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Topic: Winter RADS 2012 Club...Please come join the fun!

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 10:33AM, edited Jan 8, 2013 10:43AM by sonson

sonson wrote:

Also want to include all those just starting for 2013!!  Thought I would start a new thread for all of us girls who will be beginning radiation in December.  I just recently finished up with chemotherapy and am a little nervous about starting on the radiation journey.  I haven't gotten my appointment yet, but hope to start around 12/5/12 or close to it.  I should have 30 rounds of radiation when all is said and done and hopefully be done by the end of January sometime.  I hope some of the Fall Rad girls will come join this group also because I know that we could sure use your wisdom and I hope all the new comers will come join and let us know how things go for you...all the good the bad the funny, the fears etc.  I want us to be here for each other every step of the way.  Hugs to all! -- Sonya

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Nov 30, 2012 08:56AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Love of critters:

Thank you for your reponse to my post. I have been wrangling with this whole out of state treatment recommendation. What I was originally told about the time commitment there, etc. changed yesterday. So last night, I sat down and began thinking about finding a good Plan B.

I am going to seek another opinion about doing the external beam radiation, which is available in my city. It will allow me to work easier, and will be less of a financial hit too. I wrote out a pros and cons list with what I believe I know so far about both approaches including medical, financial, work, and support considerations. Once I get all the information, I can make a better informed decision about which plan is really do-able for me.

And something to maybe help you as you feel no joy in your life (and I can relate to the feeling of duty and responsibilities). Find one thing every day that is JUST for you. Something that brings you joy, happiness, etc. Whether it is listening to some music you love, eating something you really enjoy, talking to a friend who understands, buying yourself some flowers. I have not been involved in this process as long as you and many others here, but have had a long and complicated year with many losses and problems. To get through this time in my life, I just try to take it each day at a time without stressing too much about the future. Peace sister!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 10:46AM sonson wrote:

allurbaddays-if you have an improved recipe please post either on here or on your blog or if the one that is posted is still good let me know.  One of the things I want to do is eat better...my taste buds still are all whacked, but when they get back to being normal I want to eat better.  No processed food, more vegetables, less sugar, no sodas etc.  Seems like you've really had to change your diet due to your celiac disease...which you would think would keep cancer at bay. 

It makes you wonder why we get cancer in the first place.  Why does any of us get it?  I always exercised.  Okay so maybe my diet wasn't the best diet in the world.  I drank diet soda daily, I had a sugar habit that was out of this world, I ate processed food...but I also made sure I ate veggies and fruits and protein.  My diet wasn't all that horrid and I exercised five sometimes seven times a week.  You see people out there that are obese and smoking cigarettes and they seem healthy and you wonder why they don't have cancer and why you got it.  It just seems odd why some of us get cancer and some people don't that seem to be so unhealthy.  When I was first diagnosed I used to wonder what I could have done to have changed things.  Could I have changed my diet?  Would that have made a difference?  Could I have not gotten cancer if I didn't drink diet soda?  I know people say there's nothing you could have done to prevent it, but still in the back of my mind I wonder.  I know it does me no good to wonder, but still it's there. 

Sonya

Dx 7/5/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 08/28/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 09/11/2012 Cytoxan, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 12/10/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 12/11/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 10:57AM dventi wrote:

@loveofcritters - Thanks for the sanity check on CT scans during RADs...dont really understand the necessity of CTscans during RADS but will ask RO..anyone know???

Dx 3/30/2012, IDC, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, Her2+ Surgery: Lumpectomy Left Breast 5/15/2012 Lymph Node Dissection Chemotherapy :6/27/2012: Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin

Dx 3/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+Surgery 05/15/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 06/27/2012 carboplatin, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 11/10/2012 FemaraRadiation Therapy 12/01/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 12:21PM elimar wrote:

The CT imaging helps not only with angle of treatment (to avoid as much collateral damage to surrounding organs as they can) but also will help them set up the penetration depth.  That is what I was told.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 01:45PM loveofcritters wrote:

dventi: The girls on the posts said because radiation causes changes, like shrinkage, or swelling and they want to be sure that the beams are correctly positioned according to those changes. Some people lose weight too. My own nurse's answer was, "because they get a different idea in their head about what they want to do." huh? But the girls here gave me the correct answer!

cowpower: CUE THE MUSIC...."911, what's your emergency?" "Ummmm, there is a shriveled up lady with only part of a boob out in the parking lot swinging her bra around...it ain't pretty...can someone come and get her?" My bad.

