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Forum: Just Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastasis —

Meet others who are just facing the diagnosis of a recurrence of breast cancer or metastatic (advanced) disease. You are NOT alone.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2017 07:32AM

jackboo09 wrote:

Hi

I am due to have a CT scan biopsy of a 29mm shadow in chest tomorrow. Having been told 50/50 chance, they have said this morning that it is highly likely to be Mets and not operable.

I have 3 teenagers and a fully supportive family. Positives: small mass and no evidence yet of other mets although I haven't had a full bone scan yet just the neck to pelvis area CT.

consultant talked about new treatment options from 6 years ago when I was dx with IDC with node involvement and 2cm breast lump. She said not curable and their aim was to get me back to living my life and said years. Is this just what they tell you.

I am hours on only from this news. Crying a lot. Can anyone add any positives.


Liz ( jack boo)

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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May 8, 2020 05:10PM marianelizabeth wrote:

Liz, it has been very quiet and it's nice to see you here. It has been very quiet and it's nice to see you here. It sounds as though you are doing OK. Do you have any side effects from your Herceptin injections? I love it that many of you are out gardening and I know the weather has been pretty good in BC as Moth and Elderberry say. I was trying to also get out and do sitting down weeding for 10 or 15 minutes at a time as well as supervising my husband for a lot more work in the garden. I had him move some bushes from the front that deer were eating last year and then this year so now they are safely in our back garden where we have deer fencing.

JoJo, I too am using dictation and my daughter's partner installed Dragon on my computer a couple of weeks ago though I'm still trying to figure out how to use it. The regular Mac dictation is frustrating and takes time because I keep having to go back and fix things. It seems to double everything too which makes dictation hardly worth it, the pain gets so bad.

I am thinking that you and I may have some things in common that I did not notice before. I will go back to your blog and see but my advanced cancer or metastatic cancer whatever, was caused by the tumour entangling with the neurovascular bundle of the right brachial plexus. I can move my arm but I have had no use of my hand almost since the beginning of MBC three years ago plus the pain increases the problem. In fact that was what started the investigation, first thought to be lymphedema as I did have terrible swelling but pain was unusual.

When I last wrote the pain has increased and they kept increasing the dosage of the Fentanyl in my intrathecal pain pump which was embedded in September. I am probably repeating all of this but it helps me try to see where we have similarities. All through April the pain got worse and worse. Finally on April 28th even with boluses of extra medications that I can administer myself with a device, I could not stop the pain which was unbearable and honestly 28th even with boluses of extra medications that I can administer myself with a device, I felt like killing myself. I waited out the terrible pain to the point where I could call hospice and they conferred, called me back and said they had an acute care bed which I which I was surprised at, but took it even though I had to be here an hour later for admission. I am still here and after a CT and MRI in the last week, it turns out that there was nothing wrong with the catheter in the intrathecal space and the only thing suggested was to change the medication to a drug called Sufentanil which is pretty much the strongest opioid in the world other than carfentanyl which yes, we have all heard about from the black market although it is really used for elephants and I am not an elephant haha. The med change was started only yesterday. I am also getting ketamine. The latest method is through my nostrils and I will be able to go home with that method. There's a lot more to say but I'm still getting my head around it. I had thought that with the pain pump that worked well for six months that I would be able to get back to my normal life sort of. The exacerbation of pain changed all of that and my life now looks like a sedentary one and I will be in bed or lying around most of the time. Right now just going to the bathroom allows me to do perhaps one thing then go back to bed and go back to try to brush my teeth and wash my face. Last week I felt as though I could not live like that but only in the last day or so have I realized that I really do want to live despite all the restrictions that will happen. There is more but I think I will leave it at this for now. Jo, I am not sure how much we have in common now as I think your cancer has gotten much worse whereas mine is stable at the moment even though I know it could appear anytime. The crazy pain in what I a dealing with.

This has taken an hour to write as dictation became hopeless. Also being on serious drugs does not help! Please tell me what method you use Jo.

