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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I found out in Jan. that I had breast cancer. In Feb. had a lumpectomy done but they couldn't get it all out, so I had a mastectomy with reconstruction done on April 1st. Still having some proceducers done now. I'm walking the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Oct. 26th in Baltimore to raise money to find a cure.
Please hit the link below to make a donation or if you live in the Baltimore area and would like to join my team to help raise money to find a cure for Breast Cancer.

Together we can raise the money the researchers need. I have 2 sisters that are doing the walk with me and 1 baltimore sparker that joined.


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JAZZID 9/9/2008 3:49PM

    Lorraine, if I lived in Baltimore I would love to walk with you. But although I won't be there, I will be there in spirit... emoticon

I am going in for reconstructive surgery in December/08, but I will keep you posted.

Take care.... emoticon ~ Dee

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CANNOTFATHOM 9/9/2008 3:37PM

    Best wishes!


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/9/2008 3:01PM

    Glad to hear everything is going well! Good luck on the walk.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Told everything went fine. Had the tummy tuck to ebuild the right breast. The plastic surgeon did say that the inside stitche on the right side gave so I'll need a lift on that side to fix it. Met with her on tuesday and then the brastsurgeon on 4/24. Got home yesterday and it felt good. They told me to do a little walking so today it was beautiful out and I got my hubby to do two little walks outside felt really good to be outside in the fresh air. Got on to update with this blog but have to everything else updated.

Thanks everybody with your kind thoughts and prayers, they help alot.
Thanks to everybody that sent me messages, goodies and comments it really felt good to see how much people you never meet really care about you.

Thanks again and will ry to get on every day again.

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MYGALSAL13 4/11/2008 6:15PM

    glad to hear you are back and walking around a little now and then. It is nice to be outside and get that sunshine vitamine! Keep going! Smile, and know we are all smiling with you

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AROLLEE 4/9/2008 7:08PM

    glad to hear everything went okay. You're still in my thoughts in prayers.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/8/2008 11:33AM

    Glad to hear everything went well. Hope you feel better soon.

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MJMILES 4/7/2008 9:53PM

    Welcome back - you were missed! So glad you're home and have had a chance to enjoy some fresh air.

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CLFIORE 4/7/2008 7:24PM

    Welcome home. I'm so glad things went well.


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NANA1941 4/7/2008 6:41PM

    Welcome back, we missed you. I am so happy that you're doing ok. If you ned anything let us know and we'll try our best to help you out. God Bless you. Nana

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MDTWEETY 4/7/2008 4:03PM

    I'm so glad to hear everything went fine. :)

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SHRYBRY 4/6/2008 9:20PM

    We HAVE missed you! Glad to hear things are going well for you. Hang in there, and be patient with yourself while on the mend. Hugs!

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JIBBIE49 4/6/2008 1:58PM

    I'm so very happy to know that you are doing find, Hon. I have been so worried about you.
If you have some time to do some reading, I'm into the book "SHRINK YOURSELF" by ROGER GOULD, M.D. He is a Professor at UCLA and deals with emotional eating, which is any time we eat other than for true hunger.

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MESACHICK 4/6/2008 1:35AM

  So glad you are back and doing well! We have missed you!!

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Mastectomy Update

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's final now and scheduled for Tuesday April 1st. Will be about 8-10 hours to remove and reconstruct, having it all done at the same time, don't want to go back for the reconstruction. Told I'll be off work for about 8 weeks and the weather's getting better out, so that's something to look forward to. Pre-op Physical on 3/26, meet with Occupation Therapist and nurse on 3/28. Then I guess I'm all set for everything.

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MJMILES 3/29/2008 3:55PM

    Just checking in to see how you're doing. I hope you're able to enjoy your weekend and not stress too much about Tuesday. Have sent myself a reminder to be sure and pray for you that morning.

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KALYNN96 3/22/2008 5:06PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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NMTNMT 3/22/2008 11:08AM

    Best wishes for the smoothest possible procedure, fastest possible recovery, and best possible outcome.

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NEWA2011 3/22/2008 8:56AM

    I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Will it be at Mercy again?

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 3/19/2008 5:17PM

    Hope it all turns out good!! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!

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MIRACLE1971 3/19/2008 4:43PM

    i will be saying a prayer for you. hugs hun.

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TANNEB 3/19/2008 3:51PM

    Best wishes to you.

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COLORADOTINK 3/19/2008 2:21PM

    best wishes and an extra prayer

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/19/2008 1:24PM

    Wow! That's coming up fast. Good luck on everything.

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MDTWEETY 3/19/2008 1:18PM

    You're in my thoughts. I wish you the best.

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MESACHICK 3/19/2008 12:48PM

  I am taking a deep breath for you, Lorraine. Lots of prayers and hugs coming your way. Take good care of yourself and update us whenever you can!

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UP4MORE 3/19/2008 12:48PM

    I wish you the best outcome possible! My thoughts are with you.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Well saw the surgeon this morning and she said she took out a section that was twice the size that showed on the MRI and it all had cancer in it and is saying I should now have a mastectomy done. My husband right away said NO, I told him I want to have it done to get it all out and get done with it. We need to sit down and talk about it so he doesn't feel bad about it.
She said we could take our time, so I'm thinking in a month or two when the weather gets warmer, that way I can walk outside when I'm feeling better to get my exercising done.

I'm really going to try and lose most of the weight before then, so if I gain any while recovering I won't feel bad about it.