Dx 2/28/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, PR-, HER2-Chemotherapy 05/24/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 09/17/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 11/08/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 02:17PM cvmarilyn wrote:

Loveofcritters - thank you for your note <3  I really did feel like he was there with me and have felt this connection with him all along. It is so weird to have this in common with him too. We had a really special relationship - anyway... thank you.

I hope everyone is doing as well as they can. I live near Oakland and it is POURING!!! It's so good to be in the house and watch. One thing about all of this down time is I truly appreciate my home so much. It isn't fancy but it is home :)

So do you have CT scans throughout? What kind of creams have been the most helpful with burns?

Dx 5/15/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+Chemotherapy 07/11/2012 carboplatin, TaxotereTargeted Therapy 07/11/2012 HerceptinRadiation Therapy 12/10/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 01/28/2013 Arimidex
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Nov 30, 2012 02:22PM elimar wrote:

Oh, sorry, I thought you meant the CTs done at simulation.  I did not have them throughout.  I just had plain film xrays to monitor the positioning.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 02:38PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Sonson-I read your comment about why any of us get this to begin with, especially if we are considered healthy people to start. I have read about all the risk factors even before I got my diagnosis,, including weight, exercise, diet, stress, family history, never having children, no breast feeding, alchohol consumption, etc. Yet I know many women who have had this disease that are at a good weight, eat well, have no family history, have kids they breastfed, don't drink alchohol, etc. I just see no rhyme or reason to who gets this, when they get it, or why. I have seen young and old, thin and heavy, and all the variables play out here with women I have known who have had it.

But I will share two things I feel contributed to my situation, and they are things I am working to change as I go forward. I think really all we can do is to review our lives and perhaps determine some lifestyle changes we can make to be healthier. During the past 8 years, I had an elderly parent who became ill and both my sister and I have been helping to take care of her in various ways until she went to the other side. She passed away peacefully in March of this year. Interestingly enough, both my sister and I were diagnosed with BC this year (and no family history of this). Coincidence? I think not. We both had a lot of extras on our plates and the stress with her care and then her decline this past year. We don't blame our mother for this, but we do feel the situation may have contributed to our immune systems wearing down.  We say we are now middle aged and stuff happens too! But we are both looking for ways to better take care of ourselves going forward, and to better manage the ongoing stresses in our lives (and we all have them).

The other thing is weight. Both my sister and I have too much weight on us and we are committed to getting ourselves down into a healthy range. I recently lost 35 pounds due to some other health issues that have occurred this year unrelated to BC, and my doctor has suggested I need to keep going. Kind of hard to be on a diet with all that is going on, and not able to exercise fully yet, but I told my surgeon I am committed to taking off the remaining additional weight to get in a healthy range. She said excess weight creates estrogen in the body that feeds the cancer. And as we know, extra weight helps nothing.

So did I bring this on? I have asked myself the question if I did this to myself. Not helping an aging parent was not an option. But I do accept that maybe excess weight didn't help anything? Probably. But I am going to be kind to myself, given this difficult year I am working through, and just try to do better going forward. My goal is to learn from this and grow into a better person, but do feel I did not deserve this.

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 03:23PM cypher wrote:

Does anyone have any thoughts on this bra?  I'm a busty gal -

http://www.fourcorners.com/product_details_lace_comfort_bra.aspx

I'll ask in the fall thread as well.  Also, has anyone taken arnica, topically or otherwise? 

Thanks!

