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  • Ann Bossier Profile

    Hello dear pink sisters. I just wantend to say a big thank you for sharing all your stories. I am now 5months out of treatment. This site has helpend me a lot! Greetings from the other side of the globe !

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    Survivor since 2012
    about 6 years 6 answers
  • Kansas Girl  Profile

    1st chemo last Thurs-hasn't been the greatest ride but I figured I was through the worst of it. Today my hips and legs ACHE and my lower back is killing me. And my teeth hurt. Assuming this is all part of the process?

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    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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    • Claire Daniels Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I found Sunday was always my worst day with the aches and pains but def hot baths helped good luck

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    • Nikki De France Lucas Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had that problem 3 to 5 days after Taxotere drug and Nulasta shot it kicked my butt, hot bath and heating pad were my best friends sorry your hurting

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    I went to the radiology doctor yesterday and now I am really confused. He explained everything thoroughy to me. He said without radiation there is a 30% chance the cancer will come back and if I take the Arimidix we can lower the risk to 25%.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm confused Arimidix alone you can cut the risk? Or is that a combination of Arimidix and radiation.

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    • Laurie Kelly Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No, he said Arimidex alone can cut the risk by 5%.

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  • Tara Medeiros  Profile

    First day of chemo..... Any advice out there?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Watermelon and pineapple. These fresh fruits are great because they are watery. Have a strong flavor. Have thick skins that you peel.

      Rest. Tiny meals throughout the day. But make it quality foods. Just because it's small doesn't mean eat junk. Having said that get realistic. There...

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      Watermelon and pineapple. These fresh fruits are great because they are watery. Have a strong flavor. Have thick skins that you peel.

      Rest. Tiny meals throughout the day. But make it quality foods. Just because it's small doesn't mean eat junk. Having said that get realistic. There were days I polished off a bag of potato chips. Exercise even a walk. Try not to gain.

      Cut breads cut muffins. Oh I could go on.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hugs for you. Start drinking plenty of fluid now and then drink as much as you can to flush it out.

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    I did it. I'm done. #30 of #30 radiation treatments. Thanks to everyone for the support..,God bless u all

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 20 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Awesome! Your spiritual strength got you through. It is so nice to see you so happy. Best wishes

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Norma, high five AND a fist bump!!!

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  • LaMonica Street Profile

    Can't sleep I get to see my new nipple tomorrow after nipple reconstruction on 6/4/13!!!!! Thank you God

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
  • stacey novak Profile

    Finally starting AC chemo tomorrow any hints to help get through the day

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    Stage 1 Patient
    about 5 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We are all so different. My first chemo was right on top of having my port placed in a morning surgery. I was exhausted so I actually slept. My first chemo was longer than any of the other ones. It seemed to take about 3 hours. After going home, I just slept. I always looked forward to my...

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      We are all so different. My first chemo was right on top of having my port placed in a morning surgery. I was exhausted so I actually slept. My first chemo was longer than any of the other ones. It seemed to take about 3 hours. After going home, I just slept. I always looked forward to my treatments because it was one less I had to do. At my oncologists office, the treatment room had a "party" atmosphere. They always had a ton of junk food or we would bring stuff and have a picnic. They also had a quiet area which was more like a hospital room too. If you need quiet, your infusion center will have it. It is hard to predict how things will be for you. It was a day or two later that I felt like I had the flu including achey joints, constipation, and tired. After about a week, those feelings passed and I returned to feeling normal. My taste changed and I could only tolerate eating green's like spinach and salads, and the weird one was "Hot Pockets". You may develop some odd tastes and smells may bother you. Just "roll with it" things will go back to normal after you have completed chemo. Be sure to stay hydrated. I had to flavor water because it had a strange taste to it too. Don't go with too many expectations or fears. It will be what it is and you will get through it. Be SURE you contact your care team with your questions of how this affects you. Only they can tell you what is expected and how to make it better. Take care, you will do fine! Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I took a book to read but never got into it as most times there were at least 2-3 others in my pod and we talked and shared stories. I had several my first one but since I was the "newbie" that day most of the nurse's attention was on me telling me things and allowing me to ask questions. Mine...

