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Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Share your experiences of life after a breast cancer diagnosis and offer advice on how you cope with life's daily challenges, including how you develop a new daily/weekly routine while you deal with breast cancer.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009 09:12PM

webwriter wrote:

Some of us will, some of us won't, but it's an ugly beast to try to tackle alone. I think I'd rather have cancer than quit. Sadly, I can't quit cancer. Dunno if I can quit smoking or not, but I just read a study that says smoking (nicotine) interferes with and blocks chemo by 61%.

http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2006/nicotine-hinders.html

joeoncology.blogspot.com/2006/...

If I'm gonna have to go through this crap, it darned well better work. I've come to terms with every other aspect of this mess I've been presented with so far. Sometimes with tears, sometimes with humor, sometimes with quiet hugs from hubby. Smoking not so much. I like it. It's my friend, my crutch, my safe harbor in a crazy world. It's killing me. It's time to say good-bye.

My quit date is 1/19/09. My husband will be joining me. Cold turkey for me, patches for him. (I am avoiding more nicotine just as much as I am sugar.) 

Anyone out there care to join us?

www.acoffeebreakcafe.com/CBC/b... Dx 11/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 10, 2017 06:50AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Minus .. thank you for all the support .. hope judi is okay .. and I made a mistake its been almost 3 years with no smoke or drink...yeah me .. I stilll feel like it though times are getting o hard

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 10, 2017 07:02AM MinusTwo wrote:

Hooray - you just got another 365 days. Three years is amazing. 1095 days!!!

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 11, 2017 11:51AM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Lisa, I wish you the very best with your mother

Minus, How are things going for you .

Im still taking it one day at a time, got news that upset the cart last week . My tumor markers went from 31 to 49 and Dr is now concerned about by Thyroid as its has lit up twice on Pet scan and showed enlarged on Thyroid scan, Not sure what all of this means at this time but should know more next week ............I pray its not more cancer

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 11, 2017 01:17PM MinusTwo wrote:

Honey - good luck with the thyroid issues. I hope it's something easy. Do let us know. I just had my first THS test come back w/slightly elevated numbers so I've been researching - but NOT google. Try Mayo Clinic.

I'm doing OK. I'm still trying to get back to whatever the new normal will be. Silver Sneakers exercise class twice a week. Water aerobics class 3x a week. Plus I'm trying to walk on the treadmill several times a week. Yes, I'm tired & I want to quit - but I need to give it a fair trial. It's much easier to be a couch potato & read books, especially when it's 100 degree outside.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 12, 2017 03:42PM lisamarie68 wrote:

honey thank you .. and I will keep you in my prayers .. xoxoxo

Hi everyone ..

Love Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 12, 2017 04:00PM MinusTwo wrote:

Honey - when are your tests? when do you see the doc for his recommendations? Thinking of you.

BOSUM BLUES .... Missing you girl. Really getting worried. Hope you are OK.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 26, 2017 06:34AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hi Ladies ,

I know everyone is busy and or dealing with treatments and so on .. I must say though I really miss you all and this thread very very much .. getting so nervous to move away to vegas ... just working and sadness .. it will be 2 years July that I lost my son .. anyway hope all is well ... I really do miss everyone

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 26, 2017 06:41AM MinusTwo wrote:

Oh Lisa Marie - hard to believe it's been two years. I will be keeping you in my thoughts & sending hugs. When are you planning to make the move?

I miss everyone too. I never did get an answer from my PM to Judi. VJ - how are you doing? I know April is taking a break. I hope Bosum is OK.

Honey - how did your tests go?

Coming up - TEN YEARS. I quit smoking 7/11/07. I need to figure out something special to do.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 26, 2017 06:49AM BosumBlues wrote:

Oh Lisamarie, hang in. Some days that is all we can do. BC.org has saved me in so many ways and often I feel like I can only identify and relate to those having gone thru this. Do you think once you are settled in Vegas you could find a support group for parents that have lost a child? Only having gone thru that horrific loss can someone truly understand. As for me I am very private and not a joiner so I personally would look for an online support thing but perhaps it would be good to get out and meet people when you are in your new surroundings. 2 years is not very long to even process such a devastating loss so be kind and patient with yourself. Hugs.

Dx IDC
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Jun 27, 2017 07:31AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Minus .. comgrats on 10 years ... Love ya so much and admire you in so many ways ..

I am leaving for Vegas in September end of after a walk I do every year for my son ..My mom is sounding more excited that I am coming . I guess sehe realized I am not backing down I am coming ..

