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Aug 3, 2018 09:16AM
Hi ladies. I was 42 at initial diagnosis in Dec '15. 45 now, and this beast is back. I see that many of you are just starting this journey. I'm so very sorry that you're here, but I hope this forum will provide some insight, relief, knowledge, etc. As much as I hate the thought of anyone fighting BC, I appreciate knowing that there are supportive women out there who understand the challenges. It was an enormous help to me last time, and I know it will be again. (thank you all in advance) :) I was overwhelmed with fear for months while we investigated every spot on my lungs, the mass on my ovary, the scars on my bones. I'm very fortunate that they all turned out to be "signs of a good life" as the radiologist phrased it. I hope you all get the same news.
I was in moderately decent shape at 42, but took two years off of physical activity, both to heal, and to get over the fear of post-op injury and the feeling that my body was broken. But I got back to it with a vengeance in Dec '17 and I'm in the best shape of my life now. Ran my first Spartan race in May and was registered for two more this year. Those will have to wait, but I WILL get back to it! I'm losing all Level I and Level II lymph nodes this time around, so it will be a long haul, but I'm going to start immediately this time and stuff myself with facts about lymphodema and how to beat it. Ladies, don't give up. Cancer f'n sucks, but we are stronger than cancer.
I'm a single mom to boys, 13 and 10. I plan to tell them this weekend about my upcoming surgery, in the most upbeat tone possible. They took it pretty well last time, but I think they will worry more this time as their grandmother just passed from cancer a few months ago. I so wish I could shield them from this, but it's tough to hide JP drains.
Hang in there, warriors! You have cancer; cancer doesn't have you.
12/12/2015, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/12/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/27/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
10/14/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
7/17/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 18/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
7/29/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
7/29/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
8/17/2018 Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
9/12/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
12/25/2018, Stage IV, metastasized to bone
1/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall, Bone
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)