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milesofsmiles
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:42 PM
It's been awhile since I've posted anything so I reintroducing myself--I was diagnosed on Jan 17, 2008--had 8 chemo treatments--4 AC 4 Taxol---had right masectomy on June 6, 2008--then had to have 30  radiation treatments because 9+ lymphnodes/9 removed and taking Tamoxifen currently--still see drs every 6 months. I was 40 years old when diagnosed--just currently had my 2 year anniversary---It does get easier as time passes and I've learned a new normal for me--This is a wonderful bunch of ladies and gents who have helped me through those rough days and times--sometimes just reading helps--Thanks to each and every one of you :)
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Alabama 40yrs dx 01/17/08
port 02/01/08
chemo AC Taxol 02/07-05/15/08
surgery 06/06/08
rght mast w +9 nodes radiation 30 treatments
Tamoxifen 5 yr
TRULY BLESSED

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:36 PM
Hello.  My name is Kelly & I was diagnosed on Feb 2nd of this year.   When I found my lump in my left breast on Jan 1st it was 2 cm. By the time I was diagnosed 1 month later it was 4 1/2 cm.  I started chemotherapy immediately and my last treatment is this Friday, May 28th.  The next step is lumpectomy/nodectomy in mid to late June.  Then radiation after that.  I am a 36 year old single mother of 2 teenagers (son 15 & daughter 13).  So far this has been very overwhelming but I have a fantastic support group in place  helping me along the way.  My concern is has anyone successfully had more children after something like this?  I mean, I'm sure women have, but I'd like to find a few that can talk to me about this.  One's that have successfully had children afterward and that can tell me what they went through.  I have a lot of questions about this that I do plan to ask my doctor and possibly a specialist after all my treatment(s) and surgery is complete.  But any personal stories of encouragement are greatly needed.

Thank you...

Tricia Keegan
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:53 AM
Hi Milesofsmiles, great to see you back and many congrats on two years !!!! :)

Hi kelly, I'm older than you so have no personal experience with this although do know a lady on another site who had a beautiful baby after her treatments with no problems.

Your message is hidden a little here so maybe copy and paste it on the sound off forum where more people will see 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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Rena
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Re:ugh! - Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:12 AM
Erica, please don't give up! I'm sorry that the Komen office wasn't more helpful. I just now saw your message, so you may not see this until after your appt. Please let us know what happened. I was going to advise you to post your question on the "Sound Off" board because more people will see it there, and there are people who will have suggestions. Rena
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
29-year survivor
BRCA2-positive
Dx 1986 IDC ER/PR negative 22 positive lymph nodes
CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
October 2007: New chassis and spark plugs!

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Re:ugh! - Sunday, May 30, 2010 12:28 PM
Hey Rena,
I didn't give up...came close. I feel bad though. I went to my appt knowing that my insurance wouldn't cover the mammogram, but praying they wouldn't run it till later so they can just bill me...and they went through with it. The radiologist saw me as a waste of time i think. He said it's a growth about 2 cm. He didn't say lymphnode or tumor he said "nodule" and because I'm so young he says he's not worried about it. He gave me three options...I can just ignore it, I can have it watched every 6 months w/ a sono and then after 2 yrs they stop that, or I can have a biopsy and prove it's nothing like he thinks and get it over with. So I chose the biopsy, but again can't do it because insurance.  Another thing is it feels bigger since the mammogram....weird.


Rena
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Re:ugh! - Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:58 AM
Hi Erica, thanks for letting me know. Good for you for not giving up! There are some doctors out there will try to make you feel "stupid" for pursuing about these things, but this is your health and your life, and you have every right to get answers. If you want more input regarding financial resources, try posting on Sound Off. As I mentioned, there are women on this site who know a lot more than I do about that, and we have quite a few women from Texas who might know about resources in your state. Take good care--sending all my best wishes, Rena
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
29-year survivor
BRCA2-positive
Dx 1986 IDC ER/PR negative 22 positive lymph nodes
CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
October 2007: New chassis and spark plugs!

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, June 04, 2010 7:32 PM
Thanks Tricia - I will do that!  :)

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 08, 2010 9:59 AM
I am a 44 yr old woman.  I had breast cancer when i was 33.  I was an 11 yr year survivor until yesterday when i was diagnosed again with breast cancer.  It is also in the lymph glands. I have many more tests to do this week and surgery on the 29th of this month. My last go round involved a radical mastectomy and chemo, and this time will be no different.  Here's hoping for another 11 yrs! 

Tricia Keegan
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 08, 2010 1:29 PM
Hi and welcome,

How awful for you and what devastating news to get after all these years.   There are a couple of ladies here who had to deal with a local recurrance too after some years but thankfully are doing great.

