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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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 9, 2013 12:04AM smo23915 wrote:

Hi Nisa,

I see Dr. Sharon Giordano Onc. at MD Anderson.  I like her she answered all my questions.  Since my spot was so small the use of Tamoxifen has been left up to me.  She gave me the reasons to take it and then the reasons not to  take it, and then said, it is your decision.

We talked a lot about bone health, supplements, and diet.  So, I am very glad I made the decision to travel twice a year for my follow ups there.

They are very organized and it runs very smoothly.

Sharon

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Aug 9, 2013 01:43AM Mely19 wrote:

Nice to see this thread starting. Its been almost a year since diagnosis and I'm just starting to post. I can echo some of the sentiments out there. I am in the what now or wait and see stage. Kind of went thru a hard time adjusting to this new normal . Still am. Body and mind is not bouncing back as quickly as I would like.

Dx 8/10/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/26/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/23/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/14/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 5/7/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/19/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Aug 9, 2013 06:22AM Annie54 wrote:

Count me in! I finish up TCH in 2 weeks and then on to radiation. Happy to be part of this group.

Annie

Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/25/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/9/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/9/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast
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Aug 9, 2013 07:59AM SelenaWolf wrote:

Reporting in... Stage 2, Grade 2, 2 years out and doing well.

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Aug 9, 2013 08:15AM Traii wrote:

Checking in, Stage 2A, grade 3, 2 nodes + and dx at 34. This month is my 1 year out since first diagnosed. Can't believe how time flies when you're 'having fun' they say!! Just 5 weeks out from BMX and doing great!

Thanks for starting this thread for us 2ers..... Smile

Stage IV 2nd Jan 2019 age 40 Dx 8/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/5/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 9/23/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 10/30/2012 Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/1/2013 CMF Surgery 7/4/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 2/24/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Kisqali
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Aug 9, 2013 08:26AM JDB53 wrote:

Glad your doing well Traii!

Husband to my high school sweetheart! Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Dx 4/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/3/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/8/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/3/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 9, 2013 03:57PM NisaVilla wrote:

I am delighted that Stage 2 Sisters (and their husbands and allies) are finding this forum! We have so much to chat about. For me today is day 4 of chemo so I am going downhill with SEs and will be returning to baseline early next week. During this time, reading your posts and feeling conected to this community is so helpful. Thanks everyone for being there....Nisa

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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 9, 2013 07:16PM JennaJMU wrote:

Hi all! Stage 2b here!

Dx 2/15/2013, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/22/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/2/2013 AC + T (Taxol)
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Aug 9, 2013 08:19PM jcolford wrote:

I don't know about everyone else but I find that I am always trying to find research based on my exact cancer. I know that it is unrealistic to find statistics specific to me but I can't help but continue to look. I realize that we are individuals and not statistics but I still continue to look. Anyone else have this odd obsession? Happy Friday all!

Jo Anne

BRCA1 Positive TNBC Dx 6/25/2012, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/20/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Surgery 8/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 10/1/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/10/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 3/10/2017, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs/other, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 9, 2013 09:26PM NisaVilla wrote:

Yes Jo Anne! You are not alone, I do that too. But we need to listen to ruthbru and relax a bit :) Maybe we should allow ourselves to be obsessive once a week?

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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 9, 2013 09:54PM planetbananas wrote:

Yes, Jo Anne, I definitely do. Because mine was so rare I try and find out as much information as I can but I really do not find much.

hope your side effects aren't too bad, Nisa

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 9, 2013 09:58PM - edited Aug 9, 2013 09:58PM by Maziel58

Thank  you for starting this.  Had surgery 8/1; drain removed yesterday, and I found an additional lump.

Very, very bummed out.  My surgeon is away. I'm supposed to get the port Friday.  I'm HER2, 2b.

It's about 3 inches from the scar from the lymph nodes were taken. 

This is mean shit, isn't it?

Dx 7/6/2013, 2cm, 3/16 nodes, mets, HER2+ Surgery 7/15/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Aug 9, 2013 10:12PM NisaVilla wrote:

Maziel, there is a chance it is something related to new scar tissue. It has happened more than once. I can't imagine your fear today. Thinking of you...

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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 10, 2013 01:15PM jcolford wrote:

Thanks Nisavilla and planetbananas, it is nice to know that I am not the only "crazy cancer lady" out there. Lol! Here's hoping Maziel58 that the lump is b9, please let us know how you make out. I have lumps along my mx scar but non of the dr's seem concerned so I refuse to be either. Happy weekend all!

