• fitzkc's Avatar
  • fitzkc's Avatar

    fitzkc asked a questionBreast Cancer

    partner was diagnosed with MDS after a stroke in august 2016.

    11 answers
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      My Mom had a stroke in Dec 2013. Watching her decline was more difficult than dealing w/my own cancer treatment the year before. I'm sorry you and your loved one are faced with this. Wishing you both the best.

      6 months ago
    • JulesVW's Avatar
      JulesVW

      It's SO tough! I went through that with my husband for 9 years. He died 9 years ago when he was 53. Don't know how I did it. Still had 2 kids at home. Wish I had some answers for you. It still hurts. Hugs to you!

      6 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Although you are a therapist, I would encourage you to go to a counselor about your own feelings. If there is a relevant support group in your area, go. Everyone needs people and extra support sometimes.
      Best wishes.

      6 months ago
  • fitzkc's Avatar

    fitzkc shared an experience

    Celebration (continue to be cancer free): I was diagnosed in august 2012. I completed treatment September 2013. In 2017 I developed lymphedema on the side of the mastectomy. I was in treatment for 5 months- now I wear a compression sleeve daily and it is under control. I am cancer free.

  • fitzkc's Avatar

    fitzkc shared an experience

    Other Care (lymphedemia treatment): in 2012 I was dx with BC. I have been cancer free since my mastectomy, chemo and radiation. Last November I developed cellulitis in the arm that had the lymph nodes removed. So a referral was made for treatment. Started this week--it involves massage to my lymphatic system and then my arm and hand is wrapped for several days and then the process is repeated for 2 or 3 months. I can say it has helped with the pain in my arm.
    Yet another chapter in my bc adventure.

    10 Comments
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      ChicagoSandy,
      The cortisone shot for my R trigger thumb brought on the Lymphedema in my right arm. About 5 or 6 weeks after surgery for the trigger thumb, my hand swelled too. It's not bad.
      I'm not very active right now since I broke my left ankle 9 days ago, the swelling isn't as bad. So, I'm tending not to wear anything.

      about 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Sorry I wasn’t being clear: I was talking about my own LE—ironic that the cortisone shot put it into remission. Bummer about your ankle—take it easy, remember to ice & elevate! ("Toes above nose,” or at least above heart level).

      about 1 year ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      ChicagoSandy, you were really fortunate that the cortisone shot put yours in remission.

      about 1 year ago
  • fitzkc's Avatar

    fitzkc asked a questionBreast Cancer

    meningenoa

  • fitzkc's Avatar

    fitzkc started following

    Question: meningenoa