Join Us

We are 224,966 members in 83 forums discussing 163,805 topics.

Help with Abbreviations

Topic: Stressful event years before diagnosed?

Forum: "Middle Age" 40-60(ish) Years Old With Breast Cancer —

Meet others in this age-range who share similar life issues.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2015 07:45PM

oceangirl654 wrote:

Did you have a super stressful event sometime in the seven years or so before you got diagnosed? How many years before was it? I'm just wondering if there is some connection with this. A researcher told me he believes it starts from stress about seven years before.

Dx 12/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Page 2 of 5 (122 results)

Posts 31 - 60 (122 total)

Log in to post a reply

Feb 8, 2015 04:29PM Bippy625 wrote:

windgirl and cassie, I loved your posts. I see alot of myself in each.

Stress does not help the immune system. I am living very differently now too.

Sjacobs, I actually do prescribe to the chaos and random theory. And I do believe humans look for reasons for awful things that happen. Just our nature. If we think we know why, we think we can control it.

www.theperjetadiaries.org Dx 7/29/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Feb 9, 2015 01:54PM - edited Feb 9, 2015 01:57PM by DivineMrsM

Life is stressful. Who do you know that has no stress? If you live long enough, you will encounter disappointment, difficult loss, betrayal, you may be the victim of crime, false witness, physical assault. You may have financial difficulties, relationship troubles and work related problems. You will have struggles and questions as you go about living your life. No one is really immune to stress.

Yes, I have had stress. I know many, many women who have dealt with severe stress and Never Got breast cancer. Three of those women are my older sisters. I am not a big fan of the 'stress caused bc' theory. And one researcher will claim it is caused by stress seven years ago, another will say ten years ago, one more will say two years ago. Meh.

found lump 12-22-10—ilc—er+/pr+/her2—stage iv bone mets—chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex—March 2019-ibrance/aromasin* —Sept 2019-verzenio* —March 2020-xeloda*
Log in to post a reply

Feb 9, 2015 04:14PM NineTwelve wrote:

I would be more likely to blame my age, diet, and lack of exercise for my cancer. But I have also had a lot of stress in my life. The truth is, we probably need more studies, but how would we design them?

btw, I didn't find any hostility in Sjacob's post. Maybe some folks read too much into the language? There were no direct attacks or insults at anyone, she just disagreed with the theory being proposed. Why would we not want differing opinions in our topics?

12/15/20 - Progression to liver. Tx changed to Xeloda. 2021 - Tx changed to weekly Taxol. Dx 9/12/2014, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2014 Dx 7/2016, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy 8/15/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib)
Log in to post a reply

Feb 9, 2015 05:38PM LindaE54 wrote:


I did not see any hostility in SJabob's post.  We can think differently and express our opinions and we may not agree.  I hope we can all continue to exchange freely without being judged.

Linda

Linda - dx at 54. Decision to stop all treatments on 9 Jan 2018 Dx 11/26/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 12/18/2013 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 12/29/2013 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 5/28/2014 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 8/27/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 9/24/2014 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 12/13/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 2/16/2017 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 5/14/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/4/2017 External: Bone Chemotherapy 10/2/2017 Ellence (epirubicin) Chemotherapy 10/22/2017 CEF Chemotherapy 12/27/2017 Halaven (eribulin)
Log in to post a reply

Feb 9, 2015 05:51PM fizzdon52 wrote:

Yes I so totally believe this and so does my Aunt who also had Breast Cancer. We both had very stressful marriage breaks ups etc about 5-7 years before diagnoses.

Dx 2/8/2014, ILC, Right, 3cm, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 5/31/2014 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Feb 11, 2015 09:01PM Izzyfran wrote:

I do agree that stress can be a contributing factor for BC and for other diseases. In a way it allows for your body and immune system to not be at it best. In my case, prior to being diagnosed. I was extremely stressed out, tired, and had low Vit D. I certainly think it's not just one thing but a combination of factors. Just my thoughts....

Dx 5/2014, IDC, Stage IIA, HER2+ Surgery 11/6/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 08:22AM DavisD wrote:


Great question. Yes. Many major stressors for years before diagnosis. Mostly about 4 yrs before but moderately stressful events 7 yrs back. I also turned 50 right before I was diagnosed so I wonder if the connection is perimenopause and age? Also, I think how you handle those stressful events. My major event was beyond horrible and I talked to very few people about it, holding everything inside. My daughter had just left for college and I didn't want her to worry, etc. I remember thinking in 2011 "I did this to myself."  This time, I don't really feel that way. It's more like "how could this happen??" I'm now a vegetarian, don't go through drive thrus, no fried food, walk a lot (could improve on this area), very little sugar, blah,  blah, blah!  I had less than a 1% of recurrence. My Oncologist said he has only seen two other cases like this in his 25 yrs.  I digress....Yes I think extreme stress may activate cancer cells just waiting to attack but I think how we handle that stress is more important.

