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

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Posted on: Feb 6, 2015 06:45PM

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)
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Jun 8, 2015 10:28PM mira845 wrote:

Hmmm...this post hit me. As with other posters responding, I believe there is a multitude of reasons cancer developes in some and not others. Just as we all respond to things differently be it physical or mental. This is shown just from reading about cancer and how everybody reacts/responds diffetently to treatments

But, I can tell you, I had a couple of traumatic experiences in my life, be it my dad dying of lung cancer, my baby daughter diagnosed with a plastic anemia and the doc saying, gee, a luechemia diagnoses would have been better.

But, 7 years ago, my then husband of 24 years pulled the rug out from under me leaving me and the kids for an employee of ours half his age and turning into an abusive a-hole I did not recognize. Now I know I am certainly not unique in this experience, this happens to people, but I can tell you, I would wake up with my heart beating out of my chest, I couldn't eat, I lost 50+ lbs in under 2 months. I was a zombie. I look back and say geeze, Mira, wtf? But that's what happened. That's how I reacted. Its been a struggle since but I will never forget those feelings....still have trouble accepting the whole thing.

Another thing that has always stayed in my mind is my ex's aunt. She went thru a bitter divorce. She never was the same. Oh, it was a joke in the family about how she couldn't get over it, past it. Got diagnosed with BC 10-15 or so years later and eventually died from it.

A lot of it has to be some kind of mental state....idk. Does it matter? Well not now....cause now, I got it.

Dx 5/19/2015, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/31 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Radiation Therapy 9/9/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 12, 2015 12:48AM whippetmom wrote:

I have always felt certain that overwhelming stress in my life, starting five years prior to my diagnosis, had a huge role to play in the onset of breast cancer.

DISCLAIMER! Please read my biography under my personal profile. I am not a physician or medical professional. The information provided is my own personal opinion. You must discuss every aspect of your reconstruction with your plastic surgeon. Dx 10/15/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 10, 2015 02:48AM lifelover wrote:

My oncologist says stress plays a huge part - he says even positive stress can affect our bodies in a negative way.

If that's the case, then it is no wonder I've had cancer twice. But not everyone will get cancer because of stress. I must have the weaker genes that triggered the cancer.

I guess.

But it doesn't seem to matter because now I can't do much of anything except worry and what's the point of that?


Micropapillary IDC, extensive lymphovascular invasion. Dx 2/9/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, TUG flap; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, TUG flap Chemotherapy 5/21/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2011
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Sep 7, 2015 05:40PM Ewt717 wrote:

could be coincidence but yes, extreme stress, divorce,seven years prior.

Surgery 12/31/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Dx 1/6/2015, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/29/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 20, 2015 04:20PM QueenElizabethTheFaux wrote:

Hi, I'm a newbie (just got biopsy results a few days ago & have lots of appts to go to for staging, exact type, etc.) This is a good topic of discussion & I appreciate reading your honest opinions & thoughts regarding the question, which really is..."Why did I/we get breast cancer?"

I think I know why I (personally) got the cancer & don't think it was from a stress related event seven years ago. That doesn't mean the research, and your experiences, are right or wrong. Science, coupled w/psychology, research is amazing stuff and holds a lot of answers to our questions.

(Fwiw: I'm 52 yrs old & have lived a life of what most people might see as "stressful." 1.) Came from a large, poor, family. There's always stress, here & there, in a huge family. 2.) I was a patrol officer, & later a detective, in a mid-sized city for 20 years. Plenty of stress w/that job! But I loved doing it & always tried to do it well. 3.) Had to retire early bcuz of excruciating medical issues w/my cervical spine. 4.) I'm a mom & have been married twice & 5.) A cardiologist accidentally killed my beloved dad, my mentor, almost 20 yrs ago. That was devastating.)

But, in my case, I firmly believe I'm supposed to be exactly where I am right now.
I'm supposed to experience this gawd awful Breast Cancer & learn a lot from having it, from enduring it's physical & mental pain AND cherish our times here on this site with any/all of you who chose to become an endeared new friend with me. Much love & peace to each of you. Carpe Diem. Xoxoxo

"Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway." John Wayne Dx 9/17/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/22/2015, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/22/2015, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, 7/8 nodes, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/8/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/27/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 9/12/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 5/22/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 7/27/2017, DCIS/ILC/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 7/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/6/2017 External: Bone
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Oct 17, 2015 07:03PM Grammy4 wrote:

Queen Elizab

thank you for your entry. I too believe that we are all experiencing breast cancer because we are exactly where we are suppose to be in life. I am doing my best to try to figure out what it is I am to learn from this experience. I know I will be a changed person when I come out the other side. I will be me at the core however, there is a part of me that I want to be better than I was before, more compassionate, less critical and taking in the beauty of nature every day. I have faith that I will accomplish these changes and perhaps be able to move forward in a more confident way.