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      I took a book to read but never got into it as most times there were at least 2-3 others in my pod and we talked and shared stories. I had several my first one but since I was the "newbie" that day most of the nurse's attention was on me telling me things and allowing me to ask questions. Mine were right after breakfast so I'd have a good breakfast at home, take a mid morning snack, and my lunch as it went through the noon hour. My place encouraged people to eat and drink something during the infusion. I had to fast before one of mine as my regular Dr. added some fasting lab work in addition to the ones they drew for before my infusion so took my breakfast with me that day, too. Some places like the clinic I go to for my port flushes have individual areas but they have Wi-Fi hookups and a TV with DVD player. The place I went to had 4 chairs/area but they weren't always occupied; like my last one it was just the nurse and I and we carried on a pretty good conversation. Most places too have an area that's stocked with snacks and drinks but I never used any of them.

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  • anonymous Profile

    Hi sisters, 24 radiation treatments down but now I see my breast getting darker that the other. Is this normal during radiation and a Little Soreness under my breast was given silver sulfadiazine cream for this. Can use anything else?

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    stage_0 Patient
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Cathleen King Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi there! I used calendula cream. They have it at whole foods or at target in the baby department. I finished 37 rounds on 6/3/14 and the darkness is still there, but fading! Also air yourself out as much as possible. I had a fan blowing on my bare chest whenever possible! Hugs to you!

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    • Jill carey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tolisha...this is very common..i got really red and peeled also...try 100% aloe and try to not wear a bra as much as you can...it will most likely get more comfortable and bearable, but just know its normal and soon after treatments it will go away..best of luck and soft hugs

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  • Misa L Profile

    6 weeks Post bilateral/sentinel node biopsies (x2). Under arms both sides- armpit to below breast is numb & the expanders are incredibly uncomfortable. Does feeling return in numb areas and will the implants be as uncomfortable as the expanders?!

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    stage_2a Patient
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a unilateral mastectomy 3 years ago and the surgeon severed 1 nerve of the 3 she encountered as they are quite small making it difficult to see them. I am still totally numb from breast bone through my axilla and was told since nerves don't grow back I'll always be this way, just have...

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      I had a unilateral mastectomy 3 years ago and the surgeon severed 1 nerve of the 3 she encountered as they are quite small making it difficult to see them. I am still totally numb from breast bone through my axilla and was told since nerves don't grow back I'll always be this way, just have gotten used to it. If your nerves are intact then they will "fire" back up is what someone told me, just takes time to heal.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a single mastectomy, some return of sensation but after 8 - 9 years, but the area, essentially numb. Surgeons have to cut through nerves so I am not surprised I still have numbness. IF you get nerve regeneration, you may feel shocks or tingling.
      I didn't have reconstruction so can't...

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      I had a single mastectomy, some return of sensation but after 8 - 9 years, but the area, essentially numb. Surgeons have to cut through nerves so I am not surprised I still have numbness. IF you get nerve regeneration, you may feel shocks or tingling.
      I didn't have reconstruction so can't personally advise you. All the women who have had expanders talk about the discomfort especially after filling. They continue to be uncomfortable until the exchange. After implants placed, the discomfort goes away! Hang in there, things WILL get better! Take care, Sharon

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  • RENEE BLASIER Profile

    Has anyone ever tested poitive for breast cancer and not see it in any images although it has matatsized to the bone marrow?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Betti, my friend has the same thing happen. She was in for her yearly mammogram an the tech spotted a suspicious looking mole on her back and told her she needed to have it checked. It was malignant melanoma in its earliest stage. If not for the mammogram and the very sharp tech, my friend...

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      Betti, my friend has the same thing happen. She was in for her yearly mammogram an the tech spotted a suspicious looking mole on her back and told her she needed to have it checked. It was malignant melanoma in its earliest stage. If not for the mammogram and the very sharp tech, my friend would probably have had a much tougher case of melanoma.
      Thanks Betti! Take care, Sharon

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Renee, I am sure it has happened although it would probably be relatively rare. Some breast cancers do not make a lump so they would not be visible in a mammogram. Because of dense breast tissue, my cancer was not visible in my yearly mammogram until I discovered it 7 months later. It had...

