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maillady35
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   Posted 10/8/2007 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there!
 
I am new here.  I am 35 and Live in Oregon.  A month ago I found a lump on my right breast and went to see my family doctor, who is very nice, He not only felt that one but said he felt a "mass" on the other side of the same breast! That was 2 weeks ago.  My Grandmother had BC last year and had both her breasts removed.  My mother died from cancer 5 years ago!  I go in for a Mammogram and ultrasound on Wednesday.  Very nervous!  Having to wait 2 weeks didn't help either!  My mom-in-law is coming up to go with me so I won't be alone.  I hate all the waiting!  I am off work from the postoffice today so will concentrate on cleaning so my Mom-in-law will be able to relax while visiting. 
 
Thanks for letting me just get it out, I haven't told my dad or anyone else in my family except hubby and mom-in-law.  I don't want to worry them and yet makes me feel like I got a "dirty little secret".  Well I hope everyone has a great day!
 
 

postal2
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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Maillady 35!  You have found a great group of ladies here! I am sorry you had a reason to find us, and I hope you won't have to stay, but if so, we are here for you!
We all know how much the waiting is terrible. I think sometimes that is the worst part. I am also very sorry to hear about your Mom. I know it was a devestating loss for me. I am glad to hear you have a dr who is on the ball and getting the testing done. Too many ladies here were told to wait 6 mo or so and come back.
Anytime you want to talk, for whatever reason, the people here understand.
I am in Washington State (eastern) and worked for the postal service as a rural carrier for 17 years. After the breast cancer I developed lymphedema and was able to retire on disability. I was surprised I was able to, but the po looked at it as I could no longer do the job I was doing. The 70 pound weight lifting limit was way to high for me after this, so I was happy to find out I could at least collect disability.
Anyway, I wanted to say WELCOME and hang in there, you have good friends here!
HUGS, 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


maillady35
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   Posted 10/8/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail,
 
Thanks for the reply and especially the hugs!  ((((((((((((((hugs to you)))))))))))))))
 
Thank you! I know a rural carriers wife in my office had BC 2 years ago and they told her to wait 6 mos and my coworker said forget that! He took her to the breast cancer place in Seattle.  They found that she had invasive BC and if she had waited it would have been too late!  I know the PO can be pretty outrageous sometimes and then they surprise you in a nice way!  I have been a Rural Carrier for  8 years now and some days I love it and others I just want to march into my boss's office and say "I Quit!"  LOL!  I have a really big route now after DPS came to our office it takes me 9 to 10 hours a day!  I am waiting for another gal to retire and then will take a smaller route that will be open. 
 
How soon can I work after the biopsy?  My doctor says that for both of our peace of minds he wants a surgeon to take out the lumps.  I only have 2 sick days left (3 kids dwindle it down quite a bit).  If I have to I will ask for fmla but they have not been  friendly in that area, I had to fight for it when my Mom was in chemo. 
 
Thanks again!
 
Bridget

postal2
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   Posted 10/9/2007 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bridget! Yes! I understand how some days you like your job, and then others.......LOL
One of the first things my boss did when I told her I had bc was send out the fmla papers to me. Now, if I had not had cancer, I think I would have been back to work after the incisional biopsy, maybe in a few days. I am sure it depends on the dr. I had mine on Wed and on Fri had the results, but that is not always the way it works. If I were you I would try to schedule it on a Thurs or Fri, so you can have the weekend (or whatever day you have off) to go along with it.
I am so glad your dr is saying "biopsy!" We have lost quite a few women here who were told to wait 6 months.
Please keep us informed and come here anytime you need to talk, vent, cry, laugh, whatever, we do it all! Where in Oregon are you (if you feel comfortable telling us) ? I am in eastern WA, Tri-cities.

Well hang in there and I will be saying the "B9 chant"
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


gma
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   Posted 10/9/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail and Bridget, It is really neat to see you two with so much in common "find" each other. It can be a small world!

Bridget, it sounds like you have a good doctor who is really proactive in your cause. We all hate the waiting, but my favorite saying is, "Don't worry until you know you have something to worry about!" Yeah, I know, easier said than done. But then all lumps are not cancer. So keep that in mind, too.

Gail gave you good advice, so I will just tell you welcome and to come and "talk" any time.

Hugs MK


maillady35
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gail and MK,

Thanks again!  Had a long day today after the holiday worked 12 and a half hours!  Whew!  I have to go in at 5:30 am tomorrow and finish the buttload of mail that I couldn't finish putting up for my sub (sorry a little cranky LOL) .

 

I live in Eastern Oregon! Too cool! My Mom-in-law lives in Kennewick and is coming here in the morning to take me to the Mammo! I live in La Grande.  Gail where in the Tri-cities do you live? 

Well I am going to go if it is not too crazy tomorrow I will post what happens.
 
((((((((hugs))))))))
 
Bridget

postal2
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   Posted 10/10/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bridget,
I live in Kennewick also! Small world!!!! Actually, I live in the country part, Finley, but it is still called Kennewick.
OH MAN! I remember those day after holidays!! TERRIBLE!! Made me sometimes wonder if the day off was worth it. I guess our office in Pasco has had the flat sorting machines for some time now, and they just BURY everyone! Glad I don't have to do that anymore. A lot of people don't realize what hard work it is. I used to think you just went in, got the mail, and delivered it. Found out real fast there is much more to it.
Anyway, let us know how it goes today! Praying it is nothing!
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


maillady35
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   Posted 10/10/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail,
 
They said they saw two small cysts and that's it.  They didn't show up on the mammogram but did on the ultrasound! :)  They said to do a follow-up with my dr. but when I called to ask if I needed to set up the follow-up the receptionist goes "no they will call you if that is needed"  I'm a little confused cause I would like to actually talk to my doctor not just the radiologist.  Thank you for your prayers! 
 
I was also a little kind of nervous when I found out they have only had the mammo machine for one month! I know this is a good thing but why do I feel like I am going to cry?  So weird!
 
Well I better go my husband is hovering and I think he needs the puter.  I would like to keep in touch!
 
((((((((hugs))))))))
 
Bridget
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