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    Thank you for sharing. Finished my radiation therapy in July and had my double lumpectomies in March of this year. It was lobular cancer in both breasts, as soon as I was diagnosed they put me on hormone therapy, Anastrazole to shrink the tumors, did not want mastectomies. Have been in remission for two months and counting. Now I know I can do it.

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    Decision Point (lumpectomy or mastectomy): MRI revealed left breast tumor went from 7.0 cm to a tumor with no boundaries, and the right breast went down from 6.5 to 2.3 cm. Cancer surgeon and I made the choice of lumpectomy, which I asked if there was any urgency, since I wanted to wait until after the holidays. My surgeon was fine with it, and I will have a somewhat normal holiday with the family. For this I am extrememly grateful and feel like I have had a mini miracle. I am not out of the woods until they do the lumpectomy and find what type of cells are in there. But getting to this point was an extremely scary process, the unknown scares you, and I have had many of those days. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a cancer free future.

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    Decision Point (Lumpectomy or Mastectomy Both Breasts): I have been obsessing over this for the past two weeks, meet with the surgeon next week after my MRI. I am not prepared for this and don't seem to be getting any better about it. I never thought that I would be a lousy patient. My pain level was always pretty high but I find ever since I was diagnosed that I feel sorry for myself. I wish I had my old body back without the pain from the hormone meds. If anyone out there has any thoughts on this, I would welcome the help, God knows I need it. Take care to all.

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    Other Care (MRI): Just needed to share this procedure. This was my second one in six months and the only way I got through this was with valium. Taking it prior to and after the MRI. Only took two pills but it did help. It took an hour and it was extremely loud as you all know and the music does not drown it out. Also, with breast cancer they lay you on your belly extend your arms over your head and have an IV in one. THey put your face in a cushioned hole, of course this one was harder, since I have been on Arimidex and have the joint pain. I could not move after the test for at least five minutes, it was like I was frozen in that position. Took my time and made it out. It just frightens me that if I am so upset with test, how will handle the rest of my treatment. I found out in two weeks the results. They will show how much my tumors have shrunk and help my surgeon and myself make the decision on lumpectomy or mastectomy. I have decided not to dwell on it and enjoy everyday, for that day will come soon enough. Take care.