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Rena

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:31 PM
No more 90 degrees here! It lasted for about three days, but we're back to our normal 60s now. 

Tricia, thanks for asking: I just got home this afternoon after spending the night at Karen's and then helping out in her preschool this morning. The children were painting pictures (well, some were pictures and others were more "abstract"!) on white plates as Mother's Day gifts. I still have acrylic paint under my nails. The kids are so cute--some kind of shy and some very flirty. One adorable boy is going to be a "lady killer," we decided. What a flirt! It was a lot of fun, but very tiring, and I was there for only two hours. No wonder Karen is so exhausted when she gets home at night! She's so calm with the children, but still loving. It was wonderful to see her in her element. I'm a little concerned about her neck and back, though. She was in a bad car accident about a year ago, and her neck and back have given her trouble. She's had a lot of chiropractic and acupuncture, and both help temporarily. She's been hurting the past few days, and I know that after sitting on kid-sized chairs and getting up and down a lot, my back hurts, so I can imagine how she must feel. The MRI showed a bulging disc, so she may have to see a specialist soon. She wants to deal with it "naturally," though. Poor girl. Pain sucks!

I hope you are all doing well. I'm glad your mammo went well, Elaine.  Oh, that reminds me--I wanted to ask if any of you has information or an opinion on this: I was glad that Karen's doctor sent her for a mammogram. Even though she tested negative for BRCA, she still is higher-risk because I had cancer so young. But her doctor said that she should have a mammogram every year. Does that seem excessive? Even with her family history (David's mother died of breast cancer in her 50s), I wonder if the amount of radiation from yearly mammograms is worth the risk. I have to research it myself, but I wondered if you guys had any info about this. Thanks!

Take care everyone. 
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:44 PM
Rena - So glad Karen loves her work but I imagine her back isn't going to like it much.  I now have a bulging disc as well as the spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis.  I hope she can find some relief although I don't  think "naturally" is going to do it.

Regarding the mammograms.  I don't think the amount of radiation is as much of a risk as that of missing a possible breast cancer.  One could use the same reasoning and say that women should wait until 50 or later to have annual mammograms since most breast cancer occurs in older women and that would save them years of radiation. How does Karen feel about annual mammograms?  The final choice is up to her of course.

No phone calls since mammo on Monday.  I'm hope that means there's nothing to talk about :)  I'll feel better when I get "the letter."

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:53 PM
Rena I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience and I'd say as well as tiring Karen probably needs the patience of a saint at times! :)  Sad to read about her back pain though, I really hope she finds something to help keep any pain down she's experiencing.

Re the Mammo, I haven't looked into it but think yearly sounds good and as Elaine mentiones, the modern machines use very little radiation I believe.

So far so good Elaine!!
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, May 08, 2014 6:45 PM
Thanks for your input, Elaine and Tricia. It's something Karen and I can talk about when we have some quiet time alone. 
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, May 08, 2014 8:13 PM
Rena:  I went for my first one at the age of 35.  Then it was every two years until age 40.  Once I hit 40 then it was every year until the bilateral.

Ps-the only incident of breast cancer was my aunt over thirty years prior.  Other cancers with in the immediate family were prevalent.


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.
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:27 PM
Rena,
Your visit with Karen and her kiddies sounds beautiful!  I'm sure she is great with the little ones , and you must have loved seeing her in her element!

As far as the mammos, when I had my gen testing, even though I was negative, the report stated that any  daughters should start getting routine mammograms at age 28 ( ten years younger than the earliest bc in the Immediate family tree).   Since we won't reach that for another 5 years, I guess we will cross that bridge...
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:15 PM
Hi everyone!

I met Scootersmom (Tina) and her Mom this morning for breakfast. They are visiting San Diego and were on their way to the zoo today :)

It was wonderful as always to meet a sistah!  Tina is sweet and very funny - she regaled me with stories of how she made her docs laugh. I hope we can do it again next time she comes to SD.

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:37 PM
Elaine I'm so glad you and Tina got to meet up and hope you both managed to get a pic, will keep an eye out on FB!!
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:54 PM
Oh shoot. Never thought about a photo.  We were too busy chatting !

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:46 PM
Back home and sorry to say that I really miss the weather in SD.  Came back home to so much rain it is unbelievable.  It is as if someone turned on a faucet and forgot to turn it off.  One of the train viaducts around here is 14 feet tall and it has standing water in it of twelve feet.  It's going to be about a week before that part of the road is open again.

Elaine--It really was a pleasure to meet and talk with you.  Mom and I really enjoyed our visit with you.  After we got in the car it dawned on me that we should have taken a "selfie".  Crap!  Missed opportunity.    We made it to the airport evidently right before the roads were closed.  Our plane actually left early.  We were delayed in Denver due to the incoming flight being late and all the idiots that don't understand the "carry on " policy.  They don't get a suitcase that can hide a body will not fit in the overhead no matter which way you can turn it.  Or one personal item and one carry on does not mean: one purse, one computer, one suitcase and a duffel bag.  

I hope everyone else is doing well.  I am trying to catch up on all the messages while I've been away.  Have a wonderful day.

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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