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KARENAZ
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5/30/09 8:30 P

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Ravencrest, what an amazing story and I am so glad you told it to us. Wow. How strong you are! I am very glad to be getting to know you, and glad you found this wonderful team.

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5/27/09 7:33 A

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Well spoken, Joy! "Welcome to the team we would all rather not be on".....that was perfect, I'm going to have to remember that one! And my opinion is that the fight is what makes us strong, brings out the strength in us that we never knew we had......or makes us lean on the One who gives all strength!

Suzanne

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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"Victory is not found in the ease of our circumstances, nor in the strength of our own resources, but in the presence of the Lord, who is with us" Roy Lessin


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JOYSGARDEN
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5/26/09 10:29 P

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I can't decide if God lets us deal with breast cancer because we are strong, or if dealing with breast cancer is what makes us strong.

Your story was incredible. Thank God you had a Dr. that would listen to you, and cared about you. Not everyone is that lucky, and some have to deal with the cold and uncaring. I was very lucky too, with all the medical team I had, except one nurse who drove me crazy!

Welcome to the team we would all rather not be on. LOL But we've proven to ourselves and others that we are strong, and it takes a lot to beat us down.


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5/26/09 10:29 P

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Thank you for sharing your story with the team. What a traumatic experience for you. I hope the future brings you good health and complete recovery from all of this. You are a woman of incredible strength, continue to keep the faith as breast cancer survivor. emoticon

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5/26/09 9:25 P

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Wow, that story was incredible! I am so happy that you have a doctor that you respect, and has been so good to you, that is so important! Glad to hear you're on the mending part of this journey, just have to tell you that my husband's aunt had inflammatory over 10 years ago, and she is doing fabulously! She is my encouragement, and has done so well through everything!

Glad to have you on the team, we are a bunch of strong women, and you certainly have found a home here!

Suzanne

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

"Victory is not found in the ease of our circumstances, nor in the strength of our own resources, but in the presence of the Lord, who is with us" Roy Lessin


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RAVENCREST1
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5/26/09 7:45 P

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Thank you for your kind words. I am so thankful to have a place where people truly understand what we endure. emoticon


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That's an incredible story. I have come to realize breast cancer only strikes strong women. Good for you for demanding another oncologist!

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5/26/09 7:23 P

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I am speechless after reading your story. It is truly an amazing one and you write very well. I will say again - and I have always said "You are the strongest women I have heard of. Some of you have gone through soooo much and you are so brave. May God continue to bestow His blessings upon each of you.
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What an amazing story RAVENCREST. When I started reading it, I thought, "her story is like mine, inflamatory breast cancer". But shortly thereafter our stories differ. I keep telling myself "today is the day I write my story" and I haven't yet.

You truly have been to "hell and back". So glad you have found your way to SparkPeople and this team!

There are so many caring, loving, supportive people here, you will never feel alone.

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RAVENCREST1
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5/26/09 6:06 P

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In June of 2006 I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I had noticed that my one breast was larger than the other and since it was near that time of the month, I didn't give it much thought. After my period, I noticed that the breast was still enlarged and seemed red. I call the Dr. for a mammogram (2 yrs since my last) and they stated they wanted to see me first. Since I have had lumpy breasts all my life, I was not concerned. Just have another aspiration and all would be fine. WRONG, after going to the Dr. they immediately sent me for an ultra sound. During the ultra sound they called in a surgeon who stated that they had found something and wanted to do a biopsy right then. I was there alone and scared to death. I had no time to call anyone. I told them to go ahead. They did the biopsy and stated that they would send the results to my surgeon. I did not have surgeon. After I left the hospital, I turned on my cell phone and had 5 messages from my Dr. He wanted me to go to this surgeon's office right away. Not a good sign. So I went to the surgeons office and met my new surgeon. I was so scared, and he explained that it might not be cancer and could just be an infection. He started me on antibiotics and scheduled another appointment for 6 days later. Of course, the antibiotics were not working and in my heart I knew that was not a good sign. As expected he informed me that I did indeed have breast cancer and it was a bad one (is there a good one?) He gave me several books to read and sent me for several scans. I read everything he gave me. I made lists, I cried, I was angry, then I said OK, I can beat this. So my journey began as it has for so many of my sisters. I did 2 treatments of Chemo and the tumor did not shrink. The oncologist I had was said to be the best, but I found him to be cold and he had no compassion. My surgeon, who became my point person was always there for me. I called him in tears after visiting the oncologist and said I'm done, I can't do this any more, all he cares about is money. You see I had health insurance, but it did not cover cancer treatments. The oncologist kept wanting to send me to the hospital for treatment, because he said "you won't have to pay them" That man had no idea what I could afford but just assumed I couldn't pay him. I was done. My surgeon, Dr. C sent me to another oncologist who was simply wonderful. We did 2 more rounds of Chemo and on Sept 26, 2006, I had my mastectomy. It went well and I was back to work in 4 weeks, then I started 4 more rounds of Chemo. After that I did 33 treatments of radiation. I kept getting sicker and sicker during radiation. They all kept saying that it was normal. I knew something was wrong. I lost 40lbs in 2.5 weeks. I couldn't eat and could barely get from the couch to the bed. Less than one week after my last round of radiation I awoke to my mastectomy site completely open and seeping a green liquid. Alot of liquid. My best friend took me to the ER. That's when I found out that my heart valve was not working. I was air lifted to a hospital and almost died. I had a mechanical heart valve put in on April 26th, 2007. I spent 1 week in intensive care and 2 weeks more in the hospital.
Now I am doing great and I owe my life to my surgeon as he was my rock. He helped me every step of the way. He is my Hero and every year on my survivors b-day I send him a card.
We women (and men) are a strong bunch. Cancer is a terrible thing, but we all know what it can not do. We must remember that we here to support each other and that is one reason I have joined this site.
Thank you for letting me ramble on, I haven't done that before and it felt good! May God bless each and every one of you.


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