Dx 4/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 06/14/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 07/26/2012 carboplatin, TaxotereTargeted Therapy 07/26/2012 HerceptinRadiation Therapy 12/17/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 01/31/2013 Tamoxifen
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Nov 30, 2012 03:40PM fhny2012 wrote:

Sonson and Jazzygirl - I think about what I did wrong all the time...but the farther I get in this process, the more I'm trying to let that go.  I have felt SO guilty about getting cancer.  Like I've somehow let myself and my family down.  But even though I'm definitely guilty of having too much wine on occasion, I was a pretty healthy person up until this.  And being a triple negative and only 31...well, it feels like a total lightning strike event.  I'm trying to let go of the guilt and accept the fact that some things are out of my control.  As scary as that can be.

I know we all struggle with the "what did I do wrong" feeling, and I hope that we can all make our peace with those feelings.

Thinking of you ladies and hoping everyone is feeling good!  Off to rads #5...

Dx 4/20/2012, IDC, Triple Negative, 2.8 cm, BMX on 5/14/12, 1 micromet/19 lymph nodes, 4 round A/C, 4 round Taxol 6/12 through 9/12

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Nov 30, 2012 04:00PM cowpower wrote:

Loveofcritters- OMG The visual you have created, complete with background music, is priceless. I am seeing the valet parking manager on his radio (think 30 something football player type), concern and disbelief on his face....as pandemonium builds around him. I say we both try it Monday!

Sonson, Jazzygirl- I am overweight by 100 lbs, used to smoke, and drink alcohol and diet soda. I also took care of my quadriplegic mother my whole life, which was stressful. Sometimes I blame myself for my cancer and then realize we will never know what caused it. Risk factors are just statistics and we cant change the past anyway. So, I have chosen not to go backwards, only forward from now on. Easy to say, hard to do.

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 05:06PM, edited Nov 30, 2012 08:16PM by Andrea623

Please don't blame yourselves for cancer. It is no respecter of persons. There are women with high risk factors who never get it, and others living a heathy life style who do. I am slim, don't eat red meat or pork, eat poultry occassionally, no soda, don't smoke, rarely drink, eat little junk food, and no family history of it. I always said I'd never get cancer because my risk factors were so low. Guess I shouldn't have tempted fate. I can't help but wonder if there are environmental factors that caused it, or the additives in our food. 

LOL, the running through the parking lot, flinging off the bra has me laughing too! I don't think any of us have much modesty anymore!

So, today I feel like I've been microwaved. I'm getting a rash under my breast, and some areas feel rather toasty. I'm prayiing I don't burn, blister or worse.

"Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us." - Best Friends Animal Society

Dx 8/16/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/05/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 09/05/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 ExternalSurgery 07/10/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 01/22/2014 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
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Nov 30, 2012 05:20PM cowpower wrote:

Andrea- thats the feelling I have tried to label- microwaved! All day long I have tried to come up with a good description of the feeling. "TOASTY" and "EXTRA CRISPY" just werent hitting it on the head.:)

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 05:48PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Hi ladies-thanks for your notes about not beating one's self up to hard about having this disease. As we all say here, it is not discriminating, is it? We are doing the best we can every day. 

FHNY2012 and others of you who are young and facing this, my heart goes out to you because I never thought about this ever in my 30s. I am 52 and said to myself when I turned 50, be ready as something may blow! When my sister told me she had been diagnosed, I felt it was unfair after my mom had passed a few months before. When I got told I had something that had changed in my breast and needed a biopsy, I just sort of knew then. But then I thought, would that really happen? Mom dies, my sister AND I get diagnosed two month apart? But the answer to it is, yes, all that did happen and other things too. My sister and I have a new saying now "problems don't come in threes anymore, they come in six packs!" I bet some of you can relate to that too. 

I think this thread has helped me to share my guilt feelings about this and now will let that go. I have to stay focused on my next steps for treatment, as I know many of you are doing too.

