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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 4/23/2013 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 12, 2013 02:52PM jnprsn wrote:

Hi NisaVilla, Thanks for starting this thread. As for your post, I haven't seen much variation in chemo for breast cancer patients. I see most on the ACT cycles. I thought it would be a little more varied.
I'm dealing with having my right tissue expander removed due to an untreatable seroma. This delayed my second chemo for a month. It is hard for me to accept that I cant do chemo and TE fills at the same time now and I'm going to be at this whole process for many months longer. Working on acceptance here. I know so many have it much worse.

Jane Dx 5/14/2013, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/1/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 5/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 12, 2013 04:09PM SpecialK wrote:

Nisa - the article you referenced earlier in the thread was regarding a clinical trial at MDA done on trial participants who had not yet had any chemotherapy (thus CTCs would be unaltered) - doesn't seem to be a "test" that you can request at this point. This article is about a year old so I don't think that this is something that would be out of trials yet and available to current early stagers, but it would be nice info to have, wouldn't it?  Dealing with the fear of recurrence affects us all and it one of the biggest adjustments we have to make.  I don't have any words of wisdom other than do the best you can with diet, exercise, moderation, and supplements, if you are so inclined. Other than that, we all have to realize that we can't control the future and worrying about it excessively means we aren't really living today! 

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Aug 12, 2013 09:14PM Maureen1 wrote:

Nisa...thanks so much for starting this Stage 2 Sisters Club:))) (((Hugs))) to everyone, Maureen

Dx 7/31/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/6/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/4/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/23/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Aug 12, 2013 09:31PM kyliet wrote:

JDB53, Yes I did chemo, I am in Australia and did FEC-D. I hated every minute of it and didn't cope well at all. Looking back a year after finishing and I think 'oh it wasn't that bad'; it is amazing how time makes everything fade.

Planetbanana, I agree about not exercising and hot flashes. 

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 09:34PM LoriBach wrote:

Hi Everyone... Stage2B, Grade 3.  I had two tumors in my right breast.  The larger one was HER2+ and ER-/PR- and the smaller one was HER2- and ER+/PR+.  One year ago this week I started TCH. Still going through reconstruction.

Lori Dx 5/14/2012, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/15/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2013 Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Aug 12, 2013 09:40PM kyliet wrote:

Wow Lori, I had two tumours and only one was tested. Incredible to realise they could be different pathology. Were they close together?

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 14, 2013 01:20PM NisaVilla wrote:

SpecialK - you are right, thanks for clarification. We have benefitted from the development of OncotypeDX and hopefully there will be even more accurate predictive tools in the future for those coming down the road.

To add to the conversation about multiple tumors, I had four in one breast and each had a different oncotype but very similar biology. Did yours Lori have different oncotypes as well?

Happy to report I have returned to almost normal life after chemo 3 last week. Some of the SEs were really nasty. Off to enjoy a beautiful day!

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 14, 2013 01:24PM JDB53 wrote:

Interesting. My wife had 3 tumors 1cm, 7mm, 2mm, all in the same breast and all were the same 98% er+.

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 14, 2013 01:26PM JDB53 wrote:

Nisa your on the same chemo schedule as my wife and she too just called me to tell me she is out enjoying the day!

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 14, 2013 01:33PM NisaVilla wrote:

JDB53... Your wife and I are meeting for lunch and movie today, LoL. How many infusions left for her? One for me and can't wait to be done! Have a great day yourself.

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 14, 2013 01:35PM pupmom wrote:

I just added this thread to my Favorites. Glad we have our own spot. Stage II is not the same as Stage I, thank you very much. Smile

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 14, 2013 01:40PM JDB53 wrote:

1 left great! Sorry to say she has 5 more. One more AC next Tuesday, then 4 Taxol every other week so that puts her getting done mid October. Minimal side effects other than fatigue a few days and I am grateful for that.  Kinda nervous about the Taxol, dont know what to expect.

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 14, 2013 01:46PM jcolford wrote:

Hi everyone, love this thread, I feel so at home here.  Hope everyone is having a great day. It is raining here so I decided to bake bread and the smell is wonderful. 2 loaves of brown bread and 6 loaves of multigrain.