DD Dx 7/11/2011, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/29/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/2015 Surgery 2/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/26/2015, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/15/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/19/2015 Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 08:36AM DavisD wrote:

Two more things-kayb I concur :)

I like chocolate!

DD Dx 7/11/2011, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/29/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/2015 Surgery 2/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/26/2015, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/15/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/19/2015 Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 09:05AM debiann wrote:

For a few years prior to cancer I had a lot of stress. I usually handle stress well, but this was over the top. Paired with a crazy co-worker, massive layoffs & worry about losing my job, moved to a new position, death of my father all happened in the span of two years while going through an awful menopause. I gained 30 pounds mostly in my belly so lots of cortisol being produced. I also had heart palpitations caused by wacky hormones. My estrogen level was tested once and it was off the chart high. My cancer is 95% estrogen +, no surprise there. Knee and hip pain, anxiety and panic attacks, I was a hot mess! Yet I kept all my balls in the air; worked two jobs, took classes, ran my house.

That all began around 2008. 2013 the crazy menopause ended. One year later I was feeling better, almost normal. I joined a gym, started losing weight and BAM, cancer dx. I truly think that stress caused changes in my body that allowed cancer to grow and rendered my immune system useless in stopping it. Life is calmer now, hoping that helps me to stay healthy.

"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 10:22AM oceangirl654 wrote:

Thanks, everyone- Your stories are very interesting, and I agree- for sure stressful events contribute. Take care x

Dx 12/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 10:33AM DavisD wrote:


I gained 30 lbs too, mostly around the waist. I couldn't understand it. I ate better than ever, less calories more nutrition but I stayed the same or gained a little each week! I'm still in this peri menopause and experiencing some of the same symptoms.  You give me hope debiann! 

DD Dx 7/11/2011, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/29/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/2015 Surgery 2/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/26/2015, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/15/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/19/2015 Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 03:48PM - edited Mar 7, 2015 04:17PM by Sjacobs146

Apologies to the ladies that felt I was angry or insulting. That was not my intent. I personally believe that there are many contributing factors that influence the development of BC, and stress is likely one of them. Since luck isn't exactly scientifically quantifiable, perhaps I should have said that a percentage of us happen to experience the right combinations of factors so that Breast cancer develops.

But to try to point to one specific event, or habit, or lifestyle choice as a trigger or cause doesn't help us and may lead some women to actually blame themselves.

Dx 8/26/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/23/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/25/2015 Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/16/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2015 08:23PM - edited Mar 7, 2015 08:23PM by debiann

Forgot to mention, during my stressful time I also had an  injury to my breast with a big ugly bruise in the in the exact area my tumor grew. I know that they say that doesn't cause cancer, yet I've heard of many with the same experience. Anyone here have an injury to the breast prior to cancer dx?

I went for genetic counseling and they told me it takes 2 genetic mutations for cancer to start. If there is only one mutation you don't get cancer. That's why having the BRACA gene is bad, you already have one mutation.

So while no one know what events or circumstances causes these mutations to happen, you need two of them, unless you were born with a genetic mutation.

"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 12:09AM oceangirl654 wrote:

I don't understand about mutations. If anyone has a grip on understanding how a cancer mutation starts, please describe it to me! Thanks! I too have had a lot of trouble with perimenopause and hormones. My hormones have practically always been out of whack (bad pms) and got even worse after I had my second child at 33. Now I have super heavy periods and am Iron deficient as a result, I just found out before surgery. Man it's crazy being a woman! Love to all of you x

Dx 12/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 12:22AM - edited Mar 8, 2015 12:54AM by debiann

A mutation is an alteration in a gene's make up and it's what causes cancer.

There can be a heredity mutation in you cells since birth, something that was passed down from a parent.

You can also acquire a mutation during you life, perhaps from something in the environment (toxins? radiation?)  OR a cell can "misreplicate" itself when dividing. 

Apparently it takes two mutations for cells to become cancer. If you are born with a heredity mutation, it only takes one more mutation to develop cancer. If you aren't genetically predisposed, then you would need two acquired mutations for cancer to start. 

As to what the evironmental triggers for mutation are it's not really known. Is it diet,  lifesyle, smoking, alcohol? That's the debate, what sets this thing in motion.


"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 12:47AM oceangirl654 wrote:

Thanks for explaining this to me! What would make your body unable to get rid of mutated cells (cancer cells) when it's doing fine getting rid of every other thing it has to fight ( in other words, when one is very healthy and rarely catches a cold because one's body is doing fine fighting all the bacteria and germs out there). Why are there so many of us who are healthy, don't smoke etc, and yet our body couldn't get rid of the mutated cells?

