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    omaalyce wrote on MzMenaThrives's wall

    We are all here for you and there is no question you cannot ask. By the way I see you are in Chicago, do you know about the Imerman Angels? They are a wonderful charitable non-profit and they match mentees to mentors, according to your cancer type. Someone you can talk to or message. I had kidney cancer 26 years ago (not the same cell as the breast cancer). I mentored 3 ladies over several years and it was such a rewarding experience to be able to share with them what I learned over the years and what I'd gone through. This was all through Imerman Angels.
    As you are just starting this I thought I'd mention it.

    I had IDC in my left axilla and DCIS in my left breast, ER & PR positive, HER2 negative. I was diagnosed 3 years ago at age 68. The doctor did chemo first in the hopes that the large node in my axilla would shrink for easier and less damaging removal. I had a lumpectomy next then 25 days of radiation with an additional 5 boost days. I was very lucky and did not burn. If you wind up having radiation there is a lot of great advise that will be shared.

    I am NED, No Evidence of Disease, I the doctor told me at my last visit that I can now come every 6 months as opposed to every 3.

    There is a lot going on in your head right now. I would write my questions down for the doctors so you don't forget. If possible as you prepare for your treatment, take someone with you. We don't always hear all that the doctor is saying. So 2 sets of ears are better than 1. When ready post your questions here, we are here for you.

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    omaalyce wrote on MariaR's wall

    ChicagoSandy, I was an Immerman angel for kidney cancer patients before my breast cancer. It was the most rewarding experiencing. I was a mentor to 4 different ladies over the years and it touched my heart in so many ways. I am so glad you mentioned it as it is an amazing organization. And it is available to anyone wherever you live, I live in Florida and my ladies were in other states.

    MariaR first off WELCOME, secondly you are allowed to be terrified. It is frightening however you look at it. Just hearing that word..Cancer...can send shivers down your spine. But as you see here you are not alone. You are amongst so many warriors with so many different experiences, you have found a wonderful place to come and seek answers.

    As mentioned there is a lot of information out there, facebook groups, organization sites, books and other material. But as a warning don't look for your answers to thoroughly that way, wait for answers from your team of doctors. If they don't provide them readily then ASK for them. There is so much information that you can scare yourself even more so try to wait. I know, that's really hard, I have ADHD and I want to know everything NOW-I have realized that doesn't always happen and sometimes you just have to wait. And if you aren't happy with your doctor then seek another one.

    I just realized we live close by, I am in Valrico outside of Riverview. I am a 2 year warrior, left breast ER & PR positive, HER2 negative. I am NED because I had major node in my axilla as well as small node in my breast with 2 small tumors. So far so good, just had a complete check-up ,mammogram, ultra sound and due to pain a breast MRI, there's scar tissue and some calcifications but otherwise all looks good.

    Like Junie who also lives close by I would love to be able to talk to you but am not sure how to get my phone number to you. For now I want you to know that we are all here for you and feel free to ask us ANYTHING we are very open and answer ALL questions. All the best...