Welcome to the newly formed Stage II Breast Cancer Club! And Thank You Mods for facilitating its creation.
ello-I'm stage 2,Grade 3. 65 years old. did the chemo,did the radiation,and now on hormone theray. I had one node involvement (Darn!) Hope you're doing good on your journey!
I 'm 2b, and no, the forums group stage 1 and 2 together. I just tried a quick search using the blue search button on the left side of the opening page - and looked through pages 1 to 7 of the SATGE 1 & 2 forum, and page 98 (the last page) and seems no threads there just for stage 2.
But there are some specific threads such as anyone stage 2b & positive nodes, or anyone stage 2b & 5+ years out..........so, it kind of looks like you could start a Stage 2 sisters thread, if you like! My dx very similar to yours except I was grade 3.
Didn't search through IDC forum for stage 2, but there must be lots of threads there - one I post on is the one about IDC 6 cm plus.......use blue search button and put in key words to find a thread that interests you......
I don't think there is a Stage II specific thread, but we could start one.
There is a Stage 2b with negative nodes thread as well.
Hi Colt45 - just read your beautiful Open Letter. Can we clone you?????? I am lucky, I have a solid, supportive partner......but thanks for caring about the many here who do not.
Sorry slow response. Infusion got in the way. I'd love to start a Stage 2 Sisters Cub but dont know how. How can I find out how to so this? Contact moderator(s) maybe? Thanks!
Just start a thread in this forum and call it 'Stage 2 Sister's Club' and see what happens.
I'm a husband. my wife is stage 2b.
@flannelette:What a sweet thing to say. God bless you.
I treasure the posts by husbands, and wish mine were as involved. I have put in a request for a Stage 2 Forum (with forums easier to locate than threads) and a moderator inquired if I meant to split Stage 1 and 2, which makes sense considering the number of people responding to posts under the current system. Let's hope it works out. Health to all! Nisa
Thanks for thinking of this and pioneering the effort with the moderators.
IIb, reporting in :-)
The more the merrier! Adorable doggie in pix.
You now have your own forum! Nisa, perhaps you want to edit your initial post and title?
Wow, thanks from all of us! Please help with what you mean by editing initial post and title? Nisa
Wow, thanks so much. x
Thank you, NisaVilla that is my Jellybean :-)
Every time I get an infusion, as I did Monday, I start obsessing about the future...I should stop reading! Although this article is hope-giving in that there are new tools to predict, and maybe control, the future of this disease. Attempted to create link but failed.Online article "UT MD Anderson research finds predictive value of circulating tumor cells in early stage breast cancer" and I am wondering if anyone here has used this test. It speaks to why 23-35% of women who after treatment are rendered disease-free go on to develop recurrences. Not sure if test is yet available to the public but will call MD Anderson to find out. If you know more about this test, please share.Thanks, Nisa
Hi all, I am a stage IIb as well and found it difficult to find my place in the stage I and II forum. Glad to see someone take the initiative to make this happen. I am hoping that this is the forum that I will fit in and be able to contribute in. I completed treatment in January and now find myself in the now what stage.
Hope all of you are doing well!
Statistics don't mean a thing to the individual person. You can only do your best, through recommended treatments and life style adjustments to reduce the chances of recurrence, and then you have to leave it to God (or Fate). Either it won't occur (which means you've wasted your time worrying for nothing), or it will (which means you better be out there enjoying life and making memories right now!). Yes, I know that is easier said than done!!!!
Another husband here! My beautiful wife is 2a, in the middle of chemo.
Nisa, I go to MDAnderson in October, for my check up. I will ask them and post what I find out.
Jcolford - I had the same problem navigating the larger group. The Mods were quite helpful about request. A home for Stage 2 should make it a little more homogenous and easier to relate. I will be in your what-next shoes in a month, and feeling a bit anxious about it.Ruthbru - you have the right answer for those of us feeling anxious and obsessing. Your realistic view helps me take distance from mine and relax a bit... Although probably not for long! Wish you were my next-door neighbor for daily contact JDB53 - so glad you are here, thanks! If more husbands join and participate, maybe a "husband forum" could be created to address questions that are not always posted here? in the meantime, please know that we are all here to help each other so do not hesitate to post or do PM. Health to all, Nisa
Smo23915 - Good luck in your next appt. Who do you see at MD Anderson? I am thinking about traveling there for a review of my current treatment which does not seem to follow a strict protocol. Thanks!
I often wonder how many husbands are lurking out there. A husbands forum would be great.
And thanks Sharon for posting a first name...so much easier that spelling nicknames/usernames! Nisa
Nisa, that advice is what my oncologist told me when I was doing treatment and freaking out, "What do you mean that you can't reduce my chance of recurrence to zero if I do all this horrible stuff you are recommending????"
The physical part is tough, but the psychological part is even tougher IMO. The worry does get easier the farther out from treatment you get, but is never gone entirely.
I'm 2b also and looking forward to participating in the forum.
Hi everyone, Nisa, excellent job getting this done!
Stage IIa here!
Yay we have our own forum! I just noticed it. I guess I'm not very observant.