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Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 09:15AM

sciencegal wrote:

Okay, I am just throwing this out there: does anyone else feel closer to their dog than to humans through this roller coaster journey?

I have a wonderful life and great support, but my little blind shelter dog Lewie (a white poodle mix) has been constantly by my side- whether I am sleeping on the couch after chemo or in the armchair after surgery, or posting like now- he is on the couch next to me with his head in my lap.

This little guy never leaves my side except when I go to work, then he pretty much just sleeps with his buddy (daddy's boy) on their memory foam bed until I get back. Yes, a bit spoiled, I admit it.

I am wondering if anyone else has a similar relationship with their "comfort dog"? He has helped me so much.

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 14, 2013 10:52PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Footprintsangel, thank you so much for thinking of me! That is so very sweet! I am so glad that you have a comfort dog to keep you company. Dogs are gifts from heaven, they help keep us safe & remind us of what's most important-- love. Please let us know how things go on Weds...sending you positive thoughts!

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 15, 2013 07:01PM bobogirl wrote:

Slickchicky -- so sorry about your difficult time -- we have all been there in some form or another.  You look pretty wonderful and sparkly to me!  You will get your sparkle back.  F the hospital for not letting Capone sleep with you there!  I am sure you'll be back at home right away, and he'll be waiting for you.

I love the idea of a NOT FOR SALE sign on Capone at the rescue party!  I am sure, though, that the look on his face would tell everyone that he is 'taken.' :)

Thinking of you this week.  Reach out if you need anything.  Pm me, or otherwise.  I will be standing by.

Welcome Gritgirl!  You are very welcome here.  And love your excellent punk hair!

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Jul 15, 2013 10:03PM IngridJ wrote:

Goodluck Slickchickie for tomorrow.
Will be thinking of you girl...
Hope Capone is waiting for you with lots of hugs and licks for your return..smuggle him in to hospital maybe..???
Had round three of chemo yesterday, lying in bed with coco stretched out too..:))

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 12:15AM bobogirl wrote:

Kisses to you and Coco, Ingrid!  How are you feeling?

Slickchickie, I am 'in your pocket.'  :)  We are all with you.

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Jul 16, 2013 12:43AM IngridJ wrote:

Thx Bobogirl
About to go pick up my kids from school... Feel ok, summoning up strength..(I have four so...)
Hugs xx

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 12:48AM bobogirl wrote:

Four!?  I have two.  Two seven-year-olds.  

Picking your children up after chemo yesterday?  You are a superwoman!  :)

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Jul 16, 2013 01:11AM IngridJ wrote:

Wow you have twins... Duh even w chemo brain can work that out!! 2 boys then 2 girls for me.. You???
Yes, they are half w me and half w their Dad, this week it panned out that they are w me, and if I don't have them they all get extremely sad.. So..... And chemo hasn't been too bad for me, no neausea bit tired but that's it...
Coco will be pleased to see them, more energetic walks and boisterous behaviour.. No wonder she jumps on everyone they encourage it, she's their 'other sister',,,:)

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 01:13AM IngridJ wrote:

PS
That's what they call her!!!

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 02:22AM planetbananas wrote:

I love reading about everyone and their dogs! I rescue Boston Terriers. 10 years ago I was looking for a Frenchie and ended up with a Boston and fell head over heels with their personalities. I also found I loved training and working with dogs that have behavior issues.

When I was diagnosed, I had 3 Bostons but my sweet boy passed away right after my mastectomy. I now have two girls, one who likes her space but is always near and one that is on my lap or at my heels.

Through this process I have been dangerously ill twice and both times both dogs kept their distance and never jumped on me. They would come and lay at my feet, somehow they knew.

I love having 3 or 4 dogs but since one of my babies has Cushings (very expensive tests) and I do all the training my husband promised me as soon as I am done with all surgeries we can add to our pack :)

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2013 Surgery 4/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/22/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 08:57AM gonegirl wrote:

I feel bad for my dogs in this heat. They spend the day in the A/C, but when I get home we don't go for a walk in this almost 100 degree weather.  And then I remind myself, they spend the day in A/C and nights in my bed. Not such a bad life.

I loved doing rescue work planetbanana, but I did get burned out after a while. I was constantly fostering.  Now I still adopt rescues, but we are all on a break.  My pit bull (Butch) and my airedale/pit mix (Sidney) are both something like 11 and 10.  Butch is definitely slowing down. Once they pass, I'll be right back at the shelter looking. My next big dog I'm think a Rottie.  Such sweet dogs.

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Jul 16, 2013 09:52AM sciencegal wrote:

Welcome Planetbananas! You found the right topic for sure. How wonderful to hear about your dogs and your rescuing and training them. My aunt Mary always has a small pack of Boston Terriers, I love them (not fostering- just hers).

Gritgirl how wonderful that you used to foster. I bet it is so hard to give them to the new parents. I would probably end up keeping them all. I got my wonderful Lewie from a foster mom and she told me he is one of the most affectionate and cuddly dogs that she had ever known. and boy was she right! He is a velcro dog for sure. Sitting on my lap right now while I type in fact.