BRCA1 Positive TNBC Dx 6/25/2012, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/20/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Surgery 8/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 10/1/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/10/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 3/10/2017, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs/other, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 10, 2013 08:31PM wildrumara wrote:

Hi all!  Thanks for starting this new thread!  Although I'm not on BCO as often as I used to be (coming up on my two year "canciversary"), its nice to see something for Stage II gals!  Looking forward to some informative, enlightening discussions!  

Aug 2011, dx wth IDC Stage 2, oncotype 25, neoadjuvant chemotTC X 6, BMX with reconstruction, Tamoxifen March 2012, April 2014, two small mets discovered on liver. Arimidex, May 2014 Liver wedge resection. June 2014 SBRT of second liver lesion. Dx 8/23/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/29/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/28/2012 Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2012 Hormonal Therapy 5/7/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 2/8/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 10, 2013 09:37PM QCA wrote:

Thanks for starting this thread for us Stage 2 gals!  I'm now 3 years out and had good diagnostic mammo in June, so all appears to be well.  December will mark 3 years on Anastrozole/Arimidex, which I hate but take anyway.  Didn't have chemo because of Oncotype DX score of 11, but had 6 weeks of rads.

Maziel, all good wishes that the lump is just scar tissue and nothing to worry about.  Please let us know how it goes.

Added this to my favorite topics, and thanks again.  We've needed this thread.

Kathy

Kathy Dx 7/7/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2013 12:13PM NisaVilla wrote:

Hi Kathy, I am always glad to read updates from those who are some years out...yeah to you!

I will be going on Arimidex next month. What has been hard about it for you? I was told I will be on it for 10 years.

For everyone a year+ out.... at what point did fear of recurrence go away, if it did?

Thanks, Nisa

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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 11, 2013 12:19PM pattithenurse wrote:

I too am Grade 2 and am curious about recurrence? I started the Arimidex a month ago,and I guess all of us are different with our SE's? I'm more nervous about this med and recurrence. I can't seem to get a grip on "moving beyond"..........Hope all of you enjoy the gift of today.............

Dx 1/8/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/28/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 11, 2013 03:36PM QCA wrote:

Nisa and Patti, I doubt that the fear of recurrence ever goes away.  I'm a wreck for a week before a mammogram, and with the very first one after my surgery they found calcifications. Had a stereotactic biopsy and was a wreck through it, but it was benign.  I also had ILC so that's scary too.

Re arimidex, I find that I cannot walk as long or as far as before because of hip pain.  I have stiffness upon getting up from a sitting position, or out of bed in the morning.  Arimidex is said to be hard on bones.  I have osteopenia, but am holding my own with Calcium and D3.  There was no change between the last bone scan and current one either.  Some have hot flashes with it, but after a few right at first I have none now.  The worst side effect for me is thinning hair!  But, I look at this drug as a little more insurance against a recurrence, and so far so good.  It took me about a month to get accustomed to it.  Good luck!

Kathy

Kathy Dx 7/7/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2013 04:44PM - edited Aug 11, 2013 07:12PM by ruthbru

 For those of you just starting with an anti-hormonal, there should be a lot more information by the time you get to the 5 year mark. But for now, with her permission, I am copying a recent post by a friend of mine, Natsfan, who recently posted this on the '5 Years & Done' thread.

"Had my visit with my MO yesterday and we discussed the 10 AI year issue.  She said it's being studied, but none of those studies has finished, so there's no change in the 5 year recommendation at this point.  She said that during these studies, they do a check at about the midpoint and if there's a clear benefit shown to the tested therapy, they end the study right then and there and start giving the therapy to everyone in the study, so as not to deny the control group the proven benefits.  She went on to say that some of the 10-year AI studies are beyond their midpoint and have done this check, and since the studies have continued, the results thus far aren't showing a clear definitive benefit yet to a 10-year plan.  She said once the studies are finished and published and if they indicate a benefit to 10 years, then we'd discuss going back on Femara at that time.  But for now, she said consider yourself free and clear from Femara. Woohoo!"

You never get totally past the fear of recurrence, but it does get better the further out you get.

"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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Aug 11, 2013 05:36PM cary1 wrote:

I haven't been around the boards for a long while. Isn't it odd how worries about one's job, other bad health concerns, can sometimes trump cancer. Or maybe not really. It's always in the shadow. Anyway, I'm happy to have a Stage II forum. Thanks NisaVilla. I'm about 3 1/2 years in on Tamoxifen after lumpectomy, chemo, rads. I'm overdue for an MRI and have a pessimistic feeling. I have to schedule this month.

