Hi, All. I joined this group, I think, earlier this week. My name is Jan, 56. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on November 16, 2006, 3 days before my birthday. My Christmas season was spent on December 11, 2006 having a mastectomy and recuperating. The tumor was .8cm, located in the lower, inside quandrant. It had lesions but had not gone any further than the breast. It was Stage 2, Grade 2 tumor, with no lymph node involvement. Had no chemo and no radiation.
In January, 2007, I started taking Arimidex. The side effects were too much too deal with so after six weeks, I was switched to Femara and Clodronate (a clinical trial medication for bone strengthening purposes). Things are so-so right now. I have had an increase in migraine headaches, bone/joint pain in my left knees (10+ on a 1-10 pain level). There is not a day that goes by that I don't hurt in most every place. Part of the pain is due to injuries to soft tissue in a car accident several years ago.
I appreciate being a part of this group. I do not have much expertise about breast cancer except for my own experience and what I gained from another website.
Hope to be a participating and friendly member of this group.
"Life isn't how you survive the storm, but how you dance in the rain."