Dorothy Hamill has breast cancer....

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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I just heard of the latest celebrity to become a member of the club. She's 51 "with a very favorable prognosis" they said. I do not know any details regarding stage or tx.

Interesting with her and Peggy Flemming...such a small group of women to be so successful in US figure skating and now 2 are impacted. No one can blame a sedentary lifestyle for that.

Hope she's ok.


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   Posted 1/5/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I love how they make it sound so "favorable" like it is no big concern when we know darn well at this point in her diagnosis no one can tell how favorable it is. How many from our group had a favorable diagnosis to have a recurrence eight years or more later? We thought Carolyn's diagnosis was like mine. They were favorable but eleven years later I am showing NED and she is in a fight for her life after eight years.

And what is going on with Elizabeth Edwards? I haven't been watching much TV and haven't seen her, but my sister in law said she had heard something about her mets and thought she was looking pretty ragged. She thought she heard something about bone marrow. Wasn't her initial prognosis good, too?

Guess I am just getting more and more cynical about the news and all the "spin" for whatever reason. Sorry.


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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
do not be sorry.i feelthe same way, I am currently in chemo had a masetomy in sept on left breast.
If i had to do it over I woould have had both breast taken.......
I trust nothing when it comes to this disease....exept for myself!
Brain tumor 1981
Dx.Crohns disease 1996 no meds now due to breast canceer
bowel resecction 2001
Thyroid cancer 2001 tons of synthroid
breast cancer .....mastectomy 09-14-2007 waiting on chemo possibility
seizure disorder .....all my life. tegretol, keppra

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   Posted 1/7/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was hit when I read about Dorothy Hamill.  Her hair.......  How many of us had a Hamill cut?  As a matter of fact, my hair's looking pretty Hamill-ly right now!  We know how it made us feel to lose ours, I can only imagine how she'll feel if and when she has to go through a treatment that compromizes her famous hair.  I pray she makes it through and to the other side of this minimally scathed with minimal emotional scarring.  I wish there was something I could do to help her, I really think the hair should be a way to do something, don't you?  I'm going to find a way to email her or contact her and express my empathy.  Thanks for telling me.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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   Posted 1/7/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I, too, took notice of the "favorable prognosis" thing.  Haven't heard many women who don't say their "prognosis is good," or "they caught it early."  Of course, I told people that, even though no doctor ever said it to me.  I believe they said they were "optimistic that with treatment, blah, blah, blah..."  So I don't know why I told people that!  LOL  They told my husband that, with treatment, 5 years was possible, but not likely. 
Really, I remember talking to Peggyinva about this right after JoAnnie was diagnosed with mets and right before Peggy was.   I told her I think it's all just a big crapshoot.  And the longer I live, the more I believe that.
MK, I think about your Carolyn every day.  Hope she's doing well, and hope she's thinking about that transfusion. 
I'm really sorry about Dorothy Hammill.  But I wish all women had the same resources she will have.  It's a crying shame that MK's daughter has to put off having a blood transfusion because of the cost.  If they would put just a smidge of that money to help women, rather than giving to all to research...I realize that research is important, but so is the care of those who are fighting for their lives.
Hugs to all...
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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   Posted 1/8/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bev for the concern about Carolyn. She is going weekly for blood tests on Mondays. Her hemoglobin was back to 8 yesterday after rising to 8.4 last week. It should be 13.2. I finally found copies of her dad's blood tests when he was anemic because of celiac disease. She kept asking me what his numbers were, so I told her last night that his hemoglobin never got below 9.4. I told her to check about donors helping the cost, but I know she hasn't. She will probably not give in to a transfusion until she can't stand up. She is "doing nothing" her words but resting. She does go to work because they need the money. Her husband confirms that she has been sitting around a lot which is not at all like her. I also talked to her about going on disability and how Part B Medicare might help her with costs. She had an Aridea treatment yesterday, which she has once a month, and it usually helps her with bone pain. Meanwhile we all sit around and wait ready to help her. She is as stubborn as her father.

I'm sorry for Dorothy Hamill, too. I am sorry for every woman who even has had the fear of thinking she has breast cancer. I am sorry for anyone who has to deal with any form of cancer for any length of time. My cousin died in his sleep recently at the age of 63 and tests showed he was full of lung cancer. He never knew he had cancer, altho I am sure he had some symptoms. Maybe that's better than knowing and fighting?

My grandson's first trombone teacher, a young man who couldn't be more than 25 learned he had testicular cancer a month ago. Just last week he learned that it is also in his kidney. He has not even had any chemo yet. First they will remove the kidney. Cancer just seems to be everywhere.

Love and hope of good health in 2008,


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