Dx 12/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 01:05AM debiann wrote:

I've read that since cancer cells are your bodies own cells, not some invading germ, the immune system does not recognize it as dangerous. 

Immunotherapy helps the immune system fight cancer. Herceptin is an example and so are vaccines. I think some on this forum have been involved in vaccine trails. I don't know what the results have been so far, but wouldn't that be fantastic!

"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 01:57AM - edited Mar 8, 2015 03:06AM by Meow13

I was under considerable stress one year before diagnosis. It was in the form of daily arguments and yelling from my husband. Talk about feeling bullied everyday. I feel like that hurt my immune system.

Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 03:03AM Beachbum1023 wrote:

Good morning Ladies, if stress did cause my BC, I have had plenty of that. If I look back for 7 years, the short list of stress is really the long list.

In the last 7 years, I finalized a very messy and very brutal divorce from my abusive ex. Due to that mess, I lost my farm, my business, and my new truck. I moved and started a new job, and was laid off and returned to college. My Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and moved to a nursing facility for 24/7 care. I moved home to my Mother's home, and started a new job there. My SIL's nephew was killed in Afghanistan, her cousin was also killed in Afghanistan the following month. Two military funerals in two months. Her father died from cancer, she had to put her horse down and the dog dies the following month. Two months later her sister died from a brain tumor, and the following month she lost her brother to a massive coronary. I couldn't afford to stay in the house, so I rented the house and moved back to my old apartment on the Lake. 7 years later I almost finished paying off the last of the bills dangling from the divorce, and I was diagnosed with triple negative BC with mets. Hmmm, did it start from all the stress with the ex and the divorce, possible. Or did all of the family issues push it over the edge. Or did it just happen. I could argue it both ways, but I will never know for sure. Until they know for sure what actually causes it, it is hard to blame any one reason. But now that I have it, the stress list has started all over again. No job, no insurance, hospital bills for treatment, heart damage from the Adriamycin, and who knows what else is coming my way. It is exhausting.









Beachbum - AIN'T NO 5! Dx 7/15/2014, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/19/2014 AC Chemotherapy 10/14/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 12/15/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 12/26/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 1/26/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 03:11AM Meow13 wrote:

Beach bum I am so sorry you went through all that. Are you still doing radiation? I am battling fatigue, pain and indigestion from exemestane. I made it very clear to my husband no more snide comments and yelling. We will see how stressful his retirement is on me. We might have to get separate living arrangements.

Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 03:26AM Beachbum1023 wrote:

Hi meow, thanks, and I have 4 more boosts to finish. I am not having a good go of it, I thought it would be easier after chemo. I feel like I have fried far beyond a "sunburn". I just want to be done. The fatigue and burned armpit is getting on my last nerve. Maybe if retirement is too stressful, he can find another job :) Sorry that all of these drugs have the worst side effects. Do we survive the treatments, or survive cancer? They always say that the fatigue is cumulative, I really think the side effects are cumulative as well, and not in a good way. Now I have so many left overs from chemo that I wonder if I will die from cancer, or a heart attack from the Adriamycin. Or maybe fall down the stairs when I trip over my numb neuropathy feet. Better days ahead, I hope!

Beachbum - AIN'T NO 5! Dx 7/15/2014, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/19/2014 AC Chemotherapy 10/14/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 12/15/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 12/26/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 1/26/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 09:00AM DavisD wrote:

Beachbum-Lady you're amazing! I found many similarities in your story. Prior to first diagnosis in 2011- I lost my horses, barn, a five year old daughter of a good friend died of a subdermal hematoma following a simple fall, my mother had Alzheimers and died after many painful years, separated from husband, new job,etc... Many good things have happened as well and I'm trying to focus on the positive things in my life. I do find myself holding back my feelings about diagnosis because so many in my life are already dealing with similar issues. This forum is proving to be an excellent outlet but I hope I can not just take but also provide support to others.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That's my only advise. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope your fortune turns around.    Diane

DD Dx 7/11/2011, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/29/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/2015 Surgery 2/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/26/2015, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/15/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/15/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/19/2015 Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 05:36PM GardenGirl808 wrote:

I am awed and humbled by the situations you all have been through, and survived. You inspire me. When I saw this thread, I thought, yes, I should post on this. I was going through a divorce after 21 years of up and down marriage when I got my diagnosis. Actually, I was pulling into a parking place prior to going to our state-mandated Kids First divorce program. My kids were right there in the car with me when my doctor told me over the phone that I had breast cancer. I had to take them to the divorce program right away, and wasn't able to even call a girlfriend or my sister until the next day. Not the best way to find out. But all of that is nothing compared to what so many of you have endured. Whether or not stress contributes to the development of cancer (and I don't see how it couldn't, although clearly there are many other factors that also need to be involved), there can be no doubt that cancer causes stress and we're all dealing with it now. I have found TM (transcendental meditation--not religious at all, just calming your mind for 20 minutes twice a day) very helpful in dealing with stress. I've also gotten a bit better at just walking away from stressful situations when I can. I home school my 17-year-old son, who has OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder), ADD, dysgraphia and dyslexia. He doesn't obsess about cleanliness (I almost wish he did!)--his compulsion is to argue. With everything. Did I mention he's also 17? I used to just sit there and deal with it the best I could. Now I get up and tell him, calmly, that I choose not to deal with this stress, and that I am giving myself a time-out. He almost always is much better when I come back 10 minutes later. My point is that I am realizing that I can do something about some of the stress in my life, but not all of it. One day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time, is how I get through. And I always remind myself that I could be dead. Somehow that puts the stress in perspective. Every moment I have to savor the good things in life is so very precious. Actually, the bottom line is that I feel very lucky. Things could be so much worse. I could be dealing with this all alone. Thank you so much, each of you, for sharing and being there. It's so good to know we're not alone.

Dx 5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/13/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 3/18/2015 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 07:36PM oceangirl654 wrote:

Thanks everyone for sharing your situations. It is good that we are not alone and that we know that each of us is going through this as well. Hugs xx

Dx 12/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2015 08:02PM Obxflygirl1 wrote:

Everything I've read and heard from several doctors is anything that causes inflammation and damage to our cells, whether it's the environment, stress, diet....sets us up to be subceptible to a tumor forming. I did have a horrible family situation 6 years ago and continuing to this day. Doing my best to take care of myself better.

Exchange Jan. 2013; CV Flaps Nips....April. 2013.. Vinnie....Sept. 2013 Dx 8/14/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 10/8/2012 Aromasin (exemestane)
Log in to post a reply

Mar 23, 2015 10:28AM - edited Mar 23, 2015 10:29AM by florida2015

my life was stressful for 19 years before due to having a daughter diagnosed as a toddler with autism. So I personally don't think my stress gave meBc. I do think my choose to go on HRT gave it to me

I am in my 5os

Dx 2/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 3/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Left
Log in to post a reply

Apr 22, 2015 06:31PM Cosmic69 wrote:

Hi all

Years of being in an unhappy marriage and years of moving home every few months may have been a factor, but why has it happened now I am finally settled?

17 years on various HRTs could also be a factor, after my hysterectomy at 36 for endometriosis. I had really bad menopausal symptoms, so bad I couldn't work, so asked for HRT. Wish I hadn't!

So that's two ways of looking at it I suppose.

Cheers from the UK!


Dx 12/4/2014, IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
Log in to post a reply

May 8, 2015 10:40PM Jerseygirl927 wrote:

just found this, 2010 lost my mother to blood poisoning, she was 92 but had colon cancer 4 years previous, and she'd been Liiving with us, no dementia still fairly active, like bingo. Then I had a fall, broke elbow, broke 3 ribs, concussion, broke ocular eyebrow, broke neck at c5, in brace for 6 months, spent 6 days in iICU, also had bone contusions cause I fell flat on my face hence concussion without blackout. Oh and 1 broken big toe on opposite side of all the other injuries, except neck. Then I lost my brother in 2014 to aggressive lymphoma that was diagnosed only 3 months prior. Then I fell in August 28 2014 again within 1 year of prior accident and had to have left shoulder replaced due to nature of fall. Within 3 months Dx with breast cancer from mammo that was taken 10 days prior to fall. I know my body was still recovering from broken neck and that fall. So I do personally believe stress is very much a factor for me. I've had other stresses thru ms life but these several events I believe is my cause, and of course my Dx triple + BC. We may never know if this is a major or minor contribution, but bet it has some play in the trigger of B C...

Surgery 1/12/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 1/14/2015, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 2/25/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/29/2015 Femara (letrozole) Dx IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Jun 6, 2015 12:27PM MaryAgatha wrote:

For whatever it's worth, I will contribute to this discussion by saying that I've had many stressful events in the past seven years, definitely more so than in previous years. Two of my children got diagnosed with autism about seven years ago and I got a new stressful job. However, I must say I didn't feel very emotionally stressed; I'm a pretty easy going person in general. I did end up pulling a lot of all-nighters - researching things about my children, working late into the night to meet deadlines at work, my children had sleep issues and kept me up many nights, etc. There is a family history of cancer but perhaps lack of sleep triggered my predisposition to develop cancer. I wish I had read this article sooner and had taken better care of myself. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/24/interrupted-sleep.aspx

Dx 5/8/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/27/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Jun 6, 2015 12:53PM debiann wrote:

 Starting 2008, lots  and lots of stress at work plus the death of my father while going through menopause. 2014, BC dx.

"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)

Page 2 of 5 (122 results)