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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..

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    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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  • 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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    one of my friend she is suffering from breast tumor, is it there complete treatment possible without surgery or operation ,??

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    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      She needs to get that information from her doctors. There are many variables. First the doctor will do a biopsy to see if the tumor is cancer. If it is cancer tumors are generally removed surgically. Not all tumors require complete mastectomies. Some can be removed with a lumpectomy,...

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      She needs to get that information from her doctors. There are many variables. First the doctor will do a biopsy to see if the tumor is cancer. If it is cancer tumors are generally removed surgically. Not all tumors require complete mastectomies. Some can be removed with a lumpectomy, conserving the breast. If it is not cancer, and I hope it is not, there may be other options.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My best day on this BC journey is when they cut that evil disease out of my body. I have new boobies that are safe, healthy, and perky. My position is do anything to get this evil out of your body so you can live.

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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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    Going to have my exchange implant surgery next month...has anyone ever had another biopsy during this surgery to make sure cancer is still gone?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Andre. This is something the breast/oncology surgeon would have to investigate. The plastic surgeon does a totally different thing. Is this something the doctor suggested? Or something you're curious about?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No I didn't. You would have to get your oncology surgeon involved. Your plastic surgeon wouldn't do it. Prayers to you.

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  • 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 have leakage from my left nipple and a lump under my left arm. i also had a mammogram and ultrasound done that shows a mass in my right breast, could i have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Only a biopsy can give you an answer.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      So sorry to hear about your scare. Please do things that bring you joy or distract you from worrying. I am so glad you are getting it checked out. Please keep us posted on the results. We are here for you!

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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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  • Jane Murvin Profile

    Will reconstructive breast surgery inhibit my ability to manhandle a 60-foot 20-ton boat?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jane,
      You GO GIRL! You ARE an Amazon Warrior! While you are in the healing process you may be only able to wrestle with a 40 footer..... You may have some restriction placed on you for a while. Once done, you should be able to do continue life as normal, 60 foot 20 ton boat and all. ...

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      Jane,
      You GO GIRL! You ARE an Amazon Warrior! While you are in the healing process you may be only able to wrestle with a 40 footer..... You may have some restriction placed on you for a while. Once done, you should be able to do continue life as normal, 60 foot 20 ton boat and all. YAHOOOO! Sharon

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Temporarily while you are recovering. Do everything you can to stay mobile... Stretching and yoga, etc and you'll be back to it in no time :)

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  • anonymous Profile

    Anybody had a laprcopic hysterectomy? Just wondering about pain and recovery.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Had the same. I had no pain. Stayed in the hospital 1 day. Easiest surgery out of all the surgeries I had.

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    • Deb S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the Da Vinci procedure. Complete hysterectomy. It was amazing. Recovery was quick and after a few days the pain was minimal. This procedure is the best way to go. Good luck

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  • jennifer  morton Profile

    i know in suppose to ask a question but i juat wanted to say merry christmas to all if u. thank u for ur support through this hard time in my life.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Merry Christmas!

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Merry Christmas to you Jennifer. I hope you are doing well & recuperating quickly. Prayers to you.

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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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    What is expected with chemo, with taxotere, carbuplatin, and herceptin 1 every 3 wks, 6 cycles, & herceptin every 3 wks for 1 yr?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi that was exactly my treatment. Taxotere is a tough chemo, you will lose hair by second treatment. I went and had my hair cut very short after first treatment, got my wig and walked out of salon with it on. That was very helpful, as losing my hair was emotional. If you are at all needle shy,...

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      Hi that was exactly my treatment. Taxotere is a tough chemo, you will lose hair by second treatment. I went and had my hair cut very short after first treatment, got my wig and walked out of salon with it on. That was very helpful, as losing my hair was emotional. If you are at all needle shy, maybe get a port. I didn't want a port and did fine with the IV chemo n herceptin. Granted I have no veins left! Once you are past the chemo treatments, the herceptin is a breeze. Remember to drink a lot of water, before, day of and after treatments>it really does help. It's a very proven treatment. I was so scared when I read I was HER 2 , but my onco assured me that herceptin is like a miracle drug. I was in touch with my oncology nurses all the time, they really helped me with the side effects. It's important to always tell them or your doctor how you feel. Try to be strong, use these boards.. You will get through this. Oh if you get "metal mouth" from the chemo, old fashioned lemon heads really work!

