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Aug 23, 2010 11:48AM
I was 39 when diagnosed (but turned 40 2 weeks ago - hope i can still stay on this thread...). I am a single parent to a 2 year old, with no family where I live. It's been rough going, with a lot of paid babysitting help. But my Dad arrived last week and he's staying for 3 months, while I finish neoadj AC and Taxol. So it's going better now. After he leaves I have to work out how I will get through surgery and rads with my daughter...
I have noticed that my daughter is much more clingy, and stubborn, but it's hard to tell how much of it is because "Mummy doesn't feel well" and how much is just standard two-year old behavior. and it tears my heart out when she tells me that she is very sad, and when i ask her why, she says "mummy, mummy" :-(
For those of you who are struggling, where i live there are organizations that help children with cancer (special activities, counselling, etc.) - I was surprised to find out that they also help healthy children whose mothers have cancer. Things are pretty quiet here in August, but I am going to start using their services in September. Maybe there are similar things in your areas that can help?
30 Dec 2012: It's back! Stage IV, bone mets to spine, hip, femur, rads, Zometa, Letrozole. May 2013: further spread to ribs, skull, iliac, plus suspicious spots in lung and liver. Clinical trial with taxol and carbo plus velaparib/placebo.
5/3/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/4/2010 AC + T (Taxol)
10/28/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
12/12/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
3/16/2011 Prophylactic ovary removal
12/30/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
3/11/2013 Femara (letrozole)
5/14/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel)