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Hi! My name is Merrijo and I live in Iowa. I am 53 until September. I have three daughters ages 36, 34, and 23. I also have four grandsons ages 14, 7, 5, and 2.
I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma August 2004. I had bilateral mastectomies in September without reconstruction. I am estrogen receptor negative with no lymph node involvement. I had four sessions of Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemo and no radiation.
This is my first time joining a forum. I have already enjoyed reading (and crying over) many of the postings here. I look forward to having access to a place where so many others can relate to the experiences of the breast cancer journey.
Brandi - 24, tested negative for bc, but still considered high risk and under a very watchful eye.
I am a half breed (white and black) from the central coast of california and i love it here. I have 2 dogs- thai- my boy, 90lb baby, american stafford shire terrier and my dollface Ruby, 60lbs, mutt, (pitt, shepherd, chow, boxer. 4 cats - turbo, bear, patch and bud. Those are the extent of my kids. I have a wonderful partner Donna who has been by my side this whole time. She just happens to be a survivor herself.
All we can do is fight for everything that matters to us all and don't ever forget those who may have passed but have layed one helluva path for us to travel.
Eve from California, 49. Diagnosed 2005 and after 2 lumpectomies, chemo and a bilateral mast. (3 weeks ago) am on my way to recovery. Started Tamoxifen last week and am miserable!!!
Hi. I'm Vivi-Anne. I recognize a lot of you posters from iVillage and from here. I haven't been around much, just tried to keep it out of my mind!!! But, here I go again!
I live in Michigan. dx 8/97at 49 yrs. Stage II er+ and pr slightly +. 1 of 13 nodes +.
Now 58. 6/06 mets to brain. 5 lesions. No surgery, 20 rads. Looking for mets to liver and lungs. Bone scan 8/31/06.
The first weekend of June, I planted my garden. I thought I may have got sunstroke because it was hot out there and no hat, etc. Tuesday, I had to call our on-duty night person (nurse) that takes care of medical things. I had a horrible headache, and I don't get headaches. I was sent to emergency and had no problem with it. Ann called Dave for me and he was there right after I got there. I don't remember how long I was there, but they sent me home with a ton of meds--and I do mean a ton. No tests.
I went to see my gp and she sent to my onc--Dr. Arora and he ordered a MRI.
I don't remember a lot of things. I have been dx with brain cancer. Mets from breast cancer. I used a wheelchair and a 4 prong cane for a while. Dr. Arora sent me to a radiation oncologist and I have 3 of 20 treatments left. I will be glad to have them over with. I swear I am going to sleep till noon next Thursday!!
The rad dr said that the first rads would help me by improving my coordination and memory. It worked. I'm thankful! No more wheelchair or cane.
My sister, Amy now lives in Florida--south of Sarasota. She has a 5 month old baby boy, Collin James. He is a sweatheart--good baby! Amy is up in Michigan right now. I had a pelvic/abdominal scan and a chest scan yesterday. They are looking for mets to the liver and lungs. Amy took me for the tests, and will take me to to my appointment with Dr Arora next week to get the results. I have a bone scan scheduled for 8/31. I couldn't get it any sooner, but I am more concerned with the other tests right now.
My hair was way past my waist. We took pictures, and a neighbor washed, braided and cut it. I had a braid 21" long wet. It took 5 days for it to dry--2 days on my head. LOL!! I haven't sent it yet, but it is going to Am Canc Society for locks of love. I had it cut right away so the hair would be nice for the kids.
I had a party Sunday afternoon with several neighbors and friends, and Amy came up for that. It was my "Bald is Beautiful" party. We had good food, then a neighbor buzzed my hair. No tears. I am collecting hats now. LOL!! And I have 3 wigs, and my sister from PA is going to bring me one of hers.
I refuse to allow cancer to mess up my little world like it did 9 years ago. I know a lot of what I have to do and am preparing for the chemo next.
I have until Monday to get my test results, and I will not worry about it. I am preparing my questions for my onc--I'm pretty sure I will have to have chemo and I want to bypass some of those problems I had before. Like thrush and postponed treatments because my body wasn't up to the chemo.
Right now, I am listening to Mary K who always said "Don't worry until you know you have something to worry about."
Time to introduce myself!
I am Judie, born raised near Los Angeles CA. Soon to be 49yrs. Have loving partner of 18 yrs and son/daughter, 23 & 26, both married.
Diagnosed 6/30/06 IDC, Grade 1-2, stage 2. Mastectomy l/breast w/immed tran flap 7/31. SNB results initially neg, but final rpt 1+. Aux dissection 8/16, 19 add'l nodes clear! Having 1st visit with oncologist 9/7 to find out add'l trmt info. Trying to stay positive and not wrapped in the fear of the unk, but very difficult to do 100% of the time.
Have found much hope, inspiration and helpful information here. Thanky you so much!
Stefanie, dx in 2001 (at age 34) with Stage IIB, 4.5cm tumor, 5 of 49 nodes +, er-/pr-, her2neu 3+++ , 3 rounds AC + 3 rounds FEC + 4 rounds taxotere + herceptin for 1 year + 33 rounds rads w/low dose chemo
NED almost 6 yrs!