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   Posted 4/26/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Clarice, Tennessee, Diagnosed with Renal Cancer 12/05... Is there another thread about cancers in general?

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   Posted 4/30/2006 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, my name is Nancy, living in San Antonio Texas by way of Ohio. My husband is stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. We are moving to Fort Bragg North Carolina in the Fall. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer March 2005, at age 43. I am Stage IIIA, Her2+, Estrogen/PR -, 5 positive nodes out of 28. Had Mast, Chemo, Radiation and am on weekly Herceptin until August 06. Developed Lymphadema Aug 05, but am able to keep it managable. I am now cancer free (and with the help of God pray I will stay that way!) I'm in the process of scheduling my Tram Flap Reconstruction in June. I will have the first procedure here in San Antonio, then remaining procedures at Fort Bragg. I have many questions concerning post-op recovery as I will be moving 9 weeks after surgery. The Military provides movers who will pack and move, however my husband and I both have vehicals to drive. I know complications can delay healing etc., but can anyone advise what I can expect after surgery, such as how long before you were able to stand straight, walk up and down stairs, raise your arms, etc. I realize everyone has different pain thresholds, heals at different speeds, etc. Also any advise on what I can do to minimize pain, complications, etc. Thanks so much for any advise. God Bless.
P.S. I've never posted on any site before so I'm not exactly sure how this all works!

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   Posted 5/1/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
This seems like a good place for a first post :)

I am Michelle, age 44, from Greeneville, Tennessee. I was diagnosed with IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma) 12/29/05, have completed Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemo and will have my second Taxotere chemo on Wednesday. Because of the size of my tumor and possible lymph node involvement, my doctors suggested completing chemo first, then surgery, then radiation. I haven't been told my ER/PR status yet but was told today that I am more than likely Stage III/Grade III and I'm scared now that this means I will more than likely have recurrence and/or mets.

I have two sons, ages 10 and 24, many indoor pets, and all the outdoor critters one could hope to see in their backyard, as well as a wonderful boyfriend of almost four years now who has been so very supportive and understanding of what this experience does/means to me. He is a great source of strength.

Hugs and strength to all who want/need them....


karen in north idaho
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   Posted 5/7/2006 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Karen and I live in Naples, Idaho. at age 32 in july 04 dx w/ BC. (mastectomy, chemo, rads)  looking into diep or tram recon.  also deal w/ atypical bipolar type II depression.  breast and cervical cancer medicaid has helped with both illnesses(even beyond my high hopes!) really enjoy this forum!!!

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   Posted 5/13/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi!  My name is Merrijo and I live in Iowa.  I am 53 until September.  I have three daughters ages 36, 34, and 23.  I also have four grandsons ages 14, 7, 5, and 2. 

I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma August 2004.  I had bilateral mastectomies in September without reconstruction.  I am estrogen receptor negative with no lymph node involvement.  I had four sessions of Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemo and no radiation. 

This is my first time joining a forum.  I have already enjoyed reading (and crying over) many of the postings here.  I look forward to having access to a place where so many others can relate to the experiences of the breast cancer journey. 

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   Posted 5/17/2006 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hi, I'm MaryAnn. I live in Peoria, Arizona. I was Dx with Infilterating Ductal Carcinoma at 43 on Oct 31, 2005. I had a Bilateral Mastectomy on Dec 28 with Reconstruction. I am stageII, estrogen+, Her2-, one lymph node involved. I've had 4 A/C every 2 weeks and I have my 4th and LAST Taxol tomorrow.(YEA! Chemo is finally over!!) I took the Genetic test (I'm adopted, unknown family history). I'll find out the outcome of that next week. Really hoping its negative because I have a daughter, she is 14. I do not want her to have to go through this. I'll be finishing up Reconstruction this summer. My Plastic Surgeon is great and I'm feeling good about that but, I would really like to grow my hair back soon so I can feel normal again. If that is possible. Is that possible?? Glad I found this website.

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   Posted 6/1/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   

  Brandi - 24, tested negative for bc, but still considered high risk and under a very watchful eye.

I am a half breed (white and black) from the central coast of california and i love it here.  I have 2 dogs- thai- my boy, 90lb baby, american stafford shire terrier and my dollface Ruby, 60lbs, mutt, (pitt, shepherd, chow, boxer. 4 cats - turbo, bear, patch and bud.  Those are the extent of my kids. I have a wonderful partner Donna who has been by my side this whole time.  She just happens to be a survivor herself.

   All we can do is fight for everything that matters to us all and don't ever forget those who may have passed but have layed one helluva path for us to travel. smurf

Taking it one day at a time....

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   Posted 7/19/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   


Eve from California, 49. Diagnosed 2005 and after 2 lumpectomies, chemo and a bilateral mast. (3 weeks ago) am on my way to recovery. Started Tamoxifen last week and am miserable!!!