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had same treatment , but I had right side masectomy first "due to personal circumstance"..and did 4 cycles of Herceptin then i started the 4 cycles of chemo , and then during chemo time u will get herceptin once every week so plan on being at treatment center for awhile , then after chemo it...

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      I had same treatment , but I had right side masectomy first "due to personal circumstance"..and did 4 cycles of Herceptin then i started the 4 cycles of chemo , and then during chemo time u will get herceptin once every week so plan on being at treatment center for awhile , then after chemo it will be every 3 weeks up to a year , the experience having herceptin first I didnt have major side effects other then feeling a little short winded 2 days after and a little tired , brittle nails ... They will monitor your heart every three months via echo cardio gram .."ultra sound on heart" easy test .. I'm also on a clinical trial so they monitor me more thru other stuff . The Chemo is the tough part I did loose my hair 2 weeks after first dose .. And my white cells dropped too low ended up w horrible side effects mouth sores ,fever etc and was in hospital for 2 days... That was the hardest round of chemo for me , i was very scared to face future rounds but they gave me shots to boost my white cells up again , the other ones werent as bad but still no fun. My experience with it is how my body reacted your experience will b different , but for me it's good to hear n share our stories here so we have a better grasp on what to look for or expect and support eachother . I also did my best to walk everyday when I could that helped me get stronger and there is research which proves exercise and eating right will benefit recovery so 8 weeks after chemo I'm finally running 3 miles a day that was my goal and I'm doing it ! Believe me the last 2 weeks of chemo i could barely walk from couch to kitchen to upstairs my muscles hurt soo bad , so now i can run it feels great , Ive come so far ! I'm very thankful for each day and soon u will b looking at your treatment from the tail end of it too and only stronger from it ! You can do it ! Believe in yourself !! Take care , Celien

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    Can someone please tell me when my hair will stop falling out after it starts?

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 5 years 6 answers
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    • Rita Siomos Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I shaved mine off as soon as it started falling out and I know this might sound silly but I never felt more beautiful and in control 😊 I just couldn't stand watching if fall out bit by bit so I took control.... Wishing you all the best xoxo

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chemotherapy kills off the fast dividing cells.... like hair. Your hair is going to fall out. Nothing about this is fun. It falls out in clumps a little at a time. You DO NOT have to shave your head! It IS ok to leave it so don't feel pressured to shave it off.
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      Chemotherapy kills off the fast dividing cells.... like hair. Your hair is going to fall out. Nothing about this is fun. It falls out in clumps a little at a time. You DO NOT have to shave your head! It IS ok to leave it so don't feel pressured to shave it off.
      We just won't kid you and tell you it's not going fall out. It's a factoid of cancer treatment. Take care, Sharon

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  • Keri Underwood Profile

    I'm on my third Ac chemo. Has anyone else developed a cough? I'm about to go insane. Dr says its just allergies but I am hacking up my lungs and miserable?!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I developed a bad sore throat and cough during A/C. It was September. My oncologist gave me a script for robitussin with codeine. I took it at night and it helped me sleep without coughing up a storm.

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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I coughed a lot too and it was very dry. I needed to take cough syrup with Codine.

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  • Jill Shulse Profile

    I started taking arimidex several months ago, and all my joints ache! Especially my feet, ankles, and knees when I get up from a chair, out of bed, or out of a car. Does anyone else have side effects from arimidex?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning Jill, sad to say you are experiencing the side effects of arimidex I was on tamoxifen for 3 years and switched to arimidex as I'm now menopausal yes getting up from a laying or sitting position takes me awhile to straighten up for some reason the feet and ankles are affected more on...