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JIBBIE49 3/18/2008 6:59PM

    I hope you had the mastectomy done. I don't think this is a decision for a man to make. You only have one life, so do what you have to for yourself.

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MDTWEETY 3/3/2008 9:42AM

    I hope you and your husband are able to work this out in the way that is best for you. Stay strong and can beat this! Anytime you need support, please don't hesitate to stop by my page or send me a sparkmail. Thinking of you.

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SHRYBRY 3/2/2008 5:22PM

    I'm here whenever you need a verbal hug!!!

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MARIANNB 3/2/2008 9:19AM

    You will be in my prayers, faith in the Lord will see you through. Your husband I'm sure is worried about you and scared, but the Lord will watch over you and bring you back to good health. I'm sending you a group hug goodie, so you know you are loved here too. If you need us we are here for you. You are strong and taking this very well, stay positive.

God, please bless this family and make them strong to endure. Watch over them and bring them full healing, see them through to completion.


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KALINDRIA 3/1/2008 10:48PM

    Thank you for posting this. It is a brave and wonderful thing to share this news. I admire you so much for taking it so well - at least you sound like you are. Please be gentle with your hubby; he's got to be scared and worried for you. It's tough when it's not your battle and you can only stand and watch. Someone said to hug each other a lot and I think that's terrific advice. We're here if you need to vent or scream or just need a friendly ear. And we'll all be praying for you and your family.


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BAGELBROAD 3/1/2008 2:43PM

    I had the same thing, although a different kind of cancer. Mine was lobular, but I also had a lumpectomy first (on 3/30/04). When the pathology report came back, the surgeon said he had not been able to get clean margins, so we went back in on 4/20 and did a modified radical mastectomy. The surgeon recommended that I wait to have reconstruction done, and so I did. A year later, when he asked me about reconstruction, I decided that I did not want to have it done. I may change my mind in the future, but for now, I am happy with my decision.

This is a scary time. Your husband is also scared. Hug each other. Hang on to each other. Love each other. You are both going to get thru this...together.

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ALLMEIN2010 3/1/2008 11:32AM

  Although this is not news you want to hear, congratulations for knowing what you want to do and standing up for it; I know sometimes people are really take others opinions and begin to doubt their own. This is an important issue and I totally agree w/you. I would rather take care of it rather than not.

Cancer runs in my family, and I have lost too many to it (some young). My mom had hers perhaps 30 years ago, had no problems whatsoever. My cousin also had one and is also doing well. You'll get thru this and be able to move on; you are fortunate with the advancements they've made.

You are in my prayers. ==hugs==

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MYGALSAL13 3/1/2008 9:11AM

    Hope you and hubby are able to make this decision and have peace! Scarey stuff, but you can do it!!!

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RAVENSLIM 3/1/2008 3:12AM

  Wow that is hefty news! I hope you and your husband can have a few good talks about this, so you can count on his support. I wish you all the best in these tough times!

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KALYNN96 2/29/2008 10:49PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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MESACHICK 2/29/2008 7:04PM

  Hang in there, girl! You are so strong!

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MIRACLE1971 2/29/2008 5:10PM

    your in my thoughts and prayers hun if you need anything let me know.

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SUNFLOWER66 2/29/2008 3:50PM

    please know that there are lots of people thinking of you, even those of us "meeting" you for the first time today! keep bogging and keep us posted and we can help you fight the fight!

kate :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/29/2008 3:31PM

    My mom had a mastectomy last summer for the same reasons. She is now back ballroom dancing, doing pillates and water aerobics. She is within about 5 lbs of what she weighed when she went in for the surgery.

I know this is a very hard time for you. Keep up the great work!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It was rescedule for today due to the MRI showin it to be a little bigger and they needed to put in 2 wires instead of 1 for the surgeon to follow. When see got in their she saw it to be even a little bigger then that again and took it out, hopefully she got all of it. Got at the hospital at 6:30 a.m., MRI dept for the wires to be placed at 7:30 then 10:18 back up to wait for the OR. Walked into the OR rom at 11:18 and then woke up at 1:15 pm. When they woke me up I went to get up and they told me to stay down and I said that I hadto oto work, LOL think I really want to do that. Got home 2:40 ate and then fell asleep. My son picked up his girlfriend and brought her to visit me before her hadto go to work and then the hubby went to the grocery store so I won't have to. Feeling a little discomfort but not too bad.

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HBROWNDOG 2/16/2008 2:17PM

  I am hoping every day shows a little less pain and you continue to heal quickly. Keep us informed of your progress. Hugs.

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NEWA2011 2/15/2008 9:00PM

    I hope with each passing day you feel stronger and better.Thankfully we live where there are great drs. Baltimore is the best place for medical care. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

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NEWA2011 2/14/2008 9:44PM

    Saying a prayer for you today!!

Which hospital did the procedure?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/14/2008 11:29AM

    Glad to hear everything went well. Rest and relax until you feel better. Then jump back into it.

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KALYNN96 2/13/2008 9:51PM

    Sending you well wishes and keeping you in my prayers.

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SNOWBALL66 2/13/2008 8:59PM

    I'll keep you in my prayers.

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BEFIT014 2/13/2008 8:53PM

    I'm keeping you in my prayers!

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MJMILES 2/13/2008 8:48PM

    I'm so glad everything went ok and this part is over. Rest!

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