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grammy
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   Posted 3/17/2005 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't post often but read almost every day. I am just 10 months out from my DX. I had a lumpectomy and did A/C and Taxol and then rads. My mother just had a mamo and u/s on this past Monday. Her left breast has been leaking and recently she noticed a red area. The mamo report showed nothing, but the u/c report says that there is a dilated duct and that it displays internal echoes. Also says that it is not readily classifiable as benign or malignant. Says it is most suggestive of infection/ mastitis, but the possibility of inflammatory carcinoma cannot be excluded. Extremely close clinical followup is strongly recommended. The Doctor put her on an antibiotic for a week and if the redness goes away they will do a repeat of the u/s and if the duct is no longer dilated it was an infection but if there is still something showing there would be futher testing. My head is spinning with all of this I feel like I have barely gotten back on my feet. I was d/x with crohns a year ago Feb. and then the bc in May. I feel like everything keeps crashing in on me. Does this sound like this is something to worry about or not? My Mom said that some of the redness is better since taking the antibiotic. I'm sorry to go on but, I feel like my head and heart have had a work out this past year.
Thanks for listening
grammy

MiaB
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   Posted 3/17/2005 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh grammy,
 
Comforting hugs for you {{{{{grammy}}}}} 
 
You've really had a lot to deal with.  Now this with your mother.  I can see why your head is spinning.  10 months is not a very long time to deal with your own issues and yet have a scare with a close family member.  I'm happy to read that your mom thinks the redness is subsiding since begining the antibiotics.  That may be a good sign this is just an infection.  We will all pray that is what it is and that she will have quick healing.
 
In the meantime take some time for you.  Be there for her but remember to take care of you too.  You are still healing emotionally and physically and need to keep up the good work you've done with yourself.
 
There is a little quote that I remind myself of when things get too hard to handle; "God doesn't give you more than what you can handle" I don't remember who said it but I always think "wow, He must really have a lot of faith in ME, so I should have faith in Him"  In the last 2 years I've had a disc removed from my neck (cervical fusion), lost 2 jobs, had a health scare that was thought to be MS (wasn't ) and now the BC.  And as tough as it all was I was tougher.  And so are you!  I've got faith in you and so does He.
 
Keep us posted and I'll keep you in my prayers and will be holding your hand.
 
Hugs,
 
Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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MNlady13
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   Posted 3/17/2005 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Grammy, what a lot you have to deal with right now. It sounds like the doctor is being proactive about your mom's condition. I would try to relax and let the treatment he/she is advising run its course. Then, she what the US shows. You did not say how old Mom is. In the meantime, let me quote our dear MK, "Try not to worry until you know you have something to worry about." Know that you and your mom are in our thoughts and prayers, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
 
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gma
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   Posted 3/18/2005 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Our resident authority on IBC (inflammable BC) is Joyce, Lemoncreamlady. She has been through the course on that. It is a somewhat rare form of breast cancer. As Lauri and Mia have reminded you, try not to worry about your mother, you don't need the stress and need to take care of yourself. The doctors sound like they are watching her carefully, which they should. I am just curious, maybe I knew but forgot how old you are? You sign in as grammy, I am gma also for grandma. I am 66 and my mother will be 92 in May. Fortunately my mother's health is better than mine. But then she has always taken better care of herself, too. Rolling my eyes on that one. Hugs and prayers, MK


ardee
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   Posted 3/18/2005 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Grammy, I'm so sorry that this is happening to you and your family. Good golly, it's always something, it seems like. Yes, I think Joyce is the expert on this one. But I"m sending prayers anyway to make sure things go well for all in your family.

Hugs,
Rita


grammy
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your very kind words and prayers.I have been busy and have not been around much and we went out of town last weekend, first time I have been able to get on and read how everyone is doing. They added another few days of the anti-biotic for my mother. The redness is gone but she is still having a lot of pain in the breast. I don't know that I am comfortable with the Doctor waiting until April 4 to repeat the US. What do you guys think.? MK my mother is 70 and I just turned 49. I have 4 of the sweetest grandbabies.The very light of my life.

Quick question for myself, my breast is still very sore and its hard to tell if everything I feel is just from the rads. I don't want to be whining and running to the Dr. every time I turn around. I don't know how I will ever get use to this constant worring. I want to thank you all for the advice and prayers.

Best of health to you all
grammy

tking
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Will keep you and your family in our prayers.  And yes, we all do a lot of worrying don't we?  I guess you finally get used to it.  I find myself worrying about little things - like walk a couple of miles and then wonder why my legs are sore?!?  You do have better days though.  There are some days now that I don't worry about anything at all (healthwise) and others when the least little thing makes me want to scream!!!!  That could mean I'm a female over 40 though and have nothing to do with BC. HA  Oh well, whatever, it is good to be alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

(NIV)


debbiR
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   Posted 3/25/2005 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Grammy! Fantastic that you got out of town. Doesn't that do a world of good both mentally and physically.

I have pains in the chest area where I had the mastectomy constantly. My onco and manipulative therapist tell me that it is scar tissue from the rads. I would say that if you are in doubt, then call you onco and get checked. Always better to be safe and be able to erase that worry from your mind.

If you are uncomfortable with waiting for your mom's test, then call and see if it can be done earlier. Has she gotten a 2nd opinion?

I also am a 54 (almost 55) yo grandmother of 3 beautiful granddaughters (Emma 10, Grace 4 and Hannah 22 mo) and a grandson (Noah Tyler) that will be born around June 11. They are one of the greatest gifts that God gives back to parents.

Hugs

Deb


 


grammy
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   Posted 3/26/2005 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Deb,

I want to just run to the onc but I know I can't do that all the time. Some days are better then others.

My mother wants to wait, I Guess I need to let her run the show, she is an adult like I just told my mother-in-law about myself. So for now I'll wait.

We have four grandbabies but we have three boys and one girl. Jacob is 10, Kyle is 7, Hannah is 5 and Nicholas is 22mos. These babies are what helped me to get through the past 10 months.

Thanks for the hugs
Best of health to you
Grammy

debbiR
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   Posted 3/26/2005 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Grammy: If anytime that you are in doubt, don't hesitate to "run" to your oncologist. It is always better to be safe than sorry and just those little words "it's nothing to worry about" can make your day!
 
Yes, grandkids are great. My dd and her 3 dd's and I all live together. There is never, and I mean Never, a dull moment. I wouldn't want it any other way.
 
Take care. Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Hugs
 
Deb
 

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