I am preparing to return to work next week so I bought a new car to my husband's relief. I guess its part of returning to normal and he probably thinks that I can't die now because I have a car payment. LOL! Returning to work is likely the best thing for me to get me away from focusing on my aches and pains.

Glad to hear that the ones that are currently going through treatment are able to enjoy the beautiful days without too many se's.  I can't seem to reply to specific people because I cannot remember name and just spend all of my time scrolling up and down for names and then I forget what they said. Cancer, the gift that keeps on giving. Tongue Out

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 14, 2013 02:23PM JDB53 wrote:

jcolford,

Enjoy the new car, nothing like a ner car smell, except maybe fresh baked bread! May I ask you, I assume you did the Taxol after the AC.  Was it easier than the AC regiment?

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 14, 2013 05:21PM Maureen1 wrote:

jcolford - I bought a new car the week I finished my last dose of chemo (Taxol) - that was my gift to me and my husband also felt good about it - yes, like I was finally looking forward to the future - hope you enjoy it:)

JDB53...I had dose dense (every two week cycles) of AC followed by Taxol and the Taxol was a breeze compared to the AC:) It had it's nasty side effects like loosing my eyebrows, eyelashes and fingernails turned dark but my GI tract was so much better, my sense of taste and smell started coming back on Taxol AND my hair started growing back - not alot but at least some "peach fuzz"! My skin was drier on the Taxol so I splurged on really good facial moisturizer and lotion. Hope your wife has the same experience! 

Dx 7/31/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/6/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/4/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/23/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Aug 14, 2013 10:37PM jcolford wrote:

JDB53 I found Taxol a bit more difficult but I also was hospitalized after the first or second treatment with pneumonia (I thought that it was side effects of the taxol).I lost several toenails and I still have neuropathy in my feet and and extreme hip, leg and joint pain - they tell me that it is arthritis. 

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 15, 2013 01:32AM NisaVilla wrote:

Maureen and all, I cant do the correct specific reply either. but just love-love the symbolism of buying new things, the "cant die because of new car payments, the bread making, and the comment about liking our new home/forum. I feel the same way about humor, bread, and being here.

I am in CA where the trend in onco seems different from East Coast. Looks like you guys do things in a reasonable sequence (first AC then T) whereas here they shoot up all 3 drugs (plus 2 other bags to hydrate and additional Decadron) in you at once and then pray that you survive them. Wimpy patients like me crawl out of the infusion center, LoL.

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 15, 2013 07:13AM JDB53 wrote:

Your all gonna laugh, but I also bought a new car last week for my better half!  Actually her lease ran out and I needed another car for her.  Maureen and J, isnt that interesting. Both of you had such different experiences. My wife, who is 57, is having no issues on the AC other than fatigue. Im praying that the Taxol is ok for her, Im worried about the neuropathy as she wants to go back to work ssoner than later and she is a legal secretary. Well, I just tell her, lets not have any expectations, lets see what happens. Maureen, did you do rads? My Mo is pushing that for my wife. I dont like rads at all.

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 15, 2013 07:23AM pupmom wrote:

Buying a new car equals the ticket to health? I like the concept! Laughing

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2013 08:55AM Traii wrote:

ok so while everyones on the buying new cars, I have just booked a family get away for my parents, hubby and my 3 year old son (my son doesn't know yet otherwise he would be saying every day ' is it time yet? can we go now? ) so we will keep it as a suprise for him.

We are all so super excited because it's going to get us away from all the 'craziness' that has been the last year. Oh and I will be away drinking a wine ( or 2) just because I can and because it has been 1 year since my diagnosis!

congrats to all the new car owners (nothing beats a new car smell that is forsure) oh but like JDB53 says, 'other than bread' !! LOL

I didn't have Taxol, I had Taxotere every 3 weeks and the neuropathy was very bad for me. It does go away, actually I feel 'normal' now (well my hubby still says for me to define 'normal' because I've always been a little crazy..in a funny ha ha way) !! well hey, we all like to joke around. Laughter is the best medicene by far and it has no SE's except maybe for sore cheeks and a tight belly.....Wink

Hope you all enjoy your day. Midnight here in Mel, Aust so I should probably be heading to bed now, considering I have an early morning pre-school run tomorrow then some retail therapy for mummy !!

