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Mar 18, 2018 08:58PM
Mar 18, 2018 09:07PM
Mdevoy, sorry you have to join us and I am sorry for your losses. That is a tough go of things. I had a 2cm IDC, diagnosed at the age of 33 on November 15th, 2017. Also no proven genetic link. I don't have kids, however I think I might share some of your pain. My mom died suddenly ten weeks before I found my lump, and my dad of course took the news really hard (they had been married for 43 years). My fathers health temporarily suffered as a result of the stress. The first thing I thought about when I was diagnosed was that I couldn't put my dad or my little brother through any more stress, hurt, or through another loss. That thought almost hurt more than my diagnosis and it tore me up. I have tried everything to keep a positive face for my family. It's hard at times. I think it does help me lower my stress a bit, which can only be good right? :)
My mom was a nine year breast cancer survivor (diagnosed at 58 with three tumors) when she suddenly passed away of something unrelated to cancer mid 2017. If it wasn't for that, she would have kept thriving cancer-free, like so so many women do. And there is no reason to think you won't be in that bucket too!! This part of unknowns is tough. As others mention, once you have more details and a plan it does get easier.
I was 24 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and my brother was 21. My mom's last radiation treatment was on my 25th bday; I had a huge party and she celebrated with us with a big smile on her face. I remember the day she told us of her diagnosisclearly. I won't deny that I was worried. I saw a lot of strength in my mom when she bounced back fast post-mastectomy, and throughout her treatments. I was scared once she was first diagnosed, but I somehow had confidence that she would be ok. I would give anything to have her here to help me through my treatments, but her strength is helping me today.
Have you had the biopsy? The ultrasound can say if it is likely to be cancer, but only the biopsy can confirm 100%.
Diagnosed at 33 after finding my lump myself. Had to stop chemo after round 3 due to repeatedly ending up febrile neutropenic and developing neuropathy. Now on to ABCSG12 treatment (hormone therapy and Zometa).
11/15/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
4/4/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)
9/1/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement