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

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Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 02:15PM

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 24, 2020 08:50PM shycat wrote:

R.I.P. Lexi, ????? - 3/24/2020

Cancer in dogs is proof enough to me that there is no god.

shy Dx 1/7/2014, IBC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 6/27/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/14/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/27/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 24, 2020 09:14PM Spookiesmom wrote:

agree. 💔💔💔💔💔

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 24, 2020 10:50PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔

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Mar 25, 2020 02:49AM magiclight wrote:

shycat...a broken heart day...


Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Mar 25, 2020 01:49PM Yogatyme wrote:

shycat, so sad for you. I think dogs are god.....some dyslexic person got the spelling wrong.

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 25, 2020 02:40PM CeliaC wrote:

shycat - So sorry your Lexi crossed the rainbow bridge, especially since our pets are such comfort during these trying times.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 25, 2020 04:11PM GmaFoley wrote:

Sorry to hear shycat! Remember all the good times you had with Lexi.

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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Apr 12, 2020 02:58AM GmaFoley wrote:

I was working out in the front garden and planted a puppy. We are thinking of harvesting Hushpuppies in about 8 weeks LOL>

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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Apr 12, 2020 03:12AM Yogatyme wrote:

lol!! I love how they will lay in the sun and get completely relaxed! Any sunbeam is a day at the beach for them.

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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Apr 12, 2020 03:20AM - edited Apr 12, 2020 03:22AM by magiclight

Love hushpuppies :)

Any photo's of Dozier awake!! But then again, it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Apr 12, 2020 03:39AM Moderators wrote:

This is such a loving sweet thread, with the ups and downs of our four-legged babies, and how they help us. Thank you for keeping this thread going!

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Apr 13, 2020 12:42AM GmaFoley wrote:

Yep watching daddy rototilling.

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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Apr 13, 2020 12:47AM GmaFoley wrote:

or this one ;) - He does more than sleep


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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Apr 13, 2020 02:27AM Yogatyme wrote:

he is so handsome!!

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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Apr 13, 2020 05:28PM - edited Apr 13, 2020 05:29PM by magiclight

GMA...Looks nice and warm by that sunny wall

Rainy day here, so my guy is resting up for his nap later today.

Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Apr 13, 2020 06:45PM Yogatyme wrote:

magic, what a cutie!!

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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Apr 14, 2020 01:05AM GmaFoley wrote:

What a fuzzy furbaby! - He must be so fuzzy soft!

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 21, 2020 03:12PM doggrooming wrote:

I have a shitzu. I think part bull dog..lol she has a broad stance in her front and is bow legged in front. Cut her hair this past week...oh my..not one of my better cuts.

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Sep 21, 2020 10:51PM magiclight wrote:

doggrooming: interesting description. I've had a few oops when trimming my poodle, no worries, it can be covid hair Happy

Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Sep 27, 2020 10:23PM LoveLau wrote:

I am 72, was DKX at 68. Have yellow carpet and very bad depression I fight si thoughts. Drs tried me on medications which gave me si thoughts had lots of treatments but nothing seems to work. Right now drs gave me klonapin and popronaol for the anxiety and told me to experiment to see what would work. So yesterday I sat at home and felt fine no anxiety or depression. I take a walk every morning and try to do something after that but it’s always a matter of forcing myself.

I have been thinking of getting a dog to see if that could give me something to be more involved in. I have trouble cooking and cleaning get anxious when I try to do any of that. Have very little support system. I went from the person you would call when you needed a pick me up to someone no one calls. I am very anxious and my pcp just said that after they try people on meds that don’t work, they will be a witness and stand by those patients. Not very optimistic. I’m looking for any way to stop thinking so negative and to get back to life with out fear.
anyone have any good ideas. I am actually living in perserverance not happiness . They say live one minunite at a time, i am greedy I want more. I want to stop thinking about Bc all the time.

Anyone ever down this low and if so do you think a doggie would help me? thanks

Has anyone been this low.

Dx 10/2016, LCIS/ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2020 10:07PM Mavericksmom wrote:

Hi LoveLau, I am 67, but I had some trouble with depression over the years, particularly when I had breast cancer, which I had twice. I don't know where you live or how often you go outside but I have lymphedema (from 2003 IDC) so I always wear long sleeves and I don't go outside much. I usually walk early in the morning or later in the day. Anyway, years I had my blood tested for Vitamin D at my doctor's request and found out I was deficient! When I thought about my life style, it made sense. My doctor put me on vitamin D3 supplement and wow, did I ever notice a difference! It didn't happen right away, but one day I noticed how my emotional self was so much better. I am usually a positive person, but like you, I was becoming the person no one wanted to be around. When I had ILC in and surgery in early 2019, I asked for a social worker to help me get through my emotional rough spots. Vitamin D was not an emotional "cure all" but I no longer linger in a depressed state and genuinely feel I cope so much better than before.

