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10/17/14 10:56 A

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Another organization devoted to meeting the practical needs of the entire family (cleaning, meals, child care, financial) struggling through a single parent's cancer crisis is Singleton Moms. They operate throughout Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County, AZ and work with both single moms and dads undergoing cancer treatment. Contact them at: singletonmoms.org

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10/16/14 11:42 P

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http.//www.cleaningforareason.org/

This organization provides cleaning once a month for 4 months to anyone in treatment with chemo for any type of cancer with a doctor's note if they have a provider in your area.

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9/28/14 12:04 P

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It's understandable to feel numb, even though it's good news that they got it all with the biopsy, it's still a life changing thing to have cancer. I'm sure you will feel better about things once you see the surgeon again and know what the treatment plan will be. I know when I was first diagnosed, things were easier to deal with once my treatment plan was in place.


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in hospice care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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DAISY93637 Posts: 13
9/27/14 2:19 P

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sorry you are here. My biopsy came back positive for breast cancer Sept 12 this year. It was just a suspicious spot on my routine mammogram. On the 19th I had a lumpectomy. There was not any cancer found in the lumpectomy or lymph nodes they tested. I guess they got it all when they did the biopsy. I go back the the surgeon Oct. 3. I will probably have to have radiation. I know this is good news for me, but I am still kind of numb.

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Welcome to the team,
So sorry about your diagnosis. I had a bilateral mastectomy 11 years ago, and I am currently in treatment for stage IV breast cancer.

Treatment can really make you feel fatigued, whether it's chemo or radiation.
I'm not able to exercise much on my feet anymore, but I do chair exercises. There is even a Spark team here for Chair Exercising with links to a lot of good resources.

I like to do the Sit and Be Fit workouts, and on the days I am feeling stronger, I have a few Jodi Stolove DVDs that are chair aerobic workouts. Even though they are done seated, they really raise your heartrate!


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in hospice care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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8/21/14 10:30 A

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I'm a 4 year bc survivor who also gained almost 20 pounds during treatment and extended drug therapy and found many types of exercise difficult. Two years ago I discovered a dragon boat team in my area comprised of breast cancer patients/survivors. Paddling with them is a fantastic core and upper body workout, and since it's a team endeavor, everyone works at their own level and the others carry you over the rough patches. It's also serves as a support group - everyone there has gone through the same things and we bolster and encourage each other on our journey to wellness. I see you're in Oregon where there are several bcs (breast cancer survivor) dragon boat teams - see if there's one near you.
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8/21/14 8:04 A

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emoticon You will get alot of info and support on this team!

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8/21/14 7:28 A

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Hello and welcome altho I'm sorry to hear about the REASON you're with this group. You will find support and a place to be able to just say how you feel. I know from personal experience we can't always say how we feel to our love ones & friends and we put on a happy face all the time. Gosh, how draining that can be! We are here for you.

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8/21/14 6:57 A

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Hi Strawberrypye, I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but I'm glad you found this team. I was diagnosed with triple negative bc stage 2b a little over a year ago and just finished treatment in May. I also found it very hard to exercise during chemo, particularly toward the end when I was very weak. Short walks and going very slowly on an elliptical that I have at home was about all I could manage for the last month or so of chemo. I was also very fatigued during radiation treatments. Try not to beat up on yourself during this time. I think chemo was by far the hardest part of treatment. It does help to try to get whatever movement in you can because it does actually help with fatigue. That being said, some days that's a really hard thing to do.

Lots of people gain weight while on chemo due to the steroids. You are not alone in dealing with that issue.

We have a great daily thread on this team that I hope you decide to join. We can support you through treatment and beyond.

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emoticon to our team, although I'm sorry you had a reason to look for us. Praying that the remainder of your chemo will go smoother, and that you'll begin to feel stronger again soon.

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8/21/14 3:28 A

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Hello. Well usually I would be on here for dieting or exercising. Life can throw curveball though. Now I am on here looking for ideas on dieting and exercise but now am finding I am more serious. In March I found a lump under my armpit. Thought it might be due to a child biting me at work an They infection being THe cause for it did get infected and I was on antibiotics. Then we moved and I forgot about it until we were all moved. Went to the Dr. And after mammogram and dense breast and other tests performed. Biopsies were performed. Had to have a mastectomy lymphnodes removed. 18 and 5 tested positive. I am now on my 6th chemo coming up then will have radiation. Looking on her for support....been very weak and this that exercise I admire. I try walking everyday. Somehow this last chemo has left me very tired. Looking on here for getting myself back in shape. I have gained a lot of weight from steroids. 15 lbs.

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