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Jenna291

Joined: 10/21/2010
My Story:
I was diagnosed in 2006 just before my 51st birthday. I had a full physical and mammogram just 3 months before finding my lump. I called my primary care doc 3 days after this lump appeared, and long story short, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, stage II, 3cm. The next year was a whirlwind, with 16 weeks of chemo, lumpectomy, followed by 36 radiation treatments. I was angry for a long time, feeling that I took care of myself including annual mammograms, breast fed my 2 kids, have a low fat diet, exercise, don't drink.... I had to accept I was one of the unlucky 1-8 women with no rhyme or reason for this dreaded disease. I had to focus my energy on beating this disease.
I am now 4 years out, on Arimidex as I am post-menopausal (medically induced - want to talk about hot flashes??? LOL)

I have found the positive in this experience has been to help other women with diet, and a variety of other issues that crop up, most we never heard of before. I have also met many wonderful new friends, and am in a support group meeting once a month for breakfast/lunch or whatever!

I love to walk, read (am in 2 book clubs), cook, garden,get together with family and friends. I have 2 grown children, 26 year old daughter and 22 year old son. Both of them graduated (one from college and one from hs) the year I was going thru chemo - what a spring that was). Picturing them both in caps and gowns inspired me to pick myself up from the sofa on my worst days.

I am grateful that I found this exchange and so wished I knew about it when I was in the throws of treatment, but I am here now!!!

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Rachel, This is SO depressing with all this spam! This was an awesome website a few years...More
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Thanks Rachael! We loose hair during chemo, why not brain cells? I know too many women...More
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Arimidex is tough too but I find the longer I have been on it, the symptoms of bone pain...More
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Hi Roberta!!! Oh, so glad to see you posting here!!! I haven't posted in a while but am...More
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Although it is most like nothing to be concerned about, I feel anything different or...More
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I had idc stage II and did have radiation, but I was on tamoxifen for nearly 3 years and...More
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Hi, I cannot believe you have a doctor who thinks you are paranoid. I would get rid of...More
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Hi, This is a very personal decision and everyone has a different opinion. I had stage 2B...More
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Hi, I never had stomach aches from radiation, but a lot of hot flashes and fatigue. I do...More
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Thanks Rachael. It is hard to explain to newbees just how awesome this website was, but...More
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