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May 3, 2012 02:33AM
Hi Clowngirl (love your picture!),
I'm so sorry you are here with us and I know how you are feeling.
I had my mastectomies prior to chemo also. I felt more hopeful once they cut the cancer out. And then, each chemo I had, helped me to feel more hopeful about killing any bit of stray cells left (I had extensive lymphovascular invasion).
I am over a year now since diagnosis and surgery. I feel amazing. I do dance classes at the gym 4-5 days a week. And I'm NED!
I always have the thought in the back of my head about the "poor" diagnosis. But I don't let it rule my life - instead, I fight back with living my life to enjoy as much of every day as I can.
There is hope for you. Try to keep smiling and laughing and enjoy as many of your days as you possibly can. My life is better now since diagnosis because I don't let things bother me.
I hope your surgery goes well. I found listening to my ipod after surgery in hospital took my focus off of worrying.
Please write to us and let us know how you are doing.
Micropapillary IDC, extensive lymphovascular invasion.
2/9/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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
5/21/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)