The true joy of life is in the journey

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   Posted 8/12/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Kouradina, 58, Ohio, 3 yrs, plus 2 yrs out
Breast Cancer for Beginners

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   Posted 8/19/2006 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi.  I'm Vivi-Anne.  I recognize a lot of you posters from iVillage and from here.  I haven't been around much, just tried to keep it out of my mind!!!  But, here I go again!

I live in Michigan.  dx 8/97at 49 yrs.  Stage II er+ and pr slightly +.  1 of 13 nodes +. 

 Now 58.  6/06 mets to brain.  5 lesions.  No surgery, 20 rads.  Looking for mets to liver and lungs.  Bone scan 8/31/06.

The first weekend of June, I planted my garden. I thought I may have got sunstroke because it was hot out there and no hat, etc. Tuesday, I had to call our on-duty night person (nurse) that takes care of medical things. I had a horrible headache, and I don't get headaches. I was sent to emergency and had no problem with it. Ann called Dave for me and he was there right after I got there. I don't remember how long I was there, but they sent me home with a ton of meds--and I do mean a ton. No tests.

I went to see my gp and she sent to my onc--Dr. Arora and he ordered a MRI.

I don't remember a lot of things. I have been dx with brain cancer. Mets from breast cancer. I used a wheelchair and a 4 prong cane for a while. Dr. Arora sent me to a radiation oncologist and I have 3 of 20 treatments left. I will be glad to have them over with. I swear I am going to sleep till noon next Thursday!!

The rad dr said that the first rads would help me by improving my coordination and memory. It worked. I'm thankful!  No more wheelchair or cane.

My sister, Amy now lives in Florida--south of Sarasota. She has a 5 month old baby boy, Collin James. He is a sweatheart--good baby! Amy is up in Michigan right now. I had a pelvic/abdominal scan and a chest scan yesterday. They are looking for mets to the liver and lungs. Amy took me for the tests, and will take me to to my appointment with Dr Arora next week to get the results. I have a bone scan scheduled for 8/31. I couldn't get it any sooner, but I am more concerned with the other tests right now.

My hair was way past my waist. We took pictures, and a neighbor washed, braided and cut it. I had a braid 21" long wet. It took 5 days for it to dry--2 days on my head. LOL!! I haven't sent it yet, but it is going to Am Canc Society for locks of love. I had it cut right away so the hair would be nice for the kids.

I had a party Sunday afternoon with several neighbors and friends, and Amy came up for that. It was my "Bald is Beautiful" party. We had good food, then a neighbor buzzed my hair. No tears. I am collecting hats now. LOL!! And I have 3 wigs, and my sister from PA is going to bring me one of hers.

I refuse to allow cancer to mess up my little world like it did 9 years ago. I know a lot of what I have to do and am preparing for the chemo next.

I have until Monday to get my test results, and I will not worry about it.  I am preparing my questions for my onc--I'm pretty sure I will have to have chemo and I want to bypass some of those problems I had before.  Like thrush and postponed treatments because my body wasn't up to the chemo.

Right now, I am listening to Mary K who always said "Don't worry until you know you have something to worry about."


Hugs, Viv :)
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.  It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
Dan Quayle
Vice President?  under George Bush


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   Posted 9/1/2006 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Guess I'd better introduce myselfsince I'm postin. LOL I'm Leigh, a 44 yr old married woman from KY with 2 grown children. Had my surgery yesterday, removal of mass, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to respond to my questions. I'm 13 yrs. post-hysterectomy, and a smoker for 30 yrs. Nice meeting you all, I think you are all my angels. yeah

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   Posted 9/4/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Time to introduce myself!

I am Judie, born raised near Los Angeles CA. Soon to be 49yrs. Have loving partner of 18 yrs and son/daughter, 23 & 26, both married.

Diagnosed 6/30/06 IDC, Grade 1-2, stage 2. Mastectomy l/breast w/immed tran flap 7/31. SNB results initially neg, but final rpt 1+. Aux dissection 8/16, 19 add'l nodes clear! Having 1st visit with oncologist 9/7 to find out add'l trmt info. Trying to stay positive and not wrapped in the fear of the unk, but very difficult to do 100% of the time.

Have found much hope, inspiration and helpful information here. Thanky you so much!

Judie :-)

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   Posted 9/10/2006 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
dawn dg. feb. 2005, w/invasive ductal carc. stage 1,grade 3, lumpecty, 4 chemos, 35 radations, er/pr neg., 20 nodes removed all neg. but swellon, age 38 at the time,on no medication. live in montello, wisconsin.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Diann 53 from Vegas. Just found a lump and got compressed mamogram and sonogram which rated me Birads 4. about 1 1/2 cm, hard with irregular outline and hypovascularity. Waiting for biopsy appointment to be scheduled (yesterday wouldn't have been soon enough for me - the hell is in the waiting) and scared to death, even though I know it may be nothing. But I have read through all the posts here from the beginning, and am amazed at the courage and humor I find. Praying that if I am diagnosed with bc I will have the grace of all the women here who have gone before.

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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Stefanie, dx in 2001 (at age 34) with Stage IIB, 4.5cm tumor, 5 of 49 nodes +, er-/pr-, her2neu 3+++ , 3 rounds AC + 3 rounds FEC + 4 rounds taxotere + herceptin for 1 year + 33 rounds rads w/low dose chemo

NED almost 6 yrs!  :-)



"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Patty, age 45. Dx at 38 in 10/99. Stage IIB with 6 positive nodes, ER/PR+ lumpectomy then mastectomy, chemo, radiation, Tamoxifen for 5 years, Zoladex for several years, prophylactic oophrectomy (sp?) in December 2005 so I could take Femara which I started immediately and am supposed to take for five years. Lived in NC when diagnosed, relocated to PA (Philly area) in August 2005. So far, so good! Happy and grateful to be here....I am living proof of the value of a second opinion and getting care at a top-notch facility! Not to mention an incredibly supportive DH, sister, and many friends.....

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   Posted 3/14/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello My name is Pam. I was diagnosed in June/06 with invasive breast cancer (Infiltrating mammary Carcinoma). Estrogin, Hormon receptor+. SBR is 9/9, DCIS 2/3 and 3/3, mitotic score 3 and nuclear was 3 as well.. Not a good combo.Had a Modified Radical Mastectomy done with 19 lymph nodes removed. I suffer from lymphidema and joint pain. I had 6 intense months of chemo and i am now on Arimidex for 5 years and im only 1 month in.. I had my overies removed in Feb/07 to better my chances. I look at life with a chin up every day and thats what we all need to do so good luck to all and please take care of yourselves.
Take Care Love: Pam

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   Posted 4/13/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I am just here and not really happy to be a member of any breast cancer group but - guess I'm one of the gang now.  I don't want to be defined by my breast cancer, so I'll just start with -
My name is Nora, I live in the Finger Lakes area of New York. 
Thank you for being here.  I'm sure I'll be here often.
~ Peace, love and understanding ~

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   Posted 4/13/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nora,
I too am new here today. I grew up in the Finger Lakes Region...Ithaca...and love to visit there. I now live in southern PA. I have just begun my chemo regime this week so am interested in all information I am finding here.

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   Posted 4/16/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7) name is Linda, I'm 38 and I'm Pittsburgh, PA.  I have 2 great children a boy age 8 and a girl age 7 and a wonderful supportive husband.  I haven't been diagnosed with cancer, but have had 2 in 1995 and one in March of this year.  They were both benign, thank God.  I am very afraid of being diagnosed someday with a malignancy, and if it happens I hope to be as brave and wonderful as everyone I have met here has been to me. 
True happiness is WANTING what you HAVE, not HAVING what you WANT.  Have a great day!!!

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   Posted 5/6/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
HI. My name is Lou. I am from Chesapeake, VA. I am 48 years old. I have been married for 25 years, have 2 daughters and 5 year old twin grandsons. I was just dx 3 days ago.

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   Posted 5/6/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Lou and Linda -
Nice to "meet" you.   Very glad to have you here, sorry about why we're here, but at least we can go through this stuff together.
Gentle Hugs!
~ Peace, love and understanding ~

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   Posted 5/25/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi... My name is Karen.  I am 47 will be 48 in July. I'm from Newport News, VA. I have 3 wonderful sons, 29, 24, and  7 and a grandson 10 months old.  It will be 2 yrs in Augs since I was diagnosed with Estrogin breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy followed by a doube mastecomy. I took 1 round of chemo and said it wasn't for me.  I was put on arimidex and now on aromison. I could go into more detail but I think that is for another area.
My family has been wonderful support and I am very thankful to have them.
I look forward to meeting everyone here.

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   Posted 6/3/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Good day all. I guess I may be in the wrong thread as I am a male, but I will explain. My name is Allen, 36, and currently reside in Northern California. The main reason that I am here is due to the fact that I am seeking information for my ex-wife who is 33 years old. She disclosed to me about a month to a month-and-a-half ago that she had discovered a lump in her chest and made me promise not to let any family members know. There is one thing that I immediately thought, she probably should NOT have gotten that breast enhancement surgery as it might have increased her risk for breast cancer. As far as my knowledge goes, breast cancer does not run in her family and she has not gotten a formal mammogram because according to her, the saline implant would present false readings. She stated to me that the mammogram will take place but in a few months in the future. What really worries me is that she's taking this so nonchalantly and I am the one who is deathly afraid for myself, her, and our two boys (5 and 3). I want them to grow up and when (or if) they have kids, their kids will be able to know their grandmother.

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   Posted 6/3/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Karen and Bigbone -
I'm glad you've introduced yourselves here and I wish you both all the best and am sending peaceful vibes and my hopes that things work out for you. 
It's never an easy thing having to deal with the prospect or suspicion of breast cancer, but it is good to have a place to be able to talk about it with others that understand and care and you've found one of those places right here.
Gentle hugs,
~ Peace, love and understanding ~
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