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Topic: Juzt entered hospice care this past Wednesday.

Forum: Palliative Therapy/Hospice Care — A unique forum ONLY for those trying to live well and/or trying to die well.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2013 07:32PM

Rita47 wrote:

Finally got the official word that my Stage III is now Stage IV. My family doctor was not encouraging about hospice, and only wanted me to have more specialists and tests.  When I was first diagnosed 2 years ago with stage 3, I made my decision and my daughter concurred with it that when the cancer did return or spread, I did not want further treatment.  I have had 2 good years.  I live alone, having been divorced many years now.  My daughter is happily married, with 4 beautiful children.  She does however live 5 hours away.  Hospice is the solution for me.  I have friends locally who can help.  Pain meds and oxygen/breathing treatments are working to keep symptoms at bay.  As I need more services, they are available.  Just want to let you know how flexible hospice care is for those of us who tend to be independent folk.  I have enough time to get my affairs in order, comfortable and pain free.

Dx Mar 2011, Stage IIIa, 4 to 9 nodes positive of 18, ER+/PR+/HER2-, Mod Rt Mastectomy May 2011, Chemo May-Oct 2011, 4 rounds of EC, 2 rounds of Taxotere, then stopped. No further treatment.
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Jul 14, 2013 11:24PM learningtoletgo wrote:

I just want to say that I am amazed at the strength and courage you have shown in the face of such dire circumstances. You have my utmost admiration and my wish is for you to have a peaceful transition to that better world that waits for us all.

Learning to let go of fear and live my life one day at a time!
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Jul 24, 2013 06:52PM pajim wrote:

Rita, I wish you the very best.

Dx 4/20/2008, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/1/2013, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/27/2013 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2013 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 2/25/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/19/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy 8/15/2018 Verzenio Chemotherapy 1/2/2019 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy 12/30/2019 CMF
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Jul 24, 2013 07:03PM edwards750 wrote:

Rita, I wish you the best as well. What amazing courage you have. Its your decision and you seemed to be at peace with it. I know I would rather have quality of life if I have a choice. You are in my prayers. diane

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Jan 12, 2015 05:57PM car2tenn wrote:

Rita, I hope you are comfortable with your physicians having explored all options. You are full of grace and class. Blessings on you...Carolyn from Music City

carolyn Dx 12/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 2, mets, ER+, HER2- Dx 12/15/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 12/26/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/2/2014 Bone Hormonal Therapy 3/4/2015 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy 9/11/2015 Other Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Jul 14, 2016 03:54PM BKarlaH wrote:

How u can say that..amazing woman. IDK I don't have the strength to want to fight it all.

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Jul 14, 2016 05:19PM grainne wrote:

hello, rita47. I think you have managed to achieve management of your life and control over what is happening to you. It is reassuring to know that that can be done, rather than just be buffeted about by other people's wellintentioned decisions and hopes. I admire you and am grateful to you. thank you.

grainne Dx 2/1/2016, DCIS/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/15/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 14, 2016 06:01PM exbrnxgrl wrote:


Rita made only 3 posts to bco and has not signed in since 2013. Whatever has happened since then, I hope she left this world in comfort and peace.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)

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