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Feb 27, 2009 03:12PM
Wow it took me forever to get a post in - I had to read all these first!!
My story: I am 62, dx in August, during a hospital stay where I had a total hysterectomy (a mass was there but not cancerous) and gallbladder removed (stones full) and a bowel obstruction straightened out (NO cutting) and had pancreatitis....Then the Doctor (who found a lump in my breast we thought was scar tissue from the breast lift 2 years ago) said- You have breast cancer. Anything else I asked, No that's all - was the answer. The doctor is one who has treated me for years, and I knew him well.
Needless to say, I recovered from all that surgery, was put on Arimedex thru my sons wedding which was a month away. Then started chemo.
I had 4 A/C then 12 Taxol ( I just completed number 10. Then I will have a Bilat Mast. I don't want to have to worry about the other breast, and I want my breasts to be even. I named the girls "Rise and Shine" after the lift, and these will be named the "Pointer Sisters!" LOL
Would I have chemo again? YES. I had no SE's other then losing the hair on my head (I never lost my lashes or brows or other hair) And, I have gone to the med onc for many years,(I had something else that only he could monitor) and I trust them. If he says I need it, I would listen to him.
Does it bother me to have my picture on the internet? NO. It is not a porno site. My picture is on my website, and it's never been a problem. Cancer bothers me, not my picture on a website. Besides how can we see who we're talking to if we have no picture? On this site, I had my picture for a while, but I chaged it to SuperSquirrel because I think he represents me better. If you like I'll put it back for a while.
What I've learned.
1) Listen to the doctor who is in htat specialty. The PS for wound care and issues of surgical import. Do not listen to heim on issues of gen onc, or on radiation, they do not count as a second opinion..
2) The rad onc for issues dealing with radiation. She's studied it, knows it. And I'vd found that a woman cares about the cosmetic outcome as well, and will take that into account..
3).The med onc for issues dealing with the cancer itself.
4) Speak up. It's your body and your SE's and it deserves to be treated with respect and kindness.
I think of myself as a Conqueror not a Survivor.
The Jabberwocky poem is on my desk and I, like the beamish boy will have its head..on a platter!.
Sorry for the long post. This is a great forum, we sisters here for each other. I don't often post, but I love reading the posts. Great info here, and a great group of women that I am so glad I found! JUDY
Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. JUDY
8/18/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-