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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: After You're Cleared From Breast Cancer...
Hi there, Weight change, amongst a host of other things, can be one of the side effects...More
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Reply: Kadcyla Questions
HI Mark, I hope the Tylenol helps - I never had much luck with it. How many more...More
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Reply: 2nd Breast Cancer Scare
Hi Luke I am so sorry to hear of this latest scare - it truly never ends. As I always say,...More
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Reply: MODS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachel, I am so sad how this site has deteriorated and so many friends don't post here...More
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Reply: Kadcyla Questions
Hi Mark, I do not have any experience with that drug, but taxol gave me similar issues. My...More
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Spam and the breast cancer site
This spam has gotten really out of control and I believe is keeping people from posting...More
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Reply: Confused
Hi South Paw, I agree with Rachael. You really need to contact your doctor and have this...More
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Reply: Mods and administrators
HI Rachael, it is hard enough that so many friends have disappeared off this website and...More
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Reply: Arimidex and muscle cramps/pain
Pattie, I had a lot of leg and joint pain for the first year in particular. It gets better...More
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Reply: Dimpling under arms
I haven't experienced this, but I am glad you are having a mammo and ultrasound, which...More
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