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Topic: Thoughts and wishes for the New Year?

Forum: Coping with Holidays, Special Days and Anniversaries — Holidays and special days, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be filled with complex emotions. Are they a time to celebrate or are they extra difficult? Share your feelings and experiences here.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2016 07:44AM

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Whether you have just been diagnosed, are in treatment, or are moving beyond, what are your thoughts and feelings approaching the New Year? Please share!

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Dec 6, 2016 10:02AM Curlyq1974 wrote:

My thoughts for the New Year are to continue to live each day to the fullest. Work to be that person that is always happy and fun to be around. And pray for a cure for this awful disease so that my niece who may/may not have the same mutation does not have to endure the crap I have been thru!

Janet, 39 at diagnosis, BRAC 2+ Dx 12/2/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/18/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/18/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/5/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/16/2014 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/21/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 10/25/2014 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/16/2015 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/6/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/24/2016 Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 7, 2016 12:48AM - edited Dec 7, 2016 12:50AM by Why2015

To All,

I feel for you. I hate that I got breast cancer, that I had to have chemo, lost my hair, had my breast burnt to a crisp, and now the horror and fatigue and brain fog of tamoxifen. I am sorry my friends, I do not find this a quality-of-life, and I feel like my life is over as I knew it. I will never be with a male partner again, not with this fat belly. I'm disgusted beyond belief. I'm so sorry, just being honest. I'm glad many of you have someone to support you. I have friends but no family around. My life ended as far as I'm concerned the day I got the diagnosis. I'm worn out from worrying about the shadow of cancer and recurrence! Wishing you all well and glad for those of you that can be positive!!

Hormonal Therapy 8/11/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 7, 2016 01:35AM Moderators wrote:

Thanks Why2015 for having the courage to share your thoughts and feelings around this disease. It's not always possible to be positive when this disease brings so much pain physically and emotionally to your life.

This is a safe space for everyone to share the good and the not so good emotions and thoughts that having breast cancer brings.

Sending love to you both

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Dec 7, 2016 02:14AM Milaandra wrote:

Why2015...lots of men find fat bellies super sexy. Just saying :)

Kathleen, 54 - 10/29//2014 posterior fixation L3 to L5 Dx 8/6/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 8/28/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 10/28/2014 Radiation Therapy 11/23/2014 Bone Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 7, 2016 06:40AM - edited Dec 7, 2016 06:43AM by M0mmyof3

My hopes and wishes as the New Year approaches is to continue to live my life as I have been with my husband and our pets. They have been my biggest support system and my greatest source of comfort when things get rough. Cancer is something that I would not wish on anyone! It has been three years of fighting for me and worth every moment of the fight so I can keep waking up to the faces that I love the most. Cancer bites

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Dec 7, 2016 10:03AM Moderators wrote:

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Dec 10, 2016 12:21PM - edited Dec 10, 2016 12:30PM by Fearless59

I went 17 years between mammograms, so I guess I get to be the "poster child" for "get regular mammograms or else." I am losing the left breast to DCIS, surgery in January 2016, a couple of weeks from now. I have been in limbo with diagnostic testing, biopsies, and in between appts for about a month. It really was not that real or shocking to me until I found out that the whole boob needs to come off, which I was told just a couple of days ago after the biopsy results came in. Up to then, I was hoping I would be one of the "false alarm" people, or just need a little marble removed or something. But this made it a lot more real. Not that I am super attached to my breasts; I have always been a tomboy, and with triple D's, have always felt that I could do with a little less boobs. Would not dream of doing jumping jacks with the way they fly around, even with the best bra I can find.

But, the news is more upsetting than I thought it would be, and this was surprising to me. I am a practical, strong willed person, not a wuss, can always confront and handle my problems, strong physically and emotionally with great pain tolerance and a great attitude. But I feel genuinely weakened before they have even started cutting parts off. That was a surprise because I feel like quite a badass most of the time. But not right now, and it is all in my head. .

I am not sitting around crying, but it just feels like a giant tree fell on my roof, and I cannot do anything except wait for the chainsaw I ordered to arrive. Meanwhile, no projects are getting started without pushing myself. I am not in the mood to do anything but wait for the chainsaw.. I don't feel like sewing, or doing pottery, my favorite hobbies, until it gets handled. I am waiting for my surgery date. I don't feel like doing my work, even though I'm behind. I am not afraid of surgery or concerned about living without that breast, but even so, I am weakened by the news that I am not as invincible as I thought I was.