He got me through some tough times after my prior hospitilizations for asthma, and now cancer treatments, not to mention recovering from a divorce back when I first got him. My buddy.

Ingrid you ARE superwoman. Bobogirl too. I cant imagine going through all of this with little kids. kudos to you both. Amazing. Ingrid I sure hope your SEs stay minimal!

Slickchickie we will all be thinking about you on Thursday. SInce Capone can't be with you we will be there in spirit, cheering you on!

Have a great Tuesday everyone. Off to work and then rads for me!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 16, 2013 04:19PM planetbananas wrote:

Gritgirl: I take breaks sometimes, it gets emotionally difficult and more so if you are fostering. My husband doesn't really mind the adoptions if I am the one doing the training and walking/feeding but he won't let me foster because he doesn't want the attachment. If he felt otherwise I would be the crazy Boston Terrier lady with multiple adoptions AND fosters. He is probably saving me from myself ;). I love Rotties and the big breeds but I find I am much better with the smaller dogs.



Sciencegal: Sounds like your Aunt Mary and me have a lot in common! Your Lewie sounds awesome, I love a cuddler!



To all the women with small children out there, my hat is off to you. My son is 23. It's not that I haven't had my struggles, but I think dealing with this and having little ones has to be the most challenging, heart breaking experience. Thank god for our little furry friends.

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2013 Surgery 4/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/22/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 16, 2013 04:44PM NatsFan wrote:

Fostering is an adventure, that's for sure!  We fostered for years for the local humane society - probably 30 dogs in all.  It was a lot of fun, but also exhausting.  We could not have done it without our little dachshund-beagle mix at the time, Gypsy.  She was the wisest, oldest soul I've ever known, human or animal.  We got her when she was about 6 so we know nothing about her background, except she was wonderful with people, and knew how to train dogs.  We really didn't train the fosters - Gypsy did.  She taught them everything - manners, housebreaking, etc.  After a few weeks with Gypsy, even the wildest most untrained dog was ready for its "forever" home.  She died a few years before my dx, and I still miss her.  You love all the furkids who share your life, but every once and a while you get a soulmate.  Gypsy was my soulmate. 

Mary Dx 12/31/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2013 09:27PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I've never fostered, I'd fail. I'd want them all. That's why my groomer has 7.

I sure understand about your heart dog. Had dogs in my life all my 64 years. But my Aussie was sooooo special. We connected in so many ways. We trained and showed in obedience and agility. He caught on so fast. He would place his body between me and any perceived danger and would give "eye". He was truly a Velcro dog. He had me wrapped around his paw for 14 1/2 years. I miss him so much.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jul 16, 2013 11:01PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Thanks everyone, for thinking of me this week! Capone & I are in bed now-- he's sleeping & I'm crying. His fur is soaked! Do you think he cares? Nope, he's content to let me cry a river all over him...good dog! IngridJ, sciencegal, bobogirl-- thank you so much for your support! Btw, I am sooo not sparkly right now. This cancer sh*t is for the birds!

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 16, 2013 11:12PM gonegirl wrote:

Slickchickie. It does suck. I'll be sending my prayers for surgery. Be gentle with yourself and take the pain pills. Don't try to tough it out like I did at one point. The pain pills are there for a reason. Glad Capone is there with you.

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Jul 16, 2013 11:21PM Moderators wrote:

Slickchickie, we are wishing you much strength and will be thinking of you! Yes, this cancer does suck!! Gritgirl is right, take the pain meds, and take care of yourself! 

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Jul 16, 2013 11:34PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Thanks, Mods & gritgirl! Don't worry, I'm not afraid to take pain pills & see no reason why anyone should suffer. Just take the pills, I say! Ok, I'm going back to crying on my dog. Maybe by Thursday I'll be all cried out & will be brave. Or at least look brave.

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 17, 2013 12:02AM gonegirl wrote:

Slickchickie. The saying goes that courage is fear that has said its prayers. Crying with Capone is like saying your prayers. You're going to be OK and Capone will be there with you after.

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Jul 17, 2013 01:03AM planetbananas wrote:

Slickchickie I love your avatar. That looks like a dog that can handle being cried on. Wishing you safe and speedy healing.

I also believe in animal soul mates. My dear Annie was a large, deaf Boston who I swear was an angel in a dog's body. She passed away 3 years ago and I still miss her like crazy, such a special gentle soul.

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2013 Surgery 4/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/22/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 17, 2013 05:37AM IngridJ wrote:

Slickchickie
Hope you are feeling better.....
It does all suck- but it will get better.....
Wishing you well and feeling your pain, glad Capone is on hand.. Xx

Planetbananas; had a dog like your Annie years ago too.. Dulcie; the same, an angel in a dogs body...

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 17, 2013 06:07AM sciencegal wrote:

I love the stories of the dog soulmates- that is what my Lewie is! (and my husband knows this haha). Thank you for these great posts about the special dogs in your lives.

