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    Bug wrote on Sam2674's wall

    Hi, Sam2674! I see you're new to the web site. You have found a great resource here. There are a lot of really wonderful people on this web site - very kind, helpful, and supportive. I hope you find as much support here as I have. I bet you will. Take care.

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    Oh No (Just Diagnosed): Found lump myself, had to wait 3 weeks for a mammogram. Had mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy all in one day. 3 days later was told I have breast cancer and 3 days after that I met with the surgeon and was told I have two different types of breast cancer. It's been a whirlwind of doctors appointments and information. I really don't think I've had time to process it all.

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      Yes, that's what it feels like - a whirlwind. There's so much happening and so much to learn. The four WhatNext responders before me gave you a lot of good info (one of the reasons I love this site - the way people jump in and help - love you people!). Ask your medical team about anything you don't understand or are not comfortable with. We're here, too. Good luck to you and please let us know how you're doing. You can do this - really.

      19 days ago
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      It is very overwhelming but you will get through it! In addition to this site, I found a newly diagnosed breast cancer support group very helpful. Ask your doctors about where to find one. You've got this!

      18 days ago
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      Wow, it sounds like definitely got hit by a lot of news at once. I am another who jumped on things right away and didn't wait around for a lot of second opinions and weighing my options. My cancer was found with my mammogram. I had ER+ PR+ HER2- Stage 0 DCIS.

      I had my mammogram in early November 2019, my follow up mammo a week later. An appointment with my PCM the following week. Then it was about 3 weeks before all of my referrals came through and I started with my cancer treatment team. I did not have to fast track quite as quickly as some. I had my biopsy on December 10. It revealed there was definitely some cancer. As I was Stage 0- they didn't rush me right along but would have done surgery right away if I had been comfortable with that. The only reason I waited was that my family had planned a cruise for my 50th and my father's 80th birthdays. We went on our cruise and came back to have my first appointments to meet my medical and radiation oncologists on New Years Eve. Boy that was not how I planned to end 2019. And who would have thought 2020 would be filled with so much mayhem?

      In late January (I think January 22) I had a lumpectomy. On February 26th a mastectomy (same breast because they couldn't get clear margins with the lumpectomy.) I was released to go back to work on the same day our governor shut our state down for COVID. I was already set up to work from home since I had been doing a little work post surgery. I have, relatively speaking, had best case scenario all the way around. I am very fortunate to have had an "easy ride" so far.

      I was given a book "Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook" (Understanding the Disease, Treatments, Emotions and Recovery from Breast Cancer) by Judy C. Kneece. It was so helpful to me. It explained things in patient terms- layman's terms. It wasn't "too clinical" but it gave good information. It had lots of pages for questions and sort of journaling what all I needed to ask.

      I was also given good guidance early on that everyone's journey is their own. I likely won't have the same story as my neighbor or her best friend or an aunt or whoever. Sure they can tell me things that worked well for them (and you will get lots of love and helpful hints HERE on this site), but I was told not to read ahead and overwhelm myself. I was encouraged to ask questions and I was given straightforward answers and credible resources to look up information on my questions if I wanted to know more.

      There is so much information that it sometimes feels and sounds like a cacophony of grandfather clocks and cuckoo clocks all set to go off every few seconds until you want to cover you ears and scream "Stop it all."

      Hopefully you have a support system and hopefully you have a team of doctors that you trust and you like. They will be invaluable to you.

      It is okay to question. It is okay to be mad, sad, confused, relieved. It is okay to tell people in your life that you need time to process.

      Know you have support here.

      18 days ago
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    DaveWaz wrote on Sam2674's wall

    Welcome to the WhatNext family! The WhatNext family is made up of people like you who are looking for help or looking to help others. To help you along your journey the WhatNext family has put together a Beginner's Guide to Cancer that I highly recommend you check-out here: http://bit.ly/10BQKCi. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to others or ask for help.

    Wishing you the best.

    Founder, WhatNexter