I hope at least that you can understand this.Love to you all,

Marian

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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May 8, 2020 10:39PM Bright55 wrote:

Hi Marianelizabeth sending warm huggs from Australia

You have given a lot of inner strength to write your progress letter

Im still plodding along .losts of gardening and beach walks to keep me occupied

..weather here is indian summer very warm for May roses are still budding... last week even snow fell down south but no one to enjoy the fresh dumps due to lock down and winter cooler days nextweek

Everyone is eager to get out and about ...today i had my first take away coffee since early feb.


Pic of Happy visit from king parrots

Love Bright in hope



Dx 2011, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2016, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 11/3/2019 Afinitor (everolimus) Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 10/9/2020 Kisqali Surgery Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox)
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May 20, 2020 01:53PM Elderberry wrote:

Marian: popping in to say "Hi" and I often wonder how you are doing. Are you home yet? Having "crazy pain" is cruel and unfair. I know it is an effort for you to dictate so I'll check in periodically to see how you are faring.

De Novo - this isn't a "brave battle" - it is a "furious struggle" Dx 3/6/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, HER2+ Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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May 23, 2020 05:50PM - edited May 23, 2020 05:56PM by marianelizabeth

Bright, where in Oz do you live? Your birds are so wonderful and I love the king parrot you posted.

Elderberry, how did you come up with your avatar? Thanks for dropping in. As for the crazy pain I know I am lucky to have had the embedded pain pump surgery in the fall. I just never expected to have had it increase like it did and to lose yet even more independence. I have always been active and independent and the 8 years of cancer had me learn a lot about myself and others too. This latest blow though has taken me right back to the stages of grief. I am angry and sad within minutes at times. I have yet to find a way to see past this. My home care nurse today did put in a referral to a counsellor at the hospice I have been in and I know her from those times. I hope professional help will help before I push my family away. Actually my daughter and partner support the counsellor idea and in general are very helpful. My husband has been good too with everything he has to do but is silent when it comes to getting help or discussion about my cancer.

Fucking cancer eh

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Aug 7, 2020 05:17PM marianelizabeth wrote:

I hope that someone on our thread is out there in the quiet.

I have been surprised by the quiet on the boards. I am not on many but have always appreciated the support.

I am really struggling and despite some ups there are more often downs. Being almost sedentary is ridiculous especially since my cognitive ability is good even on crazy high does of opioids. Covid of course is hard for everyone and I do recognize in my case that socialization is not so often. I had a friend come to stay from Vancouver for 2 nights in July while my husband went sailing and we had a good time. It opened her eyes too about my condition. My pain is such that I have tingling and that numb feeling that comes from the anesthetic bipuvicaine (marcaine) that is mixed in the same amount as the opioid sufentanil in my pain pump. It is like the feeling of dental freezing wearing off but mine is many times higher and 24/7. Then there is the neuropathic pain from my scapula to my shoulder and down into my hand that is lessened somewhat by the pain pump meds plus oral methadone and ketamine. I use ketamine intranasal spray for breakthrough 4-7 times in 24 hours. Lying down is the best position and when up it is often only a few minutes before the pain is too much. There has been NEAD for ages so the pain issue sucks. I had a CT of neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis yesterday, routine. I got a call from MO secretary today and am to come in Aug. 18th, a week earlier than planned. I questioned why and that I had a CT yesterday and she said results would be discussed when I see her earlier than original appointment. Who knows but not really worried. In a way it might be a relief if positive as living like this is not how I want to live but am too young and healthy to go down the other alternative now.

Love to you all,

Marian

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Aug 7, 2020 08:30PM Pots wrote:

I’m here marianelizabeth.....been thinking of you. Your pain sounds exhausting. It must by frustrating for you....brain is active and ready to go and your body is unwilling and unable to do so. I’m chugging along...still in Reno hell, it might be finished at the end of August. I am so done with it. I have a CT scan on Monday so fingers crossed I am still stable. Please keep us posted on what you hear. Can we do a phone call this week

Dx 7/2013, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 5/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/2017, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2018, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs/other Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 7, 2020 08:46PM Sunshine99 wrote:

I saw this pop up when I looked at the active posts. I'm not good, as many of you are, at remembering all the names, but know that each of you have the love and support of another. I'm sorry for the pain some of you are in. I'm early in my Stage IV diagnosis, and it breaks my heart to see what some of you are going through. Sometimes, there are no words to offer except to say, "I'm sorry. That really sucks!"