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      Renee, I am sure it has happened although it would probably be relatively rare. Some breast cancers do not make a lump so they would not be visible in a mammogram. Because of dense breast tissue, my cancer was not visible in my yearly mammogram until I discovered it 7 months later. It had grown quite a bit and had metastasized to a lymph node.
      Is this the case with you? How do you mean it tested positive for breast cancer, via a biopsy? Take care, Sharon

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    Whst do you do with yourself when you've been fired? I thinking about a book, volunteering..anyone else doing the same? I think giving back is my place....

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • Roxann C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      If you were fired due to your breast cancer condition or leave for treatment, then you march to the nearest Equal Employment Opportunity Office and you file a disability discrimination complaint against your former employer.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Shoshanna,
      You have been through the wringer.... I have thought about you several times and wondered how you are doing. It is really wonderful to want to help others. My hubby and I are volunteer junkies and are active with several groups in our area. There are many, many, advantages to doing...

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      Shoshanna,
      You have been through the wringer.... I have thought about you several times and wondered how you are doing. It is really wonderful to want to help others. My hubby and I are volunteer junkies and are active with several groups in our area. There are many, many, advantages to doing this. Each group, has its own set of wonderful people. You get a bunch of new friends who are like-minded. In each of these groups of people, you never know where you might run into a job opportunity too. Joining a group gets you "out of your own head" and thinking about the world around you. It is certainly good for your mental health and it feeds that health in a wonderful way. To find a group that fits, think about what you like to do or want to do. Where are your talents? You can start with the American Cancer Society to ask what volunteer groups are available.... breast cancer is SO common, you will have plenty of opportunities to help. It might be something like volunteering at a elderly care center, reading to someone or just finding out who doesn't ever have company. You can just sit and visit with someone and ask them to tell you about how they grew up. Lots of elderly can remember long ago but can't remember what they had for lunch. I play the ukulele and used to go play and sing old tunes with elderly. I am horrible, but they don't care. If you are really brave.... you can start your own group of BC Survivors. You'd be surprised how many of us are around you. Put up a flyer at your grocery store bulletin board. Just say, starting a group for breast cancer patients or survivors. Have people contact you via email. Arrange with a coffee shop to hold a little get together and see what you get. Your first meeting can be asking people of their experiences or if they need information about upcoming treatment, etc.
      Hopefully, our pink sisters will write in and share their experiences for volunteering. My husband and I are very involved with search and rescue, and emergency communications via ham radio. So, you can also look outside of the breast cancer world too. There are lots of opportunities and so many people to meet. Volunteering is a very enriching experience. Love you..... Sharon

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    Has anyone used cold caps? What was your experience? My doctor explained that it's so cold, most people can't stand it.

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    stage_1 Patient
    almost 5 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I really didn't want to loose my hair. I thought I die they day it started falling out. After the first week the fear wore of and I have to tell you it didn't bother me that much. I was ready for work so fast. At one point I had my Friend do a henna design. I hat a cap that said chemoflage. I...

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      I really didn't want to loose my hair. I thought I die they day it started falling out. After the first week the fear wore of and I have to tell you it didn't bother me that much. I was ready for work so fast. At one point I had my Friend do a henna design. I hat a cap that said chemoflage. I made the best of it but I can't lie i loved my hair went it came back.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My friend in UK used cold caps during chemo. She said that it was difficult, but she stuck with it. She did not lose all of her hair, or go bald, but a lot broke off.

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  • Wanda S Profile

    Hello ladies. Feeling a bit better about my chemo news. I am more nervous and afraid of chemo than I was about losing my boobs. I guess it's the poison going through your veins and loss of hair. Any tips on how to prepare for my first treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I was very scared of chemo. I was afraid of the chemicals going into my veins. I was worried that it would hurt or burn. But in reality, I never felt a thing. My husband and I actually started to enjoy going for treatment because we got to spend hours lounging in comfy chairs while eating snacks,...