Take care

Stage IV 2nd Jan 19 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 15, 2013 09:40AM JDB53 wrote:

Good Nite 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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 15, 2013 11:11AM jcolford wrote:

Traii enjoy your family trip I think we all need to celebrate moving on from cancer. My hubby and I are taking off on our goldwing for a weekend to celebrate our anniversary and do a little cross border shopping. I know what you mean about normal crazy our family loves to laugh even at our worst time. Other non crazies don't seem to understand. It's good to find a kindred soul. 

JDB53 I am an admin assistant at a university and they had to reduce the last two taxol treatments because of neuropathy in my hands. I didn't lose my fingernails but the nails got very thick and dark and are only now starting to return to normal. Some of my toes are still numb (except the one I broke in my sleep - story for another day. Wink

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 15, 2013 11:21AM pupmom wrote:

Trail, have a great trip! My DH and I went to Hawaii  about a month after my surgery. THe vacation was awesome in many respects, but I think a little too early for me to travel. I still had many physical and emotional issues. Several plane changes and long layovers didn't help. 

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2013 11:45AM SpecialK wrote:

A couple of things for those who will be on Taxol or Taxotere - these drugs can cause neuropathy and issues with fingernails and toenails.  Some options to consider with the input of your oncologists are icing the fingernails and toenails during the infusion to prevent discoloring and lifting, and using the combination of 30g of l-glutamine, a tab of B-6 and 1500 mcg of Acetyl L-Carnitine daily for at least a week following infusion to potentially control neuropathy.  Neuropathy can dissipate after tx, or it can be permanent, and finger/toe nail issues can also be long-lasting, or in some cases also permanent.

nisa - you are receiving Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Taxol simultaneously?

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Aug 15, 2013 11:49AM JDB53 wrote:

Specialk- Thanks for advise. This sucks. Hair and nails. Truly a cruel disease and the treatment. 

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 15, 2013 12:22PM planetbananas wrote:

Going on trip for my birthday. ....just went through security with port, hat and compression sleeve. All they asked of me was to pat the headcovering, no hassle at all. Lady even said it was cute :p

It definitely feels nice to be getting away, but with my family history there will be 5 of us either in remission or active cancer. Oy. At least we are all still alive :)

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 6/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2013 Surgery 4/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/22/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 15, 2013 12:35PM ruthbru wrote:

If you are doing chemo now, keep your finger & toenails polished. It seems to help some people keep their nails intact. Maybe just coincidence, but I polished my fingernails but not the toes....my fingernails were OK, toenails not so good. My cousin did the opposite; polished the toes, not the fingers. Her toenails were fine, problems with the fingernails. Worth a try!

"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 15, 2013 01:19PM JDB53 wrote:

Ruthbru-

Yes, my cousin who went thru this last year said the same thing about polish!

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 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 15, 2013 01:25PM NatsFan wrote:

Nisa - I'm on the Right Coast and had all three drugs at the same time - your description of the saline and Decadron brought back memories Yell.  So there are a few of us from different places who got the 6*TAC regimen.  I had a Grade 3 tumor, so I think that's why my onc at the time recommended it.  On one hand it's a more intense chemo, but on the upside we're done quicker than those who get the AC+T regimen. Cool   

Mary Dx 12/31/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2013 02:12PM NisaVilla wrote:

Oops, correction: Not all 5 bags simultaneously but all 5 bags back-to-back in one sitting. I read it is the same amount of juice distributed differently. Looks like Right Coast friends get their TAC infusions the same way...except for the bag of extra sunshine that is a trademark of SoCal... can mail some Nats :)

The new car folks are having me LOL. Cutest thing ever. Cant wait to meet those that are lurking and trying to decide if they step up to the car lot. I have this picture of all us making a long line at a car dealer waiting to drive away new wheels!

Im going into the office for a few hours today, will need much make-up to cover the skin rash leftover marks from las SE's. My face shows 2 thick strikes of red and white right under my eyes. Maybe I should wear my wig backwards today?

Good day to all, 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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