Blessings to you all!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 06:57PM JenniferW wrote:

Hello everyone.  I hope you don't mind a newbie here.  I'm just now ready to dive into this whole thing full bore and found this wonderful site.  I had my first medical oncology appointment today and found out that I do NOT have to have chemo, just radiation.  My oncotoype DX was 6, so that precluded me from having chemo. My tumor was on the larger side (3.5 cm) so they were seriously considering it until that test came back.  Thank GOD for it.  I already met with the RO a few weeks ago, but I won't go for mapping and all that until December 13 (I'm still somewhat fresh postop from my lumpectomy).  I look forward to talking with you all and getting advice and support.  Jenn

Dx 10/12/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Hormonal Therapy TamoxifenRadiation Therapy ExternalSurgery 11/05/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)
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Nov 30, 2012 08:13PM Andrea623 wrote:

Hi Jenn and welcome! You'll find many wonderful women here who understand what you're going through, and will give you great advice, support, or just a listening ear if you need one. It's wonderful that you won't need chemo! What a relief! Wishing you an easy radiation treatment!

"Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us." - Best Friends Animal Society

Dx 8/16/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/05/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 09/05/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 ExternalSurgery 07/10/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 01/22/2014 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
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Nov 30, 2012 09:13PM cowpower wrote:

Welcome Jenn, It is awesome you dont chemo. While a lot of us managed to get through it, I dont think any of us would have signed up if not necessary. We will be heretosupport you through rads. Just think, with your surgery over, you're half way done!

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Nov 30, 2012 10:08PM heidismom wrote:

I'm a tired gal, but just over halfway thru, yay! Tomorrow is my 53rd birthday, and never would have imagined this scenario a year ago...always more worried about the weight around my middle which is so risky yet hereditary ( thanks Mom). Anyway everyone at the center wished me a happy bday, every corner I turned, and gave me a card too! I'm telling you they're better than some of my family! I thanked them but also told them: no offense ladies but I'm really glad I don't have to see you on my birthday tomorrow, and they said amen to that! Great group. Pink skin but feeling better today after giving it lots of air last couple days. Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend, a break for all hopefully.

Dx 9/10/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 10/08/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 01/01/2013 Arimidex
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Nov 30, 2012 10:22PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Heidismom: Wishing you a happy 53rd birthday! Enjoy your break this weekend!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 10:44PM Outdamnedspot wrote:

Happy Birthday Heidismom. Cheers to many, many more!

Give in, give up or give it all you've got!

Dx 8/29/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 10/01/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Hormonal Therapy 11/13/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 12/05/2012 External
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Dec 1, 2012 01:29AM cowpower wrote:

Heidis mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Dec 1, 2012 04:55AM Andrea623 wrote:

Happy Birthday Heidismom! How sweet of your center to give you a card!! Just think, on your next birthday, all this will be behind you. Have a great day!

"Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us." - Best Friends Animal Society

Dx 8/16/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/05/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 09/05/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 ExternalSurgery 07/10/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 01/22/2014 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
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Dec 1, 2012 04:59AM loveofcritters wrote:

heidismom: Happy Birthday. I hope you have a big piece of cake and ice cream for all of us!

JenniferW: Welcome! Its like a turnstyle on this board, with those who are in the later treatments giving advise to the newer ones. And as you progress you can pass along what you know to the newbies too. We will help you. Just don't let cowpower corrupt you Wink! She and I are in competition to see who gets to the changing room quicker and back out the door. I won't say she is cheating, its just that I saw her slip a green back to one of the wheelchair bound patients and I tripped with my bra caught in the tires. (shhhhh, don't let on I told you) And you dodged the bullet with no chemo my sister...that was the worst thing I have ever done in my life.

