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It always sucks to hear someone else having to go thru Chemo...but years ago others did not have the wonderful treatments we have. It is not fun to go thru, but keep positive, take care of yourself and remember each treatment gets you closer to being done!! I will be here rooting you on!! Go Girl!!

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I'll be praying for you, Cupkake. I hope you have someone to go with you and hold your hand. It makes it easier, I think, when you have good support. How many treatments do you have to have?

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Starting chemo on Monday. I am a little nervous.

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Only one drain hurt a bit and that was the bigger one. My Dr. and his nurse pull both out at the same time. I gave him a hard time cuz his hurt and the nurse's didn't. He had to show me why his hurt and it was because the tubing was larger than the other one. I'm finished with reconstruction for now. Decided because of the bleeding I had to hold off on the nipples, etc. I love not having to wear a bra and I wasn't really sure if I even wanted reconstruction except for clothes fitting better. I'm ok with everything now and I except the scars. They are part of where I've been.

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emoticon I'm below my surgery weight after gaining 10 pounds since Valentine's Day.! So I've lost almost 12 pounds since mid March.

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I don't get to see them often enough. They live from coast to coast. Brooklyn, Seattle, Charleston SC and five of them closer here in Ohio. That's why it is such an occasion to have them all here so they can get to know one another. I make over the kids here in our town too. I especially love the little ones,before they are corrupted by whatever and express too many of their own opinions! Giggles and grins are much more fun than big kids who think they know everything! FaceTime helps. I can read stories to the little one in Seattle while Dad works behind her. Then after an hour or sowe turn off the computer and go about our business. This is a great age we live in.

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Oh, Moonglowsnana, I am SO jealous of all your grandkids. I am 62, and thought by now I'd have grandkids. None of my three kids are even married! I have to "borrow" friends kids and grandchildren; I teach swim lessons to many of them. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, but anymore I don't do much. I invite my friends' kids over to help me decorate the tree, but that's about it. Maybe this year I'll think about getting the train set out.

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I have Sugar Town, not all of them, but quite a few. We haven't set it up for a few years because the two youngest were two the last time they came for Christmas. This year might be the year to put it up again because they will be 4 in August and September and have better control of their impulses, I hope. That means I hope they can keep their little paws off the breakable pieces! We have 8 granddaughters and two grandsons from almost 4 to just turned 14. And holidays when everyone is home are magical. So many cookies and kids, both little and big. So much food and happy memories being made. Christmas is my favorite holiday! Summer is my favorite season. No piles of wet boots, mittens, coats and scarves to deal with. No hauling wood in and hauling ashes out, just fun in the sun, in the pool, on the water, grilling out and resting in the hammock. Family fun!!!

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Wow, Moorglow! That is a big family and also a big motivation to keep you going. I am sure they will love the trains. My sister used to set up a big village with train at Christmas. It took up an entire room. She hasn't set it up the last few years though.

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Thanks Jessig5! I am feeling much better. I went with my DH, DS, and two grands to a garden railway convention yesterday and I walked with my cane a good while. Today my knees and I are so tired. I drove home 2 1/2 hours. Maybe it was just too big a day, but I got some track, a coal car, and a freight car! I hope to get the train up and running outside this summer for when the grands come to visit Nana and Tata. I think 7of the ten will be coming home and they are all under 11 so the train should be a big hit. They all love to run it around the Christmas tree! I love trains and they are a good diversion from health matters. Right now I just want a simple set up outside with some rocks and a place for the Lincoln Logs and Playmobile Indians so that everybody can have something to play with while they run the train. Wish me luck and the energy to make it happen!

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Congratulations, SwimCoach That is wonderful and a great example to everyone that BC does not have to destroy our lives.

I think you are wise to focus on getting out of the house. I know that I tended to get depressed and just want to lie on the sofa. Now, I have a rule that I leave the house every single day no matter what. I really prefer walking outdoors instead of the treadmill and I just read that my city has the largest public park system in the US so there is no reason not to make use of it.

Moonglow, I hope you continue a successful recovery. I think of you often.

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Swimcoach - emoticon Wow, winning a GOLD and everything. That is so neat! I bet that makes you smile all over! I tried synchronized swimming years ago and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately it didn't fit into my schedule at the time. There was no time left after shepherding 5 kids to all of their activities. I did teach swimming to little ones and aqua aerobics to senior ones through the years and I still love the water. I got a new swimsuit and am anxious to try it out as soon as the sunshine and the pool heater warms up the pool to my liking. I've gotten spoiled and like the water warm, especially when it's windy out.

