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    HiLMM

    My name is Kim. We have a common friend. Awesome I might add. Carm""I've been on this journey for ten years. First breast now ovarian Ovarian has come back 5 times. But I have kids husband and a job God has for me. I was teaching when we found he breast then 15 months lat the ovarian. BRCA1 BRCA2. If you have any questions let me know.

    Warrior sister Kim

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      Hi Kim.
      You have been in this fight for ten years? May I ask which stage are you? I am also a teacher. I am still in the classroom trying to hang on to a job that I enjoy. So I have a stage four anal cancer that has spread to my lymph nodes. My doctor had been treating me for an internal hemmroid. I underwent radiation and chemo most of last year. Treatment ended in late October. PET in December said I was NED. But now here we are in April and the nodes are lighting up the screen once again. I too have children and a wonderful husband. And I haven't the slightest idea what or why God has this plan for me; for any of us really.
      How do you handle the stress of this emotional roller coaster Kim? My daughters 21 st birthday is coming up in the 21st of this month, I haven't sat my kids down to tell them it's back. They were so relieved when I told them I was in remission back in dec. she has been happy and couting down the days for her 21st I just can't tell them right now. I am waiting until after her big day. My son is 23 and has been so worried and stressed since this began, he sobbed so hard in my arms when I told him I achieved remission. I also told him that remission can be a fleeting thing for some and long term for others. I was trying to prepare him in case I fell short of being free of it. It is still very hard for me and I am trying to find the words in which to tell them. My husband is wonderful but I see the toll this is taking on him. He so fiercely believes in God and believed we had been blessed with a miracle.
      Did you get to have surgery to remove the cancer along with treatment and then it came back? Are you still receiving treatment? Where do you live? How old are your children and how do they and your hubby handle it? Sorry for all the questions.
      Lisa

      almost 3 years ago
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      Hi Lisa!!!

      I am a terrible typist and autocorrect gets me every time. My stage for the bc was found the day after Christmas 2003 man so long ago - I think stage 1but grade 3. Invasive ductal carcinoma insitu. Neg for estrogen. Things went so fast because of family history...doc just removers the cancerous breast. Took 17 lymph nodes and they were clear. Did the chemo cytosin, andrimycin, and my favorite 5-FU.

      Chemo was finished in May of 2004. I had reconstruction in November and removal of the other breast, cause I wasn't gonna go through this again... Then started feeling weird in Jan of 2005 talked to my oncologist he said it was just that my body wanting hormones because my cycle stopped during treatment. doc said no hormones because the cancer might come back.

      The kids at that time were: Sam 14 and Sarah12. We have a heavy history of cancer in our family. My mom died in 1982 and my brother in 1985. Both had pancreatic. Mom 48, Mike 29. I'm 50, I live in Marysville, Michigan 60 miles north of Detroit. Can we exchange emails? We have so much in common. Sam is 24 now and he is in the Air Force. Sarah is 22 and her last year at Michigan state.

      almost 3 years ago
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      Yes we can share e-mails. Mine is LMM7560 at aol dot com. I think we have to spell it out that way here or it will edit it out. Yes, it seems that we do have lots in common. Waiting to hear more from you in the mail. Take care Warrior Sister.

      almost 3 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): This is my fourth series of chemo. My second carboplatin experience. Fatigue and shakeyness is my biggest complaint. I really don't like the feeling of physically weakness.

    However, I try to keep my spirits high. Knitting and writing my son who just entered the Air Force, and my daughter who is at Michigan State University. The farther away from treatment day the better I feel.

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    First day after 2nd chemo carboplatin. This is massage day and lots of water. I want to do some knitting,but, that relaxes me and I end up falling asleep lol!

    And my Carm, what would I do without your love and inspiration. Carm, you are such a mentor and friend. I am so blessed that I found you in the craziness of CTCA. Nap time is upon me.

    Knitkim

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      Kim, keep up the great potholders er...I mean the great work. Get some rest and I will call you later, gator. Carm.

      about 4 years ago