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    This is a difficult time for her and all the family. It's important to develop a good support team, make sure she is following her treatment, and make each day a fun and special one for her. Blessings always

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    Jenann asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Stage 5

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      ChicagoSandy

      I know that when I was awaiting biopsy, I assumed that it was at worst DCIS because the anomaly was seen on my mammogram, not as a lump nor deformity like dimpling or nipple inversion. But not all invasive breast cancer starts as atypia, progresses to in situ, and then to invasive. Often, the cells start out with the cytology of invasive carcinoma--but if Stage I, it's still considered very early. I didn't know that till after I got diagnosed and met with my care team.

      So when I got the call that I had IDC, Grade 2, I first freaked out, then beat myself up for not having a mammogram sooner (even though my previous, "normal" mammo was just a year earlier), then blamed the previous radiologist for "missing" my tumor on that prior mammo. Nothing could have been further from the truth. (And as far as "grade" goes, neither do cells start out as Grade 1 and evolve to 2 or 3--especially not due to missing a timely diagnosis).

      about 1 month ago
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      Dltmoll

      Volunteer to do specific things that you can do for them. Bring a meal on days after chemo, offer to pick up items at the store, or now that the weather is turning offer to do some planting for them. Anything that you feel comfortable with. Is your niece local? If so, you could plan occasional outings with her and your nephew to just give them a chance to talk if they want to. Be available and supportive, it will be much appreciated.

      about 1 month ago
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      petieagnor

      A lot depends on your relationship with S-I-L. Be supportive. My chemo was 4 hrs. so people sat with me to give my husband a break. I found that to be most helpful. Does she like to read. Get her some new paperbacks. Vacuuming was hard, so my daughter did that until I could. Bring in a casserole that just has to warmed up. Listen closely. Listen to what she is not saying, too.

      about 1 month ago
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    Jenann asked a questionBreast Cancer

    zoladex

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      GregP_WN

      While waiting for someone who has had that specific drug and experience to answer, you can read some posts, comments, and answers about Zoladex by clicking on the experiences tab at the top of any page, then enter Zoladex in the search bar. You will be given every conversation, mention of it in an experience shared, or comment where it was talked about on the site. We wish you the best with your treatments.

      over 2 years ago
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      Dltmoll

      I have not had zoladex, but did end up on Tamoxifen after valiant attempts with Anastrozole/Arimidex (terrible joint pain, headaches that landed me with a neurologist) and Exemestane (severe depression, emotional changes.) Tamoxifen is slightly less effective, but I am far less miserable.Talk to your doctor, most will try various regimens until they find the one that works for you.

      over 2 years ago
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