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    Does anyone know of an alternative to chemo that has actually been successful? After reading how chemo is destroying my body qnd going through some of the side effects, I'm still not too happy about it and am still going to Moffett for a second opinion next week, but aside from *foods* I'm trying to find other alternatives to support my case. Thank you.

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    Any opinons?......had a lumpectomy...small tumor is gone...1 small cell taken from lymphnodes....nothing left. Shouldn't I be having radiation instead of chemo? Docs can't find anything at all left....thinking of going to Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa for a 2nd opinion. What do you think? Side effects of chemo scare me and I'm not talking about nausea and hair loss........there is also a possibility of leukemia down the road. Is it worth it? Not to me......sigh

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    Well, after having my lumpetomy, I found out that my doctor has to go back in and clear out some more cells, sigh. Surgery is now scheduled for this coming Wednesday. My cousin had to have this done 4 times and I sure hope I won't have to. Hpe everyone else is having a good weekend.

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      MaggiesPlace

      Thanks Staci. I had a total knee replacement a year ago and was supposed to go back in for more surgery when this popped up so I'm in pain in 2 places. The L knee and R breast, sigh. Makes trying to sled or lay down difficukt and I guess I'm more tired than anything else right now.

      almost 9 years ago
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      Staci1219

      :( That's not good, but I understand where you are coming from. Maybe you can hurry up and get everything taken care of tho and then take some "you" time.....I know you need it. Even if its just one day, maybe you can just take a day to take something to relax you.

      almost 9 years ago
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      DaveWaz

      Please know that we are behind you every step of the way.And yes, try to schedule some "me" time. It's good for the soul!

      almost 9 years ago
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    MRI biopsy today revealed that the shadow found 3 weeks ago is now 2 tiny tumors on the left breast. Results will be determined by next Monday and hopefully will not be cancerous. If not then only 1 breast will have surgery. If this new development is also cancer then both breasts will have surgery followed by radiation. Hopefully no chemo.

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      Staci1219

      Just remember, we're here for you when you need us....and you have my email too....if you need me holler....I'll be praying for you.

      about 9 years ago
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      DaveWaz

      We've got your back so if/when you are ready, please let us know what you need and we'll do our best to help you.

      about 9 years ago
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    did I mention that I live alone? My x might come and help me when I have surgery. sigh

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    Another beautiful day and although I'm still feeling tired I decided to go over my journal, brochures and notes. I look at myself in the mirror and am amazed that I have cancer. I don't look like it nor do I feel like it. Reading the possible side effects tells me that it's the treatment that will make me more uncomfortable than I feel now. big sigh Oh well, guess I should just go out and work in my garden. At least I'll have fresh veggies and the hard part will be done before surgery. My roses are looking good and from February until the end of December I'm lucky enough to clip a dozen roses every day. I wish I could share them with you.

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    When it rains it pours! Last year I had a knee replacement after arthroscopic surgery didn't work. 3 months of sheer XXX and the doc had to *manipulate* my knee .Ooookkkkk....got through that. But now I have to have another surgical procedure on the knee again....it's out of alignment....am I a used car now?....lol.... after I get rid of the cancer. sigh....soooooo, it looks like I'll be going into the operating room twice in the next 3 or 4 months.....double sigh. I know there's gotta be a rainbow at the end of this storm cause I'm getting tired just thinking about it. Oh! did I mention that I have a 2story house? All bedrooms and bathrooms are on the 2nd floor. Oh well...............such is life and it's time go on.

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      Staci1219

      I know it seems like everything is falling on you all at once....it happened to my mom, she had a wreck in 2000 just as she was getting her health back from that and starting to walk good again she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she was getting over the treatments with the breast cancer and went for a followup they found AML. I had a talk with my aunt, my dad's sister cause their mom died in the wreck and I asked the question "why?" and she said to me "God don't put more on your plate than you can handle, your mom is a tough lady and this is a test and she is tough and she can do this..." and she did. So just remember when you start feeling down....you can do this and God don't put more on your plate than you can handle.

      about 9 years ago
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      I know what you mean. I finish radiation on February 29 and will walk the Survivors Lap at the Relay for Life on April 14. I stop taking the Coumadin around May 15, I will have an outpatient oophorectomy (benign cyst on the left ovary). Then I will have a belated and hopefully brief late menopause. After that, I will be waiting for the knee replacements. Isn't modern medicine wonderful? Many good wishes to you on the stair climbing and keeping a positive attitude. When you find that leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, let us know!

      about 9 years ago
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    Actually I'm very happy with my oncology team. My problem is that I'm a *doer*....always the one who is doing and taking care of someone else. It's strange having so many people worry over me and taking care of my needs even though they are doctors and that is their job. Aren't I supposed to be doing *something* besides wait?

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    It's a strange feeling....waiting. If I had he flu or a cold I'd either go to the doctor and get a prescription or go to Walgreen's and get something over the counter. But this......is so totally different. I have to wait until January 31 to have an MRI biopsy...then wait again for the results and for the surgeon to decide what course of action to take. I don't know what to feel. I'm confident with my dotors, that's not an issue. Maybe it just hasn't quite sunk in yet. I get dressed, put on makeup, go about my normal chores and activities. I look in the mirror and think.....I have cancer. But, for now....I don't feel or look any different.

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      Staci1219

      Hey MaggiesPlace, the waiting game is hard, I had to do it last year when I had my mammo, I had a scare and I had to go back 2 or 3 times to have different test done and wait and wait....I finally put it in God's hands and told him to handle it because I couldn't anymore and it eased my mind. With my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer every time I go for a mammo I say a prayer and hand everything over and put everything in His hands. Stay Strong, stay positive and you can do this! Don't let cancer beat you, you beat caner. If you need any thing you have a friend, just look me up, send me and email, [email redacted], hit the exchange email link or something...i'm here for you. Keep in touch, and keep me posted on your progress through your journey because I would like to know how you are doing. I will be praying for you.

      about 9 years ago
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    If anyone in the Lehigh Acres/Ft. Myers area would like to help me set up a support group let me know. It might do us some good to get together once in a while, have lunch, brunch or snacks and talk. god Bless you all.

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    Hello everyone. Lucky for me I went for a *routine* mamogram on Dec 14, 2011. I thought that was the end of that, but I was wrong. They found a *shadow* and after a series of more mamograms, ultrasounds annd a biopsy I was diagnosed on December 29 with stage 1 breast cancer. Saw the oncologist and the surgeon on January 8, 2012 who ordered an MRI to pinpoint everything before scheduling my lumpectomy. NOT! The MRI showed another shadow on the other breast.....sigh. So, now I have to have another MRI on Jan 31 to see what's up. If it's nothing,o k, great. If it turns out to be cancer then both breasts will have surgery....another sigh. Thank God we found it in time. So far it's just 1 breast, stage 1 and not in the lymphnodes. Let's just see what tomorrow will bring. Maybe the MRI machine needs a little windex! lol