Bosom , I know I have a group here called compassionate friends but it seems they just meet at a diner once a month and not much os said .. anyway we will see // Vegas trip has me so nervous

Well I do miss all

xoxoxo

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 27, 2017 08:34AM BosumBlues wrote:

Lisamarie, maybe an online chat group? Just think of the strong bonds we have made here.

Dx IDC
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Jun 27, 2017 03:08PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum - you're right about the bonds. You all helped me get through my cancer treatment since I didn't choose to talk about it with local friends. In addition to the non-smoking support, hearing how all of you were doing kept me putting one foot in front of the other.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 27, 2017 06:36PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Ladies

All test came back good, I do have one , half inch nodular on my thyroid and several small ones but nothing that looked or had any appearance of cancer . All thyroid blood work was perfect. Thyroid specialist did not seem concerned and expressed to me because of my history he would watch me very closely and if at any time had any doubt he would send me to another Dr or take it out .

My Tumor markers came back down to normal so at this point we are good. I pray we stay that way .. Living one day at a time. Got another new grandson so just Living to love and Loving all I can .

Still not off the smokes but ever week I smoke fewer so I will get there . I think I have become a closet smoker.

I hope this fines you all doing well

. Lisa I think its great your are going to help your mother, I know its got to be hard leaving behind your current job and friends but taking care of your mother is the honorable thing to do . Sorry about your son, that has got to be devastating, I do hope you can find a good support group.

Minus.......10 yrs WOW, so proud for you . I was just thinking today if I had of stayed quit when I had my accident in 2006 I I would be 10 + , I could kick my own ass sometimes .

Bosum,,, Glad to see your back on here .

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 27, 2017 08:36PM MinusTwo wrote:

Honey - hot damn, I'm so glad they're not suspicious of cancer and your tumor markers are down. Congratulations girl.

Hmmmm. A closet smoker? For a long time after I started back up (one of those many times I quit & started again) I only smoked in the garage. Weird but my kitchen phone cord was long enough to reach to the garage so I'd sit on the floor & puff one after another while I talked. Glad you're noticing that you're smoking less. Your time will come.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 4, 2017 01:01PM MinusTwo wrote:

Happy Fourth of July everyone. If Judy were still here, I would say Happy Canada Day too although it was the 1st.

I'm still have to figure out how to celebrate next week on the 11th. One week from today is the anniversary of my quit date - TEN years ago - 7/11/07. Doesn't seem possible.

Had "coffee" with a friend this morning on my front porch - only he was drinking vodka w/ice & I was drinking a coke. He lost 1/2 a lung to lung cancer and now is fighting prostate cancer. But he is still smoking. He smokes little cigars all day long. Of course his MO told him he was going to die if he didn't quit. And he told his MO, we're all going to die. I expect you've all heard my story about that. When I quit, I told everyone that the first thing I would do if I were diagnosed with a serious disease would be to buy some smokes. Whew, a back door left open. But when I was diagnosed with BC 4 years later, I totally forgot.

I bought a watermelon & gave half to a neighbor. And I boiled 3 eggs to make deviled eggs. Happy Holiday.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 4, 2017 07:58PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Minus

Proud for you on the 10 yrs, my father was a chain smoker for 30+ yrs went to the Dr one day and Dr told him if he didn't quit he was gona drop dead. He put them down that day and has never smoked one since. I wish I could find that mind set. A pack is now lasting 2- 3 days so we are doing better just not good enough .

Hoping everyone had a great holiday with family and or friends

Huggs to you all

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 10, 2017 02:04PM MinusTwo wrote:

OK - Tomorrow's the big celebration. Looks like I'll go to my water aerobics class tonight & my Silver Sneaker's exercise class tomorrow as usual. Maybe I'll stop at Panda Express for an orange chicken.

Just read a summary & reviews of a book by Gregor Hens called Nicotine. 160 pages by Other Press. "Part memoir and part philosophical treatise on inspiration, habit, addiction and the mind ..(it).. chronicles ..(his).. life as a former smoker". I thought this Washington Post review pretty much says what we've all felt.

"The book is a slim but plaintive memoria to a lost love - a philosophical meditation on the nature of addiction, the listlessness, the frustration and sense of grief one feels at the loss of a fix...It's an honest exposition of the emotional complexity of quitting."

