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Forum: Mental Health: Because Cancer Doesn't Just Affect Your Breasts —

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Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 06:15AM

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 11/2/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/7/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/7/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/19/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/23/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/27/2013 Breast Surgery 9/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 23, 2019 04:15PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Dozer is a smart puppy! My boy Jackson is the same way out to do his business and he wants to come right back in.

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Jun 5, 2019 12:36PM GmaFoley wrote:

Dozer got in a spat with a raccoon at 3am in the morning last week. He ended up ripping the nail of a declaw and had to have the what was left removed. He is doing better now and no more cone of shame.

One thing that has happened since - If I go out into the backyard where this all happened, he is at my side, as if he is protecting me from that mean raccoon. Just interesting, even when injured, he takes care of his momma. Smile

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 5, 2019 12:55PM Spookiesmom wrote:

awwwww poor boy. Glad he’s feeling better and protecting mom❤️

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jun 5, 2019 02:26PM magiclight wrote:

No more raccoons!

Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Jun 14, 2019 03:24PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Poor Dozer! Hope he is better soon!


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Jun 17, 2019 04:08AM GmaFoley wrote:

Mommyof 2 - He is back to his normal self and doing well. He has a new playtoy this week - My granddaughter came to visit. Winking

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 17, 2019 12:21PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Wonderful to hear that he’s much better

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Jul 17, 2019 06:54AM GmaFoley wrote:

Lessons for Dozer - he learned to speak :-)

https://www.facebook.com/esther.foley.5/videos/101...

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2019 08:09AM magiclight wrote:

Nice training post. Good dog Dozer!.

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Jul 18, 2019 09:35AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Awesome!


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Sep 13, 2019 07:00AM GmaFoley wrote:

Dozer enjoying his front flat area. He is so funny - behind him is a hill - he lays on his back and slides down the hill. Haven't been able to catch it on camera yet.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 13, 2019 09:46AM - edited Sep 13, 2019 09:47AM by M0mmyof2

lol

I could just see this as you described it. What asilly Dozer! I really needed this, especially after this week and the passing of my sweet angel Jackson.

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Sep 13, 2019 10:00AM GmaFoley wrote:

Oh no! I'm so sorry! It is such a hard time when that happens - Hugs coming your way!

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 13, 2019 11:35AM magiclight wrote:

mommyof...I am so sorry for the heartache you are experiencing.

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Sep 13, 2019 01:40PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Thanks Ladies. I’m not dealing with it too well.


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Sep 13, 2019 01:43PM Spookiesmom wrote:

It’s ok. You don’t have to. There is no time frame for grief.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Sep 13, 2019 02:55PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

My hubby made me take a walk after dinner.

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Sep 18, 2019 06:33AM GmaFoley wrote:

Silly Dozer - He has been sleeping under my desk while I work -

Half on and half off his bed.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 18, 2019 06:40AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Aww.


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Feb 14, 2020 05:05AM GmaFoley wrote:

How are everyone's fur babies doing?


Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2020 05:19AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

My cats are good. Still looking for a new puppy

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Feb 14, 2020 05:30AM GmaFoley wrote:

I am looking for a playmate for Dozer.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2020 05:47AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Spookie is having a dental as I type. I’m a wreck. Kris is ok.

How are you and Dozer?

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 13, 2020 06:01AM GmaFoley wrote:

We are working on getting a new fence line to give him more run room off his pulley cable. As DH and I get older he has a tendency to wrap us up in it trying to play. DH rolled down the hill the other day when he caught his leg with Dozer's cable.

During my work hours Dozer just chills under my desk or on my rebounder I put where he can get some sunshine in my sunroom office.


Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 13, 2020 06:22AM Yogatyme wrote:

Dozer is a doll!! None of our animals ever get on my rebounder. I was sure I would be fighting them for it b/c they think the yoga mat is for their comfort! My sister just got a rebounder last week and she has to kick her cats off it to use it.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/2/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Mar 13, 2020 10:33AM GmaFoley wrote:

I finally gave up on the rebounder. I am having issues with my foot so I put his bed on top of it and let him lay on it.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 24, 2020 05:24AM GmaFoley wrote:

With all this "Stay at Home" stuff going on DH and I have been rototilling and working in the yard. Dozer is chilling right where DH just finished. We had lots of sun instead of rain last weekend. Now we are back to rain.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 24, 2020 05:26AM Spookiesmom wrote:

makes a good supervisor ❤️❤️❤️

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 24, 2020 07:04AM GoldensRBest wrote:

These are my therapy dogs! Bella is almost 10, Gamble is 8 and her biological granddaughter, Mariah, is 1.5. We have always had goldens and they are especially comforting as we are confined to home during this virus issue. The love they provide is well worth the dog hair, which is both a fashion statement and condiment - LOL! I believe they truly understand that I have cancer and need extra love

Dx 6/1990, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 7/1999, IDC, Right, <1cm Dx 7/26/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 9/25/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy CMF Surgery Mastectomy Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 24, 2020 09:32AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Condiment!!Never heard that one before, so true!!! Love it, and your girls.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3

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