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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
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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I am so saddened to bring this news to you. Unfortunately, Norma App, who posted as...More
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Reply: Latest round of appts.
Gee, I responded a couple of hours ago, but it never posted. It's good to know that...More
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Reply: Up-date ---Not Good news but Not bad either!
Jan, Thank you for keeping us abreast of what's going on. It sounds as though you'll...More
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Reply: Does anyone have an up-date on Mel (LizzardLee)/
Recently, I received this email from Melissa's husband: Here is the latest: saw the...More
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Reply: Could Use Some Good Thoughts
Rachael, I'm sending good vibes and a hand to hold tomorrow. I'm in the process of...More
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Reply: Reunion Tour Schedule Announced!
Count me in, too!
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Update on Melissa Buhmeyer (Lizzardlee)
This morning I got an email from Melissa's husband dated last evenng. In it he said that...More
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Update on Melissa Buhmeyer (Lizzardlee)
The latest from Mel's husband: More ups & downs past several days, keeping moods...More
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Update on Melissa Buhmeyer (Lizzardlee)
I received this email from Melissa's husband this morning: Been a few days of many ups...More
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