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I've been on SP for several years but have been inactive for the past year and a half or two. Over the weekend I decided I needed the support. I will warn you right up front that when I get started writing, I do tend to write a lot sometimes.

I have been married 49 years. No kids. My husband is self-employed and still working. I am retired.

I was diagnosed in January of this year with stage 2, triple positive breast cancer. I have completed two rounds of chemo and am now doing Herceptin and radiation. The effects haven't been too bad except for fatigue and shortness of breath. And I guess some mild depression. Mostly just "feel sorry for Yvonne" times.

The most concerning thing right now is heart function. I had an echo-cardiogram in March before we started the chemo, then 3 months in June, then 3 months in Sept. The echo in September showed a decrease in heart function, and with the shortness of breath the doctor was concerned. I was doing Herceptin every week rather than a triple dose every three weeks because I was concerned about heart damage. Then after the echo in Sept we went to every-other week during October and did another echo last week. I'll get the results of that on Thursday.

My cardiologist said he thought the decrease in heart function was more likely due to a-fib rather than chemo. I have had a-fib since '08 but prior to the breast cancer diagnosis it would normally stay in regular rhythm with occasional episodes of a-fib. But since January I have been in continual a-fib. He said an adrenaline rush like that would cause a-fib. And I have been stressed and worried about everything along the way. That doesn't help either. We tried a cardio-version but it didn't last.

Over the weekend I admitted to myself that some of these symptoms, shortness of breath, achy joints, etc could be as much due to my weight as the cancer treatments. So I am trying, again, to get my weight down. It has probably been close to 45 years since I have weighed less than 200 pounds and I can't really visualize myself thin yet. Ten years ago I weighed about what I do now and have been up and down about 20 -25 pounds since then. So the fat is well entrenched!

Yvonne
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