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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: Radiation Side Effects?
I found the radiation to be tolerable. I had 36 rounds, but I also went thru chemo and it...More
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Reply: HELP!!!!! MODERATORS AND POWERS THAT BE!!!!!
Atti, Thank you for your attention to this. It really has been frustrating and so many...More
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Reply: Arimidex and muscle cramps/pain
Hi there, I will tell you that I was supposed to be on meds for a total of 7 years, but my...More
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Reply: Femara and hair loss
Yes, I will be seeing my oncologist as long as I am on Arimidex. I am 7 years out, so I...More
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Reply: Femara and hair loss
Hi Cindy, I know, it really is the pits but I feel that if my oncologist has been doing it...More
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Reply: Another Scan
Hi Mark, What a long road you all have had... lots of bumps. Sending you well wishes and...More
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Reply: Femara and hair loss
Hi Cindy, I don't have experience with rogaine either, but I have been taking Arimidex for...More
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Reply: Right breast tender to touch with hard thick area?...
HI mistylynn, I am glad you are going to your doc on Monday. If you feel you are not taken...More
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Reply: Side effect of radiation for stage 4 breast cancer...
I would get another opinion from a different doctor. I can't believe your doctor is...More
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Reply: Weird Pee
Well now you ladies have me all blubbery and crying! I am SO happy to hear that Greg is...More
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