**REMEMBER EVERYONE*** LOOB THE BOOB!!!! 2-3 times per day. Also remember Tazzy's formula for soothing the burnt boob:

  • Boil 1 ltr water (4 1/4 cups)
  • Add 1-2 Tsp salt
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Soak a cloth and put on breast for 10-15 minutes

Tazzy and the other girls on the fall rads thread said it helped a lot. Write the formula down and keep it by your computer, cuz it appears we all may need it.

cvmarilyn: Are you actually getting a CT or an xray? The nurses only called it "picture day" to me (do I look stupid?) and I thought it was a CT too, but they slip a clear flat piece into the radiation machine and take xrays at the same time as the treatment, and from the same angle. Does that sound like what you are getting? The cream I use is Alra. I bought it online. I started originally with Alra to get my hair to grow back, but now use the shampoo as a gentle body wash over my treated breast (it says that on the bottle), and use the cream they sell to keep it loobed. Its 100% aloe vera gel. So far, so good and I am half way through at 16/31.

Another tip: the brochure I got at treatment-start said not to let the shower directly hit the radiated breast. Same with bath water...no soaking. Try to stand out of the spray of the shower and use the wash cloth to drizzle rinse water over your breast. Use your hand only and use very gentle soap to cleanse the breast and underarm. And as others will tell you, pat dry gently and WELL. Then air out the under boob as best you can given the circumstances. Some have actually used a fan. (But that was summer, just throwing it out there...I get hot flashes and could use a fan sometimes too) LOOB the BOOB after the shower especially.

Off to start the day. So glad we have the weekend to rest up. Feeling the fatigue a lttle more now. Anyone else have esophogus soreness? It feels like it is burnining down my throat. Not bad, just a side effect.

Dx 2/28/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, PR-, HER2-Chemotherapy 05/24/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 09/17/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 11/08/2012 External
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Dec 1, 2012 05:36AM Loving wrote:

Hi Everyone!

I'm not very good at remembering everyone's names...welcome to those who just joined and happy birthday! i agree with the post about anger as I'm starting to feel this way. Mentally I keep myself focused on rest, eating healthy, exercise and staying hydrated. I have room to grow on all of these areas so it is a good way to stop the negative thoughts.

My parents came to town this weekend to help my sister and in between her needs trying to help me out. I know I need to be more appreciative but sometimes their "help" is more work than help. My mom insisted on going with me today to the treatment. It took me longer to pick her up and added travel time than the time of the entire session. Oh we'll, it was nice that she wanted to be there and I'm grateful for that. We came home and again she wanted to help me decorate for Christmas which meant dragging things out from storage...all I wanted to do was sit down and rest. (Sigh)

I too have brief moments of trying to figure out what caused this...they don't last long as I realize the thoughts make me feel bad so I mentally force myself to move on. I too was a caregiver for my father-in-law for the last 3 1/2 years. He passed away on Valentine's day (his favorite day). He was a wonderful man to my family and cherish the time we had with him..no regrets. Although when I was first was told I needed a biopsy my first thoughts were "of course, the caregiver always gets sick". This has haunted me but again I realize that this is a great source of anger that I have to let go. My husband is an attorney and works a lot of hours and I work full-time. We were the sandwich generation as my daughters were 3 and 5 when his father fell ill. On top of that, his dad had a stroke and no longer could talk. This was very difficult for my husband and his family offered minimal support the entire time. We divided responsibilities and since it was emotionally hard on my husband I took care of my father in law's health and care needs. Between his care, raising a young family and working, I was not a priority! I need to change this going forward and it will be difficult. I know that this angers me but there were amazing moments of taking care of him and I have no regrets. My children learned life lessons that most never experience. Also, it was good training ground for my husband and I. It brought us closer together and taught us on to work together in difficult times. I used to say if I got sick, my husband wouldn't be able to make important decisions. I have been very wrong with this statement as he has stepped up in many ways that I haven't expected.

Anyway sorry for the long post. Today's session went well. Just feel tingling like the start of a sunburn. Today they put special stickers on me to validated the correct radiation levels. It made me feel better that they have quality control methods in place to ensure that these sessions are actually working.

Tomorrow is my daughter's 9th birthday. She wants to go look at Christmas lights and get our tree. Sounds like fun to me!

