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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/7/2005 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Am 6 1/2 year breast cancer survivor of cancer in my lumpectomy inright breast.  Had check up in October and all was clear.  Went to Dr. yesterday due to upper respiratory infection and she did not like the way I looked so did a complete physical.  Upon examining my left breast she detected a lump.  The look on her face when she found it scared me to death.
Have mamo scheduled for 9 tomorrow a.m. and the waiting has begun.  Has anyone else ever had anything like this happen to them?
I can't feel the lump but the Dr. thinks I am in denial.  Having my records fed exed overnight to Maine as I just moved here in July from Connecticut.  Dr. said it is mandatory they have all my records before tomorrow's exam.
Hopefully they will tell me something tomorrow and not make me sweat through the weekend.
Would you get a 2nd opinion?  I live in a rural area so am not sure I will feel 100% confident with their findings.
Please let me know your opinions.  Please e-mail me at

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 4/7/2005 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ellen:  First, step back and take a deep breath. I know how frightened you are, especially being away from the physicians that you have dealt with for years and have your faith and trust in. It sounds to me like you have a good physician - one that doesn't take things for granted. I am impressed that she is having all of your records and films sent overnight. I would much rather have one like you have now rather than one that tells you everything is ok and come back in 6 mos or a yr. Go ahead and get the mammo. See what the results are and then consider getting a second opinion. Sometimes it takes a few days for the radiologist to read and write his interpertation of the films. You might call your physician tomorrow and ask how soon she will have the results in her office. Just take one step at a time.



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   Posted 4/7/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto to what Debbi far your doc is on the right track. Let's see what this exam suggests and go from there, as to whether you need a 2nd opinion or not. And congrats on being a 6 1/2 year survivor!

Please let us know how it goes tomorrow...


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   Posted 4/8/2005 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am wondering what you are learning today. My old best friend from home area is here visiting and I have not been real active here for a day or two. I think the other girls gave you good advice and it does sound like your doctor is on the ball. Where are you in Maine? Is there a cancer center there? I know a lady who drives to Dana Farber from Maine for breast specialists. Hugs MK

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   Posted 4/8/2005 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellen, just wanted to send you {{{{HUGS}}}} and hope everything is working out for you. We are here for you no matter what sweetie. 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

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   Posted 4/8/2005 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Another Ellen, here.  I'm with you in spirit, thinking of you today.  When I had a lump, even though the mammo came back normal, I went a step further and found a breast surgeon on my plan and he did a sonongram-guided needle biopsy.  It turned out to be BC, so it was a good think I did that.  I hope you get an answer soon, definately, one way or the other.  If it's the other, please post with us and let us carry you through it, if it's not, please let us know this, too. 
I am with you ((((((((((Ellen)))))))))))
near boston????? 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/13/2005 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for all of your support.  On Friday I went and had mamo done on both breasts.  Tech brought films to be read by radiologist immediately and came back and whisked me off to Ultrasound.  Of course I am fearing the worst.  No one would tell me anything.  They just told me I would be hearing from my doctor later in the day.  Of course this is at 9:00 on a Friday morning!  No call all weekend or on Monday.
Yesterday had 11:30 appointment with Oncologist.  When he came in the room after reviewing my results he wanted to know what I was doing there?  He thought I had been told that all was fine!  There was no sign of any lump anywhere and he did not know what my regular MD had felt.
Talk about taking 50 years of my life with worry!  I think I danced out of the hospital!
Thanks again to all of you and best of luck to all of you!
Ellen :-)

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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 4/13/2005 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh that is fabulous news!  I can just imagine the feeling of relief. 
I don't post often these days, but I'm currently undergoing chemo after having lumpectomy followed by mast, due to the spread of cancer along the blood vessels.  I hopefully have only one treatment left and then on to radiation.
So happy about your news!!!

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