Surgery 7/17/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 7/21/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/28/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/4/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 31, 2016 11:24AM JoniB wrote:

Just saw this thread. I was diagnosed with cancer the first time 8 years ago but the stress from that didn't bring on my curent cancer. However.... in July the stress from my job increased dramatically due to continued layoffs. In July my 3d mammo and US came back normal. In December my MRI picked up the recurrence. May not be connected but now the threat of losing my job is only increasing a stressful situation.

Two time breast cancer survivor. Recurrence after 8 years. First time 3 mm ER-, PR-, HER2+. Recurrence 4mm - triple positive.
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Feb 1, 2016 09:04PM Grammy4 wrote:

Cosmic69

I too had endometriosis and had hysterectomy at age 25. I was on HRT for quite awhile as well. But aside from all that my marriage was failing for about 10 years before diagnosis. I spent that time trying to hold it together but to no avail as ex was not interested in being married anymore... So in June 2014. I retired from teaching 33 years, sold the house and moved to a small apartment near my family. One year later, I had the BC diagnosis... Don't know if there is a connection...

Surgery 7/17/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 7/21/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/28/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/4/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 12, 2016 10:09AM - edited Feb 12, 2016 03:41PM by new2bc

I had a very stressful life 6 years prior to my diagnosis. My emotions were helplessness, fear, anger and sadness. I read somewhere in a book that only half of the people in these situations get cancer. The other half have a strong immune system that kills the cancer even if it already started developing.

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Dec 25, 2016 01:07PM mray2b1 wrote:

Wow, my daughter died 7 years to almost to he day I noticed the strange redness on my breast. I get a punch biopsy on Weds to see if I have inflammatory breast cancer. I have the bumpy skin and slight welts and breast soreness that are the symtoms. I sure hope it is not but am preparing myself for the strong possibility by checking out breast cancer forums. I am hoping to find alternative types of treatments.

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Dec 25, 2016 09:51PM Siciliana wrote:

Interesting topic. My husband died of brain cancer 7 years ago on December 6th. I was diagnosed about a week ago.

Dx 12/19/2016, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 26, 2016 08:31PM oceangirl654 wrote:

I'm so sorry, mray2b1 and siciliana. Sending best wishes your way 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)
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Dec 28, 2016 08:13AM PeppermintPatti wrote:

Hi everyone, I'm new here.

Stress. Here today, back tomorrow! I had a lumpectomy in '98 with rad, a lumpectomy in '06 with rad, and a bilateral mastectomy 12/05/16 (waiting to see what my next recourse of action is) all DCIS. It came back on the '06 side. Sure, there's stress. I divorced 20 years ago, worked 3 jobs, and put myself through school while raising my son, my Mom died a year after my 2nd surgery almost the same day, and my older brother who has Asberger's lives with me, who I support. I do my best to get by living a spiritual life, I have a great sense of humor, and even wore my fake nose and glasses wheeled into surgery the 2nd and 3rd time! It's true!

I was going to the gym working out with a trainer twice a week, and was also taking ballroom dancing once a week and going to yoga intermittently. I'm an avid reader, a church goer, and basically, I just try to live my life. I've always seen a counselor for extra support, and I'm a 26-year member of Al-Anon (as I was affected by someone's alcoholism) for additional support of keeping the focus on myself.

I was the 4th woman in my family to get BC followed by two more women. 6 of us!! I have not been BRCA tested as of this writing. My first BC was found on my baseline mammogram when I was 40. I have never missed one mammogram in 18 years. The nurses tell me I am the poster woman for getting mammograms!!

My vitamin D3 was very low, and I know that is common for many people. I don't want to think it is any one thing. I believe spiritually-speaking, I'm called to go through this again to help other women. There are so many out there who have never had a mammogram or who haven't gone in decades! I met two of these women in the last three weeks and implored them to get mammograms! My advocacy continues.

I am off from work until the end of January so I can continue to heal. I am going through the reconstruction process. At first, drs were not sure it could be done since my body has been radiated, but after a certain machine tested my skin during surgery, I am indeed a candidate. He only started with a small fill. My breasts were rather small to begin with. Two little breasts have caused much havoc!! I am grateful for my diligence in my yearly check ups.