I just had a bilateral mastectomy on Valentine's Day and am still in reconstruction. It's no picnic, but it's doable. I had a lumpectomy 8 years ago and then we found another spot last Sept on the mammogram. Long story short I didn't want to keep having biopsies and worrying about finding another spot in the future hence the mastectomy. It's kind of a bummer isn't it when you're clear for a while and then CA rears up its ugly head again? I'm 66 and thought maybe I was done with it when I passed the five year mark, but no.

I was kind of surprised that after the hospital day and night, and a few days of not being able to lift myself out of my recliner by myself the pain went away. Getting those darn drains out was a hurdle. That poking me in the underarms was for the birds. Since then though I haven't had much pain. I'm back to driving and am starting to exercise again. I did a lot of napping through March and April and we thought I had an infection so I was on antibiotics for a few weeks. But I'm a survivor and I bet you are too!

I am finding that not wearing a bra is freeing. I think I realized that back in the 1960s, but I needed one then and after having five babies I was up to a cup size G or H. I don't miss lugging that around anymore! I'm hoping to not have to wear a bra when I am finally "done" and that my clothes look right again eventually. I just need to rid myself of the inner tube around my waist that I didn't notice near so much when my breasts blocked the view!

Seriously, I know you would rather be anywhere else but the hospital going down this path again, but hopefully all will turn out WELL and you will be back in swim as good as new in a short time. I'm pulling for you and will keep you in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I haven't posted since I decided to postpone my second mastectomy until June - which is now here. One of the main reasons was so I could compete in Pan American Masters in synchronized swimming. I have wanted to win an International medal so badly! I have been fourth at World Aquatic Masters the last two time (2010, six weeks after my reconstruction surgery from the first - left side - mastectomy, and again last June). I was thrilled to have my duet win the GOLD medal in our age group (60-69), and my solo win the silver. I couldn't have been happier. But now it's time to "face the music". I have surgery on Tuesday. We don't particularly expect any problems because it is DCIS, but you never know. And everyone keeps saying it will be easy because I know what to expect. I think it's harder because I know what to expect and each time I do something I think "last time for at least a month" - last swim, last class at the gym, last time I'll get my arms overhead, last time vacuuming (oh, wait, that one's good!), etc. Instead of bringing meals, I am asking friends to come over and take me for a walk or get me out of the house, since I am afraid of getting depressed. I know I have it much better than so many people (even though my husband was laid off in October so now we are both unemployed and trying to live off retirement way earlier than we had thought - and yes, I still have insurance), but that isn't helping me feel much better right now. I just don't want to go through all the recovery stuff again. And to those of you who are having greater troubles, I'm sorry to be whining. I'm tired of appearing so strong to all my friends and family. I want someone to care that I hurt.
On a good note, however, I stopped the aromotase inhibitors 2 1/2 weeks ago, and not only can I think clearly again, but I have lost three pounds during that time! Finally.

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I was a 36J it sucked the plastic surgeon told me that I am probably a small D now. So its weird to look down and see these tiny boobs Lol. Now I really have to work on losing the belly feel like it really sticks out now.

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Cupcake -
You will hardly feel anything when the drains come out. Just a little tug and out they come. It is a relief to have them out though, one less thing or two to deal with when you want to get on with life. And nothing poking at your underarms anymore! My scars from the drains healed nicely. The reconstruction continues with me. I like not having to wear a bra now! I hope that continues when I'm done with reconstruction. No way do I want to go back to an G or H cup size!

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Have courage Cupkake, it will get better.My case was not typical because I was critically ill when I had my single mastectomy and had been in intensive care for a month prior. Literally, there was a time that my family did not know if I would be alive the next morning. When I improved, I was moved to rehab to regain my strength because I couldn't walk and that was where I was when I had a single mastectomy. I didn't have drains but my daughter did when she had her lumpectomy and the drains were the worst part. Once they were removed, she began to heal rapidly and felt much better.

I understand your nervousness about your scars It was actually several months before I would look at my chest. Since I was in rehab for months, the nurses changed my bandages and I looked the other way. One day after I came home, I just decided, "okay, it's time now. I have waited long enough and I have to look at this and deal with it. This is how it is and I am more of a person than just a pair of breasts." And youi know what? I was right. Now, it doesn't bother me at all. Just take it one step at a time when you are ready. I am not interested in the reconstruction even if they could do it. After what I went through, I will never have any voluntary surgery of any type.

