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kenzie57
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/14/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All:
 
I use to come to this board all the time a few years ago when I was going thru my chemo.  Everyone was so nice and helpful.  I had stage 2b BC then.  Lumpectomey, A/C, Taxol, Rads and was on Tamoxifin until last Thursday when I was dx with Stage 4 BC.  Metastasis within a lymph node on my lung.  My onc started me on Faslodex even though we do not know yet if the hormone receptor things right for this yet.  They are doing further testing on my biopsy.
 
Anyone else on this?  Please any and all stage IV survivors, please share stories with me.  I am scared.  I feel like I need to just get my will together and that I do not have very long.  I am 48 years old and live outside of Cincinnati, OH.
 
Would appreciate any success stories or not so succesfull but truthful and what I am in for stories.
 
Thanks,
 
 

Nemekke
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   Posted 5/14/2006 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
*HUGS* Kenzie,

I am still a newbie myself, recently diagnosed with Stage III IDC, but I see that there haven't been any responses yet and I just wanted to give you hugs and let you know you aren't alone.

I had the same fears with my diagnosis and STILL fear this may be it for me too.

If you don't mind, I will hold your hand and comfort you until some of the others see your post and can give you some information. Perhaps that will make us both stronger and the evil cancer weaker in some way.

Hang in there hon....

L&H

Michelle

Tavish
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   Posted 5/15/2006 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kenzie-
Sorry I can't answer your questions either, I did 5 years of Tamoxifen but nothing past that. I know others have been on faslodex and may be able to offer you more support.

In the mean time, welcome back, we're always here for ya.
Lori


debbiR
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   Posted 5/15/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kenzie! Take a deep breath and "attempt" to relax. I was first diagnosed w/ bc in 2001. I was rediagnosed in Oct, 2004. Stage IV, mets to the bone. I have to tell you that I was scared to death. I think that part of the reason is that I knew what treatments entailed but the other part were the words "mets to the bone". I felt the same way that you do now. Get my affairs in order. I couldn't sleep or eat. I just wanted to dig a hole and crawl into it. But, after researching all of the treatments and having faith in my medical team, I had weekly treatments for 26 months. In February I received an "ALL CLEAR"!

You have to remember that just because you are diagnosed as Stage IV, does NOT mean a death sentence. Just the opposite. There are many new drugs that have been approved since both of our first diagnosis. There are clinical trials w/ new drugs. One of the most important things that you must try and do is keep a positive attitude. I know how difficult this is. But surround yourself w/ fun and positive people. Laugh. It helps w/ healing both physically and mentally plus relieves stress.

One of the best things that I did for myself was to call the Y-Me hotline one night. I was able to speak to another woman that had the same diagnosis that I had. She was able to help me put my mind in the right place and realize that I would beat this.

Continue to come here. Post whatever feelings that you have. We are here to support you. Don't be afraid to let others know how you feel and get their help and support right now. It is so important.

Hugs...Deb


 


kenzie57
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/15/2006 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for everyone who posted to me.  I really appreciate it.
 
Deb, thank you for sharing your story.  An "All Clear".  That sounds great.  I am sure once I start talking to others like yourself, I will feel better.  I think I might try the Y-me like you did.
 
Thanks again to everyone!!!

Ellewoo
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 5/16/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi

I just wanted to say how much I am praying for you.

Colleen

from the anxiety group.

 


Susan9499
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   Posted 5/21/2006 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kenzie,
 
I was stage IV with mets in my lung way back in 1999 at the age of 43.  I had a lobectomy with no further treatment and am doing great.  Be encouraged!
 
Susan G.

kenzie57
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   Posted 5/29/2006 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Susan:

Thanks for the note. The way I understand it, my cancer is in my lymph nodes on my lung, so no surgery for me. But stories of encouragement like yours are most welcome. I did hook up with a woman through the wellness community via phone. Her cancer metatsised to her liver and her drs. were giving her death sentences a few years ago. She is on the same treatment I am on, Flaslodex, and is doing well.

Thanks again for responding to my post and keep doing GREAT!!!
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