• shayzzwayzz's Avatar
  • shayzzwayzz's Avatar

    shayzzwayzz started following

    Question: Reconstruction

  • shayzzwayzz's Avatar

    shayzzwayzz asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Reconstruction

  • shayzzwayzz's Avatar

    shayzzwayzz started following

  • shayzzwayzz's Avatar

    shayzzwayzz shared an experience

    Oh No (Other): The only thing I could hear from the doctors mouth is 'you are going to die'. even if he was not saying those exact words. I was 31 years old and thought my life is getting cut short. I had taken my little sister with me for support and she started crying. From that point on I heard nothing but Charlie Brown saying wahwahwah wah wah wah.
    My older sister got me on amino acids and anti oxidants right away to build up my immune system before I started Chemo. The doctor was old fashioned and opted for a mastectomy and chemo. I went and got a second opinion in a different city. That doctor advised a lumpectomy And Chemo. So I was absolutely on board with that.
    I started Chemo. I had chemo for 3 weeks before I started to feel the sicknesses, not wanting to eat, throwing up, body aches, no muscle strength. They had me on 3 different Chemo drugs. Dytoxin (name alone should scare anyone), F5U and Adrimiocin( which they kept in a fridge) burned my veins. It got to the point where the only time I wanted to eat was right directly after the treatments, until they kicked in, so my sister would take me to Dairy Queen for a strawberry shortcake. My sister also put me on a juicing and organic raw egg with ice cream diet, just to get nutrients and protein in me. The smell of food made me Ill so it was a touchy situation. I got through the Chemo, as well as wearing a drip bag under my arm. That sucked when it would get clogged. We would have to call the doctor sometimes at 3 am and he would meet us at the hospital to clear it out. He was a very good doctor. I opted out of Radiation because I did not think my body could handle it. I started losing my hair in clumps towards the end of my treatments. That was painful in more ways then one. My sister was finding wads of hair all over the dishes, in the dishwasher, in the fridge. My support counselor told me that an anonymous donor was going to pay for a wig for me, so we put my hair in a ponytail ( what was left of it) and cut the whole thing off. I had long hair. Then I got fit into a wig that resembled my real hair. I got real attached to that wig. I did fine until one year later when I was being tested by my first doctor, said he noticed some cobweb looking cancer cells that it had spread into my lymphnodes. 5 out of 13 were positive so he said that it would spread either into my brain or my bones if I did not just have a radical mastectomy along with removal of the lympnodes. I went for another second opinion closer to where I lived at the time, and that doctor also agreed with the other doctor, so I woke up from surgery lopsided and so so sore. This time instead of taking the poisonous chemo again, I took 6 weeks of radiation, which was much easier then the chemo. My radiologist told me that taking chemo again would have killed me. I did real well through radiation because I had a great team working with me. I stayed on a healthy diet and had a great boyfriend with 3 kids at the time. He did not let me feel like less then a songwriting one breast. My radiologist had me go get fit for a prosthesis, which was like a birthday present. I was ecstatic to get my new breast and bras.
    That year I had seen a cosmetic surgeon that was willing To do reconstructive surgery, but I had to quit smoking and gain weight so he could use my belly fat. Both gaining weight and quitting smoking was so hard for me to do. That was in 1995. Needless to say, I gained the weight but I never quit smoking until 4 years ago. April will be 5 years, but I think I am too old to get reconstructive surgery, although it would make life a bit easier for me. So, here it is, 2019, almost 2020 and I so far have been breast cancer free. I did have one positive polyp in my colon that a specialist removed, but other then that cancer free. I do keep nitrates, high fructose corn syrup, too many sugars, and as many GMOs out of my diet as possible. My breast cancer was Estrogen positive by the way.

    2 Comments
    • CASSIEME1's Avatar
      CASSIEME1

      try to keep a positive mind frame . your life is not over. fight. you are a survivor

      9 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      I had a similar reaction the first time I heard that word, CANCER, from my doctor. But there are so many things they can do theses days. It's no longer a death sentence like it used to be years ago. Try to stay positive and just keep moving forward. It's really the only choice.

      9 months ago
  • shayzzwayzz's Avatar

    shayzzwayzz started following

    Question: Out of options