• How to handle?

    Asked by brendao323 on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    How to handle?

    Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma stage 1a

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      How to handle what? Can you be a little more specific?

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      what do you need help with? handle what?

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Positive Attitude!!!! -- If you concentrate on the success stories, you will maintain Hope which will give you the strength to handle whatever you face on your Journey. Good Luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      By being postive & taking it one day at a time...sending ((((hugs)))))

      over 5 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      One day at a time, a great support system and a positive attitude. Praying helps a lot. This website has been wonderful for me to see that I am not the only one going through this journey. Lots of hugs sent your way!

      over 5 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi, I have the same cancer and Triple Negative with BRCA1 positive. Hmm how to handle it. Breathe, try to take one day or thing at a time, get your info. Everday feelings and emotions can go crazy. I still have up and down days and wonder why I still do. Today my baby sis 26 has everything I do also and is having her Mastectomy today and I just blah! feel so for her. I don't know has this helped any?? We are all here! ask away on anything... :)

      over 5 years ago
    • Kelli's Avatar

      I know it is hard, but you need to not dwell on this. Really take each day as it comes, and treat it like it is the best day in the whole world. You are going to get through this and we are all here to help you. Stay strong.

      over 5 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      Honestly, you will need to be as positive as possible, surround yourself with positive people and be alert to mention any issues with your doctor(s). This too shall pass - there are many of us out here who felt exactly like you but are alive and living our lives each day with joy and sadness just like it was before this happened. We just understand ourselves and hopefully others a little bit better. Hugs and more hugs!

      over 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      The day I received the news "I had cancer"..... I needed to tell some dear friends who lived far away... Being a poet I wrote this. I have given this poem to many and they tell what I too know. It works. Let Him handle the worry... Your job... do what the doctor suggests. I had stage IV Ovarian Cancer and after surgery was told I had about six months. We started a very aggressive chemo regiem.... 7 years later... I'm here and I'm still cancer free!

      I know!!
      ©2006 by Carol Notermann

      I know that I’m not in control… But Thank God that He is!
      I know that I’ve no need to plan, for the best plan is His.

      I know that I am not alone. Friends walk the path with me.
      I know that yes, I must be strong, find out what waits for me.

      I know that as in "Footprints" there's only one set in the sand.
      and I know that I am clinging, very tightly to His hand.

      over 5 years ago
    • brendao323's Avatar

      I can't afford to creast cancer . I got my first bill radilogy for 186.00 I will call to see if I can get some finical assisant. I meet with the five doctors tomarrow. Just 3 weeks ago I was happy and now everything was different.Now I just can't stop researching the internet. Her-2/neu and EP/PR and Ki-67. Anyone know what those number mean? Im on the roller coaster also. The idea of having your body cut up like that is very scary. Thanks for all the kind words and support and Carol thank you so much for the poem. I am very happy I found this website. Once again I'll let everyone know when I meet with the team and they exspain to me more about the plan of attack.

      over 5 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123 (Best Answer!)

      You just do. Giving up or feeling sorry for yourself doesn't help and can hurt. I don't know about your faith but I depend on mine. I have received so much support and prayers from my family and friends that I can't help but have a positive attitude. I have a boyfriend that I live with that is very supportive and helpful. When I'm having a bad day he steps in and does whatever needs to be done as far as household chors.
      My only draw back is: I live in south Florida and my family lives in Indiana. I have 2 children and 6 grandchildren and brothers and sisters I am very close to. I can't live in both places so I am missing either my boyfriend or my family.
      I have been diagnosed as stage IV and can not be cured. I can be treated and my doctors estimate is 5 years or better. At my age (59) I don't think it's that bad. I beleive in the power of prayer. I think I am doing so well now because of great doctors and all the prayers I have received.
      This is not the end of your life. You have a long way to go. Enjoy what you have, plan for your future and hold on to all the friends and family that support you. This is just a bump in the road.:)

      over 5 years ago
    • RobinMartinez's Avatar

      According to the National Cancer Institute, on page 2 of http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/

      "In stage IA, the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller. Cancer has not spread outside the breast."

      Look on page 6 for ways your Stage IA invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma may be treated. Your own treatment plan will include some of those suggestions. If there are things you really want to avoid, talk to your own doctors and surgeon about them. If you are not getting the answers you want, find a different oncologist. It is important to have an oncologist who will answer your questions and discuss options with you rather than imposing their own preferences without any regard for you as a person. Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • RobinMartinez's Avatar

      I think this is the most important thing to know: YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS. Your cancer was discovered at an extremely early stage, the best possible situation. Make sure your doctor is up-to-date, experienced, and supportive of you and your concerns and questions. If you're in good medical hands, there should be no problem making a full recovery.

      Of course everyone facing cancer is fearful and stressed out. You have this support group to help you, and you can turn to a therapist if you need more help. There are also useful drugs for anxiety, depression, and inability to sleep.

      Wishing you all the best............Robin

      over 5 years ago

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