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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): 02/22/13: back to chemo after surgery. Starting AC. Awful nausea for a week, vomiting twice, no willing to eat anything.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): 02/02/13: mastectomy & axillary lymph node dissection. Anesthesia and morphine made me vomit so much and also a strong diarrhea for 2 days. The worst pain in my life before morphine, after no pain at all, only the bad side effects. Left hospital with 2 drains. Breast drain left 2 days after leaving hospital and axillary drain left 4 days after. I was so lucky.

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    Oh No (Relationship issues): Feb.24/2013: my husband left home. We've been married for 2 years. One week before my diagnosis we married in Catholic Church. And everything is now gone. I knew I'd face divorce, but I thought it would be after cancer was past. I have still 3 chemo sessions, radiation, reconstruction surgeries and he won't be here.

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      nobrand

      I'm so sad to hear about this... cancer has stretched my own relationship to a near breaking point. I know it's not the same-- but know we are here to help you. Much love.

      over 4 years ago
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    Oh No (Surgery will be in a couple of days): Since the beginning, I have always feared so much the surgery. I'll have a mastectomy on the right side. I'm already feeling like a monster and it will get worse. I will need radiation, so the doctors can't do the reconstruction now. Oncologist told me that I'll need to wait about a year, a year and a half for the reconstruction. I don't get along very well with my mother and she will arrive tomorrow to "help". My husband got unemployed last week. Everything around me seems to be drowning, everything that is bad is getting worse. I feel so much pain and then I get stressed and the pain also gets worse.

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      Topazcat

      Facing surgery is scary. I also have IBC and was diagnosed 2 years ago. I had 16 rounds of chemo and 35 radiations. I had a double mastectomy in April 2011 and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Not much pain. Worse part was the drains because they were a bother to care for. I will have an appointment with a plastic surgeon next week to see if I am a candidate for breast reconstruction. Good luck to you. Remember that you are the patient. Let your caregivers know what YOU need. Take time to relax. There is a lot going on, but you are still alive!

      almost 5 years ago
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      Crsp34

      Hi again. I certainly understand the fear, anxiety and stress especially the build up to surgery day. I too had a mastectomy 5 years ago, but I didn't do the reconstruction. I had the fear of looking like a monster too, but that passes.
      As for your Mom, utilize her. You will need some help. Remember that it will be a lot for her to take in, as well. Maybe she can make some home cooked meals or run some errands. It will be a great way for her to help without being too intrusive.

      For now breathe, speak but ask all to remain silent until you are done, breathe some more. You will never be the monster you fear. You are too beautiful inside and out. I have a lot of battle wounds now too. Be well!

      almost 5 years ago
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    Hello. I am 34 and I'm also dealing with breast cancer. Here on WhatNext I've found so much support.

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      Hi. I've been dealing w/ bc for 5 years now. I am so glad I signed up. Please let me know how you are, and if you would ever like to chat. Be well!

      almost 5 years ago
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