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Skky
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   Posted 3/16/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
     
        Hi everyone. Im new to this board.I had a mammo last fri which showed a 2cm mass, the tech then sent me to ultrasound where the mass was shown to be 15 mm with spiculation, no other lesions or calcifications. I had a biopsy this monday and will hopefully hear the results by friday.Im sure you ladies know the emotional rollercoaster Im on. Im 34, and scared that I wont be able to take care of my 20 month old, and 14 yr. old.Can anyone give me some insight what to expect next, and any advice you find important?
 
                                                                                       sincerely,
                                                                                                 michelle

Tavish
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   Posted 3/16/2005 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle! Wow, yes, we do know the emotions you are feeling right now. There are a couple of threads to new posters eriemma and lmmackey, today, you may find some advice there too. If you check the roll call at the top, you will see that we are all ages, from all walks of life and all stages of BC. I am 36, was diagnosed a week before turning 31. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and rads, and am on the last three months of Tamoxifen (yea!). I would encourage you to get a copy of the mammogram and ultrasound reports.... so when this turns out to be nothing, you will have them for future reference... or to have them just in case it is trouble, you'll want to start a file of your records and reports.

Waiting is about the hardest part. If you get bad news, it may hit you like a ton of bricks, but the important thing is to breathe....to take 1 step at a time, and try not to let your mind run away with the worst case scenario. Cancer is not a death sentence, and should you hear that word from the doc, know that life can be fairly normal during treatment.
Hang in there, Michelle....please stick around and let us know how it turns out.

Lori


gma
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   Posted 3/16/2005 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle! We seem to be getting a lot of newcomers like yourself the last few weeks. We hate that you may need to join us, but welcome you and will try to help in anyway we can. If you had a biopsy on Monday you should be hearing soon. As Lori said there are several threads you can read to new members and then please ask any questions you might have. I especially hate it that you are so young. My daughter was diagnosed at 39, I was 58. Please tell us a little more about yourself. Read the Roll Call on the main page and you will see where we live by state, our ages and some other info. There are also pictures for you to see. Hugs Mary K. (MK)


Skky
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   Posted 3/16/2005 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone- a few things about me. I have been married 16 years. Have two beautiful children( a fourteen year old girl and a 20 month old boy). I live in the Howell/brighton area of Michigan. I have not noticed the roll call yet, but will fill in my information. Off the subject ,is there anyone receiving tx at U of M or Beaumont?

Tavish
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   Posted 3/16/2005 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Michelle, you are in luck! I am in Oakland County, not too far from Beaumont...and my tx was at U of M. We had a new gal recently who was also being seen at the U (BMarie), but I have not seen her post. Michele (Nurse Mikki) is one of our veteran members and she also is in the area. We had another gal from the area, maybe Bellville, who was in your shoes and they told her all was well, this was just recently too.

My initial diagnosis and surgery was at Providence. My surgeon was great but not skilled in the sentinel node biopsy (which was new when I went through tx), so I went to U of M for a 2nd opinion. My surgeon from there recently left and went to Florida, but my onc (Dr. Wicha) is still there, he is the director of the cancer center at the U. I don't know much about the docs there or at Beaumont. There is a chapter of Gilda's Club in Royal Oak...and if you need to, big IF, they have groups where people can network and share experiences about docs.

Let me know if you have any questions or issues that I can help with....It is fun to find local gals!
Lori


coopfesta
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   Posted 3/16/2005 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:
 
I just wanted to chime in and welcome you.  I'm glad you're getting the information, it will empower you.  Keeping a file for a basline if it's b9, which I hope it is, is good advice.  Also not going alone to the Doctor's helps, too.  My Mom was with me every step of the way, and it was such a comfort.  I was 38  when diagnosed, and had a sentinal node biopsy and lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.  I was stage 1, luckily, and hope to be cancer free.  I am on Tamoxifen.
 
I have a 5-year old boy, and know how you feel about wanting to be there.  I hope you find support, it sure helped me.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Candy
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   Posted 3/17/2005 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the board. Finding us was a good thing for you. The women here are wonderful, kind, caring and completely knowledgable. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully we will be hearing b-9 from you on Friday.

Hugs,
Candy

 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:9


ardee
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   Posted 3/17/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome from soggy California. The waiting is the worst!!!! Sounds like you're in good hands, though. Let us know how things turn out. We'll be here for you no mattter how things turn out.

Hugs,
Rita


nurse_mikki
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   Posted 3/17/2005 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a whole long post & LOST IT. grrrrr  Lemme try this again LOL
 
Hi Michelle-I had my chemo at U of M but was NOT impressed. My oncology appts took forever--typically over 2 hours, no matter what time of day. My onc was Anne Schott. She was OK. Not Miss Friendly, nor was the infusion staff when I was there. Keep in mind that this was almost 8 years ago & I am sure they have had multiple staff turnovers since then.
 
For an onc appt, the wait was typically 45+ minutes in the outer waiting room. Then a medical assistant would do my vital signs & put me into a room, where I would wait for another 30+ minutes. Being a teaching institution, I would then see a medical student who would take my history & do an exam. More waiting. Then the Nurse Practitioner, who would also take a history. Then a Fellow would come in & do the same as the med student. A Fellow is a doc who has finished their 4 years of residency, but adds another year to specialize. Finally, Dr. Schott would come in, review what everyone else had found, do a quick exam & I was out the door.
 
Treatment is basically the same wherever you go in our area. It is important for you to find docs with whom you feel you have trust, a connection &  with whom you can build a working relationship  You may have to "try on" a number of them before you get a good fit. I am on my third oncologist LOL. I went through Schott at U of M, Goodman at Providence & am now with Elaine Chottiner at St Jo Mercy Ann Arbor.
 
I see Chottiner in Brighton, on Grand River. They have an infusion center, too. She is awesome. She is very knowledgeable & approachable. She isn't intimidated if I question something & she is more than willing to discuss things, rather than just telling me what to do. I feel like I am a partner in my care.
 
Good luck with whatever you decide. Feel free to email if you'd like. I also have a BC website that you might find helpful http://members.tripod.com/mikki630-ivil/
 
Hugs, Michele

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