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Shocked to find out I have a Stage 2 diagnosis for IDC. The unknown is the most brutal. I have a consult on Tuesday, May 10 and am a nervous wreck. My anxiety is in full force and my mind has gone to all the possible dark places. Think positive? Help!

Jeanie Vasichek Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer about 3 years
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Don't even think about going to the dark places as a breast cancer diagnosis is NOT a death sentence. I used to do mammograms for a living and saw things from the points of views of my patients. I became the patient over 3 years ago and have never thought negative thoughts and have been very upbeat according to friends. Positive vibes headed your way, take care of yourself. Betti
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    • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm also quite scared of chemo and radiation and treatment.

      about 3 years Flag
  • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2014
    Hey girl. Welcome to a really crappy club !!! But its s club full of hope and dreams and a long healthy life ... Stage 2 is not the end of the world .. Take a big breath .. Yell, scream and say why me ... Then move on. You need a positive mind to fight this monster ....Treatment whether it's surgery , chemotherapy and or radiation or all the above !!...has it up and downs but is a life saver!!!..... Some parts of it are easier than other parts ... You may get sick, become bald , tired , sore , 5 yrs of taking tablets etc etc etc. but there is a big wonderful light at the end ..... I should know. Double mast , chemo , radiation .. 10 mths off work with stage 3 b !! Nearly 2 yrs out and happy being boob free , with lymphodeama , tablets with side effects !!! But I'm alive. !!!! With a circle of great family and friends and looking forward to a wonderful long life ....... So you can do this and you will be ok !! Good luck ::))))
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  • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you so much. I've made many connections with co-workers, other women with experience with breast cancer either in family or friends and they all are doing well! Some over 20 years survivors and I would assume that medical care and treatment have come a long way since then. I'm a middle school educator of 31 years and I am now done for the year since I have ample sick leave days. I can't help but feel I have to get my ducks in a row, paperwork all lined up and am a nervous wreck. Very high anxiety person (meds). And with no cancer of any sort in my family medical history, this comes as a huge shock and very scary. I'm worried about treatment, chemo, radiation, horror stories. . but am trying to ONLY listen to positives. I mowed my yard today, planted flowers, and veggies, and went for a bike ride on the bike path. I am a strong, tough Czech woman and have a lot to live for. I have yet to tell my father or son about the diagnosis and am hoping to wait until I hear more on the surgery schedule and treatment plan next Tuesday.
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was teaching high school special Ed when I was diagnosed with stage 3 ILC. I worked all through treatment by choice. Chemo on Thurs and back at my desk on Tuesday. Every 3 weeks for 6 rounds. Radiation Aug until Sept 21. Reconstruction in July...

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      I was teaching high school special Ed when I was diagnosed with stage 3 ILC. I worked all through treatment by choice. Chemo on Thurs and back at my desk on Tuesday. Every 3 weeks for 6 rounds. Radiation Aug until Sept 21. Reconstruction in July after the school year was over. Retired I completed my 30th year.

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    • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      You're very strong. I am hoping the same thing. . . work!
      With summer coming up; I'll have ample time to go through most of it. Finding out insurance coverage is phenomenal is a big relief as well. I read my report on the mass which is 2.3 cm x...

      mais

      You're very strong. I am hoping the same thing. . . work!
      With summer coming up; I'll have ample time to go through most of it. Finding out insurance coverage is phenomenal is a big relief as well. I read my report on the mass which is 2.3 cm x 1.3 x 1.3, but will find out more after surgeon consult. Lots of new things to come. . . very nervous.. but have a lot of support and so many success stories! Thank you for answering.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonimamente
      Stage 1 Paciente

      It's always shocking to hear those horrible words. Waiting is the worst part of all this. Don't read things on the Internet. People only post horror stories. You've found a great site here. We will help you along. Is it fun? NO! But it's not as...

