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    Irishscott posted an update

    Done with Chemo!!! Now a much needed break, then on to radiation. Wow, this has been a real rollercoaster ride. Tired but feeling good about getting the job done! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that is fighting this!

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      Gabba

      Congratulations!!! Rest up and enjoy the respite...hope you have something fun planned.

      about 7 years ago
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      cloverlady4

      YAY! I'm still on chemo, maybe radiation later. I heard radiation is easier than chemo. Hope all goes well for you.

      about 7 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Congratulations on finishing this first stage! I hope you find the radiation to be much easier than the chemo. most do, although it still has it's own side effects. Wishing the best for you!

      about 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    4 rounds of AC is now done! 1/2 way done with chemo. Start Taxol in two weeks for 4 rounds. Kicking butt! Then 30-35 rounds of radiation. Then maybe reconstruction. Feels good to being doing everything possible to beat cancer. I will win!!

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      GregP_WN

      Of course you will!! I don know the feeling of being in the fight and that you are doing something other than sitting around letting it beat you up. Good luck with the next 4 rounds.

      over 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    2 A/C done and 2 more to go. Bald but 1 more step closer to kicking cancers butt!!!

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    Irishscott posted an update

    Sloan Agrees! It is such a relief, being in limbo for the last three months was the worst!! Now we know and can get on with treatment with confidence.

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      GregP_WN

      Glad to hear it!! I know you are relieved to get the information.

      over 7 years ago
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    Right mastectomy completed on 05/13/13. Hematoma from using arm in recovery. Surgical site is weeping, but healing. More surgery tomorrow to remove the one ovary I have left from my hysterectomy that I had 12 years ago. Well, at least we are moving forward! Now just waiting for Sloan Kettering to agree with path report.

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      GregP_WN

      Wishing you the best, good luck on your surgery tomorrow!

      over 7 years ago
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      cris

      Good luck on your surgery tomorrow....

      over 7 years ago
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      Irishscott

      Thank you! Good news is the doctor said that he does not believe it was cancer!!!!

      over 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    Thank you all so much! I guess the last two months of tests, then they say " I think it is this, no maybe not" test after test just got the best of me. Feeling sorry for ones self is no way to be. But the emotional roller coaster is a bit crazy. I am doing much better. I have always been a fighter, when first told of cancer (03/11/13) was ready to kick butt. Now, after two months more questions than answers. Monday should give me a defined anwer as to what type of cancer this is after testing. Then the war is on! Again, thank you all so much and you all are in my prayers.

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    Big change in plans. Sloan could not 100% say what type of cancer I have. So on May 13 -mastectomy on right breast, tumor will be sent to sloan along with lymps. Heal for 3-4 weeks then chemo. They are leaning towards breast cancer but need more tissue.

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      GregP_WN

      I guess your kind of in the middle then. Hope you get clarification and answers soon so you can have the peace of mind you need and set up a plan of attack. Let us know if you need anything from us.

      over 7 years ago
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    OMG- enough already, went to Sloan for consultation. They have had the slides for 3.5 weeks. The pathologist are not in agreement as to what type of cancer I have. Have to wait until Wendsday. Sloan requested additional tissue to examin. Sloan is wondering if it is breast cancer or if it started in another place. All my test have shown no other tumors. Possible more tests and they also said that the slides show a "musclin" I am sure that is not spelled correct, but that means the tumor should be estrogen possitive and I am negitive. What the.????...XXX, tired and really just confused ....

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      GregP_WN

      Sorry your in limbo on this. Have patience and faith in your doctors, they are all some very smart people, and as a general rule they get it right. Hope you get answers quick

      over 7 years ago
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      Irishscott

      Thank you. Yes, I do feel that I have a great team behind me. They must get it right, so that we know what we are dealing with. Just fustrated, but we will get through this.

      over 7 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Yep, the whole stinking process is frustrating. At some point you will hit the place in your journey where your tired of frustrating and move on to "lets get this done and over", Then time seems to fly.
      Let us know if we can help.

      over 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    Friday we are going to Sloan-Kettering for an consultation. Then Monday meet with chemo Dr., if all agree chemo will start the 18th. Nervous, but really ready to get this done!

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      GregP_WN

      Once you get started you will have a feeling of now your doing battle, your doing something to fight back. We wish you the best and a strong fight.

      over 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    Well, port is in. Chemo Dr. is on vacation for 2 weeks, so I am using the time to build up my body for one heck of a fight. I am actually laughing at myself, spent the last year and 1/4 loosing weight and now I am "too skinny". Only me....... Good luck to all of you!!!!

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      GregP_WN

      You know, I did that too, I ate everything in site before treatments trying to bulk up. I knew I would lose weight again, I did the previous two times. So I gained about 10 pounds, then dropped 40.
      Good luck to you!

      over 7 years ago
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      leepenn

      It's more common to gain weight on breast cancer chemo than lose weight. If you tend to gain weight when stressed out, I think you're more likely to gain some weight while doing the breast cancer chemo. Me - I tend to lose weight when stressed, and I lost weight during the breast cancer chemo. My good friend, who comfort eats, gained....

      You mention working out and so on... KEEP DOING THAT! That will only make chemo go better for you. Move every single day, even if it's just a walk around the block. The good days far outnumber the bad days... I rode my bike every single day of chemo - with the sole exception of a business trip of three days (I walked instead of biked). Some days were terrific... some days were hard.

      At the end of the day, try to stay close to your "ideal" weight - whatever that is... And try to stay active. You won't be able to go as hard as before... but you'll be able to do more than you think! And, research has consistently shown that activity helps with side effects and fatigue and other issues associated with chemo.

      OK - last bit of advice... Ask your health care team about adding glutamine as a supplement to your diet. You can buy this at a health food store as a jar of powder. You take about 10 g and swirl it in a cup of water... and drink up... three times per day for the first several days after each infusion. It has been shown to reduce side effects - like neuropathy and mouth sores. I am sure it made a huge difference during my own treatment.

      GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK!!!!

      over 7 years ago
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    Irishscott posted an update

    My cancer is stage 2, the found 1 lymph infected but they say is very tiny. Chemo first 1 treatment every two weeks for a total of 8 treatments then surgery bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, then radiation. They have not found any other organs affected at this time. I have been doing a lot of research on nutrition, luckly I have been eating and working out for the last year so at least I have that on my side. They do not like the fact that I have become skinny. So ironic, worked so hard to get the weight off and then this. After reading so many of the posts on here, not only do I have hope, I am ready to fight this demon. Thank you all so much this site has help Enormously!

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      barbaraanne

      Hi, definitely sounds like you up for the fight!! Please remember to keep positive..Every once in a while I get a little down/sad, (which is ok) just don't stay there for too long.. Look forward to sharing stories about this journey we are on. God bless..

      over 7 years ago