Diagnosed One Year Ago

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Jean in WA
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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ladies,
It was one year ago yesterday that my husband and I sat in the surgeon's office discussing a date for my biopsy. It was also my birthday. So here I am, now 57, and feeling pretty good! It is hard to believe so much has happened in the last year.

My lumpectomy, radiation treatments, my fight for insurance payment of the Oncotype DX test (and winning it!), the pain and debilitation of Arimidex, and now, here I am on Tamoxifen. It's been two weeks and counting, and so far, no side effects that I can pinpoint. Of course, I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop! Hopefully it won't.

And now the latest...I am going back to work after having retired 2 1/2 years ago. My husband was laid off seven months ago, and since insurance is necessary, and COBRA is SOOOO expensive, here I go. I am very nervous, and wondering about getting too tired, but I know many of you have worked throughout your treatment programs, so I will try to keep happy thoughts and get to bed early!!

Just wanted to share these thoughts with all of you. You have helped me get through the worst year of my life....here is to living!!

Take care everyone, Jean in WA

chantry31
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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Jean, you sound so positive, that I am sure things will go well for you. And know that we here will all be wishing you the best. Congratulations!!

chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


debbiR
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   Posted 1/22/2006 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Jean: Congrats! It has been a long year but can you believe that it is behind you?! I hope that those side effects that you are anticipating don't show up and that the Tox. is a breeze for you! What type of work will you be doing? Remember, that if you are tired when you get home, rest. The housework or whatever will still be there. YOU are the most important thing.
 
Stay positive!
 
Congrats again.
 
Hugs...Deb
 


JUJU8872
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   Posted 1/22/2006 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Jean, Happy Anniversary! We are in the same time frame, but I am doing very well on Arimidex. Glad Tamoxifen is doing well for you.

Good luck with your new job and remember to rest lots when you get home.

Judy

Brnadebt
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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Jean

Happy one year anniversary!!!!!! That is your first milestone of many. I feel for you on going back to work. I have been trying to work as much as possible during my treatments and I just get so tired. I worked a 10 hour day yesterday and when I got home all I could do is sit in my recliner. My hardest thing is getting up in the morning. Make sure you get lots of sleep. Good luck
Hugs:)
Bernadette


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   Posted 1/22/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Jean, I just LOVE anniversaries, especially this kind! I am happy for you!
Good wishes coming your way for an easy "getting back to work."
L&H, Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


babyseeester
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   Posted 1/23/2006 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Jean,
 
I wish we had another word for this instead of anniversary.  They are supposed to be for happy things.  I know how you are feeling.  I can't believe it's been a year + for me, either.  Life has certainly taken on a new track for me.  It is for you as well - going back to work.  I wish you luck.  Don't over do it.
L & H,
Kathy


Jean in WA
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   Posted 1/23/2006 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ladies,
Well, today was my first day at work and I am really tired, but understandably so. I didn't sleep at all last night (sounds like the song!). Just couldn't shut down my mind. We are thinking Tylenol PM at 8pm tonight, and hopefully, sleeping for at least eight hours.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts. It really helps to know others are managing to go on with their lives, and doing so with extra rest.

The job is office administrator for the local Visitors Bureau. They have fashioned it to be a direct assistant to the President and CEO, so it should eventually be something quite fun, although busy. I have been "The Boss" in my job for the past 15 years or so before retiring, so my new boss is a little concerned that I won't be happy in this new role. I am trying to convince her that I don't want to be the boss any longer (nor do I have the energy to be....but I didn't tell her that!).

Off to go pop those Tylenol...thanks again everyone. You are the best!
Take care, Jean in WA

coopfesta
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   Posted 1/23/2006 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, former boss, and happy anniversary.  I have that problem.  I'm very "independent."  Totally gets in my way, watch out for it.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Tavish
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   Posted 1/24/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on one year, congrats on your new job and your birthday! Woo Hoo! It is amazing to think back over that first year, how much happened, but it is a great time to set your sights on the future. Celebrate every milestone!
Lori


gma
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   Posted 1/24/2006 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Time goes by so quickly, doesn't it? Your new job sounds like fun, actually. Visitor's Bureau in one of the most beautiful states in the USA has to be a good place to work. Will you meet people at all or just the people in the office? Happy birthday, too. At 57 you are still young enough to really enjoy life. Hugs MK

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