      mais

      It's always shocking to hear those horrible words. Waiting is the worst part of all this. Don't read things on the Internet. People only post horror stories. You've found a great site here. We will help you along. Is it fun? NO! But it's not as bad as you think. So many advances even from 2012 when I was diagnosed. Keep that positive attitude and you will be ok. Prayers to you.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    Jeanie, We have all been where you are right now. I was also a stage 2 IDC and thought my life was completely over. Right now, is the scariest place....not knowing what is next. You will be having a million tests, many appointments before you start the treatment. Mine was a fairly aggressive bunch of cells but I marched through treatment and I am back to my normal life fairly quickly. Your reaction and thoughts are so very normal. There is a huge army of us out there, the survivors. The good thing about IDC is it is the most common type of breast cancer. It is not rare in the diagnosis of breast cancers out there... I am now 68, my life is full and wonderful. Please march through your treatment with your face into the wind. I was filled with a sense of power because I knew I would win this battle and I did. The wonderful characteristic you already possess is you willingness to connect with others. I see many women who go into themselves and carry this burden alone. It's a tough thing to go through but there are many of us out here who will help support you through the process. You WILL make it. Everybody's reaction to the treatments is different. I was on the side of the bell curve that wasn't all that bad. I chose to have a mastectomy, and not to go through the rigors of reconstruction, I only had 4 rounds of chemo. Since I had a mastectomy, I did not have to go through radiation. I had no pain after my mastectomy....not even an aspirin. I DID have cancer in one of my sentinel nodes but it didn't change the treatment plan. My final diagnosis, which can change after the final pathology after mastectomy was downgraded from a 2A to a 2B. It was all good. I was on hormone blockers for 5 years. (a pill a day). A lot of your treatment will depend if your type of cancer feeds off of hormones or not. You won't know that until after your final pathology. You are being treated in a day when much is known about breast cancer and its treatment. You ARE lucky! Hang in there, you WILL make it, you WILL get your life back. We ARE here for you. I am 68, married, have 7 horses, active in community volunteer services. Live is good. Thank God, your breast cancer was discovered in such a treatable stage! You have much to be happy for. Take care, Sharon
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you sooo much for your encouragement. Being a middle school teacher, I have summer where I do not work, which will allow me time to go through tests, treatments, and not miss work. My insurance relieved me BIG time this AM so that was also...

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      Thank you sooo much for your encouragement. Being a middle school teacher, I have summer where I do not work, which will allow me time to go through tests, treatments, and not miss work. My insurance relieved me BIG time this AM so that was also a scary situation. I've had the ultrasound (report stated it is 2.3 x 1.3 x 1.3); no lymph nodes appeared a concern. I haven't seen the biopsy report yet, just got the results and scheduled to see the surgeon next Tuesday. Possibly an MRI and whatever else they need to start this thing. I'm a tough farm girl, biker, have a lot of support from friends and family members. This has been a phenomenal community with very positive comments and encouragement. Thank you so much!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My tumor was very much similar in dimension. I had an MRI, a bone scan, CAT Scan, gallons of blood drawn. They want to find out all they can about this "nasty hitchhiker". Thank goodness you have good insurance, that will take a ton of worry...

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      My tumor was very much similar in dimension. I had an MRI, a bone scan, CAT Scan, gallons of blood drawn. They want to find out all they can about this "nasty hitchhiker". Thank goodness you have good insurance, that will take a ton of worry off your mind. You WILL get through this. You need a t-shirt that says "You Can't Scare Me, I Teach Middle School Kids!" Hang in there..... there are millions of us out here who have gone through the same thing. Even my brother-in-law had the same type of breast cancer I did!!!! Take care, Sharon

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    • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What tests can I expect? I've had the mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy. . . I have a consult with surgeon on Tuesday. The biopsy doctor recommended an MRI to determine "margins."Other than that I haven't had anything else suggested. I research...

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      What tests can I expect? I've had the mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy. . . I have a consult with surgeon on Tuesday. The biopsy doctor recommended an MRI to determine "margins."Other than that I haven't had anything else suggested. I research online, but there is no certainty. I'm sure everyone's timeline is different.

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    • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      I just had my consult today with plastic surgeon. Other surgeon was last Thursday. We have a plan for double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. Expanders, then implants in second surgery. 20 days until surgery, but I'm afraid that the cancer...

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      I just had my consult today with plastic surgeon. Other surgeon was last Thursday. We have a plan for double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. Expanders, then implants in second surgery. 20 days until surgery, but I'm afraid that the cancer (IDC Grade 2) will spread to lymph nodes before then and treatment will require radiation or chemo. STRESSED for 20 more days. Apparently one of the doctors has vacation scheduled. :-/ I understand, but this is cancer!!!! I am the only one on their call list in case something changes or someone cancels. I live in town so that will be easy to get there. My ultrasound showed that lymph/sentinel nodes weren't a concern, but I'm not certain that is going to be accurate. I'm almost certain that I will end up with radiation/chemo. . . don't know. . . lots of unknowns and so much information in such a short amount of time, my head is spinning!! I do have 2 of the highest recommended doctors for this here in my area, so I feel blessed and lucky that they are my team. Maybe 20 days isn't much to wait. I'm somewhat afraid of carrying on my regular routines like exercise, bicycle riding, walking, yardwork, motorcycle riding, etc for fear that I will push cancer into my lymph nodes and it will cause my treatment to include radiation/chemo. I'm being paranoid and a novice, I'm sure! My sister will be able to be here for 3 weeks and work remotely (THANK GOD). . my dad lives only 60 miles away. I will require 2 surgeries; one for mastectomy/expanders and the next one for implants. I've read the brochures; set out a notebook for writing down questions. I am currently on medical leave from my teaching position since we tenured staff have 65 sick days. I somewhat feel like I've abandoned my students and co-workers, but need to get my affairs/house in order and just relax and try to chill before surgery. I usually don't work during the summer months and am relieved that I take my pay in 12 installments so I have $$ for summer months. I greatly appreciate any and all information from anyone on these issues. I have a pre-op appt for physical on Monday with my regular doctor. I'm sure he's going to be surprised on this one. Does an all organic diet make a difference? I would like to continue my daily exercise regimen and build up some muscle and cleanse myself out a little before surgery.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was stage 1 without node involvement and did an OncoType DX test to see if I needed chemo. My results showed I could get by without it but in adding it it dropped my recurrence rate down. I also did rads. as according to my RT even though I...

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      I was stage 1 without node involvement and did an OncoType DX test to see if I needed chemo. My results showed I could get by without it but in adding it it dropped my recurrence rate down. I also did rads. as according to my RT even though I had had a mastectomy the area between the one area we had biopsied and an area only seen in the surgical specimen was too far from each other. You probably won't know until after surgery if chemo and/or rads are needed. No, the wait won't spread the cancer into the nodes as I was a little over a month from first biopsy to surgery. I say do what you want to do and enjoy yourself.

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    • Jeanie Vasichek Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      Did a bilateral June 1. . . healing well. all followups show no cancer left; however just left oncologist finding out I had ER/PR and HER-2neu which now dictates chemo. . . AC-T for about 2 months; then the T part of that treatment for 12 weeks;...

      mais

      Did a bilateral June 1. . . healing well. all followups show no cancer left; however just left oncologist finding out I had ER/PR and HER-2neu which now dictates chemo. . . AC-T for about 2 months; then the T part of that treatment for 12 weeks; then adding in herceptin and perjeta . . . I'm a basket case right now. I've done everything in my life right . . . feel beat down and chemo was the one thing I did NOT want to put the rest of my healthy body through. Please tell me that not ALL of the side effects will happen. I know I will lose my hair; I actually can probably deal with that. . . I'm a biker so am a fan of doo rags, etc.. . it's the nausea, vomiting, damage to heart, nerves, fingertips, toes. . etc that I am scared to death about. . . . Please tell me I can overcome this. It's going to be a long year!!! I am a middle school teacher. . . does one work while going through this? How sick will this make me? I have until the end of August before school starts so might have the worst of it done by then. . . Needing some reassurance right now.

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  • cindy spratt Profile
    anonimamente
    stage_1 Paciente
    I have chronic anxiety too (daily meds) and know what you mean. My anxiety was off the charts when I was diagnosed and going through treatment. I had to have extra emergency pills for that duration because I couldn't control my downward spiral thinking and I had panic attacks during radiation. BUT, I made it through and you will too. Your medical team has been through it all with different patients so they know how to handle you with care. My radiologist held my hand and hugged me through panic attacks. Then we went back to work. They became like family. You will come out of this just fine. Love and hugs to you and I'm really sorry you have to go through this.
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  • Cara Reynolds Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Jeanie, I am new to all this too. I've had a CT scan and go tomorrow to see the doctor, get my results and take the next step to treatment. I'm tying had to keep smiling and be brave. I'm praying my CT is all clear. Good luck!
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