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Topic: Just had 35th wedding anniversary

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: Oct 8, 2019 12:31PM

ctmbsikia wrote:

Which was so nice, but how do you not think will we make 40?

My daughter planned a small party which also included watching our football team win on Sunday. Monday I took a vacation day. I had an MO appt. Husband's GP office called and is referring him to a pulmonary Dr. as his latest CT scan is showing abnormalities (as they put it). So my day was consumed with making appts, scheduling my own stuff after going to an appt., and then going to retrieve a copy of his report and reading it and trying to understand it. I don't think it's too good except for the fact they are talking about one section of one lung. No mention of the other one. That's good, right? However, seeing the words neoplasm, post obstructive pneumonia, they are usually associated with the C word. Specialist was scheduled a month out. I have a regular GP check up this month and I will ask GP what he thinks of reading this report. Maybe that will help me cope/prepare for whatever comes next. My husband is a wreck, I am trying to remain calm and say we don't know what it is until we go to the Dr. first part of Nov.

Coping? Yeah sure. I just ate a piece of cake for lunch!



Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 9, 2019 10:24AM edwards750 wrote:

Neoplasm typically means a tumor but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s malignant. Post obstructive pneumonia is a concern too but not always the C word either. The odds are not in his favor but you never know. I have to admit I wouldn’t like to wait a month either. Maybe that could put him on the list for a possible cancellation? I think I would feel a bit better knowing it’s only a small section in one lung.

Several years ago I went to a local clinic because my shoulder hurt. I’d been lifting my twin grandsons who were 2 at the time so I attributed my pain to that. The PA disagreed and ordered an X-ray and did a pneumonia test. One lung was completely clear. The other one wasn’t but she did say it could be scar tissue or an infection. The pneumatic test was negative.

She then freaked out when she saw lung nodules on my X-ray and told me I needed to go immediately to the clinic where I had my BC treatments. I said I would wait until the Radiologist’s report came back. She said he would agree with her. He didn’t. Lungs were okay, etc. The point of all of this is sometimes it’s not as dire as it first appears to be. I hope the same for your husband.

Keep the faith and keep us posted.

Diane


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Oct 9, 2019 11:48AM ctmbsikia wrote:

Hi Diane. First I want to say how sorry I am to hear about your sister. I saw you post about it a while ago and I just never posted in that particular thread (or threads) so please forgive me and accept my condolences. I hope you and your family are coping as well as can be.

I only have 2 CT scans to go by and everything I am reading says the pulmonologist is the correct Dr. to make a diagnosis. His 1st screening was the low dose scan which his LUNG Rad score was a 2 but they noted multiple other findings, the most damning being pneumonia. This was early August. GP gave him short course of antibiotic which I think helped him based on his coughing. It went from wet & productive back to the regular hacking and spitting I've grown accustomed to over all these years. This report also recommended a reevaluation in 6-8 weeks with contrast. This newest report does not have a Lung Rad score on it? I don't know why or did they copy it off? It seems he may have jumped into the 4 category? Different Radiologist reading it (if that matters?). Big difference in just a little over a month. It's about all the insight I wish to possess right now. I will call back and ask to be on a cancel list as well. Thanks! I will keep you posted.

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 10, 2019 02:04PM edwards750 wrote:

Thank you for your kind words. We are all still in the state of shock even though we knew it would eventually happen. No way to prepare for the pain that comes with losing someone you love esp one who suffered so. We are coping but just barely.

I hope your husband gets good news. Do keep us posted.

Diane

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Oct 10, 2019 02:54PM ctmbsikia wrote:

Hang in there. It takes time.

Today, I called the one Dr. and all they advised to just keep calling to see if any change in their schedule. So, I called Penn Medicine's main # to see if could get anyone sooner than 11/5 even if that meant going into Philadelphia. Got a closer appt. Oct-22 @ Valley Forge campus. Whew. Not bad for a couple of phone calls. Hopefully when I get home tonight and tell him, he will rest a little easier not having to wait so long.

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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