Slickchickie I am SO sorry you are going through this. I wish we were all there so that you could cry on our shoulders, but it sounds like Capone is doing a good job being your big furry shoulder to cry on.

It is so traumatic before going into surgery. And starting chemo. And starting rads. all of these big steps. So hard. But reconstruction methods are so good these days, you will get through this and you WILL get your sparkle back! It is just taking a little vacation right now- time for jammies for awhile instead of sparkles.

We will all be thinking of you during your surgery. I know Capone will be hugely delighted when you get back home!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 17, 2013 09:47AM bobogirl wrote:

Slickchickie, you ARE brave.  Bravery is not the absence of tears.  Bravery is being afraid, yet going forward, which is what you are doing.  Agree with everyone here.  Stay on schedule with all meds, including pain meds.  Don't do this: Oh, I don't feel pain, so I think I'll skip this dose... Do not be a 'hero.'

You'd be surprised how quickly you will heal.  Just rest and cuddle your man and watch silly movies, and eat snacks.  All will be well.  We are all with you.

Ingrid, I have one of each.  One seven, the other seven but almost eight!  Love this discussion of fostering and adopting and soul mates.  My cat man was mine.  He died when he was seventeen.  He died on the day that my daughter was being born -- we adopted, we were waiting to get her from the hospital.  I feel like he was waiting for her to be born.  I love him so much.  He definitely had me 'wrapped around his paw.'

Love that velcro dog Lewie!  But dog of the week must go to... Capone.  Good boy Capone!  :)

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Jul 17, 2013 09:49AM bobogirl wrote:

Just to make it clearer... my soulmate kitty's name was actually Man!  It was Valentino, but then I called him Man, and the nickname stuck.  :)

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Jul 17, 2013 10:38AM SC60 wrote:

Good Morning, thank you all for sharing your fur baby stories - brought a smile to my face after some rotten news. I owe my life to my Great Dane, Sam. We have rescued several Danes over the years, and while each one has been wonderfully special, Sam found my cancer before I did. As I was walking down the hallway, Sam charged at me and threw his 170 lb body at me punching me in my left breast. I couldn't imagine why he would behave this way. Still clueless, for several days he would push his face or even paw into my left breast. Eventually I wondered why it hurt so much and did a self exam. All I could say was, "oh no what the heck is this?" I ran for a mammogram and there it was. Now Sam stays with me, nuzzles me, and brings me comfort. Last night Sam was a bit edgy. My husband and I just heard that my 81 year old father-in-law has inoperable lung cancer. We are devastated. Sam would look at me and then look toward my husband in the bedroom. I finally told him it was ok to leave my side to stay by him. Sam went to the bedroom and has stayed by his side. I truly believe our companions are in tune with everything about us. There is a great book titled "The Art of Racing in the Rain". I have never looked at dogs the same since reading that book! There is a warning - you must have a tissue box with you when you read this book! Thanks for letting me share my story. Most people look at me like I am nuts when I tell them the story. I am so happy to have found you all!

Dx 5/17/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/29/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/29/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/12/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/10/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 3/25/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 5/14/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 17, 2013 10:41AM gonegirl wrote:

Sgc. I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

I think I'm going to have to fire my dogs.  I was diagnosed at the get-go as Stage IV and none of those furry buggers ever said anything about my breast or my liver.  Fired, I tell you. They are fired.  Falling down on the job is what I call that. Smile

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/11/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Jul 17, 2013 10:58AM sciencegal wrote:

Hi SGC - Oh my gosh what a story- you have definitely found the right group on this board! We all believe that our pups are very much in tune with what we are going through- because they ARE!

Your story is a lot like slickchickie with superdog Capone. Thank goodness for these big boys who can let you know what is going on.

Bobogirl a cat as a soulmate is also perfectly acceptable- we dont discriminate! LOL. Funny that he was named "man", cute. I hope you are doing well with your little ones and the upcoming move and everything. I hope your partner will give in on that little back yard house! Maybe it's a BIG doghouse?

Slickchickie tomorrow is the day when you get this d@mned cancer out of your life. You are doing everything you can to banish it forever. We are all rooting for superwoman Slickchickie and superdog Capone!!!

Hugs to all

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 17, 2013 12:16PM bobogirl wrote:

Go Slickchickie go!  You can do it!  I can see your sparkle!  :)

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Jul 17, 2013 12:27PM planetbananas wrote:

Wow SGC, that is amazing! Your story brought tears to my eyes!

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2013 Surgery 4/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/22/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 17, 2013 12:53PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Awww, thank you so much, ladies! Reading your comments & stories makes such a difference & I feel less alone. Thanks for rooting for me & Capone, between the two of us we need all the cheers we can get!

Speaking of soul dogs, mine was my husky Romeo. There just aren't words for the relationship we had together, but he deserves to be mentioned. He saved my life in a different way than Capone did-- I leaned heavily on him for emotional support his entire life & he never let me fall. Romeo had a heart of gold, may he rest in peace.

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes

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