As for a dog, I say YES! I really want another dog. I was going to adopt a rescue I fostered. Long story but that didn't happen, as the poor dog really needed to be in a home with another dog to learn what being a pet dog was like. There was someone else who wanted this dog who already had the same breed of dog so I gave her up because I knew that is where she belonged. When I had cancer in 2003 my black lab, Maverick, (hence Mavericksmom) was my rock! I had great family support, but Maverick helped me like no one else could! He was constantly by my side.

I think a dog would help you get out, and feel more like your old self. Just knowing you need to take care of this furry friend make one feel needed and loved. That is why therapy dogs are such a help. I say a big YES to getting a dog!

I am going to get a dog too, but I just don't know when as I am back at work in a school and right now I am just praying I don't come down with Covid.

Dx 6/6/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 12/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Sep 29, 2020 12:08AM - edited Sep 29, 2020 02:50AM by magiclight

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Oct 4, 2020 05:00PM nopink2019 wrote:

LoveLau - Hope you are still reading. I'll give you my perspective on getting a dog. They can be wonderful, but they don't come that way. Be ready for work, it can be a great distraction and something positive to focus on. Whether you get a puppy or adopt an older dog, they must get accustomed to you and your preferences. That time training is how they get to love you, follow you and do what you define as "good dog" behavior. We're all different...can it get on the sofa or just that one chair? does it sleep in your bed or a crate in the utility room? does it have a yard to play in or must you give it frequent outdoor time to relieve itself? Group dog training classes, whether puppy, obedience, tricks, obstacle course, etc are all good information and socialization for you & pup. I love dogs and have had one most of my life. The week before I started treatment for MBC an ignorant houseguest took my dog out for a walk without a leash and without asking permission. Got up from my nap and my 11yr old friend was gone forever. I wouldn't go into back yard and spent most of the time in bed, not wanting to live. After 1st treatment, DH came home with a puppy and asked me to try to look forward. I've been a terrible trainer over this past year, just because I've been too tired to focus enough on her needs. But we play fetch alot, she walks on a leash well and sleeps on a pillow or my lap while I watch tv. Not as well trained as my previous pups, but loving, cuddly and devoted to me. The classes I mentioned are all types I've attended with dogs in the past, not for competition, just for bonding and fun. So, read up a bit on getting a dog and even how to train, if you haven't done this in a while. Consider size & breed (tiny dogs can be snappy, big dogs can be too strong, etc).Your pup would love morning walks and another in the afternoon. Sounds like you are ready to provide that, and are looking for motivation. Good luck with your decision.
Dx 2008, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 2019, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/23/2019 Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 9/20/2019 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 11/12/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 11/12/2019 Kisqali Hormonal Therapy 5/9/2021 Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy 5/10/2021 Afinitor (everolimus)
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Oct 4, 2020 10:17PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Although I miss my beloved Sheltie, I feel he guided me to my new puppy. It’s strange going from a medium-sized dog to a smaller dog but it is just as fun. Finding out new things about my new dog every day.

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Oct 14, 2020 06:49PM GmaFoley wrote:

Question: Dozer has just started whining - doesn't need out, doesn't need treat , doesn't seem to be hurting anywhere, we had our play time but he stares at me, lays down by me and whines... Have no clue.

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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Oct 14, 2020 07:38PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Could be start of doggie dementia. Get into vet for check up make sure nothing else going’s on. He’s about 10?

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 14, 2020 08:00PM - edited Oct 14, 2020 08:02PM by GmaFoley

Yes he is. Oh wonderful.. my smaller dogs didn't do that until 15 or so..



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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Dec 13, 2020 08:42PM GmaFoley wrote:

Why does he always steal my chair after I get up LOL ?

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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Dec 13, 2020 08:43PM - edited Dec 13, 2020 08:43PM by GmaFoley

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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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Dec 14, 2020 05:30PM - edited Dec 14, 2020 05:31PM by M0mmyof2

My Nugget has developed that habit of jumping in my chair. Have a hard time getting him out of it.

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