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    brendao323 asked a questionBreast Cancer

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      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 4 years ago
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      RobinMartinez

      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 4 years ago
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      RobinMartinez

      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 4 years ago
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