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Topic: Stage 2 Sisters Club

Forum: Stage II Breast Cancer — Meet, share and support others with Stage II Breast Cancer

Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 02:13PM - edited Aug 8, 2013 12:34PM by NisaVilla

NisaVilla wrote:

Welcome to the newly formed Stage II Breast Cancer Club! And Thank You Mods for facilitating its creation.

Dx 3/22/2013, ILC/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/22/2013, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/24/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/27/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/5/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/24/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 4, 2019 10:13AM MexicoHeather wrote:

2020 Retreat LPHOH

Hi. Retreat opportunities for Little Pink Houses of Hope are listed for 2020 on the link above. If you are currently in treatment or have recently finished, take a look. It's is focused around a free, week-long retreat for you and your family. 🤩🤗I have volunteered with them for two years and they are fantastic people.


Dios es Amor. Dx 10/1/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/10/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/6/2018 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 16, 2019 02:35PM GoKale4320 wrote:

Hello, everyone. Insomnia is discussed frequently so I thought I would share this idea. It's passionflower tea, and I sometimes have a cup in the evening. I try to drink it towards bedtime, but early enough so that I don't have to wake in the night to urinate. Check the ingredients to make sure they do not interfere with anything else you are taking.


https://www.iherb.com/pr/Traditional-Medicinals-Relaxation-Teas-Organic-Nighty-Night-Naturally-Caffeine-Free-Herbal-Tea-16-Wrapped-Tea-Bags-85-oz-24-g/6802?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjrT08cGh5QIVTuDICh0RrQFAEAQYASABEgJ78PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


Traditional Medicinals, Relaxation Teas, Organic Nighty Night, Naturally Caffeine Free Herbal Tea, 16 Wrapped Tea Bags, .85 oz (24 g)

Dx: January 2017, IDC, Stage IIa, 1/23 nodes, Dx 1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2019 09:00PM MexicoHeather wrote:

they make a good lemon balm, too. I will give it a try.

Dios es Amor. Dx 10/1/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/10/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/6/2018 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 17, 2019 09:04PM ruthbru wrote:

Thanks! I will look for it!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 22, 2019 07:10PM runor wrote:

Trying to keep my head above the water and not let the waves of depression / panic close over me, but I think I'm losing the battle. Was supposed to have my annual mamm in September. Began trying to not think about it in August. Tried not to think, the mamm is coming, the mamm is coming. Used to be I had a mamm and walked out knowing that cancer happened to other people. Well that happy little bubble of delusion has burst. I do not feel safe. Because I am not safe. That is the truth. So I anticipated all August the mamm that was supposed to happen in September and all September passed without the phone call telling me when to come in. I phoned my doc about a week into October and said, basically, what the hell?! Oh, yup, he'll put a rush on that mamm. Here I am. Still waiting. Still trying NOT to anticipate that my life as I know it hangs on a thin, thin thread and that stinking mamm can tip me off my precarious perch. This state of clenched dread has now gone on for too long and I'm getting really grumpy, somewhat snappy, not sleeping anymore and daily feeling more and more desperate and yes, terrified. All those statistics start playing in my head like a nursery rhyme I can't shake, "radial scars have a 50% increased risk of breast cancer in the opposite breast..." Shit. I just had to say this. I am not keeping my shit together very well. I need to take my own damn advice but having a tough time of it just now. The mental noise that never quits. Tinnitus of the soul

Dx 3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 22, 2019 07:37PM HikingLady wrote:

runor What a very complete, candid and familiar description you have written. You've perfectly described the noise in our heads; that tinnitus of anxiety.

They should NOT have dropped the ball on your follow-up diagnostic screening. YIKES. I feel for you. I have lived through the worries that you describe.

It's not a gentle reality, living side by side with anxiety.

Based on what you're describing, I do think you should ask your PCP about how to get some help with the anxiety. Perhaps anti-anxiety meds? Anti-depressants? At least open the discussion?

The usual Healthy Choices menu is always out there for us to maintain good mental health: exercise, good nutrition, fill our days with good stuff to crowd out the inner fear and sad stuff, give, do, be engaged, etc..... However, if you're really being ruled by the inner voice of anxiety and fear, maybe there's some medical Rx help possible?

I have some dear and very close people in my life who suffer from debilitating anxiety and depression. The medications help balance things out for better functioning for them. With those meds, life has its colors back, and the dark tunnel recedes.

The truth is, we've all been put through a shell-shocking, traumatizing experience with this diagnosis, and it costs us in all kinds of ways. Our mental health is not something that our oncologists usually check on, so we have to watch out for it ourselves.

Keep us posted.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Oct 22, 2019 08:13PM ruthbru wrote:

Runor, take HikingLady's advice and talk to your doctor about your anxiety. BC is an shattering diagnosis and it would be surprising if a person did NOT have any post-traumatic stress issues!!! We need to be proactive about our mental health as much as our physical well-being. Medications and/or counseling can be a godsend in helping you get a better handle on things. (Just a note, a mammogram delayed by a month or two is not going to make any difference in the long run. You should be proud of yourself for catching the mistake!)