Are you going to have chemo? Reconstruction? Radiation? Tamoxifin? I think I can tell you only one thing for certain about it; everyone has a different experience and different treatments with different but similar side effects. My daughter and I were totally different in every way, in fact, our breast cancers are not even related. She had drains and then nausea during the chemo (but she never missed a day of work.) I did not have drains but had a vacuum on my chest instead. When they changed my bandages, I thought I would go into convulsions, it was so painful.. I never once had nausea from the chemo though.

My daughter is a ten year survivor this summer. I was diagnosed in late 2009, had the mastectomy and chemo in 2010 and radiation in 2011 so it depends on who is doing the counting as to how long I have survived. I either read or heard that we are all survivors from the day we are told we have cancer. In the beginning, you just hang on from one day to the next. I feel good now, achy sometimes but good. I walk four miles almost every Saturday and do water aerobics. I do recommend exercising as soon as possible (with doctor's approval of course) so that keep your strength up and your range of movement is not impaired.

This is a great team for offering support and advice and I am certain you will have many answers to your questions. My case was not typical and I don't want to scare you. I just want to encourage you and let you know that YOU CAN DO IT! Attitude contributes a lot so try to keep you spirits up. But when you want to ask questions, cry, complain, rage at fate or anything else, know that you can come here and say anything. We will understand. Keep us informed

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Had my double mastectomy one week ago. Will hopefully be getting the drains out tomorrow but I am nervous to see and feel the scars from the surgery. Any tips to make this a little less scary?

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I don"t know... I will be getting two antibiotics, and 10 hours later will go back for a blood draw to get blood levels of the meds. At least 4 or 5 days I think...

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How long do you think you will have it in ?

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The PIC line is in my left arm. Getting back in my truck and driving home was different. I always feel protective of something bandaged up, but I made it home okay. Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes. I'm hoping for the best too!

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Hoping things go really well. Thinking positive thoughts.



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I pray things go well and the infection clears up soon.

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Getting a PICC line this afternoon for antibiotics starting tomorrow. I've got to be rid of this cellulitis and be able to get on with the next steps in reconstruction.

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BeckyAnne, you definitely made the right decision, and anyone I talk to now I encourage to just go ahead with a double and why. I am trying to convince myself that if I had made that decision to begin with, I wouldn't have found this cancer, and would then never have gone to the Naturopaths that I saw yesterday - team of two women, one a medical oncologist that has gone to natural medicine, and the other trained as an ND. They were fabulous and I am looking forward to working with them. And, they did encourage me to go ahead with a mastectomy when I am ready.

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I had a double mastectomy because I had a biopsy on my right breast years ago, but no cancer. I was at a high risk of developing cancer. It turned out to be the right decision because they found a small cancer. Had I not gone with this, I would be facing exactly what you are facing in another year or 2 because that's how long they thought it would take to show up on my mammogram. Although it's only been a year, I have never regretted my decision.

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Thanks for the support, everyone. The biopsy did show cancer, DCIS. Had I not already had breast cancer, this would be considered a "minor" issue. The first cancer was lobular, invasive. Both were estrogen positive, the new one progesteron positive as well. So, the doctors are happy that it is not a metastasis, but an entirely new cancer. However, I have not gotten an answer to the question of why my body was willing to make a completely new cancer when I was on aromatase inhibitors - and what that might mean for the future.
I have not yet decided on treatment. At first I thought I could just not go through, again, having a mastectomy, reconstruction, etc. I thought about not having reconstruction, but since I both swim myself and teach swimming, I know I will feel more comfortable if I do. I thought about lumpectomy and no radiation, but I know I cannot go through being told I have cancer again - it was even worse than being told the first time. I have had the BRAC gene test and it was negative (yeah for my daughter!), and an MRI that shows there are no other spots, so, because I have several plans from now until June, I think I will have a mastectomy in June.
I had just begun feeling like I was no longer a "person with cancer", but just a person again, and now it starts again. I plan to be swimming again a month after surgery!
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I am a two year survivor, right mastectomy for DCIS in November 2010. No chemo/radiation as it was contained and not in nodes. I had a failed reconstruction attempt in 2010-11 and tested BRCA2 positive. I will be going in next month to have the left mastectomy and will not have ANY reconstruction. Part of this is from fear of further cancer and I am trying to minimize that risk. I also know that we can not live our lives in fear as this illness takes a lot of courage to deal with in the first place. See what the biopsy says, then make a decision. You will not be judged based on your decision to have more surger or to not have more - anyone who judges has not walked a mile in your shoes yet...I hae been having six month check ups since my cancer - mammo in october followed by MRI in April - you and your doctors will make the best decision you can for yourself. Hang in there.