Dx 12/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 10, 2016 02:47PM - edited Dec 11, 2016 06:48PM by Fearless59

My Preferences

I hope not to require sympathy either before or after my upcoming surgery, just kindness.

I wish not to produce a dark cloud of bad news over the Christmas season for my extended family, so I have told only a select few about this. I hope the others don't find out about the diagnosis until after the surgery is over, and after Christmas. I prefer not to answer a bunch of questions over the phone, even though I know these people care about me.

I prefer a simple and speedy recovery from MX coming in January, so I will not get reconstruction. I am not too proud to wear a "falsie" in my bra. I hope my pair of triple D's becoming just one, will not create back problems because of the difference in weight when one breast is gone.

I will use this situation to push the "reset" button in a few areas of my life. One is my marriage; and also my health and weight loss, a new start.

I am willing to use this crisis to motivate myself to change my eating habits. Namely, I am willing to mostly embrace the "Eat to Live" diet book (Dr. Joel Fuhrman) which my doctor recommended and which will help me lose weight.

I vow to take better care of my own dreams and goals from now on, because I realize that my life is more fragile than I thought. Louise Hay ("You can Heal Your LIfe") says that breast cancer is possible only with certain underlying attitudes, namely not loving and nurturing yourself very well, and having some resentments, too. Whether I fully believe in her stuff, the jury is still out, but I have been guilty of putting others' needs ahead of my own for most of my life and I am 57.

I have not given myself the time to color easter eggs for about 6 years in a row. So, I think it is really important that I use this pre-surgery time frame to remap my life and make sure I do not get off track with what is important to me personally. It's time for a bucket list, too.

I hope that my more cheerful attitude will return soon. I feel like a wounded bird.

Edited to shorten and get rid of some of the drama on 12/11!

Dx 12/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 10, 2016 06:33PM Moderators wrote:

Again, Everyone. Thanks for sharing! Really helpful to read!


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Dec 11, 2016 04:53AM Dennyj wrote:

My thoughts and feelings as we approach this new year is that I continue to have the strength and positive attitude to take on whatever comes my way in the new year. My diagnosis came as a real shock but the reality has certainly set in after the numerous doctor appointments and the routine of chemo. In the new year, I will lose my breast, have reconstruction and radiation and I am sure more tests.

The diagnosis, as hard as it has been, has shown me that people are compassionate and so many people have come to help support my family. It has given me an opportunity to see kindness in myself and others. I have an incredible respect for the doctors and nurses that I have come across and to everyone in the health field. BC has also taught me to not sweat the small stuff.....maybe my kids have received a more loving mother because of what I have learned in such a short time.

I just pray that I will be able to see my kids grow up and that I grow old with my husband. Nothing in life is guaranteed and I am grateful for today but I hope for more tomorrow's.

Diagnosed at age 39. Wife, daughter, sister & mother to 4 great kids.... Dx 8/25/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/19/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/1/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 3/28/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 11/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 11, 2016 05:51AM Moderators wrote:

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Dec 11, 2016 06:51PM Fearless59 wrote:

Thanks, moderators. This is going to be my favorite place to write. I am all about the feelings!!!

I am really grateful that I have a Breast Surgeon/cancer specialist that I trust completely. I feel that I am in very good hands. .

Dx 12/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 11, 2016 07:37PM voraciousreader wrote:

my thoughts and feelings ....next year....NO surprises! And if I do get surprised...I hope that it will only be GOOD surprises! Haven't we all had enough bad surprises??


I wish all of my breast cancer sisters good health and happiness and a batch of nice surprises all year long! And shouldn't all of us enjoy a bit of prosperity too? Now wouldn't it be nice if one of our sisters won the lottery too? It can happen! I have a friend who won millions! Smile! Laugh! And Love! Don't let breast cancer rob any of you of a moment of enjoying life! ....And....


Pay it forward! surprise someone! Let them go ahead of you while in line! Tip generously when you can! And give free hugs! Always feel better when I am giving hugs!


And my last thought...pray! It does work! I can think of so many people who need our prayers and I am convinced that for many of us...our prayers are SURPRISINGLY answered!

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Dec 12, 2016 12:30AM - edited Dec 12, 2016 12:33AM by gmmiph

Hello all!

