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    I was diagnosed in Feb 2012 with invasive lobular. Mammogram detected it, but MRi found more. Had a lumpectomy on Feb 8. No clear margins so they did a double mastectomy on Feb 22. Took out 17 lymph nodes. All were cancerous. Had 20 weeks of chemo. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Just lots of fatigue. Have 10 more radiation treatments. It all sounds scary but try to be strong and laugh whenever you can.

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      Mhumph, I am not sure I can wrap my head around 20 weeks of Chemo. I am not even able to go there yet. But Bravo to you. Amazing courage to me.

      Even though the Dr. has said, Chemo. I think I had that far away idea,,, If I ever get cancer, I would never do Chemo kind of attitude. You know that stuff is poison right? :)

      ....But now I think, I have a 5 year old, a husband I love and too much life i haven't even thought to explore yet. So part of me is...bring it on and get it done. But then I read everything here and the mildest side effect is fatigue. Fatigue for 20 weeks!!! Holly XXX. How do all of you do it???

      I do find it funny that over the last year I have made multiple jokes about, I can't wait until I am old and get to nap everyday. But I was thinking of that time in life when ya stop stressing about the little things and easily fall asleep in your chair on warm afternoons.

      I read somewhere that Chemo causes insomnia???? So you are exhausted and cant sleep??

      Who is the wicked B that let this disease out of the bag?

      Thank you for stating your diagnosis and ongoing treatment so directly. I think I think if just one person - overly emotionally like me - gets me going... I will be running around hysterically screaming:) Thank you to you and all the other stable grounded people who have taken the time to let me in:)

      DG

      almost 5 years ago
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      I have 2 teenage daughters, 18 and 20. I remember leaving the surgeons office when she told me I needed the mastectomy. They were both crying, and I turned to see a man in a wheelchair without his legs.

      I have always told them that however bad things may seem in your life, there is always someone who is worse off than you are. Never have to look very far.

      This cancer thing will just take a little time out of your life, however it will make you stronger.

      The hardest part for me was letting my daughters take care of me and the house. They have been wonderful. I couldn't have done it without they're help

      almost 5 years ago
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    Mhumph01 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I have just began taking arimidex. I feel absolutely terrible. Like I have the flu. Is this normal and will it pass ?

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      I've been on Arimidex for about 4 months and have never had flu symptoms. I would contact you doctor. You may in fact, have the flu.

      almost 5 years ago
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      I was on it for almost a year & the joint pain, specially in hands & feet was awful. I switched to Aromasin & it was a bit better, but got bad again, plus nausea that comes and goes, so I get to try Femara soon. So there are 3 to choose from if you are past menopause. We all react a bit different. I will stick to one med no matter what because I have come too far to give up now! Best of luck to you! Talk to your doc about switching to another Aromtase Inhibitor helps. ☺

      almost 5 years ago
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      I started vitamin D with Calcium a few weeks before I started taking arimidex. I'm 66 so I wanted to do as much as I could to help with the side effects. I'm also getting Herceptin every 3 weeks. And I can't tell I'm taking anything. No side effect at all. Had 1 round of Chemo my system counldn't handle it Got put in hospital with first treatment . So I have to stay on arimidex for 5 years and herceptin for one year so I can feel I'm doing something.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Radiation (External radiation ): Doing radiation now. Very easy compared to chemo