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      I was very scared of chemo. I was afraid of the chemicals going into my veins. I was worried that it would hurt or burn. But in reality, I never felt a thing. My husband and I actually started to enjoy going for treatment because we got to spend hours lounging in comfy chairs while eating snacks, talking and watching movies. The side effects a few days later weren't pleasant but it's definitely doable. Try not to worry. You'll get through it just fine!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      When I found out, I had to do chemo,I cried and cried, sat in my barn and screamed. Then my husband gave me a big hug. We sat quietly on the tailgate.That's when I came up with my new life rule. I give myself a 24 hour pittiy party then it is time to go to work. No time for fear if I'm going to...

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      When I found out, I had to do chemo,I cried and cried, sat in my barn and screamed. Then my husband gave me a big hug. We sat quietly on the tailgate.That's when I came up with my new life rule. I give myself a 24 hour pittiy party then it is time to go to work. No time for fear if I'm going to kick cancer out of my life. After that evening, a two hour meeting with my chemo nurse and three chocolate chip cookies. I filled my pre-meds, bought two cute running suits(to be layered and comfortable during infusian)had my port put in, put on my warrior panties and went to work. When I started this journey I was stage 3 ILC I just finished my 2 year out doctor appointment and today I am cancer free. Chemo is not fun it is doable. When you get through the hair thing it is all down hill from there. Stay on top of your pre-meds and your side effect meds. Mira Lax will really help if constipation is an issue. Cut yourself slack with eating, try to eat extra fiber but all I could taste is rusty pipe and chocolate(proof there is a god). Most of the time I live on yogurt, crackers, and chocolate ensure. Bald and bloated I came through and so will you. I've made some lifelong friends on this journey trust me there are some positives things on this journey. God Bless your journey
      P.S. my life rule #2 is, when you stand up straight, put a smile on your face, and have a plate of cookies you can do anything(even when you bald, bloated and feel like sh^&)

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  • Kate Parsons Profile

    So I had my follow up u/s and mamogram today 12 mths after my mastectomy. It showed thickening and 4 cysts I'm seriously considering having my remaining breast off. What do my fellow pink sisters think??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I had my bilateral it was because the margins appeared not to be clean and they had also found lobular in addition to IDC. I had the bilateral and the lab reports showed that there wasn't any detectable cancer in the lumpectomies breast and only healthy tissue in the other breast. I felt sad...

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      When I had my bilateral it was because the margins appeared not to be clean and they had also found lobular in addition to IDC. I had the bilateral and the lab reports showed that there wasn't any detectable cancer in the lumpectomies breast and only healthy tissue in the other breast. I felt sad that I lost a perfectly good breast but I do have. The peace of mind that it won't come back in my other breast. For that I am thankful!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That is a personal decision. Take the information the doctors give you, do some research and some soul searching. Once a breast is gone it is gone forever. You've already done a mastectomy so you know how it feels to take the bandage off the first time and how it is to live with it. I...

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      That is a personal decision. Take the information the doctors give you, do some research and some soul searching. Once a breast is gone it is gone forever. You've already done a mastectomy so you know how it feels to take the bandage off the first time and how it is to live with it. I personally did a bi lat and a DIEP flap reconstruction. I don't regret one minute the way I went.

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    Driving today and thought about when a great song would come on and I would crank the music and sing my heart out...that never happens anymore .. I don't know if I will ever be able to relax and truly be able to enjoy my life after BC.

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    Patient
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      YES you will..You will find that you are able to do and feel many new wonderful things. I was an African dancer before all of this. i had to completely recover for about 6mnths. The moment I stepped onto the floor and danced I began to cry. While you are in treatment, making all these body...

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      YES you will..You will find that you are able to do and feel many new wonderful things. I was an African dancer before all of this. i had to completely recover for about 6mnths. The moment I stepped onto the floor and danced I began to cry. While you are in treatment, making all these body adjustments, it doesn't feel like you will. Believe me you will. You had good and bad days before BC right? You have gotten through all the life has thrown at you. It is scary what we face mortality, baldness, fear, depression, anxiety, and list goes on. The point is that don't give your BC the power to beat you. You have it..it doesn't have you..You are already winning because you are here with us exhaling. So tomorrow "pump up the volume" and sing until the fat lady enters the building..Lala :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Like many things that happen in our lives, we change. With more living, you have more experiences, some good some bad. BC is certainly one of those things we all could have done just fine without. You have lived through a serious disease and all the treatment that goes with it. I like to...

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      Like many things that happen in our lives, we change. With more living, you have more experiences, some good some bad. BC is certainly one of those things we all could have done just fine without. You have lived through a serious disease and all the treatment that goes with it. I like to think of it as something that I was able to conquer and discover there is a much bigger, stronger, person deep within myself. To me life is just a bit sweeter. So when I hear that great song, I sing all the LOUDER! Take care, Sharon

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  • Roberta S Profile

    Can you have surgery during chemo? They didn't put expanders in and now my clock is ticking for insurance reasons until 2014. So I need things done this year for 100% coverage. Chemo won't be finished until the end of July.

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    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Wanda S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hello Roberta. I believe not. I have expanders in and my PS confirmed that I have to wait minimum 6 weeks after last chemo to switch to implants due to allowing white blood count to recover as well as wait until your body have the ability to heal wounds due to chemo.

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    • Lorraine Hill Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hope it goes well with insurance company ! X

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    First round of AC and I have been doing very well! Not much nausea, mostly mild headaches, heartburn and wearing out quicker than normal. Will it stay like this or intensify? Feel so lucky!

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    stage_4 Patient
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      What a great attitude! So happy to hear your side effects are mild so far! Yeah, one treatment done! Celebrate!

      Sometimes there is a cumulative effect, where the side effects increase and it gets a little tougher to bounce back, but hopefully that won't be the case for you! I had heartburn,...

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      What a great attitude! So happy to hear your side effects are mild so far! Yeah, one treatment done! Celebrate!

      Sometimes there is a cumulative effect, where the side effects increase and it gets a little tougher to bounce back, but hopefully that won't be the case for you! I had heartburn, too, and my doctor prescribed protonix. Taking the anti nausea meds as prescribed work best rather than after you feel nauseous. Take it easy. Rest when you need to and do something that brings you joy each day!!! Keep us posted on how you are doing! We care about you!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is different and every infusion for each patient maybe different.

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    Right now I hate this TC I can't believe I have to do this again .. You women are much braver than I ... I feel like a shell of a person..

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Cross them off so you can see the finish line. We're not brave I'm a complete mess the morning of chemo and driving there. But I do keep my focus. No one else can do this for you. And this treatment however long suggests better days. Look forward to your good days and accept the crap ones. Mine...

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      Cross them off so you can see the finish line. We're not brave I'm a complete mess the morning of chemo and driving there. But I do keep my focus. No one else can do this for you. And this treatment however long suggests better days. Look forward to your good days and accept the crap ones. Mine are predictable and I'm a non entity days 3-5.

      We manage and each round requires a bit more oomph. See if you can borrow a friends oomph for a bit.

      Organize great distractions and give in to let the body heal in sleep in rest and in napping modes when your down. It all sucks and that's not an exaggeration. You just have to move through it

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hang in there! We've all been through it! You can do it to!!!

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  • amy devine Profile

    Would a CT scan pick up microscopic or very small micro invasions like a mammogram will?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Often the true picture of things like microinvasions may only be known from surgery. I have not had the CT scan, but I know that MRI said that I had two IDC tumors, after surgery it turned out to be IDC and the other tumor was actually in sit . Also, the reason chemo is often given is that micro...

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      Often the true picture of things like microinvasions may only be known from surgery. I have not had the CT scan, but I know that MRI said that I had two IDC tumors, after surgery it turned out to be IDC and the other tumor was actually in sit . Also, the reason chemo is often given is that micro invasions may not show up in testing

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a CT scan, and it did get cancer tumor and its tail in breast and nodes. They were looking for big anywhere in my body.. Thank goodness it was not there! When they needed closer look they did CT/PET scan. I guess PET can see smallest.... But chemo can get what is even smaller....

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    FYI. I've been in Tamoxifen for 9 months with no side effects @ all. I recently had a presc filled for 90 pills & pharmacy had to split amount with another pharmaceutical company ! continued!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well I started taking the other pills for past 5 days & boy was I sick. Hot flashes, nausea, joint pain & no sleep for 2 days. I went back to pharmacy with the other pills and pharmacist explained that companies start with the basic ingredients for medication but its all the extra things they add...