The very first thought that came to me when I saw this thread is to express my wholehearted gratitude and appreciation to the entire Breast Cancer Organization, all the officers and staff including its wonderful Moderators for maintaining such a wonderful organization which helps so many cancer patients, their families, friends, and even possibly other medical organizations, academes and researchers, et.al., who all benefitted and or continue to benefit from this site for its wonderful generous sharing of invaluable knowledge, information, care, concern and support worldwide! May BCO, and all those involved thrive and be more blessed in every aspect of their respective lives and spirit.

As for the wishes, I guess I just want to suggest that maybe they can add more updated information about world statistics and rankings with regard to cancer incidence and mortality rates. It is important for us to find out more about the etnicity, behavior, nutrition and lifestyle of those countries that have low cancer rates for us to study or try to emulate. What their people do, what they eat, what they do about their environments, what their government's policies are, their plans for helping cancer research and patients, how countries can cooperate and link to share knowledge for the ultimate cure and treatment of all forms of cancer.

Nutrition, which is a very important part of every cancer patient's recovery can be enhanced or supported by BCO thru more research and sharing of categorized food/nutrients/vitamins with specific explanations about what their individual effects are on the body and what's good for each cancer-specific patient. Natural foods or supplements which are scarce in certain countries can be remedied by providing alternative options of those foods/supplements which are abundantly found in their own areas. An example maybe is to have an alternative for brocolli which is abundant in Western countries but which can be replaced with Okra, having equivalent nutritional values and more abundant in Asian countries. Things like this.

The same strategy above can be applied to drugs and medicines specific to chemo treatments and support medicines. I think a whole lot of achievements can be done, if only countries, especially their governments, big pharma companies, medical orgs, academes, minorities including complimentary and alternative medicines combine their efforts "unselfishly" for the good of mankind.

There are many other areas of improvement that can be done to improve the production, procurement and distribution of cancer food and drugs which can significantly lower the price and made available to cancer patients if only researches and investors give enough focus and attention.

Ok,I have to wrap this up before it gets complicated, Lol!

Again, my heartfelt thanks to the entire BCO and all the wonderful ladies and gentlemen I have met on the Discussion boards. You all Rock!!!

Best Regards and Happy Holidays!

Gina


Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them". Dx 2/10/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/21/2016 Chemotherapy 11/3/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 12, 2016 03:04AM - edited Dec 12, 2016 07:30AM by Moderators

Wonderful posts Voraciousreader and Gimmiph, thank you both so much for adding your thoughts and insights.

Gimmiph you've added lots of important ideas and suggestions here. And thanks, Fearless59, as well!

We're so grateful to you all

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Dec 13, 2016 03:18PM wirdgirl118 wrote:

Next year, which is also "next month" already (!) I will be celebrating the four year anniversary of my double mastectomy, and my 61st birthday. I have survived breast cancer twice. In 2016, I rode a Clydesdale, went to my first air show, vacationed and kayaked in Delaware with my sister and our two dogs in the cutest beach cottage, and am still picking at my scalp (delayed stress from the breast cancers, IMO). I have chronic pain, but I am here. Life is a very precious gift. It is joyful to still be here, living my life with the best sister ever, best dogs ever, and now the best cat ever (adopted just before Halloween).As New Year's Eve approaches, I am infinitely grateful for this website where this group of comrades-in-arms can find support and understanding. I am grateful for all those who are working hard to fund raise for cancer research, for those doing research to find the cure, and especially for those in the medical profession who smile and say hello to us day after day while helping us win our fight. For these folks have had to say goodbye to many who have lost their fight, yet they keep on helping. To all of you - thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is because of you that I will be able to welcome in the year 2017, and many years to come.

Post mastectomy pain syndrome, taking Neurontin Dx 12/6/2012, Paget's, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Dec 14, 2016 01:35PM Girl53 wrote:

Fearless: It has been more than a year since my dx, and months since my radiation ended, but I am still in a place, emotionally, similar to what you describe here. I am not invincible, and I know it now. A few months after my treatment ended, I had my first-ever (and hope my only) episode of atrial fibrillation, totally out of the blue. Now, I seem to be experiencing an extended bout of anxiety -- quivering, raw emotions, etc. I feel like I don't recognize myself. I stopped my Arimidex in September because I thought it might be contributing to my mood disturbance, and neither I -- nor doctors -- know if it did, and when I will resume taking an AI. I don't want to wait too much longer.

