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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: do I need my meds?
Since every person's diagnosis and symptoms are different, I would discuss this as soon as...More
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Reply: MODS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I SO agree! I always found this site to be a place for comfort, understanding, support,...More
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Reply: Too Many Cancer Surprises at Once
Oh, Luke, I feel horrible reading your post! You deserve some compassion and lots of love...More
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Reply: Radiation Side Effects?
I also found a sports bra, larger than what you would normally wear to allow for swelling,...More
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Reply: Kadcyla Questions
GREAT attitude Mark! This positive energy will help to keep her strong to push thru all of...More
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Reply: 2nd Breast Cancer Scare
Hi Rachael, I am super glad to hear the Pinkie is still revved up and ready to go! Hoping...More
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Reply: Kadcyla Questions
HI Mark, Glad the rash is clearing up and hope the meds help for her feet. It WILL get...More
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Reply: 2nd Breast Cancer Scare
Hi Luke & Rachael, I too have found great comfort when I need to vent, laugh and just...More
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Reply: 2nd Breast Cancer Scare
Hi Luke, Yes, I get used to get angry a lot that first year when I was going thru horrible...More
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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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