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1/6/16 10:31 A

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Hi Zoie, welcome to the team. I was diagnosed with triple neg. stage 2b in Aug. 2013. I'd doing fine now. I had neoadjuvant chemo (taxol x 12 and AC x4), lumpectomy and radiation. I also live in a small town with no breast cancer support group. I joined the daily thread on this group, and two other very helpful threads on threads were: (1) the chemo thread for people starting chemo the same month that I did, and (2) the TNBC thread. It was very hard in the beginning, but you will eventually find which support groups help you the most. Feel free to contact me any time.

I hope to see you on the daily thread for this group.

Treatment isn't easy, but it's all doable. Wishing you smooth sailing.


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1/6/16 9:29 A

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Hi Zoie - welcome to the team no one wants to join. It sounds like you're facing this diagnosis squarely without digressions into either pity or panic - way to get though treatment successfully. I'm a 5-year bc survivor (stage 1 invasive, hormone +) and had a lumpectomy followed by brachy (internal) radiation. My oncotype dx score was very low, so didn't undergo conventional chemo. I started on a 5-10 year program of oral aromatase inhibitors designed to retard chances of tumor return, but developed every side effect on the label (and invented some new ones), so stopped them after 2 years. My take was that if the cancer did return, I needed a healthy body to successfully fight it again. My oncologist agreed that I knew my body better than anyone so went along with my wishes while carefully monitoring for any signs of a resurgence.

I was fortunate to find a strong support group that helped me navigate the cancer sea. I believe it's important for all of us to tell our stories - someone out there has already faced it and found a way to deal successfully with whatever has come up. I hope you take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the women in this group and keep us updated on your journey.

Sending scads of positive energy your way,

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1/5/16 10:31 A

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Hi everyone!

I've been a Sparkpeople member for a while now but I've been inconsistent through the years. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Stage 1 breast cancer 9-25-15. My second chemo treatment is tomorrow and my hubby buzzed my hair for me last night. My ears and neck are so cold!

I am a fifth grade teacher but I took the rest of the school off to focus on me and my fight. I miss my students and teaching terribly but now I can focus on me (which I'm not very good at).

I have weight to lose but I'm more focused on staying/getting healthy through the next five months of treatments and then through radiation treatments. I was nauseated 5+ days with the first treatment so I'm better prepared this time.

I live in the country and any support groups are 25 miles away so I feel a bit disconnected and hope to find some support here....and maybe be a friend to someone else!

Looking forward to making friends,


Hugs and Peace,

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