You did so well for many years, that while I'm sure this must be a terrible blow, I'm sure you'll come through it all again as you did before.   If you check the recon/surgery forum you'll find lots of info and advice and many other's facing the same surgery.   I'm sure things have moved on since your last bout of bc and hope this time it'll be easier for you:)
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:ugh! - Wednesday, June 09, 2010 8:26 PM
Hi everyone,
I was diagnosed with IDC a few weeks ago. I have already had surgery and meet with the oncologist next week to find out if I need chemo. I'll start radiation later this summer, if I don't have to have chemotherapy. I'm coping pretty well with the support of friends, but am still in shock about the diagnosis. I'm so glad this site is here - I've been reading postings and have found it very comforting.
Karen
IDC diagnosed 5/14/10
Stage 1, ER+, PR+, HER-
Lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy 5/27/10
Oncotype score = 9 (Yea, no chemo!)
Radiation started 7/13/2010

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Re:ugh! - Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:00 PM
Karen,  Welcome! This is a good sight to gain info, and ask question. I wish you the best as you go through this. I also had IDC, stage one, and had a low oncotype score of 8, so I only had to do rads. I know I am so blesssed not to have gone through what many others have endured.  The info can be very overwhelming, but you will sift through it and gain all kinds of knowledge;And then you will do what is best for you! Mary

Tricia Keegan
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Re:ugh! - Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:21 PM
Welcome Karen and Mary,

I hope you find lots of support and info and friendship here as I have:)

Please look through the other forums and feel free to post any questions you may have, there are many here to help you:)
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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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:28 AM
hello everyone!
 
my name is mary and it is my  71 years old mother who has cancer. her dx: infiltrating ductal CA (r) breast.
she was diagnosed last week and today, she went to the hospital to have an EKG for her lumpectomy & sentinel lymph node surgery on june 21st.
 
i have never felt so alone and scared in my life! i'm just hoping that the doctor will find the nodes to be negative and it did not metastasize (sp).
 
i'm here to get and as well, to give some support, friendship and knowledge on how we can beat this disease.
 
thanks and i hope i can get some feedback on what to do and expect with breast cancer.
 
love,
mary

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Re:ugh! - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:30 AM
Tricia Keegan


Welcome Karen and Mary,

I hope you find lots of support and info and friendship here as I have:)

Please look through the other forums and feel free to post any questions you may have, there are many here to help you:)


Thanks for the warm welcome, Tricia!!!
 
mary

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 6:17 PM
Hi Everybody,

My name is Angel and I am new to the forum.  I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer back in December of 2007, although I first discovered the tumor in my breast in August of 2007. I had stage 2a cancer grade 3, and tested negative for both BRCA 1 &2 genes.  I have been in remission for 2 1/2 years and still get really afraid of having a recurrence and losing my life to this disease.  I signed up to this board so I can meet and talk with other women here who are in my shoes.  I try talking with my family about it, but they just don't seem to understand and think that I am in fear over nothing. I have a lot to worry about.
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Tricia Keegan
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 6:45 PM
Hi Angel and welcome,

There are many ladies with a similar diagnosis on these forums that can give you lots of support and advice.

Please look through all the forums and start a new thread for questions you may have should you need to)
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:Introduce Yourself - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:03 PM
Hi everyone!  My name is Marianne.  I am near the end of my treatments so am looking for wonderful advice on things like growing hair back, anything special to lose this steroid face etc.   I was diagnosed end of Aug 2009.  I had invasive ductal carcinoma Grade1/3 estrogen and progesterone positive and Her2 negative.  I went into surgery with the expectation of only surgery as everything looked clean.   Unfortunately 1 lymph node was positive.  I had some trouble healing but all is well now.  I had the incision under my breast so i cannot even see it.  I also kept my areola. My expander was put in at the same time.    My chemotherapy started in january.  I had 4 treatments of AC and now I am on 12 weekly treatments of Taxol.  However I have had to take a week break after every 3rd treatment as the neuropothy hit immediately!!!!! They also reduced my dosage. These have helped.  I have 4 treatments to go!   I will be meeting with my plastic surgeon this week to plan my surgery to replace my expander with a silicone implant.   Other than being out for the mastectomy I am working.  They are supportive but it is almost all I can do.   My challenges now are the peach fuzz on the face, hair growing back but still needing the wig for work, and the weight / steroid face I now have.  While the end is in sight the climb is getting steeper.  I won't need radiation but I will need tamoxifin and really don't want to take it.  I'll get a picture on here soon!  Mar
Marianne

Diagnosis: IDC Grade 1/3, Estrogen receptor +, progesterone+, Her2 neg  (9/2009) 
-Modified radical right breast mastectomy, kept areola, with  expander; 1 node positive
-A/C (4 Jan-Apr 2010), Taxol (12 Apr -July 23 2010)
- I'm done with chemo!!!!!!
Reconstruction surgery 9/10/2010


Tricia Keegan
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:41 PM
Hi and welcome Marianne,

Please post on the sound off forum for more tips/advice to tackle any probs you have as its busier than this forum and more will see your post.

I'm glad you found us and are at the end of tx's almost,I also hated that peach fuzz and shaved which is not what is recommended but I was impatient lol....
Looking forward to chatting with you more:)
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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redspark
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, June 17, 2010 8:12 PM
Thanks Tricia!  I am still learning to navigate the sight and forums.   You all are an inspiration!
Marianne

Diagnosis: IDC Grade 1/3, Estrogen receptor +, progesterone+, Her2 neg  (9/2009) 
-Modified radical right breast mastectomy, kept areola, with  expander; 1 node positive
-A/C (4 Jan-Apr 2010), Taxol (12 Apr -July 23 2010)
- I'm done with chemo!!!!!!
Reconstruction surgery 9/10/2010


Tricia Keegan
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, June 18, 2010 3:44 PM
Marianne - if you go to the forum above this one on the main page Komen admin have posted some F&Q's to help you make the most of the site:)
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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