(((hugs))) Carol

Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Aug 9, 2020 01:12PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Hi Marian. I am sorry to hear that you continue to deal with so much pain. It’s unfair, particularly as you are otherwise holding your own with this crappy disease. I wish I had some advice to offer. I have been dealing with an uptick in pain as well in my low back, right hip and neck (not sure if it is due to cancer or degenerative issues) so do know how wearing it can be but have no experience with the debilitating effects you describe. Can Hospice help?

It has been oddly quiet on the boards for months. There has been some discussion on one thread about changes to search engines impacting folks finding the site and topics which may explain the limited activity. Unfortunately, we have also lost a number of our dear friends in the last couple of years. The comforting nature of BCO has changed for me to some extent as a result.

Pots, I hadn’t realized you were doing renovations. I can relate to the “hell” comment. We’ve been doing work on the house in sections and can say that drywallers are the worst! OMG. The dust and filth gets into everything. I saw from another post that you recently switched from LTD to retirement and wondered why. Were you at the magic age or were they trying to push you back to work? I’m still grappling with the whole issue of work. For a decisive individual it’s astonishing how much I struggle to make a decision. Getting closer but....

Sending hugs to all. Pat.

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Aug 9, 2020 01:45PM moth wrote:

Hi Marian, so nice to hear from you but sorry to learn of your pain. That must be very difficult and exhausting. This stupid covid sucks too and is complicating so many things. Wish we could all get together in person again but it doesn't seem likely any time soon

Pots, fingers crossed for good scan results.

Sadiesservant, I was just thinking about you a few days ago, wondering what you'd decided about work. It's tough to turn some pages in our lives.


I'm physically good (well apart from fatigue and this weekend, oral thrush - sigh) but my treatment plan is all up in the air as the Roche clinical trial I was in (brand new huge international trial) got halted. No safety concerns, "just" evidence that atezo+taxol has no benefit over taxol alone (for mtnbc with PD-L1 expression - which is me!) Prev trial showed atezo + abraxane had both progression free and overall survival benefits. Meeting with the team on Wednesday to sort out next steps but I think will finish this cycle (2 more treatments) and scan at end of August & decide what to do next.

Dh is making me a small fountain for the deck, in an old half wine barrel; that's the extent of our home improvements these days. We were supposed to be making bedrooms in the basement for our adult kids but now nobody has energy or motivation for the project

Hugs everyone 😊

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab)
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Aug 9, 2020 04:40PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Good to hear from you as well Moth. Your comments on work resonated. Tomorrow is my first day back after some vacation and I am thinking through my strategy. Challenge - it appears one of my employees has taken another job (given budget pressures not sure I can fill the vacancy) and my ED has booked three weeks off at the end of August. She deserves the break but I am second in command so that adds some pressure. Appointment with my MO on the 18th and will need to broach the subject. Of course it would help if I would take sick time when I am struggling with SEs etc.

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Aug 11, 2020 12:47PM jackboo09 wrote:

Hi Marian

I have just realised that it was April since I posted last although I have jumped briefly onto other threads.,

Really so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. Hoping that something can be done. Your inner strength is shining through and I know we can’t offer much but we are here to support.

The lockdown period here has resulted in a busy, packed house. Both my boys came home mid March from university and my daughter was furloughed from her job for 4 months. All 5 of together!

Well we have got through it and have come out stronger for it. At the start of the pandemic, my Dr and o decided that it would be safer to move to the Herceptin only injection which effectively ended my time on Perjeta. Much better! No more cannulas.

I scan again in late Aug/ Sept. Time to hold my breath again.

On Sat August 1st I turned 50 and held a small family party in the garden. The theme was gold and we all had an amazing time.

Finally, I have written the first chapter of my book and am enjoying that as it keeps me mentally fit now that I am retired.

Every day I feel grateful that for now I’m ok. Sending a massive hug and support to you Marian.

