy because I knew the surgeon didn't do any work there.  I was relieved to read about others' experiences with that nerve pain.  I certainly didn't expect to have that complication--and I obviously missed the pre-surgery memo that discussed that possibility!  lol
Diagnosed:  August 2010 through routine mammo 
1 cm, 5 lymph nodes removed
E+, P+, Her2-
Onco-type score 17
48 years old, single mother of a 10-year old
No family history; no risk factors
Yes, I'm shocked

Bigger shock: this tiny tumor metastasized in Fall 2015 while on aramidex to advanced stage IV in liver, pleural linings of both lungs, spleen, and ascites in abdomen.  
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