Dx 9/28/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 10/24/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)
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Dec 1, 2012 09:32AM elimar wrote:

Happy Birthday Heidismom, and here's to many more.  Smile

I have heard of another soothing solution for the radiated breast:  Just mix water with white vinegar in a 10:1 ratio, and lay a cloth soaked in that on your chest a few times a day.  (Do not do this if you have open blisters.  It is just to take the sting out of the pinkness, like it would for a sunburn.)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 1, 2012 09:54AM allurbaddayswillend wrote:

sonson & Jazzygirl and all others... You know what the biggest risk factor for getting breast cancer is? Being female! :::cue music: duhn-duhn-duuuuuh....::: I think whenlifegivesyoulemons pointed this out to me. I am quite satisfied with that answer at this point hearing all the different stories of my sisters here. It's the only answer that makes any sense.

sonson, The other recipe is fine. I'll let you know as soon as I get the new one up. I have internet limitations being in an extremely rural area so that hampers me a bit too... I do sometimes think that my more recent years' diet maybe just a little bit helped in controlling the BC I had but there seem to be no guarantees. I have had access to pastured beef and pork (and chicken) so what meat I was eating has been hormone free and grass-fed so containing the good fats (CLA). I stopped eating dairy, had to. I drink lots of green tea. Eat plenty of veggies. Had really reigned in sugar consumption. And I was just eating this way to improve my healing up from the decades of damage from my undiagnosed state. I will keep it up because I function best this way, not because I think it's any guarantee of preventing rucurrence or anything... In my case, that is the tamoxifen's job now.

48 years old, Some glutenfree recipes for celiac disease @ http://disasterkitchen.wordpress.com/

Dx 4/4/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 04/24/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 06/15/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 11/28/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 12/03/2012 External
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Dec 1, 2012 07:38PM cowpower wrote:

Jenniferw, Welcome and congrats on escaping chemo! That means this will all be behind you in short order. Speaking of behind, did you happen to see loveofcritters anywhere? I was on my way to get dressed for rads and thought we would both get there about the same time, although Idid see her swinging her bra aroud in the parking garage. I stopped to pay a friend back a few dollars and haven't seen hide nor hair of her since. Hmmmm....


Loving- enjoy that 9th birthday. I have two teen sons and miss those single digit birthdays They think I am incredibly stupid now, but I still wouldn't trade them. :)

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Dec 1, 2012 08:45PM, edited Dec 1, 2012 08:51PM by Andrea623

Is anyone else feeling cooked inside? I am definitely not feeling very comfortable in some areas now. I have 7 more treatments to go and I have my fingers crossed that it won't get worse.

I'm also feeling kind of down today. Just don't feel like myself anymore. I sometimes wonder if I'll ever feel like I did before BC.

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Dx 8/16/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/05/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 09/05/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 ExternalSurgery 07/10/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 01/22/2014 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
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Dec 1, 2012 09:27PM cowpower wrote:

Andrea623- you are farther along than I am (16/23), but I am starting to feel hot and itchy. Sorry you are feeling down, although it is understandable. Eight more to go and it will be in the past. I feel like we may physically even feel even better than before bc as we recover, although for me, the mental aspects and uncertainties will harder to conquer. I have faith, however,that whenever I come here for support I leave feeling better.. I wish the same for you. (((Gentle Hugs)))

cowpower

Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/22/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 03/27/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 10/03/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 11/07/2012 External
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Dec 2, 2012 07:54AM kelmo2013 wrote:

Andrea623- I see you have had a BMX with expanders like myself.  How is your skin holding up with the TE??  I am suppose to begin radiation in a couple of weeks- after my last fill.  I am worried about whether the TE willl hold up with radiation or will I need another surgery to complete reconstruction.  My tumor was large and I was also a grade 3, so radiation is recommended and I have struggled with going through with it.  I feel like it will be in my best interest, but I can't help but wonder if I am overdoing with this treatment plan.  

Kelly Hammock

Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent) (Both)

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