Liz x

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Aug 21, 2020 09:01AM marianelizabeth wrote:

It was nice to see some response to my message a couple of weeks ago. Happy 50th Liz and let there be many more decades ahead. Let us know how your scan goes. Pat, I hear you about renovations and work and wonder if the work one will eventually slow down or if you will take some time for yourself. How is your mom? Welcome Carole and I hope that you stay with us here. I see moth and pots on the BC thread so have kept up with them and their treatments and ups and downs.

The following is pretty much a copy paste from the BC thread. The results from my CT scan which I got on Tuesday with an in person appointment with my oncologist yesterday surprised me even though I had a head's up Friday from my BCCA pain doctor. More progressive metastatic disease than expected and I was shocked really. My MO thought the report was badly written as did I but she has ordered a PET/CT to be done in the next 2-3 weeks and chemo Eribulin will probably start next week. "Never say never" with my decision once again to start chemo was a decision made once we discussed the different circumstances from November to now. Then I did not want to add one more thing to my broken body and my pain was nothing like it is now. One of the tumours in my chest wall that we can feel is "not open yet" a quote from my MO. YUCK. The other mass is in an odd area in my upper medial chest and we look forward to finding out more from the PET scan. Again I was surprised that I did not feel the lump myself but but with all that centres around my pain my MO said that she herself was not surprised. There may be a few tiny nodules in the upper lobe of my right lung that are growing too. Weirdly though I am emotionally wrung out I feel strengthened knowing more endurance is needed.

Over the past few weeks I have got a couple of pars of pullets (young female chickens) and for those who remember, keeping hens for 4 years in Vancouver during cancerland was a blessing for me to care for and enjoy. My deck garden with the majority of plants grown by seed has also been a positive. I am still lying down most of the time and manage what is needed very carefully. Still, life is a roller coaster and I can go to anger to sadness and back in nano seconds.

Love Marian

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Aug 21, 2020 10:05AM Wildplaces wrote:

Marian 😊

I am here too. I read but of late don’t always know what to say. I have read your pain plan and I get the drugs. I am so very sorry you are going through this. I remember the Vancouver chooks, and the photo where you were feeding them and that you told me yours were partial to yogurt treads.🐣I still have mine and they bring me such joy!

I try and walk Marian, because I enjoy it. And try and find spots of water. This is for you. I still smile thinking of you in the snow with your family, or the fab hat in the sailing picture.

Happy 50th Birthday Liz!! It sounds like a wonderful party! Soooh happy to hear that you are writing. 😊🌷🍀 I am happy you are on shots only, stupid IV cannula ...

Pat - we write. I woke up at 4am yesterday to pay for my “things will just have to fit in” moment - ha! Still searching for a strategy...

I am ok. Older, crankier, I creek a lot these days but ok. Covid made work oddly hectic for a while but we have had good control in Queensland. I am getting to know our local farmers, and indulging a little. Trying to read more. Started going fishing...


Hugs to all aplenty,

Ioana 😊🌷🍀


Dx 8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 22, 2020 11:51AM marianelizabeth wrote:

Ioana, my son and partner (she is from Brisbane and they met online in Oz three years ago) sailed from NZ with my husband as far as Hawaii 2 years ago and were here on Vancouver Is. with us either side of a year up island when Steven did a post grad business certificate an a uni. They were back with us 6 months saving money to go back to Oz and left January 21 just in time for Covid. They wanted to go to Melbourne but instead have been using their savings living with brother/partner in Tywoomba and her parents in Brisbane. They have given up hope for Melbourne and are now trying to find accommodation on Sunshine coast and the jobs. Hard to do they say. I miss them a lot as they were amazing young people to live with.

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Aug 27, 2020 04:53AM Wildplaces wrote:

Marian 🙂

It sounds like they got here just in time, so much is closed here. We have low numbers but it has come at a huge economic price. Its hard for all young people at present but hopefully things will settle a bit more in the next six months as we are all learning to live with covid.

When do you start Eribulin?

Hugs to all,

Ioana 🙂🌷

Dx 8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 31, 2020 10:25AM Sadiesservant wrote:

Hello Everyone,

Well... that summer went fast! I can't believe it's August 31st already. Things continue to be busy with work and home. I'm acting ED for the next three weeks so we shall see how that goes!

I continue to try to figure out how to find balance in my life. I know most of you are probably rolling your eyes as this has been a recurring conversation with me. I do find it hard to know what is the right decision given the uncertainty of the disease trajectory. My MO recently commented that none of us has a crystal ball unfortunately. But, with the exception of bone/back pain (bone scan scheduled for September 21st) and side effects, I continue to do well. And it's nice to be at a place where my salary provides mad money... now if I only had the time to spend it! Ha! (And increasingly a place to spend it... COVID does make it a bit tricky.)

Marian, so sorry to hear about further progression. I know from experience how it knocks the wind out of our sails. I took a big psychological hit when I had early progression and never really recovered my mojo completely. Hope that eribulin knocks it back.

Liz, so happy to hear that you are writing. How exciting (and amazing with a full house). Do you have a date for your scan? I'm thinking of you.

Ioana, funny that you chose a picture of a waterfall. It reminded me of my first trip to Brazil when I was doing international development. I made some side trips, one of them to a place called Foz do Iguassu which lies at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. It has the most spectacular waterfalls - one of the worlds largest, stretching 2.7 km across. There are hundreds of cascades. I was actually there a couple of times but the first trip I walked all the trails on the Brazilian side, gasping in awe at each of the cascades and taking pictures along the way. It was actually quite ridiculous as I came home with at least one hundred photos of waterfalls! (This was pre-digital cameras so it was still a case of printing them all.) The one upside, with so many to choose from, I could pick the best for enlarging and framing.

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Sep 2, 2020 08:52AM jackboo09 wrote:

Hi everyone

I am currently on holiday in North Yorkshire. Just a short break. Gorgeous English village with a lovely pub serving delicious food and lots to explore. Visited Castle Howard ( pictured)

Yesterday I cycled for 12 miles along the coast. Here are some photos.

I scan on Fri- yikes! Still on Herceptin injection. Dropped Perjeta in March.

Sending my love to you all.

Liz x

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Sep 2, 2020 09:55AM Sadiesservant wrote:

Looks lovely Liz. There are certainly no shortages of castles in Britain!

In your pocket for Friday!

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Sep 11, 2020 03:11PM jackboo09 wrote:

Got the call today to say my scan is stable. Massive relief.

L x

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Sep 11, 2020 05:34PM marianelizabeth wrote:

Massive relief and good reason for celebration Liz. Have a great weekend.

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Sep 11, 2020 06:23PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Great news Liz! Cause for celebration for sure.

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Sep 11, 2020 08:25PM moth wrote:

yay jackboo!

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab)
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Sep 12, 2020 01:50PM MinusTwo wrote:

jackboo - WOO HOO!!! Congrats.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Sep 16, 2020 01:23PM moth wrote:

nice to see you here Marian - how are you and how is eribulin working for you?

Hugs

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab)
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Oct 2, 2020 12:46PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Hi All,

Thought I would check in to see how folks are doing. Marion, how is the treatment going? Any relief from the pain?

I’ve had a bit of a time of it lately but overall things appear to continue to be relatively stable. To explain, back in July I was having increased pain in all my hot spots with known bone mets that have caused issues. Right hip, lumbar spine and neck (with some right rib twinges thrown in). I was also experiencing constant low grade headaches but figured they were due to degenerative back issues.

Fast forward to about three or four weeks ago and the headaches were worsening, seemed to be exacerbated by computer work and walking (20 minutes into my Sadie walks I could feel it increasing and by noon on a work day my head was pounding as of a couple of weeks ago). In addition, I noticed sensitivity/pain on the back of my head (occipital bone) which was very noticeable at night with the pressure of my head against the pillow and some odd sensations along the right side of my tongue (not numbness exactly but I know it’s there if that makes sense). This made me wonder if it was the skull base mets acting up. Of course, as this has gone on my neck has become increasingly tight which is not helping!

