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RSBendy

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 5:24 PM
Hi Ladies!
Just a quick update.  They weren't kidding about the flu-like reaction 48 hours after Taxol.  Though not sure that some of it could be attributed to the lovely cold my husband gave me. Didn't go into work on Monday and ended up leaving after an hour and half on Tuesday. Really thought if I got myself moving I'd feel better - didn't work.  After getting a full night's sleep, was able to go into work for a few hours. Note to self - if my husband starts complaining about feeling like crap, sleep elsewhere. 
We'll see how the next round goes and I promise to take it easy over the weekend.



Ronnie 
"A Pink Warrior"

Diagnosed - 6/7/11
DIEP Flap Procedure, Double Mastectomy - 7/19/11
BRCA I +
Left Breast - 7mm, 1 Sentinal Node - .9mm
Chemo - 
Adriamycin/Cytoxan 4X's every 2 weeks (followed by Neulasta)
1  2  3  4
Taxol 4X's every 2 weeks
5  6  7  8 DONE!
Hormone Therapy (Anastrozol) for 5 years st
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:48 AM
Hello All,

Had the PET scan yesterday.  While in the quiet room with 10 minutes left there was a fire alarm and the entire building had to evacuate.  Due to my back, I cannot walk more than 150' without severe pain.  It was annoying to say the least.  So much for "no stimulation"!  But we proceeded anyway and while on the table I had a coughing fit.  (I've had this deep cough going on forever - ex-smoker.)  So, so much for no movement.  The tech assured me that there were no problems in getting clean/non blurry reads.

And now the wait.  To add insult to injury (or, to add too my "I have cancer everywhere!) I have another UTI and was prescribed sulfur this time.  No side effects yet.

So happy to have this club with each of you in it.  I can't imagine how any woman goes through BC without your support. Whenever I get lost or scared, you are there to comfort and encourage.  Whenever I have a question, you are there to answer it.  Whether in a good space or bad one, you are there to cheer me on.

Just wanted to let you know that I am grateful to each one of you for you've helped me out so many times.
                       

Marian 

DX June 20, 2011
IDC, E+P-, HER2-, Ki67 49%
Lumpectomy 7/26/11 & 8/23/11   
Lymph nodes clear!   
BRCA 1-/2-
Stage 1, Grade III 
Oncotype: 36%
Taxotere/Cytoxn 1 2 3 4 12/12/11
33 Rads completed 3/16/12
Start Arimidex 3/17/12    

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RSBendy

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Thursday, November 10, 2011 3:08 PM
Marian  glad to see that no matter what's going on, it's good to stay in a positive place.  I believe that's what kept my mother going dealing with various forms of BC for 30 years. Stay strong!!
Ronnie 
"A Pink Warrior"

Diagnosed - 6/7/11
DIEP Flap Procedure, Double Mastectomy - 7/19/11
BRCA I +
Left Breast - 7mm, 1 Sentinal Node - .9mm
Chemo - 
Adriamycin/Cytoxan 4X's every 2 weeks (followed by Neulasta)
1  2  3  4
Taxol 4X's every 2 weeks
5  6  7  8 DONE!
Hormone Therapy (Anastrozol) for 5 years st
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:03 PM
Marian - I admire your positive attitude! I am finding it hard to stay positive right now although I am trying. I had TCH #4 of 6 one week ago and am just starting to come out of the fog now. It seems to take me longer to feel better after each treatment. I am so tired but can't sleep without either taking an Ativan or Benadryl. I haven't been able to take my daily walks since the weather has turned cold and I think it has affected my mood. I am also cold all the time (before treatment I used to be a little warm always). I have started a yoga program I found on Netflix but it is not the same and I get tired easily. Sorry to rant but I'm trying to get my down feelings out so maybe I can perk up a bit. I am excited that my two daughters and family that live 11 hrs away are coming to visit for Thanksgiving (although I have already relegated cooking and cleaning to them). I will hopefully spend my time playing with my two granddaughters. I hope that I have enough energy as I will have chemo #5 the day before Thanksgiving which is the day they arrive. I usually feel well for the first two days. I'm thinking of all the winter chemo ladies and hope everyone is feeling well!
Linda...Age at diagnosis 51
IDC stage 1 ; tumor 1.1 cm
Excisional Biopsy 5/24/11
Liver biopsy 6/09/11 - negative
 Lumpectomy and axillary node dissection 7/20/11 clear margins- no nodes found
  ER-/PR-; HER2+++ ;BRCA 1 and 2 negative
Chemo - Taxotere/Carboplatin/Herceptin x6 finished 12/14/11
Herceptin for one year: Radiation 35 tx finished 3/05/12


Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:21 PM
Linda its okay to be tired and feel down because you can't do what you were used to!  I walked an hour at least every day but could'nt manage it during chemo and it upset me too!

Just look forward to doing things you can and know you'll be back out there before you know it!!:)
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:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, November 12, 2011 4:15 PM
I read your brave stories and feel like such a wimp. I have just finished my first treatment on 11/7/11 of Taxtoere and Cytoxan with the Neulasta shot. During the Cytoxan the wave of nausea hit, the third day was the worst, nausea, headache, shooting pains and my pulse rate has been high as has my blood pressure (which I already take two different meds for). Making notes of everything to bring to oncologist before next treatment. At this point, like everyone else looking forward to last dose.
Sherry
8/11/2011 diagnosed right breast
PR+ER+HER2-
BRAC 1 & 2 negative
Onco Score 18 trace in 1 node
9/13/11 Double Mastectomy Nipple Sparing skin sparing DIEP FLAP reconstruction
11/7/11 4 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan I'M DONE!!
started Tamoxifen 1/28/2012
Stage 2 surgery 3/6/2012 DONE!!
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, November 12, 2011 4:47 PM
Hi Smarti,

You may need your anti nausea meds switched if you're actually vomiting and it sometimes takes a while to find the right one.

You're not a wuss at all and I know the ladies here will give you encouragement and help you!

There is an end and you'll all get there so just keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it you'll be on the other side!!!:)
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
Carepage- survivortricia
smarti

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:01 PM
They have me on Zofran and Phenergan but was originally told to use up to 48 hours so needless to say I haven't taken anymore in a while. Thank you for responding to quickly.
Sherry
8/11/2011 diagnosed right breast
PR+ER+HER2-
BRAC 1 & 2 negative
Onco Score 18 trace in 1 node
9/13/11 Double Mastectomy Nipple Sparing skin sparing DIEP FLAP reconstruction
11/7/11 4 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan I'M DONE!!
started Tamoxifen 1/28/2012
Stage 2 surgery 3/6/2012 DONE!!
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, November 12, 2011 6:00 PM
Smarti - I found what helped me was to keep a daily diary so when I had my onco appts it was much easier to go over things. And Tricia stated you are no wusss.
 
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
DCIS, IDC Diag 4/12/11
Left Mastectomy 3 nodes positive removed 5/26/11
Stage 2, Triple positive (ER 80%, PR 70%, Her2 +3)
Chemo 6/30/11 Carboplatin/Taxotere/Herceptin Completed chemo 10/13/11
BRCA 1 & 2 Negative 
Herceptin for 1 year - completed 5/10/12
Arimidex for 5 years starting 11/3/11
Right simple Masectomy 11/29/12
Take one day at a time and always try to find something positive out of the negative!
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, November 12, 2011 6:09 PM
Smarti, zofran worked well for me but we're all different,  do take them even if you dont need them as it's easier to prevent than stop nausea once it begins!!!

Drink lots of water and do call your onc if you're still ill, we don't need to suffer this through chemo and they'll find another med for you! xx
<message edited by Tricia Keegan on Saturday, November 12, 2011 6:11 PM>
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
Carepage- survivortricia
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