Dx 3/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2013 06:16PM Mely19 wrote:

Cary1, put it on your mon to do list to make your MRI appt so you have it and try not to worry about it till you get the results. No point in worrying bout something that may not be a problem. That being said, I too am constantly worried bout recurrence. I'm almost at the 1 yr mark and am told recurrence symptoms can be anything that is a nagging problem that won't go away. Well, I've got plenty of those problems since chemo so it's made me a bit of a hypochondriac. I'm constantly reminding myself to not worry so much. But you are right, it is always in the shadows no matter how busy you are.

Dx 8/10/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/26/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/23/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/14/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 5/7/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/19/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Aug 11, 2013 09:02PM planetbananas wrote:

I was, doing well not worrying about a recurrence until I developed an infection in one of my implants in June. I spent time in the hospital and the first blood test after I was out had my tumor markers up by 19 points. since I was told the markers could be up from infection they are not sure what is going on but I am having a PET scan on August 26. They're waiting until then to put more time in between the infection and the scan.

Yes, Maziel this is mean shit! best of luck to you!

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 11, 2013 09:09PM bevin wrote:

Dear PlanetBananas, Good luck with your PET. I'm hoping it shows nothing worrisome and praying you can be free of stress while you wait. Try to do good things for yourself to keep your mind busy. See a funny move, walk, Yoga.. etc. 

I'm curious about your screen name..planet bananas. 

I'm 2 years from surgery this month and worry all the time about a recurrence. I wish I didn't but I do. And I have good prognostic factors so I know it would be rare to have an issue ; it's just always on my mind. Knowing my nature, I'm not sure time will get rid of the worry. UGH.

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 8/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2010 Breast
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Aug 11, 2013 11:55PM planetbananas wrote:

Thank you, Bevin. I have a small trip and a birthday in between so at the moment I am focusing on those. I have a feeling I will be ok until the day before where I have a few restrictions - no sugar or excercise, then the day of, fasting.



I don't know how to not worry - all the advice seems easier said than done. I think it's normal to worry and there are good days and bad. I find if I am already stressed I will worry more. 



You asked about my screen name: A while ago (I can't remember now how long but at least a year) I was watching a stupid reality show, I think it was Basketball Wives. The women were fighting and one of them said something like "She is on planet bananas" and it just struck me as funny. When everything started happening, I joked and said I must be on Planet Bananas and started using it as my user name on message boards and called my blog Planet Bananas too. Smile

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 12, 2013 01:02AM kyliet wrote:

I am 45 and pre-menopausal. I am getting zoladex implants monthly (to shut down my ovaries) and am on Arimidex. I take calcium and Vitamin D. My onc stressed weight bearing exercise and I find if I don't walk regularly my bones ache and I get really stiff. 

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life you have a 1000 reasons to smile. Mulitfocal, ECE, lymph. channel invasion, Chemo. RADs. Arimidex. Monthly Zoladex. Dx 11/11/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 12, 2013 07:32AM ruthbru wrote:

I believe that exercise is THE key to so many things: stress  relief, helps lose or keep weight off, deal with treatment SEs, keeps bones healthy. reduces recurrence risk more than anything non-medical, reduces the risk of about every other kind of health problem, makes you look & feel better, allows you to eat more etc. etc. If you want some exercise buddies, there are a couple great threads in the fitness forum. The one I check in with is 'Lets Post Our Daily Exercise'. A great group of ladies in all stages of treatment & beyond. And there is a newer one called something like, "Getting Back into Exercise after Treatment" (or something to that effect) with very nice ladies too.

Another thing that I have found helpful in managing stress are to keep really busy, and to make plans (like trips, get togethers with friends etc.) so you are thinking of and looking forward to specific things in the future.

Another thing that will sound silly, but worked for me was that I bought a 'Reduce Stress through Hypnosis' CD, and it really worked amazingly well (I was very skeptical). So there are CDs like that, and other relaxation, meditation type CDs too.

"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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Aug 12, 2013 07:44AM JDB53 wrote:

Kyliet- Your diagnosis is very similiar to my wife's except she is post menopause so she will do the Arimidex after chemo and rads, Did you do chemo as well?

Husband to my high school sweetheart! Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Dx 4/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/3/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/8/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/3/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 12, 2013 01:22PM planetbananas wrote:

Ruthbru, I completely agree! I try to do half an hour on the treadmill. Even if I just do that on a slight incline it helps the side effects from the tamoxifen greatly. I find on the days that I don't those are the days I have more hot flashes

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 12, 2013 01:54PM NisaVilla wrote:

JBD53 question reminds me of one thing that shocked me about cancer treatments. That outside of the 23 NCCN centers where they must follow national guidelines, the variability in treatment for very similar cancer profiles seem to result in different treatments. Science no longer thinks that "every cancer is different because every person is different" yet oncos not governed by NCCN seem to treat patients so differently. As a cancer patient, do you think this is a good thing?

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 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction

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