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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 06:12PM

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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Sep 18, 2018 01:02PM CarolAnnieLumpLump wrote:

LisaMarie, Happy you have had a successful surgery and that part is behind you. Praying that your pain eases for you and that you can "go" without wanting to scream. Sounds like your boyfriend is a keeper. We ran into a constipation problem after my mil had open heart surgery. Pretty sure it was the pain meds that caused it and made her sick to her stomach too. In an effort to get her going again we gave her a bowl of raisin bran and a dose of milk of mag, worked like a charm. Then we used the senokot pills daily. Good luck, hope you start feeling much better soon.

Dx 6/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 19, 2018 02:49AM belleeast wrote:

Lisa, glad your surgery is done! I hope the pain lets up soon and you have a swift recovery. Take it easy and call the Dr if the pain doesn't get better!


Dx 8/5/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/6/2012 Breast
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Sep 19, 2018 12:13PM - edited Sep 19, 2018 12:14PM by CarolAnnieLumpLump

My oncotype score was 10 so no chemo! Yay. My urge to smoke has subsided too in last couple weeks. Things are looking up. Hope you all are enjoying the tail end of summer. The trees here in Michigan are going to be a work of art soon.

Dx 6/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 19, 2018 01:12PM MinusTwo wrote:

CALL (short for carolAnnieLumpLump) - hooray for no chemo. Will you do rads? Good news on the "urge" subsiding.

Unfortunately in Houston we're still over 95 degrees many days. We might get some fall by November. I expect Eric & LisaMarie are in the same holding pattern - hot, hotter, hottest. Rumor has it that the nights might see a low of 76 next week. Woo Hoo. I don't miss the snow mess, but I do miss the fall colors

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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Sep 19, 2018 02:11PM CarolAnnieLumpLump wrote:

Yes I will be doing rads. My appt with the RO is on the 28th. Going for a bone density test and vitamin d next week. My MO gave me a script for arimidex today. Trying to figure out the best time to take it. There is a sticker on the bottle that says may cause dizziness. I guess I will try taking it tonight. I was reading on another thread that some have insomnia with it among a ton of other SEs. Praying that I don't have them : ) I haven't weaned off the ativan for sleep yet so maybe insomnia won't be an issue.

I feel for you guys living with the heat year round. This northern girl is looking forward to the fall colors and the snow. A couple years ago we did a road trip to San Antonio on Spring break. I loved it there! The RIverwalk was so nice, we enjoyed people watching and the food. The Alamo was pretty cool, those trees! Of course had to take a trip through Waco to stop at Magnolia Market. Another time we came to a rabbit show at Dallas/Fort Worth. My daughter showed netherland dwarf rabbits so we traveled all over to the big national shows. So much fun. I never saw as much concrete and overpasses as Dallas! I am a country bumpkin for sure.

Dx 6/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 21, 2018 12:30PM MinusTwo wrote:

LisaMarie - just checking in. I sure hope you got the pain under control. Thinking for you.

CarolAnnie - compared to chemo, rads was a breeze. Just more fatigue. Sorry I didn't have to take 'als' so I have no good info.

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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Sep 22, 2018 06:25AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hi everyone .. I am okay .. 5 days post op I guess .. im off the oxy ... yuck ... just on ibuprofen now .. pain not too bad .. just the damm hot flashes are worse then ever and I thought they were bad before .. OMG this is really making me feel so bad that my quality of life is in the shitter as far as im concerned ... and without HRT , I have tried so many damm natural therapy and all to no avail... I was getting very upset before , now its even more so ...

Carolanne , I am so sorry I dont have any input on what you are going through . I had a double BMX and no chemo or rads .. I can just give you hugs from afar ..lol xoxoxoxo

Thank you everyone for thinking of me ... I have not wanted a cigarette up until today .. I know that it will just prolong my healing .... so I will stay away .. I have been off the chantix and just doing it without ...

Minus ... just for today I will not smoke .. xoxoxo

hugs to everyone

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/23/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/23/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/11/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/11/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Sep 22, 2018 08:44AM MinusTwo wrote:

LisaMarie - hot damn. One more day w/o smoking!! Way go girl. Sorry about the hot flashes. I never had any at all so I have no suggestions.

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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14 hours ago ctmbsikia wrote:

Hey, still smoking.  Tired of beating myself up about it.  My theory is you just can't change a lifelong habit overnight, or even in a few months.  If stress is a trigger well then, I need to work on less stress 1st, don't you think?  I really do think I am strong enough to face living with a smoker when I do actually quit.  Therefore, while still working everyday on my own to not smoke, I need to get really serious and I am making a new quit date for the end of this year (2018).  I am being truthful and saying with a few more appointments and mammo and lung scan --I should have no more excuses left after the all clear is sounded and I have worked my way into a new normal.  The SEs of the anastrazole continue but I hope to find relief soon.  Joints are good except my right elbow.  I have newly developed headaches?  Not helping.  Still having hubby's brand, somedays up to 4 but most days 2 or 3-----it's still smoking though!!!  UGH

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/31/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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13 hours ago ctmbsikia wrote:

Had to come back to say I'm pretty sure I just figured out the headaches.  It's not the Anastrozole it's probably too much Vit D or calcium in my body.  Gee, it only took me 12 days to figure that one out!  I'm always searching for answers.  I recently added Caltrate, I take it in the mornings, so since I didn't wake up with a headache but have one now after taking my supplements-- DUH!  One less stressor!  Yipee

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/31/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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12 hours ago lisamarie68 wrote:

Good Morning Ladies ,

I am walking around more , I am 8 days post op today ... I have not heard anything about my pathology .. that makes me worry .. but then again maybe like they say no news is good news... The stress and mood changes are so bad that I am having the hardest time coping with life in general .. The Hot flashes are beyond anything ive ever experienced..I get totally soaked from head to toe ... and it is the most miserable feeling ever .. due to the BMX i am not alloud no HRT ... Life is sad these days .. I feel less than anymore .. I mean first my breast and now my inside female parts ... anyway enough ranting from me ..

Minus .. hope all is well , thank you for being my Rock all these years ... I am very thankful to know you .. I hope to meet one day .... xoxoxoxo

Hoping everyone else is staying healthy and having a good day

xoxoxoxo

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/23/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/23/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/11/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/11/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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6 hours ago MinusTwo wrote:

LisaMarie - surely your doc can suggest something to try for the hot flashes. Since I never had any, I don't have any resources. Glad you're walking about.

My feeling about the missing female parts (which I had removed shortly around 45 due to constant pain & bleeding w/fibroids) actually turned out to be wahhoo!! No more painful periods. No more periods starting when I was out somewhere wearing a white skirt. No more periods interrupting beach vacations. And an extra bonus - no more having to use birth control whenever we were in the mood!! There are lots of positive things.

ctm - thanks for updating us. Glad that after this year you can turn the corner on BC. I'm amazed that you can smoke 2 or 4 a day. If you stay at that level AND keep snitching instead of buying, your EOY quit date should be much easier. I can never have just one or two. All it takes is one and before a week is out I'm back to a full pack and buying again. Good progress for you.

Interesting about Calcium - I take Citracal with D. My gyn told me this was the brand most easily accepted by the body with the least side effects.

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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An hour ago Vslush wrote:

LisaMarie,

Gabapentin is sometimes prescribed for hot flashes when HRT is not recommended. I take it for lingering neuropathy, and my hot flashes are gone as a side benefit.

Vickki


Dx 6/27/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 7/24/2017 AC + T (Taxol)

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