As far as self-help goes; make a serious commitment to exercise, it is the #1 non-medical thing you can do to reduce your chance of recurrence. If you take a class and/or find a friend to workout with, it can actually be fun! Go on a shopping spree, update your wardrobe, try a new haircut/color; if you look good, you do feel better! Try some things you've always wanted to do but never took the time; join a Book Club or a choir, take cooking lessons or Spanish lessons or Tango lessons, or whatever! Plan a fun vacation with family or friends. Get a pet or volunteer at an animal shelter. If you are doing things that are interesting and engaging, you don't have as much time to sit around and think (plus you are tired at night so you will have a better chance to sleep). If this sounds like a pep talk, it is. When I was about as far out as you are now; I decided that since I had done, and was doing, everything I personally could do to prevent a recurrence; then either it was going to reoccur or it wasn't. If it didn't come back, I was wasting a lot of time worrying about nothing; and if (heaven forbid) it did, then I decided that I really better be getting out there and live while I could (which is actually what everyone should be doing, cancer or not).

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 23, 2019 12:07AM runor wrote:

HikingLady and Ruthbru, thank you both for your wise and thoughtful words. I normally function fairly well (it took about two years to even feel like it was safe to come out of my shell). But jeez louise, what's with the late stinking mamm? I hear often that life is the space between tests and scans. No kidding. More than once I"ve fallen through a crack in the system. Crack, hell, more like the hole at the top of a volcano, and had to get on the horn and ask someone what the bloody problem was. It really irks me that I have to be on guard against the Medical Machine where, apparently, no one is in charge. My anxiety will peak when, after having my boobs squished and zapped and I'm sitting in the waiting room in those UNFLATTERING taupe robes that were coloured to hide vomit and poop stains. (really, who in their right mind makes fabric in that vile, insipid colour that flatters no one?) Until someone walks out and says, okay, you may go home now...that is the very edge of anxiety and panic. Hoping no one walks out and asks me to come back in for a second set of pictures. Because we know what that means. Yes we do. And it ain't good. So the Go Home, we'll see you next year...THAT is when all that terror and tension just whooshes out and I fly around the waiting room like a balloon let loose, phew, phew, phew in crazy circles. Thank you Jesus, or Yoda or whoever.

As to shopping, god, I'd rather have my eyes gouged out. But I do combine exercise with pets as I am currently looking after a horse (was three horses) so every day I hike out in gumboots and floppy pants, work gloves, wallow around in the muck flinging horse shit into a wheelbarrow. A horse poops about 12 times a day. About 10 pounds a pile. I move, on average, 120 pounds of shit every day. (with three horses that was close to 360 pounds. I had to shovel 3 times a day to stay on top of the mess) Shovel it up, wheel it uphill to a pile and dump it. This is the best workout a person could have. I also involve dog ownership in the action as between heaving the wheelbarrow upside down to empty it I shout, "Quit eating shit you stupid dog!" I am out in the fresh air and sunshine or rain, up and down a hill, shoving a load that averages 60 to 70 pounds at a time. If it's raining it takes longer and the load is heavier. And the dog is both muddy AND shitty. Oh the glamour of my life. Then I feed and water chickens which involves carrying a bucket of feed and a bucket of water as I yell at the dog, "Quit chasing the damn chickens you stupid dog!" It occurs to me that yelling is a good workout! Hugs to all.


Dx 3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 23, 2019 07:31AM HikingLady wrote:

runor You totally have exercise covered in your life! Lots of people think that they 'shovel sh---' metaphorically while doing difficult desk jobs, but you literally do it! Sounds like a beautiful, rural life. Keep us posted after the mammogram. I'm all in favor of therapeutic yelling. I do plenty of silent inner screaming. Where I live, any louder would frighten the neighbors....

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Oct 23, 2019 11:16AM ruthbru wrote:

Yikes, you can cross off my exercise advice!!! But I still stand by my going out and doing something fun suggestions! Happy

It took me years and years before I didn't burst into tears after an 'all clear' mammo or 'everything looks fine' checkup. Now I am back to a 'let's get this over with' attitude; which is a vast improvement (and one that only comes with time).

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 25, 2019 10:28AM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Runor: I had to laugh when you talked about yelling at your dog to quit eating sh**. I have three toy poodles and they love to eat each others. In fact the male dog will try to eat it as it's coming out the end of the other dog. Then, of course afterwards, they want to lick my face. Well, no thanks to that. I feel your pain. I use to go to mamos and wonder what all the fuss was about. Not anymore. I don't know if the anxiety of the test will ever go away. I've learned to accept that there's going to be anxiety going forward. It's still early days for us in our recovery. It's a new normal which has its good points and its bad points. For sure I know I have to be on top of the medical profession at all times. I had a similar experience this spring with my mamo. I didn't get a call to say when it was scheduled. When I called they said there had been no requisition put through. Family doctor had faxed the requisition to the wrong phone number but no one followed-up to see if it had been scheduled. Now, I know, that's one more thing I have to make sure gets done each year. Hang in there girl. It will get easier. Sounds like you're going through an angry stage. That's good. Let it out. Once it's done then you can move on.

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 6, 2019 05:19PM - edited Nov 6, 2019 05:19PM by stephilosphy00

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Dx at 29. Original mass 2.5 cm. Biopsy MRI and PET/CT confirmed 1 node involved. Ki-67 score 7.5%. ER100% PR100%. Genetic testing negative. Restaged to stage IIA post surgery. Chose to do 6 cycles of Xeloda to prevent recurrence!! Dx 11/9/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/17/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/20/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 7/11/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/3/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)

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