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SwimCoach, I agree with Caro; don't panic. I have been told twice that the doctors thought my cancer had moved to my liver but then, after other scans, they decided not. My daughter has also been told twice after mammos that the doctors saw new lumps but after biopsies, no cancer was found. She is now a 10 year survivor.

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Becky, please try to not think of the worst case scenario. Take it one step at a time, and wait for the results of the biopsy. Then you can make an informed decision. You are not your mother. Praying for your strength and peace.
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I went for my three-year mammogram last week and they said I needed to come back for another look. I went Friday and they said to come back Monday for a biopsy! At the time of my first cancer, I could hardly get my head around things and opted for a single mastectomy. If I'd done double, I wouldn't be going through it again. I know there is still a chance it is benign, in which case I don't know what I'll decide to do. All I can think about is my mom having hers recur after five years in her chest and bones and how she suffered for two years until she died.

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My support is with any of our team having surgery during february. emoticon emoticon

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Thank you for the support.

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my prayers are with you and also hope all is well when the new scans are run Jessi. emoticon emoticon

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JessiG5, I am so sorry that this has been added on you. And I really hate that you have to wait so long because I agree that is very hard. This is the best spark team that I've ever been on.

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I know how worrying that is - waiting. I always say, "Waiting is worse than knowing."

But enjoy your holidays and try not to think about it. Give yourself permission to not worry until the day you get the results.

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I'm doing well; it's been three years but I was so critically ill at one point, no one knew if I would make it to the next morning. Literally, my family were all gathered at the hospital so every day is like a miracle. I still have good days and bad but I am exercising a lot and trying to eat right.

Recently I went for an eye exam for glasses and the optometrist discovered a mole growing INSIDE my eye which I had never heard of before this. So I had to see a specialist for that. It can be ocular melanoma but I won't know until February because they had to take scans and then scan again in three months to see if it has changed. I think waiting is one of the worse parts of being a cancer patient. It seems we are always waiting for something, some test, some doctor, some report. It's always something.

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Jessi, how are you? I am doing great-celebrated my anniversary today-married 42 years.

Also I am now a. 5- year survivor of invasive ductal carcinoma. Because I asked him, my doc looked it up. With my type of cancer, and with my treatment, I had only a 75% chance of making it this long. So I figure every day is a bonus!

I am glad I had the reconstruction, for myself. I am continuing to lose weight, not for my appearance, but for my health.

I wish you all the best of luck, and good spirits now and in the future.
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Caro, I was reading your post and it sounds like mine. I lost so much tissue and and wound is so high it looks like the surgeon thought my breast was under my chin. I haven't had the reconstrucition though; at my age, it's just not worth the trauma. If I were married though, I would probably feel differently.

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Very poetic! At least, we can still have a sense of humor. I think that is a key ingredient in healing. After my single mastectomy, I told a friend he could call me Lop from now on - as in lopsided.

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I had breast cancer in one side, but I had both removed (my choice) just in case. During my reconstruction, I destroyed my implant on one side by trying to stop my car rolling down a hill. The car "came to rest" against a tree, so no one was hurt, except my poor new boob, so I penned this short poem:

My mother always told me
Bad things come about in threes
To my surprise
The same applies
To my mastectomies!

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wow kinda sounds like me in a way. after the upcoming surgery i have to have this lumpy unknown thing taken off the back of my leg; they dont really know what it is but its been there a while but of course got pushed to the back burner last year and i cant forget i have to have a "root canal gone wrong" tooth that i have been waiting to have pulled for about 9 months and couldnt because of the platelets. Geez what next? hopefully done for awhile. thanks for giving me inspiration ! keep up the good work

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Thank you for the support! I am glad it will be over soon and hope that someday they will look kinda like normal boobs.. I hope I am not too tired after the surgery because i am tired now... lol. Got to get back to the old body if I can find anything close to it., well the old boobs were a measly A cup before all this so at least now i will have some boobs!
Keep in touch and keep thinking good thoughts

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I too had reconstruction - July 9th for me - and I have been so weak, and tire so easily. I KNOW that I am getting stronger every day - but it still seems I can only do a tiny fraction of what I THINK I should be able to do.

