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Dec 3, 2012 05:47PM
Wow, did I pick a bad weekend to be offline! I’m SOOOO sorry those comics upset anyone – that was certainly not my intention! I don’t think they’re intended to be funny, just … real. I thought the portrayal of chemo in “Two Years” was really accurate, and wanted to share it.
So can I (please) get a second shot at a first impression?
Hi, I’m Sue, and I was diagnosed in March 2012. My cancer was “locally advanced,” with the tumour too big for surgery, so I had chemo first, and I did a lot of stuff with my naturopath as well. I’ve known him for years, and he now specializes in oncology. I had a unilateral mastectomy on October 5, and the path report came back Pathological Complete Response! Yay! Now I’m doing radiation, done 9/28 as of today. Planning to have DEIP in the spring sometime.
I teach high school math and science, although I’m lucky enough to be on medical leave right now so I don’t have to work. Serious hats off to those of you who are coping with cancer treatment and work at the same time! I have two daughters, 15 and 18. Kudos to those of you with small kids!
Juneau: Your new boobs look great! I was wondering where the scars were from surgery, but then saw that you had nipple-and skin sparing surgery. I laughed at the needing to adjust your clearance!
Mcook: Thanks for the story. Seems that no matter how bad things seem, others have it worse and we always have things to be grateful for, even if we can’t always think of them in the moment.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!
3/20/2012, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
10/05/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection)
, Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
07/03/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
04/10/2012 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)