I have taken on so much in my life, and tried to be "fearless." But I am now feeling vulnerable in a way I never have before. Am trying to accept this feeling instead of "attacking" it or blaming myself for it...loving myself through it until it lifts, as it were. It's hard to feel this way during the holidays, which I usually love.

I am wishing you patience, courage, and love. Let's stick together!


Dx 9/3/2015 ALH and LCIS; dx 9/14/15 ILC 2mm, ER+, PR-, HER2-, grade 1; SNB 11/19/2015, 0/2 nodes; fam history but BRCA neg;completed rads 2/17/16; started Arimidex 3/25/17 and stopped 9/23/17; started Aromasin 3/25/17 and stopped April 19.
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Dec 16, 2016 11:04AM gmmiph wrote:

Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them". Dx 2/10/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/21/2016 Chemotherapy 11/3/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 16, 2016 12:08PM snowsogal wrote:

Dear Sisters,

I just joined in November, and being a new post mastectomy survivor now, has given me a new perspective. For me, I continue to share my story to whomever and where ever I can. I am not ashamed of having breast cancer. I desire to be a mentor to someone in the future, but I still have issues to work out. Yes, I hate cancer with a passion, but I have had many opportunities to help people. This in itself brings true joy, along with leaning on my Lord and Savior.

Everyday we have to make choices in our life, so I want to continue to "splash joy" around to whomever I meet. I pray that the word re-occurrence would be less in my mind in 2017. I want to strive to have a more positive attitude, because their are others that are worse off than us. I learned to thank God for a bad hair day, because at least I have hair; for those of you whose hair did not grow back, you can look for other things to be thankful for. I thank God that I can still walk even though I can not feel my left side as well. I thank God I can take care of myself, even though I have pain, numbness, and neuropathy. There are always things to be thankful for, even when we are going through "hell" like most of us have with surgery and cancer treatments. There is light in the tunnel. My life did not go back to normal, and only God knows the reason why. But I want to learn to accept the "new norm" even though it is not what I desire. I want to get over the grieving process of what life was like before cancer and now. I am thankful for my husband, he was a "champ" during my cancer journey. He loves me now, just the way I am, even without having reconstruction.

Finally, I want to leave you with a quote from a book called Finding The Light In Cancer's Shadow, by Lynn Eib. "But my hope and my prayer is that all of us cancer survivors and our loved ones could call up and proclaim, "I am free-of-cancer!!! To me, living in the shadow of the Almighty is the secret to finding the light in cancer's shadow. It means trusting the Almighty to keep our minds, our hearts, and our souls, free-of-cancer--whether or not our bodies are."

Cancer does not occupy my mind.

It is seized with God's perfect peace.

Cancer has no place in my heart.

It is filled with God's awesome love.

Cancer cannot touch my soul.

It is saved by God's amazing grace.

I am free-of-cancer.

Thank you moderators for allowing us to relate to one another with this website and forum. It is a comfort to know others are struggling besides me. Please hear me, I am not happy they are struggling like me, but it makes me feel like I am not so alone now. May we strive to share with open-mindedness, and not being biased in our opinions with the comments we make; to help one another navigate this cancer journey.

Thank You

Dx 7/22/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/31/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Chemotherapy 9/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 16, 2016 02:43PM Girl53 wrote:

snowsogal: What a beautiful post. I want to re-read it many times. I know there is so much to be thankful for. Yet I have been anxious and depressed (partially, doc says, due to my hormone sensitivity to the aromatase inhibitor they put me on). And I WILL keep reading this and thanking God.

Dx 9/3/2015 ALH and LCIS; dx 9/14/15 ILC 2mm, ER+, PR-, HER2-, grade 1; SNB 11/19/2015, 0/2 nodes; fam history but BRCA neg;completed rads 2/17/16; started Arimidex 3/25/17 and stopped 9/23/17; started Aromasin 3/25/17 and stopped April 19.
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Dec 18, 2016 01:19PM duckyb1 wrote:

I wondered on to Google after I was told "you have. breast cancer" in 2011......thinking after having a heart attack in 2007, that I had dodged cancer, and was grateful.......4 years later I heard news that no one wants to get..........after burying my husband when he was 57 dying from Pancreatic cancer, you think "this can't be happening again "........but it did............

The absolute best thing that came out of that bad news was me seeing on Google a website called BCO.Org.........I got hope, inspiration , love, laughs, tears, but most of all I got "Friends".......

I am 81 now, blessed with 6 wonderful children...18 grandchildren...and 6 great grandchildren with another coming in 2017........I have family, I have love, I have life............I have hope...........but above all I have "faith".....that however the Good Lord wants this story to end its in his hands............

Every day is a bonus....every negative mammogram another day to live, and I attend to fly into heaven when it is my time saying......."IT WAS A GREAT RIDE, AND A GREAT LIFE"......It doesn't get better then that..........Wonderful 2017 to my dear friends........and to the amazing BCO Moderaators...........
Ducky Dx 2/15/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/24/2011 Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 20, 2016 06:55AM snowsogal wrote:

Hi Girl53,

Thank you for that compliment. I rejoice that it was a blessing to you. I was hoping it may touch someone's heart on the forums out there.

Cindy

Dx 7/22/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/31/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Chemotherapy 9/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 20, 2016 07:10AM snowsogal wrote:

Ducky,

I love your post. It was so positive and beautiful.

Have a Blessed 2017!

Cindy

Dx 7/22/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/31/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Chemotherapy 9/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 20, 2016 07:11AM snowsogal wrote:

Dear gmmph: I like your picture. Amen!!!

Cindy

Dx 7/22/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/31/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Chemotherapy 9/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 20, 2016 07:31AM snowsogal wrote:

Dear Why:

I feel your pain, but remember there are others worse off than us. Yes, your life may never be the same, but it might even be better, because you can help others if you desire too. There is no greater joy in helping others, but this is just my belief. Things in our life happen for reasons, but we have to choose the attitudes that we are going to live with.

I pray your faith is strong, and keep positive; to weather the storms that might come up. Just take some small little steps to help encourage yourself, like walking, eating better. being thankful etc... Reach out to your friends, and continue to stay involved in their lives, as much as you possibly can. Even if you can call them on the phone, it helps you see that you can still be a friend to them. It will help you see that your still have value.

I struggle with why too, but I am beginning to see how I can help others after 2 and 1/2 years. In fact, I meet many others in the stores, and various places that I patronize, that are survivors too. You life may have just begun, but in a whole new way. For instance, I can't use the shampoo I used to use, and did not understand how this good work out to be a good thing. Therefore, one day I started looking for "sulfate free" products, and lo and behold; I met another cancer survivor, and we exchanged names and phone numbers. This is just one of the many blessings that can happen.

Don't give up on life, because it dealt you "a crappy hand", fight back Why! Start discovering how you can make your life better, with what you are having to go through. I am not saying this is easy, but it can be accomplished if you choose.

Praying for you,

Cindy

Dx 7/22/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/31/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Chemotherapy 9/3/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 20, 2016 09:40AM Wicked wrote:

Fearless, before my BMX, a number of people (who had their boobs and never had BC) said, "Remember, they're just boobs, you don't need them!" I told them it's very different when they're YOURS! I found the worst part of it to be waiting to have the surgery. Everything has been so much better since then.The anticipation truly was the worst. And the not knowing what it was going to look like! Seeing it was not nearly as bad as imagining seeing it, if that makes any sense. Good luck with your surgery!

Taking early retirement from having boobs! Dx 5/2016, LCIS, Both breasts Surgery 7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Dx 8/9/2016, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 20, 2016 07:21PM Michelle_in_cornland wrote:

My thoughts and wishes for 2017 include continuing to make strides for better health; Begin my hormone AI plus supression shot without a hitch; Give back to others emotionally, spiritually, mentally, as others have given to me; Enjoy my husband and children with all of my being; Help makes strides against breast cancer, breast cancer recurrence and any cancer in general. Keep a positive attitude, because it is contagious......

Live free - Oncotype 14, Take things as they come and you can do it!!! Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Radiation Therapy 10/6/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Dec 21, 2016 04:00AM Lucy-123 wrote:

I was just diagnosed on Monday. They found a 5 mm spot on my annual mammogram. Had additional views and ultrasound. Had biopsy and the report came back as IDC. I am really scared because my daughter was diagnosed at 31 in 2010 and I never expected to be doing this. The report shows ER-/PR- and HER2- but FISH is not back yet. I am using her surgeon because I trust her. Just got appt for Jan. 5. How do you stay positive when you think you are triple negative and so much is said about this being untreatable. I have been the strong one for my daughter and my mom is gone. I feel like I have no one to talk to because I feel like I have already depended on her too much. Anyone have something that will make me believe this is going to be OK and how to enjoy the time I have off from work til January 3?

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