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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Monday, December 06, 2010 6:53 PM
You go girls and kick some cancer ass!!!!!

Bekka so sorry to hear of your heart issue's, they should monitor you with regular heart echo's or mugga scans and I hope you can take herceptin very soon!

Good wishes to Dap and Reading Mama too and all in chemo right now

You can do this ladies!
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:Winter chemo ladies! - Monday, December 06, 2010 10:52 PM
Yea I do another Muga and maybe Ultrasound in 8 weeks...today they upgraded my heart meds and should be ineffect by the 8 weeks..
Diagnosis: 8/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

TC every 3 weeks for 6 sessions

Take everyday as a step closer to the finish line and the start of your new life <3
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 10:02 PM
#2 behind me :)
everything went really good besides getting there at 9:11am and not starting till 11:45 and getting out of there at 2:30 looong day but its over Let the roids kick in lol
Hope everyone is doing good!
Diagnosis: 8/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

TC every 3 weeks for 6 sessions

Take everyday as a step closer to the finish line and the start of your new life <3
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:39 AM
I am DONE WITH A/C!!!!  Yeah!!  Onto the Taxol x 12. Had a bad reaction to the Neulasta (rash, lock jaw) so didn't get the shot this time and on Day 3 feeling okay.  So happy that is behind me :)
 
Maureen
Dx 8/2010
Surg 9/30/2010 5cm lumpectomy, 4/4 +Lymph nodes, Chemo start 10/25/2010 AD x4 DONE 12/6/10 
Chemo Tx12 start 12/20/10 DONE 3/7/2011 
Rads start 3/21/2011  
Homonal pending

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:33 AM
HI!  My halfway point of chemo was yesterday!! WOO HOO!  All went well and I too was there a long time yesterday...am doing Taxofore/Cytoxan...  Was there from 1:00-4:50..had to see oncologist too, so that pushed it back a bit.  Feel good this morning but had a restless night because of the steriods...last day for those today.  Fooled some people with my wig....that was a great feeling!  Thanks for checking on us Winter Chemo ladies!
  PS   there was an older gentleman sitting in the recliner next to me that fell asleep and started snoring..my friend that sat with me got a kick out of that!  Take care ladies!!!!Debbie
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, December 08, 2010 12:28 PM
Congrats Maureeen on getting the a/c done, which I'm sure is the hardest to tolerate, good luck with the taxol:)

Debbie, I had an old lady beside me once that did that too lol, least it made me smile on a bleak day:)
What a great feeling to be halfway, little by little you're getting to that finish line and will be there before you know it and feel so proud you did this for yourselves ladies:)
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:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, December 11, 2010 3:54 PM
Well, I had a rough week :(  My left arm was pretty beat up from the last a/c treatment, so we decided I needed to use my right arm (which is my good arm).   It took them 4 times to get a vein and then at some point, the IV moved (we think when I went to the bathroom) and the Taxol leaked into my tissue.  Luckily, it isn't toxic and didn't hurt, but my arm got swollen. (and they had to switch back to the left arm so 5 needle pricks in total).   You know it's bad when all 3 onc nurses are surrounding you!  I guess it is not that common, or at least not the swelling to the extent I had it.   Between the steriod and the swollen, itchy arm, I didn't get much sleep tuesday night.   The nurses were all very anxious to see me the next day when I went back for the nuelasta shot.  They put some benadryl directly into the skin, which helped the swelling go down and I got some cream for home    I have to put heat on it, the swelling has come down, but its still a little swollen and red, which they said would take a few weeks probably to go away. 
 
So this made up my mind to have a port put in!!!  I have a consult on Tuesday and hopefully surgery Wed, Thur or Friday.   When the chemo was only going to be 8 treatments, my dr was against it and I was willing to wait and see what happenned, but after this time and now knowing I will also get Herceptin for 1 year, its time to get it done.  I don't regret not doing it earlier, but would definately regret it if I didn't do it now.  You should have seen me, I couldn't use either arm, one arm with the IV and the other swollen and all iced up - my mom had to hold juice with a straw to my mouth so I could drink.  (and we were there from 10:30am to 5pm, incl., the blood work, seeing the oncl nurse, etc...). 
 
