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    Thank you for your blog. I was diagnosed at age 41 with Stage 3c breast cancer. I have been in remission now for 9 years. Unfortunately, my 25 year marriage did not survive. We had 6 children at home, I had to quit my job, and my husband was fully into a midlife crisis when I was diagnosed. My illness just exacerbated his own issues. I had 4 teens who became my caregivers. At the time I would try so hard to see things from his perspective, but I got to the point where I could only think about fighting to survive and keep my children as secure and stable as possible. I didn't even know what to pray for, and I am sure I survived through the prayers of others. I do believe in miracles, and I pray your wife experiences one. God bless you both.

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      Hi Kimmie, It is such a difficult road.......May God Bless you as well.

      over 4 years ago
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    KimmieC asked a questionBreast Cancer

    How do you know when to say "No" or "Yes" to recommended medical tests?

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      I guess I have a different perspective. I am thankful that I have insurance that will pay for the high dollar imaging scans like PET, MRI, and CT. I am thankful that my doctors have these tools available to determine the best course of treatment and follow up monitoring for any recurrence. I am thankful that my doctors work as a team and share the results of these tests with each other. So I guess my question is, if my doctor needs a test in order to diagnose, treat, or monitor my well being, why would I say no?

      almost 9 years ago
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      As long as insurance will cover the costs, I think it's good to keep a reasonable eye on your body. I would normally just say yes, as PET and CT scans aren't too bad.. just a small nuisance. However, if my doctor wanted a biopsy every six months I would say no. I'm tired of invasive procedures.. but a PET scan is just a good excuse for a nap under a warm blanket to me :)

      almost 9 years ago
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      Wow! Your oncologist is thorough. Sometimes I wish my mo would order a scan or two, just to rule out achiness I have in my mastectomy area. I am Stage III as well.

      It is hard to say no. When my oncologist thought I needed a blood transfusion for low rbc during chemo, I did not want one. It was like he was personally offended that I did not want to take his advice. Eventually I was given a drug instead, but it was a difficult situation. Stick to your guns. Of course, you sure don't want to miss a recurrence!

      almost 9 years ago
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    javert2, I received treatment in Winfield, AL in 2008 and 2009, and I still go there for oncology appointments. I am 4 years post initial diagnosis and still cancer free! Best wishes to you...

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Flap)): Approximately 8 months after I was through with radiation, I had DIEP flap breast reconstruction. It was a rough surgery, and I had to go back 3 months later for some modifications. The second surgery wasnt that much easier than the first! But guess what? No more sweaty, heavy prosthesis, and I felt like I had done something to bring "ME" back. I would do it again...