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1/11/17 7:05 A

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1/3/17 11:18 A

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I also had DCIS in 2007 - had a mastectomy first, then chemo, radiation, and Herception also.

I then participated in a study, and am still on the study rolls, though I have no more treatments, and see the oncologist once a year, like you.

Later I had reconstruction.

I have a husband, two kids, four grands, and one in heaven. We have a dog and a cat.

I work in a library part time, sew, knit, and quilt. I am not active enough - and am working on that.

Welcome to our group. We give a lot of support, prayers, and hugs when people ask for it. Glad to have you here.

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1/2/17 11:27 P

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Hello! My name is Mary Jean. I have been on Spark People for years, but only recently joined this team. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 when I found a large lump in my breast. When I had a mammogram done, it showed cancer in my other breast as well (DCIS).

I consulted a surgeon, who sent me to an oncologist for treatment first. She recommended neoadjuvant chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then surgery. The large tumor was ER- and PR-negative, but HER2-positive. So I had four cycles of Adriamycin and cyclophosphamide, followed by four cycles of taxotere and Herceptin. At that point the tumor and all the DCIS had completely disappeared, which was very exciting news.

I then had a double mastectomy (December of 2007) and then continued getting Herceptin infusions until September of 2008. I have had no signs of cancer since then, although I continue to see my oncologist once a year.

I hope this wasn't too many details. I became interested in medical stuff as a result of getting cancer, and also because I had three children, all three of whom have various medical issues, so I was sort of forced into it. I feel very fortunate to be a survivor. :-)

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