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Topic: Just diagnosed July 29, 2020!

Forum: Just Diagnosed — Discuss next steps, options, and resources.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 02:19AM

TXWildflower55 wrote:

I found the lump about a month ago and then last week had a mammogram and ultrasound done. I had my biopsy on Monday.

Wednesday, my PCP called and told me that I did have breast cancer. She told me I have Invasive ductal cancer, stage 2 in my right breast. She was going to call the cancer doctor to set things up for me to come in to see them. Waiting to hear back from the cancer doctor.

I am 64 yrs old and scared to death! No one in my family has ever had breast cancer, as far as I know. I have other health problems and have had chronic pain for over 25 years. I was not expecting this at all. Looking for help and someone to talk to who might understand. Been married 47 yrs to a wonderful husband, Richard, but he's not easy to talk to about it really.

I have so many things going through my mind! We already struggle each month making ends meet, Worried now what to do and what to expect. How do you cope with having cancer?

Dx 7/29/2020, IDC, Right, 2cm
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Aug 1, 2020 08:31AM fishingal68 wrote:

Welcome to the club none of us wanted to join, but we are so thankful to have one another to lean on, TXWildflower55.

To be perfectly honest, this part of your journey is probably the most difficult. Waiting, not having answers, and letting your mind go to dark places is the worst!

I'll tell you the same thing I was told when I started my journey: Take a breath. Reach out for help & don't be too proud to ask for it. Make a list of all the things you want to know from your doctor. Take care of YOU! (Practice some self-care this weekend because right now you are in such limbo).

As you get 'the plan' from your medical team, your 'new normal' will start to emerge. Your diagnosis will direct what action your team will take for conquering the cancer monster. Some of us get conservative treatments, and some of us get the trifecta triple-whammy. (I fell into that category unfortunately).

On this website, you will discover others who are here to give you guidance and support, prayers and love. All you have to do is ask! These ladies and gents are truly inspirational and will be here to cheer you through whatever your future holds. Feel free to message me if you need a pep talk! You can and will get through this, and we are here for you to guide your journey.

Dx 9/7/2017, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 10/10/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/10/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/16/2018 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 5/14/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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