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Dec 13, 2016 10:43AM
Logang, you are so brave and so young! We both understand what is a stake and have supportive husbands. Did your doctor take out 31 nodes or sample 31 nodes? My doctor took 4 which were all clear. I had debated the lumpectomy vs. mastectomy pros and cons, for me, it was lumpectomy and radiation. But, if I were younger, I would have probably went with a mastectomy. A friend of mine, 30 at the time, 16 years ago, had a mastectomy after finding cancer. She went through chemo and did great. She still is doing great today.
Having understanding family and friends, makes this situation a much kinder reality. As I look back and reflect on this year, it has been pretty unsettling. My kids are an 18 year old daughter and a 20 year old son. I had my surgery a couple days before my son went off to the university in Switzerland. I wanted him to see that I was okay, and not to worry. He has had a blast in Europe and does not want to come home. :( We discussed the situation and I told him to take a couple of weeks next summer and reunite with his large dorm of friends for a band tour across Europe.
Have you looked at the results of the SOFT study? It showed that AI's plus ovarian suppression have better prognosis vs. tamoxifen alone! So, I guess we are on the right track. Getting back into personal relations after such a traumatic experience is pretty scary. I finished radiation in November and have kept to myself interpersonally. Not ready yet to tackle that aspect of my life. I was hoping to go into menopause during radiation, and my MO thought there would be a chance. No such luck, I have the ovaries of a 40 year old with fsh and lh to support a pregnancy. Ugh... not the news I wanted to hear. Not even near natural menopause. That would be great news to some women, but from my perspective I just wanted to at least start perimenopause naturally.
Live free - Oncotype 14, Take things as they come and you can do it!!!
8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/6/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
2/14/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Prophylactic ovary removal