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      Morning Jill, sad to say you are experiencing the side effects of arimidex I was on tamoxifen for 3 years and switched to arimidex as I'm now menopausal yes getting up from a laying or sitting position takes me awhile to straighten up for some reason the feet and ankles are affected more on arimidex, while on tamoxifen my hips were more bothersome. Of course I also have general bone and joint pains. For me movement is the answer and a daily dose of Advil. IMHO these estrogen blockers give us an excelarated dose of aging. My oncologist claims my "youth" will return when I stop taking estrogen blockers. I tease him that I'm going to hold him to that claim. ... He then reminds me that I am over 50... Take care Jill and know that you are not alone

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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Jill I am on tamoxifen and have the same effects you are describing. I have been on it for a month. I am 44 but act like I'm a 104 at times. Advil and Tylenol do help but I don't want to take them for 5 years. I actually thought I tore something in one of my knees because it hurts so bad at times

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    Read my profile, please... I am a concerned woman, I would like to know if my symptoms are red flags? I am concerned, please

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I am unable to read your profile. We aren't doctors but your concerns should be discussed with yours.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Don't waste any more time, get in to see your doctor. You are worried, and have concerns, like Betti says, we can't diagnose what is going on. Please get up the courage to make an appointment, that is the ONLY way you are going to find out what this is. I also can't read your profile. Stop...

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      Don't waste any more time, get in to see your doctor. You are worried, and have concerns, like Betti says, we can't diagnose what is going on. Please get up the courage to make an appointment, that is the ONLY way you are going to find out what this is. I also can't read your profile. Stop this worrying right now and schedule with your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    I have changes in my right lung 6 months after radiation. Definitely not cancer. Anyone else have this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just went through this. Google Radiation pneumonitis
      My right lung had a plural effsion and some scaring in my right lung where the radiation boosts were. The difference is the doctors were affraid it was cancer. Thank Good they were wrong.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Connie, What kind of changes did the doctor sa?. I was told I could lose about 3% capacity of my left lung but I didn't have any health or lung problems if you don't count breast cancer :-). I haven't had any issues and don't notice any change . Hope all lines out for you. Jo :-)

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    Ladies under 35...what have you done to make yourself feel young, sexy and beautiful? I feel really old wearing scarves. I feel ugly. I painted my nails, wear makeup but that's not enough. I wear heels and dress nice but it's not working.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    over 6 years 11 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This cancer look is only temporary!! You will be done with treatment and hair growing in no time! I understand what you mean! I looked like my mother! I finished chemo June 2012. Just since Jan of this year I feel more normal. While doing chemo I did my makeup everyday and kept nails done as...

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      This cancer look is only temporary!! You will be done with treatment and hair growing in no time! I understand what you mean! I looked like my mother! I finished chemo June 2012. Just since Jan of this year I feel more normal. While doing chemo I did my makeup everyday and kept nails done as always! It's a hard time. But you are strong and for you this too will pass and pretty soon people won't see you as the girl with cancer! Try to be optimistic. You are beautiful! Each day remind yourself you are 1 day closer to being done. You will kick cancers butt and be a better woman afterwards. Good luck! Prayers to you!

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Beauty comes from within. I went commando with a bow on my head. Think Minnie Mouse. A positive attitude will do wonders. Prayers to you.

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    My left breast has become bigger lately & multiple times a week (since Jan) my top left rib "cramps" right under the breast. Has anyone else had that? I am only 30 but BC does run on both sides of my family so I am a bit concerned.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That could be many things other than bc, but I would want a doctor exam, especially with your family history.

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    Can I get breast cancer in age 17?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It's unlikely, but anyone at at any age or race can get breast cancer. If you have a concern, talk with your parents & see a dr to have yourself checked. Always better to be safe then sorry. Prayers to you.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a lumpectomy done at 21. It was not cancer. Lumps can be lots of things. But better to know and have it tested in ultrasound and mammogram then biopsy. 21 years later, I had breast cancer in that breast. Much better their than in a functioning organ.

      Go check with you general practitioner...

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      I had a lumpectomy done at 21. It was not cancer. Lumps can be lots of things. But better to know and have it tested in ultrasound and mammogram then biopsy. 21 years later, I had breast cancer in that breast. Much better their than in a functioning organ.

      Go check with you general practitioner and make sure at least one test gets done. Best to you and please let us know. We like to hear happy endings and we like to welcome you to the club IF necessary .

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    I was trying to google a 'prognosis' for my situ, Grade 1 (1.4cm) stage 3 following chemo and radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Why, oh why, do women DO this to themselves? It is some kind of self-torture we put ourselves through when we find out we have breast cancer. Do we look at the stats for driving? You could get killed tomorrow but we don't bother to give it a thought. We put some kind of limit on our lives...

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      Why, oh why, do women DO this to themselves? It is some kind of self-torture we put ourselves through when we find out we have breast cancer. Do we look at the stats for driving? You could get killed tomorrow but we don't bother to give it a thought. We put some kind of limit on our lives when we start basing life of statistics. Breast cancer statistics take a snapshot of 5 years. When I first looked at them, I thought I am only going to live for 5 years??? REALLY? Seriously, you are not about to drop dead. You will go through treatment and live your life. Of course, there are things that can happen to you but quit googling for heavens sake, it does no good for you. It only stresses you out. Your survival in statistics will never be 100% I speak from experience..... I googled the same thing and made myself sick with worry. My cancer was a 2B, 2.3cm, grade 2/3, and 1 positive lymph node. When I asked my radiologist "If I was going to die?" She laughed and said...."From THAT little thing?" I am in my 6th year of survival.... in my mind, I should have been long ago dead. PLEASE, PLEASE, darlin' think positive, don't waste your time on statistics because they aren't talking about you, your cancer, or your life. Head up, charge through this treatment and get on with living a fabulous life! Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't know if there would be such a thing as "prognosis for my situ, grade1, stage3 in an area where you could get info. My doctors never gave me a prognosis including the surgeon, oncologist, or radiation oncologist. I'm sure they don't even know though they have programs they can get into...

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      I don't know if there would be such a thing as "prognosis for my situ, grade1, stage3 in an area where you could get info. My doctors never gave me a prognosis including the surgeon, oncologist, or radiation oncologist. I'm sure they don't even know though they have programs they can get into and put in some numbers but only doctors are privy to it and not the patient.

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    Has anyone had her2 positive stage 2 duck oestrogen positive , didn't have to have chemo or chose not to??? I am 42 moving in a few months . Not to sure on the percentage whether the chemo is really needed with the good treatments

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      I am guessing at your question...it sounds like your cancer turned out ER+ PR-? Her2+ Don't know if you live in the U.S. Did you have an OncoDX test? Her2+ puts you in an entirely different situation. You need more information to make an educated decision. Your doctor has access to a...

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      Anonymous,
      I am guessing at your question...it sounds like your cancer turned out ER+ PR-? Her2+ Don't know if you live in the U.S. Did you have an OncoDX test? Her2+ puts you in an entirely different situation. You need more information to make an educated decision. Your doctor has access to a computer program called http://www.adjuvantonline.com/index.jsp I really think you can access this too. To find out your percentages or chances of reoccurrence if you choose to have chemo or not can be seen. You will need more lab results than what you have given. You need to a second opinion. I also had stage 2, ER+ PR+ Her2- but I was post menopausal. I had a mastectomy. I did have chemo. We --ran-- the numbers... chemo and hormone treatment was a no-brainer. This is not to be treated lightly. This is your one and only best chance to wipe out any cancer cells left behind to, hopefully, prevent reoccurrence. No one wants to have chemotherapy. My best friend chose to discontinue her treatment and ended up dying from her disease. Breast cancer, is a lousy, sneaky disease. It won't just go away... it likes to hide out and come back with a vengeance. It doesn't matter if you are moving in the future, this is your life. Your query worries me, please get more information. Hang in there.... Sharon

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    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Stage 2 b,limp pos, Her2k Pos, Brac Neg. Would not change my receiving Chemo, rads and mastectomy. I feel I chose the best course of treatment to extend my life. If I didn't get it, I would always wonder when it would return. Cancer is mean and I want to live. Its worth it.

