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I was diagnosed with IDC Triple Negative Breast Cancer last week. I am having a mastectomy this week. I also have Lupus. What am I getting eady to face? I know I will have chemo and I know how hard that is on the body. Any help is appreciated.

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2006
    Hi Dawn first and foremost let me start out by saying that 99.9% of females and males that are diagnosed with any type of cancer immediately become fearful because of the unknown and that cancer is referred to as a deadly disease. However , the one thing that I learned after my diagnoses was that if I was going to beat this disease I was going to have to control it and not let it control me by staying positive and focused on what laid ahead for me. I read your profile and saw that you have an awesome support group which is something that you are blessed to have. And you will also have this site where we will always be your Sisters and Brothers of Hope. I am not knowledgable about the medical condition Lupus which you stated you had prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer therefore i can only share with you my diagnoses which does not include having lupus. However, I'm sure your medical doctor will be there to guide you with making decision to treat your breast cancer . I was 52 Years old when I was diagnosed with triple negative stage 2A grade 3 breast cancer 5 years and 6 months ago. I had a lumpectomy and the cancer did not spread to any of my lymp nodes. I was given a very aggressive treatment which consist of 4 rounds of adromyacin and cytoxin chemotherapy also referred to as A/C and the monster chemo because it is tough on your body. I then had 12 rounds of Taxol once a week which was much easier than the A/C and lastly 25 radiation treatments. After 1 year of treatments and many many medical visits and test I went back for my 1st mammogram and oops was told they saw something suspicious and was scheduling me for surgery immediately after a year of treatment I must admit that the news of another surgery was the only time I lost complete control for about 5 mins (smile) well to all the glory and praise to God it turned out to be scar tissue and I was given a clean bill of health and finally went back to work after being off for 1 year my choice since I have a very stressful job. My journey was not easy but I was determined that God chose me for a reason since there was nothing I did right or wrong to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to being diagnosed I learned that the only thing I have control of of in this life is myself and as I earlier stated that I know I was chosen to makes a difference in this world and have been on a mission ever since. My life has changed for the good as I continue to support other sisters of hope and work very faithfully with organizations and sponsoring my own breast cancer awareness campaigns determined to bring awareness to people around the world and teaching them that early detection is the key and most importantly trying to reach out to the younger females who never think about giving themselves breast exams if they are younger than 4o years old because statistics say we as females should not get a mammogram until we are 40 years old and not teaching then other ways to check their breast for breast cancer prior to turning 40. Please stay encouraged, spiritual and stay focused on beating this cancer. I have learned so much about breast cancer which I also encourage you to do especially the triple negative which is one of the newer types that lots of research is being done on. I am still cancer FREE and see my oncologist yearly it started out every 3 months than every 6 months and now yearly. I do breast exams several times a week can't break that habit (smile) I have changed some eating habits more exercise and now God my family and friends which were the GREATE supports group any women could be blessed with are the number one priority in my life. Back to work daily but all the long hours more than 8 I worked previously are shorten. Living life to the fullest and excited that in 4 years I will be able to officially retire. Watch out cause my next full time drop will be a full time advocate for this disease . Well Dawn I hope that some of what I have shared will allow the fear to go away and put a big ( Smile) on your face. Always know that I like so many others on this site are here to walk by your side as you begin your journey which is only temporary and remember this to shall pass. Stay in touch with all my love and blessings as I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Your sister of hope !! Zandra
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Beautifully said Zandra. May god bless hugs

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Thanks Anne. I am always touched by your responses. It is such a blessing to have such loving, caring and sincere sisters of hope on this site. Stay encouraged with all my Love and Blessings!! Your sister of hope for Life.

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    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well said, Zandra! I have many of the same thoughts you've shared including there being a reason God chose me to get this disease. It sounds as though you and I experienced this much the same way. I really related to you're doing breast exams...

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      Well said, Zandra! I have many of the same thoughts you've shared including there being a reason God chose me to get this disease. It sounds as though you and I experienced this much the same way. I really related to you're doing breast exams shall we say "regularly"? It got to be too much and when I started finding lumps on the other breast I just felt for my own mental health I decided to go the bi-lateral mastectomy/reconstruction route.......a decision I will never regret....it immediately lifted a great weight off of my shoulders both literally and physically. The emotional roller coaster I was on finally STOPPED. I applaud you for your honesty and pray that we ALL stay Cancer free.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      HI Trish,
      Thanks for the compilment and for sharing about your mental health and the reason you chose to do the bi-litateral. I admire all those that aren't ashame to share the truth about their journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer....

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      HI Trish,
      Thanks for the compilment and for sharing about your mental health and the reason you chose to do the bi-litateral. I admire all those that aren't ashame to share the truth about their journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Stay encouraged and know that this sister of hope will always be here for you.
      Love and Blessings
      Zandra

      over 6 years Flag
  • saphira kalhan Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnose with the same last May and have just finished treatment,every one has different side effects as yours arise post them on here where you'll get great advice and heaps of support you'll have up and down days if you just need to chat just post it some one will answer my thoughts are with you
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