Also had an unfortunate reaction this week, although the drs are not sure to what.  Had a variety of symptoms, all within about 1/2 hour, including stomach pain, dizziness, weakness and finally throwing up.  Unfortunately, all this happenned just after we arrived at my son's long delayed 7th birthday party.  Luckily he and my daughter were happily bouncing and didn't see how sick I was - I felt like I was back in college, sitting down on the floor of the bathroom and then getting sick in the grass outside!  All I can do is laugh at the timing, I haven't been sick like that the whole time and of course it happens right as his party starts.  Luckily my mom was there to drive me home and I started to feel better even on the drive home.
 
I've been surprised how tired I've been, not sure if its low counts or just a reaction to everything that happenned, and my knees, calfs and back hurt, yesterday it was tough to walk.  Today I have been sitting most of the day, trying to limit my walking and it seems its getting a little better, hopefully it will pass by tomorrow, which will be 5 days after treatment. 
8/4/10 found lump, 8/13 mammo&us, 8/31 biopsy
9/7/10 dx@ age 43 -  IDC - 2cm (4.6cm on MRI!), ER/PR--, HER2+, Grade 2, Likely Stage IIIa.  BRCA negative!
Neoadjuvant chemo - AC-dose dense, 10/10, 4tx - DONE!
Taxol - dose dense - 4tx - 12/10 - DONE!
Lumpectomy & ALND - 02/16/11 (No cancer left!)
Rads x34 - start April 2010
Herceptin for 1 year - started 12/7/10
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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Saturday, December 11, 2010 4:42 PM
Reading Mama,

I'm so sorry they had to use your good arm, generally they avoid it just in case of lymph, but agree with you on getting the port asap!  I waited until my fourth a/c to get it and I do regret that.

Keep taking any anti nausea meds you have and drink lots of water, taxol is known to cause bone pain as you describe so you may need to ask for some meds to help with that.   As to the tiredness, rest as much as you can should you need to, it really does make a difference.

I'm so sorry you had such a tough week but hopefully things will settle down now for the completion of the taxol, herception should'nt cause you too many problems so I really hope the worst is behind you:)

((((hugs))))

Tricia xx
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Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:50 AM
Well I wasn't suppose to start chemo until after Christmas, but here I am.
I had my port put in yesterday and now I'm starting with my first treatment today. My husband was able to change his work schedule around so he could go with me to my first one. If he had his way he'd be at every single appt or anything else with me. Unfortunately that just isn't fesable.
Hopefully I don't start losing any of my hair until after Christmas. Here's crossing my fingers.
Good luck to the rest of the ladies who already started or are about to start!

Gina
Diagnosed 09/10
Right Mastectomy 11/4/10
Invasive ductal carcinoma
Triple Negative
BRAC1+
Started chemo 12/14
4 rounds of A/C
4 rounds of Taxol

Age 25

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 9:07 AM
Hi Gina.  Today is your 1st chemo.  I'm so glad you got your port as it makes everything so much easier and it saves you veins.  I hope everything goes well for you today.  Don't forget to take your anti-nausea medicine before you get nauseous.  I waited till I got sick and then it was too late.  Best wishes.   Mary L
Diag. Oct 2003 with 6mm mass, IDC grade III ductal carcinoma in-situ, Inflammatory Breast Cancer stage IIIB, Her2+++.   I had A/C followed by Taxotere (only had 2tx as I had heart problems from it); Left Mastectomy followed by 35 rads.  Recurence in 9 months as skin mets to mast. site. tx Carboplatin/Herceptin,  stayed on Herceptin every other week for almost 4 years only stopping when my ejection fraction would get too low. off herceptin & ned 3 years in 2010
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