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    Celebration (Anniversary): October 12 will be one year since the end of cancer treatment (end of radiation). I feel grateful!

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    So happy you made the right decision re: 3rd lumpectomy vs. mastectomy. I hear reconstruction is a process. You'll take a while to heal, so listen to your body and rest when you need to. Chemo was not easy, but it's do-able because there are meds for every side effect. I filled all the Rx's and stocked the "arsenal" before my first chemo. Plus, I did everything the doctor said. People would say, "Are you sure you're undergoing cancer treatment?" so I'd say I came through it virtually unscathed (except for the hair loss about 15 days into treatment).

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      I firmly believe that successful treatment has to be accompanied by a positive attitude. I have never been a "OH why is this happening to me" person. I look at things more like this is another part of my life's journey and I will deal with it and move onto the next one. I have made an appointment at the local cancer center here to see about getting a wig but I am also in love with scarves so I might just use those for hair loss. I am also going to a "Look Good, Feel Better" class at the local hospital so I can learn ways to make me look better while I am going through the chemo. I have never really been into being overly concerned about my looks but I think anything I do that is positive will have a positive effect on my overall healing process.

      My oncologist has told me there will be plenty of ways to deal with any side effects I might have so I am not really afraid of the chemo...a bit nervous but not afraid. I tend to get nauseous with just about any new medication I take so I think that might be an issue but, like you, I have already stocked up on medication to help me get through that. I am retired so I don't have to worry about getting up and trying to get to a job so it will be easy to just relax when I need to. And I have already seen that there are days when I am full of energy and others when I just need to get a good book and relax.

      Thanks for your support.

      over 4 years ago
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    Hi, Martee. I see that we have similar journeys. I'm 65, was diagnosed just over a year ago with Invasive Ductal cancer. 2.2 cm tumor. Had lumpectomy, re-excision, 4 cycles of chemo (Cytoxan + Taxotere), 35 radiation treatments. In January, my oncologist said I am in complete remission. I am soooo thankful. How are you progressing? How can I help you?

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      Nice to meet you. I have been having a bit of trouble getting my information loaded into this site but that is something I am working on...:D.

      We are on a similar journey. I had a small tumor, 1 cm so I opted for a lumpectomy. But, I needed a re-excision and even though I had second mammogram done the day before the second surgery and nothing showed up, another small spot of cancer showed up. I then had the option of the mastectomy or a third lumpectomy. I could, also, proceed with the radiation if I had wanted. I thought about it a long time but I decided for the mastectomy since my cancer was showing up in little isolated spots instead of close to each other and I thought that even if we got a clean pathology on a third lumpectomy, there might still be cancer somewhere else. The pathology that came back on the mastectomy showed that there was, indeed, a third spot so I made the right call. Now, radiation is off the table but I am going to have 4 sessions of chemo starting on the 28th with the same drugs you had. My oncologist feels I am cancer-free right now and the chemo is a precautionary measure to keep it that way.

      I am, also, going through breast re-construction which is probably going to take about 3-4 months to complete. Right now, that is turning out to be the most painful of everything I have been going through but my plastic surgeon believes in comfort so he has no problem with making sure I have valium and pain meds if I need them.

      I hope you will be a valuable person to talk to as I go through the chemo since you have been there already. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.

      over 4 years ago
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    Sadie, mine was the same situation. No lymph nodes involved. Lumpectomy. Still recommended 4 cycles of chemo and 35 treatments of radiation. Sometimes chemo is because of the size of the tumor (over 2.0 cm) or just because they want to get it all and reduce risk of recurrence. Also, we are both pretty healthy for our age and no serious comorbidities. Ask your oncologist about it. Best wishes for a quick recovery!

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    Celebration (Anniversary): About one year post-diagnosis CT scans came back with No Evidence of Disease (NED), had a diagnostic mammogram, had my port removed and flew to California with my husband to celebrate with our best friends. Life is good.