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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:05 PM
Hello - my name is Lisette. My mother was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer when she was 41. It did come back in different areas 5 times & my mother passed away in 2007 at age 62. I have always been very diligent with my annual mammograms. Right now I am 45 yrs old, I have 5 boys ages 8,10,12,14,16. I nursed them all for about a year. I did take the Breast Cancer gene test & I was negative. So 2 years ago we moved from TX to OH & I had to re-establish new relationships with new drs. I find a gyno - I go in & I bring in my paper saying it is time for my annual mammogram. I ask her to schedule me, she says yes & continues the annual exam. During the exam I bring up a pain that I was having - it comes & goes, behind my rib, UNDER my breast bone. The yr before in TX, I had brought it up to my family dr who said it was just a muscle issue & gave me pain pills. I am very paranoid of any ache & pain & don't like to mask anything with medicine. So I brought it up to this dr. She says, let me check, then tells me it's breast tissue. I get very nervous thinking I have something. She tells me she can schedule a diagnostic ultrasound to check the area. Of course! I am scared out of my mind. She says she'll just schedule it the same day as my mammogram. Great - wow this dr is so thorough & caring & has me back 3 times in 3 months "to make sure I'm doing ok" Now honestly she played on my paranoia. Each dr visit was being charge. I go for my mammogram & diagnostic ultrasound. All is ok. Then my bill arrives from the mammo place. They coded it ALL together & because I have a $500 deductible - I owe $530! $280 is for my mammogram!!! I go crazy. I am DUE a FREE annual preventative mammo. So I start the phone calls. Then mammo place can't change it because that is how the dr office coded it. I call the dr office - I speak to the dr. She says & I quote "I found the breast tenderness" I say you didn't find anything - that was something previous that I had brought up to you - even still - it should not be coded together. She said she could not change it as it would be unethical. WHATTTTT? She IS being unethical. So I write to the insurance company, they deny me. I write a second appeal to the ins - they deny it again. I write another letter to the dr saying they need to change that coding because I should have to pay for a mammogram I am due & one I requested. I did report this dr. to the ins. & they said they were investigating her. Anyway dr. office deny it & won't change the coding. So long story - I STILL owe $530. My credit is shot because it's gone to collection. I guess I need to give up & just pay it. No-one will help me. No-one will do anything. I am completely shocked that this could ever happen. I am horrified. This was May-June 2013. I've just been avoiding it - it's the principle of the matter. Should I give up & just pay? I can't pay a lawyer - would probably cost me more than the $530. I'm ok paying for the diagnostic ultrasound but it just makes my blood boil that I would have to pay for that mammo. Appreciate your feedback!
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:16 PM
Hi,

I'm sorry this happened and its a lot of money to pay out when its obviously the Dr's fault, I really can't advise  on what to do as I don't live in the U.S but would think it may affect your credit so it may be best to pay it but write a letter of complaint about the Dr to a governing body there, may be the insurance company could set up a payment plan for you??
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, November 06, 2014 1:29 PM
Hi! My name is Jill from MN. I am 52, married with 10 and 15-year old girls. I was just diagnosed on 10/28 with Invasive Ductal Cancer, probably Stage 2, grades 2-3. I've seen the surgeon, am scheduled with the plastic surgeon on the 10th and double mastectomy on the 20th with reconstruction. Whew!!!! I'm not worrying that it will be more, but there's just that general fear.

I think I'm okay with this, but my biggest challenge may be allowing myself to actually be upset. My oldest has a serious autoimmune disorder (Juvenile Dermatomyositis) that was diagnosed at three, now my youngest has been diagnosed with a severe to profound sensioneural hearing loss in her left ear (the older has mild to mopderate in the right). Headed to the geneticist next week for that. I don't feel like I have enough time to be concerned for myself with the girls. The problem is that with work and all this, my anxiety level is soooo high. That constant feeling of unrest. Any ideas?

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, November 06, 2014 3:28 PM
Hi Jills,

You have a lot on your plate right now and do consider asking your Dr for something to help you over this, it can be temporary but if you need it do ask for it and I hope you'll keep us posted on your path report.
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 - Thursday, November 06, 2014 3:43 PM
Hi Jill. I agree with Tricia that taking something for anxiety while you're in the midst of all this could really make a difference. Naturally, it has to be something mild enough so that you can function well with your children and work, but if it's something that just takes the edge off your anxiety and helps you get a good night's sleep, it would be a great help. I've taken anti-anxiety medication, and I always start at the lowest dosage and take more if I need it. 

The only other advice I have is to let people help you--whether it's family, friend, co-workers, people at your church if you have one. People will likely ask you how they can help, so don't be afraid to tell them what you need: rides for the girls? someone to organize a "meal train"--friends who take turns bringing dinners over to your house? I tend to be independent and don't like to ask for help, but I learned quickly how wonderful it is to get help like that. 99 percent of people who ask what they can do really want to be told, so don't hold back. I wish you the very best--please let us know how everything goes.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, November 10, 2014 10:17 PM
Hello everyone, I am Liza.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:39 AM
Hi Liza and welcome to the message boards, have you or a family member been diagnosed with cancer?
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 - Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:05 PM
Hi, my name is Kelley. I was diagnosed with DCIS on September 11, 2014 by needle biopsy. I opted for a double mastectomy, which I had last Wednesday, November 12th. I chose this because my mother was also diagnosed this year with breast cancer. The pathology from my surgery found that I have invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 2 (NOT DCIS). My tumor size was 2.5cm. I had a sentinel node biopsy with my mastectomy and three nodes were taken, all negative. 

Tomorrow I go to see the oncologist and I am anxious about what she will say. Prior to my surgery she said I wouldn't need any further treatment (when we thought I had a 2mm area of DCIS). Now, we are dealing with a 2.5cm tumor that was removed. I know that it was ER and PR positive, HER negative. What are your experiences with treatment for stage 2 invasive carcinoma with these characteristics? I'm guessing Tamoxifen for sure but wondering about chemo...

Thoughts, help, and insight? I'd appreciate anything! 

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, November 21, 2014 3:38 AM
Hi Kelley,

I'm guessing with your Mothers history and the size of the tumour the Onc would prefer you to do some chemo, we only get one chance to ensure this doesn't recurr so it may well be best to throw everything you have at it. Good luck and please let us know what happens and if you do need chemo we can help and support you through that,
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 - Friday, November 21, 2014 9:44 PM
Well, she said I'm looking at Tamoxifen for 5-10 years and we will make a determination about chemo after we get my oncotype dx test back. Looks like another 2 week wait. Thanks for your support :).
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