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 13, 2017 09:02PM lisamarie68 wrote:

Minus Congrats on 10 years .. xoxoxoxo

Panda express ..yum

Hope everyone had a safe 4th been busy working a lot

xoxoxoxo

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 27, 2017 07:54AM MinusTwo wrote:

Just popping in to say HI. Seems that this thread has outlived it's usefulness for now. I hope all of you who are still trying to quit don't give up. It will happen when the time is right for you.

LisaMarie - I know you're getting closer to your move. I have a friend who's DS & DIL recently moved to Vegas. If I can get out there to see her next year, I'll definitely want to look you up.

And Bosum, you are often in my thoughts. Hope everything has smoothed out and life is less complicated.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 27, 2017 06:40PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Minus

Im sill here checking in for updates when I can. Im trying to stay off the boards as much as possible, As much good as it does for me o read some of the post it can be to much at time and put me in a place I don't like being ........So I continue to struggle with all the evils doing better and then worse but Im getting there and that's what matters

I hope this finds everyone doing well

Huggs

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 27, 2017 06:56PM MinusTwo wrote:

Honey - Since your test results were good and the doc isn't worried about the thyroid, I sure understand staying off the boards. I'm only checking a few of my favorite threads - which are not cancer related - and not reading the others for now. I'll keep you in my thoughts as you struggle with this smoking beast.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 28, 2017 05:35PM BosumBlues wrote:

Minus, I am here too, just not into sharing. :(

Dx IDC
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Jul 28, 2017 09:26PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum - glad you're still checking in. I'll still keep you in my thoughts!!!

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 29, 2017 07:51AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hi Ladies, I am here also .. just working a lot .. hope everyone is well ... miss you all so much .. Minus have you heard from Judy .? Yes the move is coming closer and closer .. getting nervous .. still hanging in there ..

xoxoxoxo Bosom ...

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 30, 2017 10:37AM BosumBlues wrote:

Lisamarie, I hear ya. Many changes here and I am so very tired of change and I seek stability and mundaneness.

I too will be moving in the upcoming months. For many, many years I never smoked in my home but with this last move I had no patio and no deck and the only place to smoke was my outside front stoop which was awkward to say the least, and so I smoked inside. Now I am anticipating a move and this place is so disgusting. Everything has this sticky brown film and cherished possessions are completely ruined. I am desperate for my security deposit back and want no repercussions on my son who is technically on the lease, but apt living sucks and other than the doors and woodwork, the walls are like chalk and the nicotine just soaked in. I have no idea how to fix this. I guess I should be more worried about my lungs but just now despite my best efforts I feel the ciggies have trashed the place. Ugh... and the windows and mirrors that I just cleaned a couple months ago make the Windex and paper towels brown. What a disgusting habit!

Dx IDC
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Jul 30, 2017 06:14PM MinusTwo wrote:

Did you all see the article that the FDA is considering that the nicotine content in cigarettes should be reduced? The theory is that people will smoke less. From personal opinion, that will not be true. When I switched to "light" cigarettes, I smoked considerably more actual cigarettes. I imagine I was trying to make up the difference. Until I finally quit, I always smoked more with the 'lights' than the regulars.

I expect it's unlikely that the experiences of previous smokers will be considered, but was curious if any of you had an opinion.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 30, 2017 06:27PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum: When my BFF died, her entire house was yellow. She'd smoked in the house for 30+ years. The smell was impossible to remove with plain paint. I was the one who had to get the house ready to sell since her son lived in Hawaii. I finally had to hire painters to cover every surface with KILZ before painting with regular paint on top.

When I quit smoking, I washed down the walls and the cabinets and had the carpet & upholstery & drapes cleaned. And you're right - yucky yellow/brown water. I also washed or dry cleaned every bit of clothing. That was a major thing that kept me from starting smoking again. Who could afford to do that twice.

I'd say you can clean the woodwork & cabinets with something like 409 and do the windows again just before you move, and don't worry about the walls. I'm sure landlords are used to repainting when someone moves, whether it's for little kids writing on the walls or people who hung a ton of pictures. If you've been there several years they know they will have to paint.


2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 31, 2017 06:49PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Bosum

Krud Cutter will clean them walls, I sprayed it on and used a sponge mop to wipe them down, maybe have to do a couple times but it will work

Good luck

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 31, 2017 09:14PM MinusTwo wrote:

Honey - great reference. I'm going to make a note of that. Thanks

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Aug 1, 2017 05:59AM BosumBlues wrote:

I never heard of that cleaner. Problem is that the walls are porous and chalk like. Maybe the management will come to the apartment after I move to inspect and if there are any issues I will still have time to remedy.

Dx IDC

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