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      Well I started taking the other pills for past 5 days & boy was I sick. Hot flashes, nausea, joint pain & no sleep for 2 days. I went back to pharmacy with the other pills and pharmacist explained that companies start with the basic ingredients for medication but its all the extra things they add that changes it. So if your experiencing any symptoms u might want to try another companies pill.

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    • Rosanna Wieder Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Thank you for letting us know.

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  • Jk Joyce Profile

    I found out in Jan. of this year that I had BC and three weeks later my husband lost his job. He went back to work in Sept. selling cars. Today he got layed off due to business being so slow . He lost his dad in Sept. what a terrible year we have had!

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    Survivor since 2012
    almost 7 years 16 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Kaye,
      I have always leaned on the saying nothing stays the same. Life ebbs and flows, sometimes you think it is all downhill but things do turn around. I gotta admit, you have had more than your share of tough times. Keep the faith, keep praying, we will keep praying for you and your hubby. ...

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      Kaye,
      I have always leaned on the saying nothing stays the same. Life ebbs and flows, sometimes you think it is all downhill but things do turn around. I gotta admit, you have had more than your share of tough times. Keep the faith, keep praying, we will keep praying for you and your hubby. Things will get better, you just have to weather the storm. Hang in there darlin' God's blessings to you. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Things will get better, they have to. You have been very patient and strong. Keep going.

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  • Dawn Goldberg Profile

    Today's my implant surgery to replace ruptured expander. Hope it's an easy one.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    over 6 years 12 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It should be easier, Dawn. I've had replacement implants and the surgery was much shorter and, on one occasion, I didn't even have a drain. Good luck to you!

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      How are you feeling, Dawn?

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    just wondering when can I get a mamogram. my baby is 3 weeks today and was wondering when it will be safe for me to get a mamogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 5 answers
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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      If you are nursing- for a routine screening, they usually like to wait 6 months after you have stopped nursing. If there is a concern they just want you to empty (feed or pump) immediately before mammo. You may have to pump and dump for 24 hrs, but cant remember exactly.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is a question to take to your doctor. I would call your doctor Monday to ask. Do you have a concern? If so, I would get an appointment immediately to have it checked and then go from there. Take care, Sharon

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    When has been everyone's first hair cut post chemo? Any one wait and go without just letting it grow? I have the chemo fro now. Texture is fluffy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      When I had enough hair, I had it trimmed to even it out. It was so uneven. I too had the chemo curls. Gel, gel, and more gel, then don't touch it or it will frizz and fluff. Lol. My hair is now shoulder length and straightening out. Also, at about 9 months it started to change back to the normal...

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      When I had enough hair, I had it trimmed to even it out. It was so uneven. I too had the chemo curls. Gel, gel, and more gel, then don't touch it or it will frizz and fluff. Lol. My hair is now shoulder length and straightening out. Also, at about 9 months it started to change back to the normal color. It came in salt and pepper. Prayers to you.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      My first hair cut was about 5 months out. Actually I went in for color and my hairdresser evened it out so I didn't get a mullet. At about 6 months out I started to get chemo curl. I still did colors and trims. Now I am 9 months out of chemo And my bangs are my pre chemo length! And the curl is...

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      My first hair cut was about 5 months out. Actually I went in for color and my hairdresser evened it out so I didn't get a mullet. At about 6 months out I started to get chemo curl. I still did colors and trims. Now I am 9 months out of chemo And my bangs are my pre chemo length! And the curl is relaxing and my hairdresser told me to pick a style to go with:) enough hair for a style, I am so happy!

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    Does anyone know much about the symptoms of zoladex?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Behi Makli Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you mean side effects, yeah!
      One of the most common adverse is Flushing & Hot flashes.
      Depression is another common adverse effect.
      Many of patients complain from skin problem like Acne, Sweating, Seborrhea.
      Another side effects are given below:

      Diarrhea
      Breast atrophy
      Headache
      Sexual...

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      If you mean side effects, yeah!
      One of the most common adverse is Flushing & Hot flashes.
      Depression is another common adverse effect.
      Many of patients complain from skin problem like Acne, Sweating, Seborrhea.
      Another side effects are given below:

      Diarrhea
      Breast atrophy
      Headache
      Sexual dysfunction
      Peripheral edema

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