I also had thought I would not want reconstruction - it didn't seem like it was my style - why submit myself to this kind of pain and weakness? But I am so glad I did - I went from a 40 DDD on one side(that pointed at the ground) with a negative on the other because they removed other tissue than just the breast. I was so lopsided, and I hated that my chest actually had a depression up higher just under the clavicle. Now I am a more reasonable cup size on both sides, the depressed area is filled in, and my nipple points forward. I love it! It makes me happy! I wanted to have a ceremonial burning of my huge, heavy prosthesis - or maybe shred it with knives- but have also thought that someone might need it who can't afford one. Of course, the whole tummy-tuck thing is just a huge bonus.

You and I will get through this - and be better than before. hugs, C

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There are days when your energy is down and your anxiety is low, I've decided to do one good thing for MYSELF and it helps. I will keep you in my prayers.

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2. If you do not ask the answer will always no.
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place. ~unknown author


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Just had surgery on July 5th (Double reconstruction). This surgery has been tough on me. emoticon I'm taking me recovery 1 hour at a time. Some days I can manage 4 hours with no problem, other days I can only focus on 1 hour at a time.

I'm happy that I decided to follow through with the surgery, because I was one person who was never going to do it. emoticon

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U R in our prayers!!

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Praying for your speedy recovery. emoticon

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Got thru the masectomy and chemo last year & thought everything was done, and now have a tumor growing on my arm just above my wrist. Will be having surgery next Friday, June 8th to remove this tumor from my arm and a couple that are on my legs that the surgeon said are just fatty tumors. The ones on my legs I'm not too worried about since they are not growing, but to be safe everything will be biopsied. Some days I feel like this stuff will never go away!! But still staying positive and keeping up on exercise and good eating as much as possible.

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JENBARRERA...You are a Survivor as soon as start fighting this horrible disease!!!

Keep fighting!!!
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sending prayers up for all of us - especially the ones headed to surgery and cemo/radiation. U are all brave wonderful women we will get thru this together. Huggsss!!!!!

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Thinking and emoticon for all of you that are going through surgeries
or treatment this week. May God bless each and everyone to be able to
get through this trying time.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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emoticon Thinking of you today. May God hold you in His hands.

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emoticon to our teammates facing surgery.

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I just read your post, I hope surgery went well and you are starting to feel better. I was diagnosed with invasive, Stage 1 Grade 1 and while in surgury they also found DCIS, I too was told I have a good prognosis, I had a lumpectomy and radiation and am now on Tamoxifen. Tomorrow is my first mammorgram and bilateral ultrasound, I'm nervous, but you are so right that God is with us.

I don't post often because I'm still coming to terms with even being told I have cancer and little by little I'm trying to find my strength to help support others.

Hope all is well.

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Thinking of all of you who need support and strength at this time. We're here for you.

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I think I would never advise anyone to gain any weight because I have always had such trouble losing. I don't think they would need that to add to your filling. They have already examined you and know what they have to work with, I would think. But I'm only one.

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So, I have a crazy question. Because I've lost a lot of weight, I worry that my belly tissue is mostly just loose skin. Should I use the next 3 weeks before my surgery to try to gain a few pounds so I don't end up with an A- bra size?

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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HUGS, LOVE, SUPPORT AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU!

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Some would say as soon as you have your surgery you are a survivor! Wishing you the best during surgery, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy

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Hi,
I'm going to post this to another thread as well. Forgive my redundancy.

My name is Jen and I was diagnosed with DCIS--stage 0 breast cancer--on Sep. 7. The confirmed DCIS is 6mm in diameter. The other breast, which is not confirmed DCIS, has a suspicious area 7 x 2 x 8 CENTIMETERS. I'm going in for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction on Nov. 8. My prognosis is good. The cancer has been caught early and is non-invasive. They're doing a sentinel lymph node biopsy to confirm.

My prayer is to glorify God in my reaction to this experience and to encourage everyone I know to get their health screenings. My cancer was caught through a mammogram. They had been monitoring "suspicious" activity for a while and this time it changed.

At what point do I get to go from "breast cancer patient" to "breast cancer survivor"?


Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Phil. 4:13
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