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Mar 10, 2007 06:44PM
I am 42 (soon to be 43) and was diagnosed with IDC, 4 cm tumour and 3 positive nodes in Oct 05. I was also er/pr+ and her-.
I am 10 months out of chemo and 6 months out of active treatment with the exception of hormonals and Zoladex injections to chemically shut down my ovaries.
It is all so overwhelming right now for you being in the very early stages of this journey, awaiting surgery, tests and more waiting. Once you have your surgery, get your pathology report (usually 1 week after surgery) and have a plan of attack you will feel a little more at ease knowing that you are doing something to kick cancer in the butt!
The worrying, fear, anxiety,anger tears and anticipation of what lies ahead in this journey is the worst part and very NORMAL.
Being er/pr+ are good as hormonal theraphy is available to you once active treatment is finished--surgery, chemo and/or radiation.
It is a long physically and emotionally exhausting journey but you will be surprised at how much of a fighting spirit you have when you have to do it.
This time last year I was bald, exhausted from treatment and this year I have dark, curly, curly hair --am happy, healthy and NED (no evidence of cancer) in my first followup checkups last month. I am proof that you can come out the other side of breast cancer and live your life beyond this disease.
Big hugs from another bc sister.
10/23/2005, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/9/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2-
05/01/2006 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
12/16/2013 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts
: Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast
, Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my right breast
; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap
05/03/2008 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries
11/09/2005 Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
, Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection)
; Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast
12/05/2005 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
02/11/2014 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)