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Topic: Help Me! Tips and Tricks

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

A place to share your struggles and concerns about supporting and caring for a person you love diagnosed with breast cancer with others who understand.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2016 12:07AM

Wesleypaige99 wrote:

Hi, a little bit about me.... I am 17 and leaving for college soon to be a doctor of some sort not sure yet! Anyways last week my mom was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in SITU it was stage 0 cancer but the type of cancer was stage 3. I am looking for some tips and tricks that I can do to help out with her as much as I can. Her surgery date hasn't been decided yet but she is going to do a double mastectomy because of all of her previous breast problems and doesn't want to deal with the not knowing anymore. She will do implants but they are unable to save her nipple. I have been to all of her appointments with her and I just want to help her and be there for her as much as I can without makings we uncomfortable by going over board. Please please please help me out! All tips, comments, tricks, tools, advice, ECT. Are welcome! It's all welcome!!

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Mar 8, 2016 12:12AM Optimist52 wrote:

What a wonderful daughter you are to your mum. I would say that just being there for her and showing how much you care is wonderful. Are there other family members and friends who can also help out? She will be out of action for a while after surgery and will need help from others. This is a lot for you to handle at your age.

Second diagnosis PILC - Oncotype 22, isolated tumour cells in 2 nodes Dx 10/2003, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/23/2003 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/2/2004 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2004 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 6/23/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 8, 2016 12:17AM Wesleypaige99 wrote:

My dad is but he is very like queasy when it comes to anything medical and he runs his own business so he is very busy! My mom is the kind of person to never ask for help which is so frustrating! and i have a 13 year old sister but she is pretending that this just isn't even happening. So basically I'm the only one that lives with her that can help. She has so many wonderful friends that are super willing to help! I am fine with everything medical wise it the cooking part that will be a struggle for us because she is on Weight Watchers which will make it hard to make the perfect meal for her and her Italian tastebuds certainly don't help! IM going to start gathering supplies and i am curious as to some really helpful ones!

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Mar 8, 2016 12:31AM Optimist52 wrote:

It would be great if your Dad could get over his queasiness and realise that your Mom needs his support. Also maybe could you ask her friends to make some meals for your family for when she's recovering. They would probably be more than happy to do this. Weight Watchers will have a good website with recipes I'm sure. Pasta and pizza and other Italian food are fairly easy to make. I hope you can reach out to other family friends and relatives for more support.

Second diagnosis PILC - Oncotype 22, isolated tumour cells in 2 nodes Dx 10/2003, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/23/2003 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/2/2004 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2004 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 6/23/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2015 Femara (letrozole)

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