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Topic: Mammogram coming up - Freaking out!!!

Forum: Second or Third Breast Cancer — For those confronting a new primary diagnosis or undergoing treatment.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2021 11:37AM

Nanka wrote:

Hi all! I am just reaching out for some wise words...

I was diagnosed in 2012 and have a yearly mammogram coming up in May. I have no particular reason to be worried. Haven't found a new lump or anything.

I just don't know if this time around, that I will be able to handle those dreaded words said after the mammogram "We need more pictures"..... Waiting in that cubicle is torture!

This year's mammo feels particularly stressful for some reason. I think I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What do you do to distract yourselves while waiting for the techs to dismiss you? Any words of encouragement would be appreciated.

Thanks so much everyone!

Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 28, 2021 11:54AM keepthefaith wrote:

Nanka, I get the same way sometimes. Scanxiety....eh. It helps me if I tell myself that I am being pro-active and if they do find something, chances are good that they found it early enough to be treatable. The alternative of not going is worse. My 87 yr old Moms' voice always sticks with me, "just do it and get it over with."... Best wishes!

Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/26/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/11/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2014
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Apr 28, 2021 12:56PM Nanka wrote:

Thank-you. This is an excellent idea! I will also do as your tagline says "Keep the faith". :)


Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 25, 2021 08:53PM koshka1 wrote:

Metoo….13 years later… I still make myself sick. It’s the worst.

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 26, 2021 07:21AM LivinLife wrote:

Hi Nanka! Just want to send support. I like the idea of positive self-talk already suggested. Also planning and doing anything enjoyable even if you are distracted by worry while doing them. Do the best you can to focus on what you're experiencing in the moment. Let yourself know you can worry (more) later. Easier said than done though if you don't already do this...Likely more helpful than just going with default planning.... Let us know how things go.....

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Sep 26, 2021 07:41AM momand2kids wrote:

Same here-my 13 year visit this week and for some reason, I am slightly anxious. I think the "just do it and get it over with" philosophy makes sense. I also have often said the same" if they do find something it is likely early and treatable". I think the hard part is taht we all know all the things that can go wrong, but at the same time, so manymore things cand go right. I am rooting for right.


Dx 10/29/2008, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/25/2008 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/16/2009 Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Radiation Therapy 3/23/2009 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2009 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 26, 2021 11:36AM Nanka wrote:

thanks you so much. As much as it hurts to know we all have to go through this, it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. Everything you are saying is logical so why does it take me so much effort whenself talking me into these strategies? I will try my darndest. 🙂

Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 27, 2021 09:25PM koshka1 wrote:

how did it go?

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2021 08:58AM Nanka wrote:

It was clear! What’s sad is I am on cloud9 for about 5 hours after the all good, then my mind goes to bad places. What ifs gain momentum until the next time. Working on that is important because worrying is such a waste of time ! :

Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 28, 2021 12:26PM - edited Sep 28, 2021 12:27PM by koshka1

hi….. I went yesterday…. I don't get an answer right away but they didn't ask for additional images. I told tech that I live 8 hours away and to ask if they needed more…. She said radiologist said I could go. I'm gonna take that as a good sign.

Here in Canada you don't get to speak to radiologist but usually if they don't start coming at me with more images I consider myself ok…..lol


I am exactly like you… 5 hours. It's awful. I wish I could help u…lol

I'm almost wanting to ask my doctor for a bilateral as I just can't take this anymore. They will probably say no….. lol… and tell me I’m healthy.

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2021 02:57PM Nanka wrote:

Yes, no follow ups is a good sign. Although I have been asked for more pictures in the past and turns out fine. We are just considered higher risk so they are vigilant with us.

I am in Canada! It's funny, I always wanted a bilateral also but they felt it was overkill.

I see you're a long time survivor. Fantastique!


Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 29, 2021 09:03AM LivinLife wrote:

Great news Nanka!!! Wishing you well when you get results koshka! Please let us know....

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Oct 1, 2021 01:29PM koshka1 wrote:

Hi! Nobody’s called me yet. Lol.

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 1, 2021 03:40PM LivinLife wrote:

It's the weekend too..... : ( !! It has been a few days. I'm not sure how long it generally takes to hear back in your system. I'm assuming you'll hear early next week then? Are you able to call if mid-Monday rolls around and you still haven't heard anything? Really stinks you couldn't hear before the weekend!! Hang in there the best you can...

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Oct 1, 2021 06:48PM koshka1 wrote:

not too worried. I would be if they fluttered around asking for more images … lol

Bad news travels faster so I’m sure if something was of concern I would have had a call…..

My new doctor maybe only calls if there is an issue …

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 4, 2021 12:37PM koshka1 wrote:

all clear !!!!! 😀. Thank you for your support … as always

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 4, 2021 12:46PM Nanka wrote:

"All clear" - Music to our ears Happy


Pleomorphic ILC - Extensive LCIS left in breast Dx 2/16/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/26/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 4, 2021 03:58PM LivinLife wrote:

Wonderful koshka!!! Thanks for letting us know...

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right

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