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: Dec 10, 2018 09:53AM
As this year is drawing to a close, thought it would be helpful to have a place to keep in contact as we move forward. Personally I have found tremendous help here and am interested in how everyone is doing.
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Jan 9, 2019 04:41AM Rah2464 wrote:
Beaverntx thats the way to start of 2019! Great news! AliceBastable what a year 2018 was for you (mine wasn't too great either) so I stand with you on being happy to kiss 2018 goodbye. And I hope the Tamo treats you gently. You are due for an easy step in this journey.
Jan 9, 2019 06:43AM GreenHarbor wrote:
Beaverntx, great news!
AliceB, WOW what a year you had! I’m hoping the crap of 2018 is in your rear view mirror. I’m on a thread for people starting/declining hormone treatment in November, December and January. It’s one of my favorite threads. Everyone is supportive, and respectful of others’ choices. Come check us out if you’re so inclined
Jan 9, 2019 06:48AM wanderweg wrote:
Hi all, I have been on this train since I went for a mammogram in April and got the usual called back for second views. This time a biopsy and diagnosed on May 10. I had a BMX June 11 followed by reconstruction in August and the last of four rounds of Cytoxan and Taxotere November 2nd. And ankle surgery late November to correct nerve damage from one of the earlier surgeries! Anyway, I’ve been on tamoxifen for the last five weeks without any real side effects. I see my MO for the first post-chemo feb 1st and am compiling a list of questions. I’m sure hoping this year goes more smoothly.
Beaverntx - I curious about the ovary removal?I didn’t know they even did that post-menopause (I’m 56).
Jan 9, 2019 09:22AM - edited Jan 9, 2019 09:23AM by jo6359
alice and wanderweg- it's great you can put 2018 in your rearview mirror. Move on to a new and better year.
My brief hx: dx IDC 12/12/17, lumpectomy scheduled for 1/ 0 9/18. 1/ 0 7/18 MRI found second tumor same breast. Lumpectomy canceled BMX scheduled for January 29th. During my BMX they found one positive node. February 16th tchp began 6 rounds. Then 25 radiation treatments. I continued with h&p for the whole year and I have one more treatment session left. In spite of all that the side effects were minimal. I still look at 2018 as being a wonderful year. These bco threads constantly provided me with support during the anxiety-ridden periods. These women provided me with a kick butt attitude when I was feeling overwhelmed and feeling sorry for myself. I'm looking forward to 2019. May we all have a wonderful 2019 with minimal or no side effects.
Jan 9, 2019 10:42AM Beaverntx wrote:
wanderweg, had a total hysterectomy after pre Tamoxifen pelvic ultrasound showed a thickened endometrium. After follow-up tests it was decided to do the surgery. Ovary removal was because the other surgery was being done (hysterectomy is not an option in the reporting list) to avoid them as a source of concern. Path report said ovaries were OK but there were some malignant cellular changes in the uterus. Since I've also had two premalignant colon polyps, some days I feel like a cancer factory! Am doing what I can to avoid any more production by that factory. Taking the Tamoxifen, losing weight, exercising, eating healthier, drinking lots of water...
As with most of us some days I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop, but most of the time that is not the primary thought of the day!
Jan 9, 2019 07:22PM wanderweg wrote:
beaverntx - Ah, that makes sense. I had a partial hysterectomy when I had cervical cancer in 2010, but my ovaries were left because I was still premenopausal. And I'm trying to be as healthy now as possible given that my body also seems to like making cancer. I'm exercising every day, doing intermittant fasting (16 hours between dinner and breakfast) and eating a mostly plant-based diet.
Jan 9, 2019 07:52PM jo6359 wrote:
wanderweg- What is the purpose of the intermittent fasting?
Jan 9, 2019 08:19PM wanderweg wrote:
jo6359 - There's some evidence that nightly fasting reduces breast cancer recurrence risk. Here's one article from JAMA: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/full...
Most of the research though, has been done on mice. Still, it's intriguing. Here's another article from the NIH that looks at the possible benefits of IF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3680567/
Jan 9, 2019 08:24PM jo6359 wrote:
wanderweg- thanks for sharing the link to the article. I'm going to read it now.
Jan 11, 2019 10:49AM Beaverntx wrote:
Thank you, JosieO. Was glad to get the report because I was feeling something different in the operated breast and, of course, I was concerned about recurrence! The radiologist was quite emphatic that post treatment changes and recurrence look very different and mine was not recurrence. As I was telling him that my mind knew they were different but my worrywort couldn't be convinced without the ultrasound, the ultrasound tech was nodding her head yes! Nice to be affirmed that of course I was concerned.
Jan 11, 2019 06:14PM - edited Jan 11, 2019 06:15PM by AliceBastable
I had a CT scan this morning for my twofer monitoring (breast and kidney). This was ordered by the urologist, and it came back clear - hope he meant all of it since it was chest, abdomen, and pelvis. I have an appointment with MO next week, so I guess if there was anything questionable above the waist, she'll tell me then. I have to do a PET scan in April because the kidney cancer was right on the border between stage I and II, and he believes in close watching since I didn't have chemo. So that should be another twofer scan. After that, I can go a whole six months! Hope I don't start glowing in the dark with all these scans. I have so many appointments this month: urologist, MO, BS, dentist, and PCP. Starting in February, I am determined to live a normal life!
Jan 11, 2019 06:17PM jo6359 wrote:
Alice- congrats on good scans. Hoping the next scan will be just as good. February is right around the corner. So hopefully fewer doctor's appointment and starting to live a normal life for you. Go for it
Jan 12, 2019 12:09AM JosieO wrote:
Sounds like you have a good medical team, and that is very important as you go forward. It’s natural to worry, but if you have those kind of quality medical professionals looking after you, I think you should know that whatever you have to face, you won’t ever face it alone. And of course, we are also here for you.
Best wishes as 2019 progresses