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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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Reply: Abnormal Mammo
Hi, dense breasts can change with age. Its possible that it could be benign calcifications...More
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Reply: Breast biopsy
Just chiming in to say congrats on your benign report, and DO call your doctor if the pain...More
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Reply: Just A Quick Update
Hi Mark I am sending you prayers and strength as well. The taxol may cause some neuropathy...More
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Reply: worried
Hi teeftaller, I would always recommend you contact your doctor with any changes to the...More
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Reply: I have a quick question
Hi - glad to hear your biopsy was benign, but you should always contact your doctor with...More
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Reply: scar tissue
I also have a lot of scar tissue from my sentinel node surgery and find that aloe helps...More
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Reply: Just A Quick Update
Mark, I join the others in sending you good thoughts and prayers that your BW's treatments...More
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Reply: breast cancer
Glad you have made an appointment to see your doctor. As Rachael said, this can be many...More
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Reply: Just A Quick Update
Hello Mark, It was great to see your name posting, but I feel so terrible about what your...More
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Reply: "The turkey breasts"
Thanks for the laugh. We do have to find humor in all this craziness sometimes. I was...More
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