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Topic: Kiwi ladies who need encouragment, but all welcome.

Forum: Australians and New Zealanders Affected by Breast Cancer —

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Posted on: May 28, 2012 01:10AM - edited May 28, 2012 01:12AM by midnight1327

midnight1327 wrote:

I did start a thread for kiwi ladies, and another lady suggested we start one  in the community support. this is just  an encouraging and support thread for any kiwi and anybody who needs support, and bring kiwi women together, so  do feel free to join in.

Dx 8/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/30/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/9/2011 Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/22/2011
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Jun 3, 2018 11:33PM Nik1966 wrote:

HI All,

Just jumping in Frog to say that I hope tomorrow goes well. You're getting through it, week by week by week.

I have been in hospital since Thursday 31/5 with an embolism. I am allowed out today on "Ward Leave" which has been great. I am just about to head back in. They are not sure what has caused the clot so I was put on heparin immediately then changed to clexane injections on Saturday. I have 2 ultrasounds set for tomorrow as they suspect that the embolism may have developed in my femoral artery or the arteries in the back of my new knee (so could be a complication from my knee replacement). The other thought is that it's micro vascular disease (actually they seem to know very little). However, some good news is that they did a neck to toe CT, and it was clear.

I really didn't want to jump back into the rabbit hole, but unfortunately here I am. Hopefully it's not because of the tamoxifen, as I have tolerated it very well compared to exemestane and letrozole. I will let you know.

Good to hear from you Alyson. I hope everyone else is trucking along well.

Love

N

Dx 8/21/2014, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/4/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/17/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 8/14/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 1/20/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jun 7, 2018 11:07PM Frog-on-the-lilypad wrote:

Thank you Nik, for the kind words. Till now I find Taxol more doable than AC. But early days. I have only had 2 Taxols till now. Third one coming up on monday. I have heard Taxol effects are cumulative.

I hope you are doing much better than when you last posted. Congrats on the CT. Have a good weekend

Dx 3/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/6/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jul 2, 2018 12:09AM Kruise wrote:

oh my goodness so much news since I last logged in.

Niki I hope that clot issue has been sorted as it’s nearly a month ago now. I am guessing they did take you off the tamoxifen because of it?

Hi Frog - sorry you have had to ‘find’ our wee group. We don’t wish bc on anyone! I’m nearer to Wellington than Auckland sorry.

Shazza - that is such a bummer about your progression. You have done so so so amazingly on the taxol every week. Can’t believe you coped so long really. I hope you are feeling ok and things are stable on your new regime.

Hi Helen. Nice to read your post. I did have to laugh about the fan on your desk! I’m sure we can all relate. I think I am the only one at work that wears just my short sleeve uniform shirt all winter long! Lol. Good that your son seems to be enjoying his new work. I’m sure he’ll be enjoying the money also.

Hi Michelle, Hi Alyson 👋 👋 hi everyone else. Donna do you still check in here?

Things with me are pretty good so can’t complain. Had my 50th Birthday on 21st June (same day the PM had her wee girl). We went to Bali for a holiday the week before to mark the occasion then a party at home with family and close friends to celebrate. My girls helped out a lot with organising everything. Hubby’s present to me was another trip to Buenos Aires for just us in August so I am feeling very spoilt on the holiday travel front. Otherwise working working working.

I started doing this Keto diet thing, through a lady called Deborah Murtagh) and lost 10kg. Went off it though travelling and birthday-ing so need to start it up again.

Hard to believe it’s July again. Where is the year going?

Age at dx 44yrs. Had Annual mammograms past 9 yrs as Mum dx 45yrs but felt lump myself. Micromets 2mm in the two sentinel nodes. Treated as TNBC but weakly PR+. Medullary type. BRCA1 & 2 negative. Dx 1/7/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/8 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/20/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/27/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/30/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2013
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Jul 2, 2018 01:05AM - edited Jul 2, 2018 01:14AM by Nik1966

Hi ya,

Good to hear from you Kruise. Welcome to the 50's club!!!

I am ok, still battling the blood thinners, the statins and the vein diliation drugs. I am still on tamoxifen with the goal for doing another 7 years, and will probably be on anticoagulants of some description for that time, as there is no definitive proof that it is/was the tamoxifen that caused it. It could well have been my knee replacement in September. I am off to see the Vascular consultant on Wednesday for a follow up. All my scans and ultrasounds showed nothing that could have contributed, so that is good and bad news for me. A definite reason why is always good for an Analyst.

How is the taxol going Frog? The end must be in sight now. I remember it getting pretty shitty toward the end, but within a few weeks that seemed to have abated and I was on the up and up. Will you be needing radiation?

Hi and kisses to everyone else.


Dx 8/21/2014, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/4/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/17/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 8/14/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 1/20/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 5, 2018 08:34PM Frog-on-the-lilypad wrote:

Hi Nik,

I go in for Taxol 7 on monday if the blood counts are all good. I have surgery after chemo and then radiation. We dont have a dateset for surgery yet.

6 more weeks to go. I am in a crazy place right now. One moment I am all excited that there are only 6 more to go and within seconds the 6 weeks seem so long.

Its a beautiful day today. Hope the weather holds through the weekend.

Dx 3/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/6/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 8, 2018 07:39PM - edited Nov 8, 2018 07:44PM by Kruise

it's been too long ladies...how is everybody?

I had a momentous occasion yesterday....I went for my oncology checkup at Wellington Hospital (all was good) and they told me that as it was now 5 years (on 11.11) that I finished my treatment I was now officially cured and officially discharged. It is a funny feeling that's for sure. I guess that knowing feeling that anything can change at any time still lingers with me .... but I am now officially on my own, closing the chapter...

Age at dx 44yrs. Had Annual mammograms past 9 yrs as Mum dx 45yrs but felt lump myself. Micromets 2mm in the two sentinel nodes. Treated as TNBC but weakly PR+. Medullary type. BRCA1 & 2 negative. Dx 1/7/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/8 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/20/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/27/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/30/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2013
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Nov 9, 2018 01:12AM - edited Nov 9, 2018 01:13AM by AmusingSoprano

Congratulations Kruise! It imagine it will feel strange after all that time to not be actively monitored anymore apart from the standard mammos.

I had my 6-monthly checkup in August and after getting the MRI & Mammo results, my BS said "Well normally you'd have another checkup in 6 months, but everything's looking peachy so we could put you onto a yearly one?" And I was all "K, thx, bye!" lol He's referred me to a PS to look at possible fat grafting and I see him in December.

Was lovely to catch up with Helen in the supermarket the other day, she was looking really good :)

Hope everyone else is doing well. Looks like we are in for another hot summer.

Dx: 08/04/16, DCIS Grade 3, comedonecrosis. Lumpectomy (left) 08/16/16, Re-excision 09/06/16 Dx 8/4/2016, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 8/15/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 9/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/24/2016

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