Scheduled bone scan came back stable but that’s not precisely a good measure in my case as it always underestimates my bone disease. Reached out to my MO and he fast tracked me for a brain MRI (okay.. scary stuff alert!) and thankfully also prescribed a steroid to reduce swelling which has reduced the headaches substantially. Received his call back yesterday and thankfully the brain is clear. The skull base and cervical spine mets are still noted but there is no clear evidence of progression. Having said that, he feels clinical signs are indicating subtle progression which, in the head and neck area can cause issues even if it’s a millimetre. He is recommending radiation and is reaching out to my RO. At this point not sure what she will propose as I suspect the cervical spine may need zapping based on how this has played out but unclear at the moment.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks which has coincided with over the top craziness at work. Demands have been high which, as a result, have meant I didn’t take the time off I should have. The one positive is that it has opened up the discussion of scaling back with my boss and my MO so I am starting to get things organized on that front. I’m thinking of reducing to four shorter days per week to better cement boundaries and give myself an extra recovery day. (Potential radiation complicates the plot of course as I may need extra recovery time given the possibility of collateral damage.)

That’s it in a nutshell. Waiting to hear from the MO and trying to take rests through the day to get my neck to calm down (although so far it’s not going well). Headaches much improved but the dexamethazone is giving me dry mouth, taste issues, nausea and, of course, insomnia (awake at 3:30 AM this morning 🙄 ). Good grief. And the worst part is wine tastes like crap! Thankfully they taper the dose fairly quickly so I am hopeful things will improve on that front soon.

Sorry this was so long. Hope you are all well!

Hugs, Pat

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Oct 2, 2020 01:58PM moth wrote:

Oh Pat, what a time you've had. SO glad the brain MRI came clear. I'm sure that must have been a big anxiety inducing thing (which probably wans't helping with the headaches either). I hope you get your RO consult and a plan soon & the pain continues to ease up. I have to take zopiclone now to sleep and a bigger dose on days I have dex (my taxol days) and even then I sleep way fewer hours than normal.
Hope things calm down for you at work & with the treatment.

Marion, yoohoo, how are you girl? Aren't you back on taxol now? How's it treating you?

I'm well. We (dh & our adult kids) went camping for a week in Osoyoos, we stayed in a tent, boated, and for minutes at a time I forgot about having terminal cancer :) Started Cycle 8 of atezolizumab+taxol yesterday. I'm finding this a very tolerable treatment atm. Can't taste things & have fatigue but not so bad that it bugs me. WBCs are crap even with grastofil so I have to be super careful about infection control. And am gaining weight - always hungry. But last 2 scans I had significant regression on my liver mets! Fingers crossed the trend continues for next scan on Oct 23.

hugs everyone

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab)
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Oct 2, 2020 02:25PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Hi Moth. Good to hear from you. Great news on the liver! And weight gain is not a bad thing. With all the ups and downs a little extra can’t hurt. 😉

A the little blue pills. I tried to get a prescription from my GP some time ago but he resisted.

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Oct 2, 2020 07:08PM Pots wrote:

ugh Sadie you’ve had quite a time lately. Hmm...methinks your body is yelling at you to stop working so hard and so much. I’m relieved you will reduce your hours and days.....please give yourself extra time to recover during radiation!!!!

Moth....good to hear you went camping. Osoyoos is one of my most favourite places in BC, I hope you got to sample some terrific wines too. I’m relieved that the treatments are doable and keeping things beat back. I figure that’s a win so yay!

Jackaboo.....stable is a gift, music to my ears. Sounds like you have settled into your new life. I love the photos you post of the various places you get to....I’m living vicariously.

I’m on cycle 14 of Alpelisb and Faslodex. Things continue to remain stable. The SE with this drug are not easy and my dose was reduced to 250 mg at cycle 9 due to blood sugars shooting up even with Metformin. My QOL has improved hugely and I have days now where I even have some energy. I feel like I can actually live between scans...as much as we can during COVID (staying in small bubble and not going anywhere). We finished our basement Reno in September, got things moved back in and I’ve unpacked What I can. Yesterday we hung our art up and our little house now feels like home.

Be wel



Dx 7/2013, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 5/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/2017, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2018, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs/other Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 3, 2020 11:56AM Sadiesservant wrote:

Thanks Pots.