I do believe love and support is essential in our everyday lives. I know I can use a little bit more of both!

I am happy to have found this community of very brave and courageous women! Thank you all for sharing your thoughts! Stress, um, yep, it's always there. I need to crank up more effective ways to combat what's out there!

Here's to a happy, HEALTHY 2017!




"No matter what's going on, I found, we all still need to buy toilet paper!" Dx 11/1998, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 11/2006, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 11/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Radiation Therapy
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Dec 29, 2016 05:41PM oceangirl654 wrote:

PeppermintPatti, Thanks for your post. You've been through a lot. It's good you keep an upbeat attitude! I hope your healing goes very well and you never go through this again!

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)
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Dec 30, 2016 11:08AM mustlovepoodles wrote:

I'm not so sure about the stress connection. Everyone has stress. Everyone. I highly doubt that any of us could look back over the last 10 years and say, "Well, that was a nice long 10 years of no stress!" Ha! I certainly can't. So, going back and listing all the stressors and then assigning them to my current state of health is just ludicrous.

My life has always been stressful, going way back to childhood abuse. I'm 60! But that's not what gave me breast cancer. I have two gene mutations that caused my breast cancer, and which will continue to try to cause other cancers for the rest of my life. Now THERE'S some stress!

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Dec 30, 2016 04:49PM oceangirl654 wrote:

I believe it's a combination of genes (sometimes many different genes each having a small effect), pollutants, and stress. Stress lowers your defenses. Stress is chronic in our lives, but some things create a huge traumatic and sudden stress, and those are probably the worst. But we can't blame anything really, because there's no way to know. In a way, it has been a bit easier on me that my mom, my sister, and I all got breast cancer but we all have different lifestyles so it made it impossible to feel guilty about anything I've done.

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)
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Dec 31, 2016 02:12PM Tresjoli2 wrote:

I suffered back to back miscarriages, then had my second child, my rainbow baby, in 2012. She did not sleep. Ever. She had a problem with short sleep cycles. I would go 18 days at a time with almost no sleep. Add to that a 3 hour round trip commute to a stressful job. I was diagnosed before she was 3 with a triple positive cancer. I think my body had a weird reaction to the constant flow of pregnancy hormones for three years and then the sleep deprivation and stress finished me off.

Diagnosed at age 40 after going for my baseline mammogram. Dx 4/21/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 4/21/2015, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3 Surgery 5/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 6/19/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/19/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 8/7/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 1, 2017 03:34PM oceangirl654 wrote:

Oh gee. That sounds hard :( I hope things will be better for you now. Happy times ahead!

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)
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Jan 1, 2017 03:43PM molliefish wrote:

I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in April 2009, surgery July 2010. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. All that said, I'm a police officer, have been for 22 years... there has been some stress along the way. I don't believe stress caused it but I agree with some of the others here that stress plays a part somehow.

Dx 5/24/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/8/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/14/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 9, 2017 05:41PM Utopria wrote:

Yes, in my case my hubby underwent quadruple bypass surgery 2 years before my diagnosis. Even now, I worry that he will drop dead from a heart attack.

Future Breast Cancer Survivor! Dx 11/20/2014, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/17/2015 AC Radiation Therapy 7/14/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/4/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Grade 2 Surgery 12/28/2016 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/5/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 10, 2017 07:00PM edwards750 wrote:

Me too oceangirl. My Mom, her aunt and my sister and I all got BC. I think for us it was genetic. I skid agree we all have stress overload. I like when the doctors advise avoiding stress like what we asked for it? My ONC said I just drew the unlucky card. Ya think?

Is what it is. We are all survivors.

Diane

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Jan 11, 2017 10:13AM oceangirl654 wrote:

Yes, that's true! It's not like you plan to have stress usually!

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)
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Mar 11, 2017 09:40AM Lexicoe wrote:

Interesting question! I hadn't thought about it before you asked, but I was under extreme stress spring 2009-January 2011 and I am still dealing wth the after-effects of it. I was diagnosed in February 2017.

