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Forum: Stage III Breast Cancer — You are not alone. Meet others who have Stage III breast cancer.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2010 09:59AM

Karen09 wrote:

Hi ladies!  I just wanted to share this with you all and brighten your day a little.  I was diagnosed with Stage 3 metaplastic triple negative breast cancer last year and I've been on this site a lot since then.  Maybe you have seen me sneaking in to post from time to time.  Anyway, after my second chemo I found the most beautiful long hair stray cat out behind my apartment building and I took him in.  I couldn't find his owners (thank god!) so I kept him and he was so good to me when I was sick.  He never left my side on my bad days and was so wanting to play and have a good time on my good days.  He really touched my heart and I was interviewed by Purina Cat Chow about him not too long ago.  They are doing a big donation to BC and a campaign next month about how cats can help ladies through BC.  Here are the first two articles on the interview.  A video should follow at some point too.  

http://pets.savvy-cafe.com/cats-comfort-breast-cancer-patients-2010-09-07/

http://www.emcorleans.ca/20100916/Lifestyle/Cats+comfort+breast+cancer+patients

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 17, 2010 10:13AM BarbaraA wrote:

Karen that is so cool!

Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. Dx 4/30/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 11/25/2014, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+ Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 17, 2010 12:53PM Celtic_Spirit wrote:

My big Maine Coon cat usually sleeps by himself in the rocking chair. But during treatment, without fail, on nights when I was particularly depressed, upset or feeling sick, he would sleep on the bed next to me and purr me to sleep. My boyfriend and I still refer to him as "the anesthesiologist" since his presense and his purr helped me to sleep.

Dx 2/8/2008, IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 17, 2010 03:37PM diana50 wrote:

i love this story. heartwarming anf full of hope.

 in july i rescued a stray that had been hanging aound my patio for a year.  little at a time....she would come in and stay a minute or so...the minutes turned into a hour....turned into hours...and now she lives in my home full time....with my two other indoor cats.  she is the sweetest cat....3 pounds heavier....fur is beautiful.

 thanks for sharing**** love this story*

Not today cancer. Nope. Dx 2/26/2002, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/3/2002 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/2/2002 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/5/2002 Hormonal Therapy 8/9/2002 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 8/30/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/1/2012 Bone Chemotherapy 7/7/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/5/2015 Ixempra (ixabepilone) Chemotherapy 10/4/2015 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/12/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Sep 17, 2010 04:44PM Joviangeldeb wrote:

That is so cool. :)

My pets helped me get through my active treatment also.  I love them. I have a black tomcat named, Midnight.  He's really so loving and sleeps with me alot.  we lost our min pin, Gizmo Killer, last year from heart disease, but he was at my side and was my lap dog.  I miss him. Now we have a wild and crazy Fo-Tzu, named Tinkerbell.  She's such a joy to have. 

thanks for starting this thread. 

Take care,

Deb

Debbie Dx 10/1/2007, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 17, 2010 04:47PM Joviangeldeb wrote:

That is so cool. :)

My pets helped me get through my active treatment also.  I love them. I have a black tomcat named, Midnight.  He's really so loving and sleeps with me alot.  we lost our min pin, Gizmo Killer, last year from heart disease, but he was at my side and was my lap dog.  I miss him. Now we have a wild and crazy Fo-Tzu, named Tinkerbell.  She's such a joy to have. 

thanks for starting this thread. 

Take care,

Deb

Debbie Dx 10/1/2007, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 17, 2010 04:54PM negirly wrote:

From one Karyn to another -

I love your story.  I too have a cat who was with me through treatment.  Unconditional love and support when I needed it most.  Animals have a way of being there when we need them.

Karyn

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Sep 17, 2010 04:57PM Wonderland wrote:

So glad you found Luke (love how you named him).

My 2 sister cats we got from the pound wouldn't leave my side during my active treatment. They each picked a side and sleep beside me every night. I love them so!

Wonderland

"Put on your coat. It's easier to stay warm than it is to get warm." George the Llama Man Dx 11/2006, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/36 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/26/2006 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/1/2007 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/4/2007 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/21/2007 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/9/2009 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 9/19/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 17, 2010 06:55PM Karen09 wrote:

Thanks ladies!  I changed my picture to a better one of Luke so you can see him too! 

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 18, 2010 01:26AM - edited Sep 18, 2010 01:27AM by Gitane

Karen,  The story of you and Luke coming together when you needed each other most really hit home with me, too.  Smokey (see my Avatar) showed up on my front porch just after I was diagnosed.  He was thin and weak having at some point been badly injured and then healed over; awful and I nobody knows how he survived. even the vet.  After surgery he recovered right along side me as I went through chemo.  For me, too, he was companion, comfort, and inspiration.  He helped me more than I can say, and probably, in his own way, more than anyone else could have.  Our animals are really special.  What a great photo of Luke!  Thanks.

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Sep 18, 2010 10:07AM Karen09 wrote:

Sounds like you and Smokey found each other when you needed each other two Gitane!  Thanks for sharing.

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 18, 2010 10:41PM sweeney wrote:

I love this story. And as I read it and fight the fatigue of chemo my cat Franny is curled at my feet purring away.

Sweeney Dx 5/17/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 19, 2010 10:16AM AnacortesGirl wrote:

Karen,

That definitely brighten my day!  What a need story and such a nice write up by Purina. 

My cat is "all cat".  Despite all the love and attention we lavish on her she is pretty independent and cannot tolerate other cats.  Unlike previous cats we've had she doesn't try to act like a human.  But during chemo, when I finally had to quit work, I spent a lot of time in the recliner and bed taking naps.  She was there.  She especially liked it when I was on the bed because she'd get under the afghan and lie right up next to me.  My husband started refering to her as my "snuggle buddy".

Gitane -

I've always liked your avatar and wondered what the story was! 

Christy - BRCA2+; mets to bones and liver, Taxol/Sutent -> AC, BMX - no recon, Rads, Carboplatin, BSO, Veliparib trial (8/30/13-3/13/14) Dx 7/21/2009, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 14/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2011 Dx 9/9/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/9/2012 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy 3/29/2013 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 8/16/2013 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 3/20/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin)
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Sep 19, 2010 10:34AM travelgal wrote:

Pets are the best!!! So glad Luke found you!!!

I have 4 dogs and had a stray cat until the week I was diagnosed when she sadly passed away :(
I miss her so much but her male friend comes to visit me every day and helps ease the pain.  I told her male friend to "put the word out on the street" that there is an opening for a stray cat at my house with lots of love.

My dogs are great.  Every day one of them checks my incisions from the lumpectomy/SNB and port.  In a week I start chemo and I know my pets will be there for me.

Love your avatar!!!

Pat Dx 8/11/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/26/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/28/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 3/14/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 1, 2010 09:46AM Karen09 wrote:

Thanks for all your comments!  I love reading all your pet stories too!  Good luck getting another kitty Pat!  I hope you find one soon!  .

If anyone is interested, here is the video Luke and I did for the Canadian breast cancer foundation and purina cat chow   http://www.purina.ca/cbcf/KarenStory.aspx     He is so handsome in the video and was well behaved for much of the shoot.  I'm very proud of my boy!

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 1, 2010 12:41PM Celtic_Spirit wrote:

What an inspiring video, Karen! Thanks for sharing your story. Luke is a gorgeous kitty. He must have been such a comfort. Glad you two found each other.

Dx 2/8/2008, IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 1, 2010 12:53PM Karen09 wrote:

He really was - and still is!  :)

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 1, 2010 12:54PM apple wrote:

awww.. what a beautiful cat.    great story.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Oct 1, 2010 07:17PM Gitane wrote:

What a warm feeling I had watching your video, Karen.  Your cat was there just at the right time and was just what you needed.  Luke is so beautiful, and so are you.

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Oct 1, 2010 08:29PM Karen09 wrote:

Awww thanks! You ladies are sweet!

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 2, 2010 10:43AM jenn3 wrote:

Karen - Luke really has become a part of your family.  I'm wondering - did you rescue him or did he rescue you?  I love hearing about him!!! 

I grew up with cats, but have all dogs now (all rescue dogs) and they really helped me on my worst days.

Thanks for sharing.

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........

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