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May 3, 2010 09:36 AM Shel wrote:
Thanks for starting this thread, Titan. I had posted in my November Chemo group, but not on any TN threads.
I was 59 when I was diagnosed. The nurse picked up something suspicious at my yearly mammogram. That was August 2009. From there it was all a whirlwind of additional mammos, bioposy, BS doctor's appointment. Then I switched hospitals and basically started the process all over. I am glad I switched, however, to a larger university-based cancer center.
As someone else mentioned earlier, I didn't have the BRAC test done because I have no family history of cancer and because of my "advanced age". I have two daughters, though, so I still wonder about that.
I had a lumpectomy in October, followed by DD AC and DD Taxol, ending in mid-February 2010. Then I had 23 regular radiation treatments followed by 7 boosts. I finished all that up about 10 days ago.
For ongoing care, I rotate between seeing my medical onc and rad onc every three months for 2 years. I see the BS once more but I think then she falls out of the picture. They follow the standard of care where no scans or tests are done unless there are symptoms.
I am beginning to feel more like my old self. I can tell just walking the dogs and other minor chores are getting easier again. I worked throughout, so some nights this winter I would just make sure everyone had dinner and then fall on the couch for the rest of the night.
Just waiting to get some more hair back. I have a big family wedding in July and I hope to have halfway decent looking hair by then.
Take care, everyone.
Diagnosis: 8/25/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-