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    Does anyone have any advice/tips/insight on a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction? I'm going in on Thursday for mine and feeling extremely nervous. Any help is really appreciated.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      You will need front opening tops. There is a cami you can get that has pockets for your drain bulbs. Ins will cover it. Mine, I stepped into. Use a lanyard to pin the bulbs to while bathing. A backwards, or maybe upside down, whatever, lol, panty liner works great as bandages. Cut one in half...

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      You will need front opening tops. There is a cami you can get that has pockets for your drain bulbs. Ins will cover it. Mine, I stepped into. Use a lanyard to pin the bulbs to while bathing. A backwards, or maybe upside down, whatever, lol, panty liner works great as bandages. Cut one in half with a notch to stick up under your drain tube. Helps with it not rubbing on your skin. Told to me by my PS. Small heart shaped pillows for under your arms for comfort. You can usually get these from cancer center free. Have everything within reach. The first 2 days I needed to be lifted. Each day got easier. No stretching or lifting for 2 weeks, so you will need help. I slept propped up on pillows instead of a recliner. I refused to not sleep with my husband. Take your meds. Stay ahead of the pain rather than try to take it away. Anesthesia & pain meds cause constipation, so be aware of that. Also, they cause nausea for me. So I needed meds for that as well. Once your drains are out, you will feel so much better. I know your scared, but your gonna be ok. We are here for you. Prayers to you.

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    • jo m Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Gillian, I just had the bilateral mastectomy 9-27 and I have/am recovered/recovering well. Getting stronger every day! After surgery, i immediately liked knowing the tumor was now out of my body. I chose to wait on reconstruction for the time being so I can't speak to that part. I tried to stay...

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      Gillian, I just had the bilateral mastectomy 9-27 and I have/am recovered/recovering well. Getting stronger every day! After surgery, i immediately liked knowing the tumor was now out of my body. I chose to wait on reconstruction for the time being so I can't speak to that part. I tried to stay positive but also acknowledged the loss of my breasts. Being a therapist, I did a little private ceremony releasing balloons the night before to say good bye to the girls. Being anxious beforehand is normal. i tried to accept those feelings when they came, remembered to breathe deep and fight the battle one step at a time.my faith and the prayers of friends helped me immensely. it is so good you are reaching out for support. The surgery and recovery process has overall been a price of cake and well worth it to get rid of cancer. Allowing others to help after was a challenge initially and a great blessing once I went with it. I will pray for your surgery and recovery. I now begin the next phase of my journey into chemo.

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    Thank you to everyone who has answered my questions. This site is amazing. I have been wondering, do you change after having breast cancer? Do you feel and think different, is this normal?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have been changed forever, but not in a bad way. I don't think you can go through a tough disease treatment and not have it impact your life. I look outside myself and honestly see how I can help another. I never take life for granted and that in itself has made every day so much sweeter. ...

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      I have been changed forever, but not in a bad way. I don't think you can go through a tough disease treatment and not have it impact your life. I look outside myself and honestly see how I can help another. I never take life for granted and that in itself has made every day so much sweeter. Take care, Sharon

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have changed but only for the better. I value each day. I am a much stronger person emotionally and spiritually. My husband and I are eating healthier meals. We both exercise and take yoga. Everyday I work hard to be the best wife, mother and grandmother that I can be. Cancer changed my life...

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      I have changed but only for the better. I value each day. I am a much stronger person emotionally and spiritually. My husband and I are eating healthier meals. We both exercise and take yoga. Everyday I work hard to be the best wife, mother and grandmother that I can be. Cancer changed my life and I am glad for the changes that happened!

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