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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: Lymphodema Help
Rachael, Just chiming in with my well wishes. Enjoy your day ladies! Jan, I hope the...More
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Reply: Gifts For Cancer Patients
Rachael, Fabulous suggestions! As I have said in a previous post, some friends would call...More
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Reply: Hot Flashes
Thank you for your kind words ladies. I will feel better once I get thru my mri next...More
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Reply: Hot Flashes
Hi Faith, I remember the hair being soaked with sweat and sweat all the way to my toes. It...More
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Reply: Hot Flashes
Hi Faith, Glad to hear something actually helps hot flashes! Mine have lessened with time,...More
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Reply: Why Are All These Post Years Old?
I had the tamoxifen until I was post menopausal for 3 years, no periods, then arimidex....More
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Reply: Why Are All These Post Years Old?
Hi Luke, While sometimes I find it hard to get around or follow some of the posts, overall...More
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Reply: Help For Mouth Sores
Boy does this bring back memories!!! I used that biotene toothpaste and mouthwash for...More
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Reply: Hello to all.....
Hi Sharlyn, My suggestions are similar to Judy's. I found that for a few days after chemo...More
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