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    holmes4491 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    how to deal with the diagnosis and continue to live life?

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      junie1

      I was sorta not sure of what to say, what to do, or neieve ( not sure of things), and so I proceeded with my life as if nothing had happened. Even thou I had lost my sister to cancer 2 yrs prior to my dx,, and a year earlier my mom had been dx with cancer.. I still wasn't thinking of all the what if's. I worked, and just wanted to see my grandson grow up,, at that time I only had just one grandson .WELL fast forward to to the year 2014 and I was DX again with cancer,, and this time I was very much in tune to what was going on. I asked questions,, and was more pro-active with my treatments etc. I still worked,, and did as much as I could while going thur treatments, etc, but it really was a lot harder and was frustrating at times. I had to let my daughters take over with some decisions and one of my daughters did the banking for me,, paying bills etc. after a stent in the hospital and 3 months off work, I had to stay with my daughter,, I'm at home and have gone back to work,, and so far in remission.
      Now I have 5 grandchildren,, and 1 great granddaughter.. and really wanting to see all of them grow up!!
      Good Luck to you and everyone here on What'sNext!! it's a great place to chant, vent, say praise, and Learn!

      over 2 years ago
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      Your life isn't over - yet - in fact you may not even die from cancer! So live your life day by day and year by year. The bills need to be paid, people fed, job done. Go do it.

      over 2 years ago
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      Faith over Fear! I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast cancer HER 2 + and ER +, 2 mamograms missed it and I found it. I had chemo, lumpectomy, radiation and Herceptin infusions for a whole year. Went for my one year post treatment check up and lymph nodes we're swollen and after PET scan lighting up and biopsy showing Icancer returned and now Stage IV and in my neck lymph nodes , sternum and lungs. I am doing chemo again. Just completed #3 and will be on life long effusins. One day at a time and I know God is in control and miracles can still happen. God has great plans for me yet. My goal is to see my some graduate in 10 years and maybe from college as well. Stay strong.

      over 2 years ago
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    Decision Point (Second opinion or not): Living in fear I want to have a second opinion but that same fear is telling me to just take what my doctor says and start treatment.

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      If you want a second opinion, university medical schools usually have cutting edge physicians and cancer treatments. Here's a link to a list of National Cancer Institute-associated Cancer Centers, arranged by state and region. Although West Virginia doesn't have one, other states around you do. You can call and ask how soon you can get an appointment.
      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      The American Cancer Society 800 phone number is a good resource for information, and they can tell you if there's a Patient Navigator in your area and basically answer questions about financial assistance, support groups, transportation to treatment, etc.

      Come to our site, and we will try to help, too. Wishing you the best on your journey.

      over 2 years ago
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      On March 19th 2010 I was told I had stage IV esophageal cancer and the tumor was inoperable. With radiation and a feeding tube I would have 4-9 months. I was lucky my brother was with me. He said we should get a second opinion my nephew is a primary care Dr. We sent all the medical records to him He said that one of his patients is a surgeon. She was doing research on a new surgical protocol. She was very interested in my case. Eight years later I am cancer-free YES GET A SECOND OPINION

      over 2 years ago
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      I agree to get a second opinion. I did and went with my second opinion doctor.

      over 2 years ago
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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Receiving this news has been devastating. All I can think about is living for my children and my grandchildren.

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