Nodes were 0/4 + ITC, CDH1 VUS, ER+ 95% PR+ 90%, Onco DX 10 Dx 2/9/2017, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/20/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 11, 2017 08:48PM Falconer wrote:

I was thinking about what you said and I was going to write yes, I definitely had stress- divorced mom of two, remarry, figure out stepkids/ dad land, third baby at the age of 42. There are so many lovely blessings in all this though, so I'm not sure. My mom had my brother when she was 40, and my grandmother had her last baby at 42. Both mom and I had bc; grandma didn't, though she was a lifelong smoker who died of old age at 86. There are too many variables to really understand what caused it. Stress does disrupt the quality of your life, but who knows really what brings on cancer? The hopeful piece is to receive good treatment and move on. Best to you as you move through this journey.
Strong is the new strong. Dx at 45. Onco 16. Monthly Lupron shots Nov. 2016-December 2017 Dx 7/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2016, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 14, 2017 08:13PM Drained6513 wrote:

I can't say for sure stress would be the defining factor for causing BC.  I know I was under extreme stress for at least 7 years before I was diagnosed.  I think it's not just one factor.  Environment... such as pollution, genes, bad luck, maybe poor medical care and then add the stress and there you may have it.  I think stress can do a lot though and catches up to you in later life, like middle age.  What stress you can take younger, your body may not handle as well at this age.  Some ppl are able to handle stress better than others.  Mentally I was handling the stress, didn't like it, but I was..... I'd say my body just gave out.  

DX: Stage1A, Grade 2, Centinode 0/3 negative. With Pagets. Left side Mastectomy Nov. 4/16 with reconstruction. Suffered infection and expander removed Dec. 2016. Weekly Taxol x12 with Herceptin every 3 weeks for 17 weeks. ER- PR-, HER+
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Jul 14, 2017 09:41PM 7of9 wrote:

My job was super stressful for the whole 12 yrs prior to diagnosis. All we did was lay people off and move jobs to China. Then I got shit canned too. Having a baby at 37 blew my mind too (It was great, my son is a blessing) but the responsibility and lack of sleep. I've had ulcerative colitis since I was 21. I thought colon cancer would get me. Meanwhile from 1st BC diagnosis to regional recurrence I found my magic bullet for colitis and went to work 3/4 time. This is an interesting subject, though I live near Cleveland Ohio and am sure the crappy drinking water (all the iron ore and industrial waste from the 60s and 70s still sits in the muck of Lake Erie) and my dad and grandparents smoked like chimney's til I was 8 along with the house I grew up in had asbestos tiles in the basement which was always damp and probably evaporating and circling in the air. Kinda screwed that way.

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 25, 2017 10:00PM houmom wrote:

What an interesting theory.

Seven years ago my infant son was having surgery to correct spina bifida. The entire pregnancy had been difficult, and then to hear the day after he was born that he had this spinal defect, was just awful. A year later, I had a mini breakdown when he was diagnosed with autism, right as my older child was also diagnosed with some learning difficulties and I was laid off from my job.

Two years ago I was in a new job that was so stressful that it triggered an auto-immune disorder that had been laying mostly dormant for 20 years, that is now chronic and will remain so. I thought this would be what got me in the end.

I had just had what felt like the best birthday ever when I found the lump on my breast. We'd had such a great family vacation this summer, kids are both doing great in school, I hadn't been this content in years. I will admit that if I'd received this diagnosis at any other time during the last 5 years, my husband might not have handled it as well as he is.

Dx 11/20/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
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Dec 26, 2017 04:29AM - edited Dec 26, 2017 04:30AM by notinuse

Yes. I am 33 but I had a lot of rubbish happen in my life in the years prior to my diagnosis. I am sure it's played a part as my heart has been broken 3 times in recent years. Please excuse the lack of feeling with making a list of events but it seems easier...

2011: One of my best friends killed her 2 children and then herself. I was literally part of the "clean up" crew and unfortunately know ever tiny detail of the events surrounding this. We are still dealing and facing with the aftermath of this. Heavily supporting the Father/Husband left behind.

2014: Major unexpected events happened with 2 very close friends that mentally disturbed me.

2014: My Grandma suddenly died.

2016 May: Admitted to ICU for Anaphylaxis, stopped breathing.

2017 Feb: My 10 year old Flatcoated Retriever and best friend died whilst I was stuck in Canada.

2017 May & July: I was admitted to ICU for severe Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

2017 June: Another close/best friend, one of 19 years and she was 31 years old, died suddenly and instantly in a car accident.

I am sure these events have played a part in my cancer. I may be loopy thinking such thoughts. I don't blame these events or the people involved of course but I feel they have influenced my health. Heartbreak can do so much damage and so can a mentally disturbed brain after certain events. These are just my simple opinions anyway.

Reading through many of other peoples posts and I am sorry for all the heartache people seem to have faced. x


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