I'm happy to know that you are holding stable on your treatment but hear on you on the side effects. Verzenio not a walk in the park either - looks good on the ad with folks skipping out the door but I hope they have a change of clothes in their bag! GI issues are intense and unexpected. Thankfully I don't have the issue of blood sugar. There are a few ladies I follow on that drug and understand this is a notorious problem.

The whole work situation is simply out of control. While I get this is an unusual circumstance with very tight timelines on a big project which needs to launch asap, the timing has been incredibly bad for me with all the other cancer related stuff going on. I'm not even on the core team - just liaison for our Branch and the external partners - but am being pulled into things left, right and centre. After a great deal of back and forth to set up a meeting late yesterday, I had a call with a partner at 8:30, then a call with a cast of thousands at 9:00 that went on for an hour. I need to get notes summarized from the meeting, get a contract drafted and be ready for another call tomorrow at 2:00 PM. Happy weekend! And somehow I need to do this while stepping away from the computer often enough to keep my neck from seizing up. Oh... and wouldn't it be nice if I could actually get to some of the things I need to do around my house before fall/winter settles?

But, on a positive note, it is a clear demonstration to all that the boundaries I tried to erect before are not working. I must cut my hours and take time to recover as needed. This includes recovery from radiation.. whatever that looks like. Anticipate I will "see" my RO next week. (Not sure if she will do this in person. I hope so as she's really awesome, walks me through scans showing me problem areas, etc. Given that there is a bit of uncertainty regarding which of the little blighters is causing the issues, in person would be my preference. COVID be damned.)

Well, must get back at it. Wish me luck!

Pat

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Oct 13, 2020 01:40PM marianelizabeth wrote:

Shit, I lost my post for the second time and this time for opening up Moth's blog without opening a new Internet page. Maybe that was it a day or two ago. It almost makes me cry because my energy is not high and my emotions are. My day started at the Royal Jubilee lab where I actually had a 10 o'clock appointment but forgot my requisition. They left a message at BCCA but after half an hour I asked them to call again and they claimed had sent it right away. By that time I had already sent my husband home for the copy. They will not call the IT team until the requisition is in hand and that took another 45 minutes by which time I was almost in tears then too.

So now I will rewrite this post without looking back ha ha. Part I had started with you and I am so sorry for all of the work and mess that you are going through. I know that your last post was October 3 and there was one a day before that too. You have so many things going on at the cancer agency not to mention the fact that your workplace has been unable to respond to your needs. I sincerely hope that by now you have managed to make changes that you should not even have to initiate. As for your mouth I also hope that your team including your oncologist and RO have come up with a plan. Glad to see that there is no brain involvement with the skull continue to cause problems. It looks like you were on the same chemotherapy as Ann and I have discussed her G.I. issues before and they must really put a wrench in things when you have to be out and at work.

Moth I also read your blog posts and I'm wondering if you are on Taxol? I was on Taxol in 2012/13 and did nine cycles last year and found it tolerable. The second time around neuropathy and tinnitus were the reasons I had to stop. I am now on Erubulin and tomorrow will be the end of cycle 3. I am so glad you got away with your family to Osoyoos. How are you managing to gain weight when everything taste so bad? Good for you!

My MO is giving me a short break after my chemo tomorrow until Nov. 4th as my son's wedding is at our home on Halloween and he and his fiancee and her son are coming from Terrace via Prince Rupert on the ferry both ways. It is a small group of nine of us plus the marriage commissioner and photographer. Still, there has been a lot of work, thankfully often on the phone or Internet. I have hired a helper/companion who comes for two hours Mondays and Fridays in the morning. She and I I went to a really great vintage clothing store last Monday to look for a 20s outfit for me as that is what the wedding theme is. We went back Friday so I could try things on with her help and at times also the sales lady who was wonderful. Photos will come in a few weeks. Crushing fatigue is probably my biggest side effect and those outings took it out of me for sure. I have made myself go for short walks every day as I finally realized that is what we were told to do both times in chemo class.

Love to all of you, Marian


breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019

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