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    Hi Orah. I'm Mary. I was initially diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer last April. After about 15 months of hormonal therapies, my oncologist started me today on chemo (Gemzar). I am 58 y/o and still (trying to) working a full-time job. The montly roller coaster ride has not made that very easy and I have had some side effects to also deal with including bone/muscle/joint pain for several months making the use of a cane a necessity. I've read a lot of different posts on various cancer/breast cancer websites and it seems that a lot of women with MBC have managed to hang on and hang in there for years by not giving up and trying whatever else is available to them. My sister's mother-in-law has been dealing with recurrent breast cancer (Stage IV) for at least the last 15+ years that I've known her. She is in her 80s. I hope that gives you some encouragement in making your decision. I'm here if you'd like to chat.

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    just startig a new twist to the roller coaster ride. trying to keep an optimistic outlook.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Other): considering radio-frequency ablation on several new liver mets. Waiting to see an oncology surgeon for the possibility.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): Faslodex, then Femera, then Aromasin. Various side effects, lots of mental challenges more so than physical. Longest success on Faslodex.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): just started first chemo today