Janice_78

Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
About Me
I'm Janice Haines and the wife of John_boy. We've been married for over 40 years. We live in Norfolk, VA and have a 38-year old son. We have one dog and tthree cats, and our son has one dog. I was laid off in Jan 04 from the govt so I took an early retirement. John had worked for a contractor for over 33 years and was laid off in Jan 06. He is now working at a cable company. I've been a Reach to Recovery Volunteer for several years.
Since retirement I've taken a more comprehensive role in the care of both my mom and aunt who are in their 90's and live in a nearby assisted living facility.
I was diagnosed in Nov 97 with a 2 cm tumor (invasive ductal carcinoma). I had 10 positive nodes. I had three aggressive rounds of AC followed by a stem cell transplant. I also had 32 sessions of rads. I took tamoxifen for five years and have completed five years of Femara.
In the spring of 2009, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as well as a 3.5 cm malignant thyroglossal duct cyst. I had a sistrunk procedure as well as a total thyroidectomy (surgery) to remove the malignancies. As follow up, I had radioactive iodine treatment. I have completed these treatments and am now being followed for this condition as well.


My Website
jjhaines@pinn.net
Why I came to WebMD
To find comfort, information, and to associate with others who had been through what I had been through.
Where I can be found on WebMD
Breast Cancer Exchange
What I Like
Books: suspense, romance, thrillers
Movies/TV: forensic shows, HTGV, health shows
Music: easy listening, oldies
What Inspires Me
who = my husband

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Update on Melissa
I've copied John's post from another board. My sis, Kathy, came in from CA last night....More
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Update on Melissa
I've copied John's post from another board. My sis, Kathy, came in from CA last night....More
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Update on Melissa
Melissa died a little after midnight on the 16th. May she finally be healed. Love you,...More
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Reply: Archive help?
Hi Brian, I remember your mom. She planned a get together in Atlanta. I I think it was...More
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Reply: Up-Date on Me. Whewwww!!!
So glad to hear, Jan, that you're still dancing with NED.
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Reply: Melissa (aka LizzardLee)
Thanks for the response, Rachael. I do worry so much about Mel. She's been through so...More
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Reply: Melissa (aka LizzardLee)
I, too, am very concerned about Melissa's condition. Have you heard anything more?
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Reply: Sad News
John and I went to Miarka's memorial yesterday. It was unique and so Miarka. I will truly...More
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Reply: Roberta (Re: Jersey and Bronx Tails)
Harry is adorable.
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Reply: Do your pets help improve your health?
I think there are studies that show animals improve people's quality of life. My dad...More
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