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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 7/23/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Thanks to Kathy reminding me of all of you wonderful people I am back to give support and get support. It's been a rough year and a half and I had a bilaterial mastectomy a year ago June and a hysterectomy last month. I tested positive for both genes and that is why I did the Hysterectomy. I opted for the mastectomy as a preventative after chemo and I am thankful I did it as they found more cancer, so it was a good thing. Now I am struggling with meds.
One thing I have learned is that we really need to speak up for ourselves. We have to use our voices to our Dr.'s if we want them to do something or if we have pain etc. they may brush it off but we know our bodies. Learn to listen to your body and if it doesn't feel right..get whatever is bothering you checked. Don't be afraid to be a pain in the butt...remember that we pay them to help us.
Another thing....use your humor...mine has helped me so much through all of this. I did everything I am realizing all that I have been through and I am hitting a wall....but I will not let it get me down.
Cancer gave me my life back from severe panic disorder and Agoraphobia so I have alot to be grateful for. Good things do come out of these situations.
Anyway...just wnated to post a few thoughts.
The true joy of life is in the journey

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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 826
   Posted 7/25/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you got back on here.  Welcome back!
L & H,

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