Please check with your medical team about this. You want to avoid anything which might bring on lymphedema! We are told to avoid having our blood pressure taken on the same side as surgery, etc. Speak with several members of your team and see what each has to offer regarding this issue.[br>(Incidentally, it has been quite some time since I had rads and the "sitting up" position is new for me. Why is this preferred to lying down? Is it to avoid other internal organ with rads exposure? Makes sense if so.)[br>Best of luck and please let us know what you learn.[br>Blessings.RachaelView Thread
Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
One of the "surprises" we often find out about after the fact is that radiation will most likely result in pain along the ribs. It is considered "normal" and I don't recall anyone mentioning any evidence of "subtle changes" ...but then, as far as I know most of us do not have follow-up scans for the discomfort. Was your scan and CT for that alone or was there another reason?
Please know we will be sending you good thoughts that the results of your CT scan is beautifully negative! Keep us posted. And remember to breathe while you are waiting your report!!
Tina, I am so sorry to learn you are going through this stressful time! And, yes! Everyone is very concerned to think that the best can continue to go unabated before test/surgery/treatment! We all want to have it gone yesterday!! However, this small amount of time is actually more of a problem on our nerves than it allows the cancer to spread! Limbo sucks big time!!
It is good you are having further tests as you need all the information you can get in order to make the best choices for yourself!! I hope the results will make it easier to make the decisions.
Meanwhile the best advice I can give is to remind you to breathe!! Yes, it sounds rather silly and simple, but it is the best and most readily available tranquilizer you can have! Slowly breathe deeply in, and now slowly out. Again, slowly in and then slowly out. Continue to to do so until your world begins to slow down a bit and you feel a little more in control. Use this whenever things begin to over-power you!!
Please know you will be in our thoughts. Keep us updated!
There are few methods of determining breast cancer except mammograms, breast exams and self-exams. If there is any unusual appearances or lumps or pains or discharges, etc. this would be an indication that there is a problem. Not all of these necessarily would indicate cancer, but they are a way the body tries to alert us when something is amiss.
Hopefully the biopsy will help give more information as to the aggressive nature of the tumor, etc. This will help determine the best treatment plan.
Good luck to Mom ...Will will keep her in out thoughts...And you as well!
One thing I neglected to mention (although it was among my first thoughts at the time)...My suspicion would be a cyst of some sort. Just a guess, but a definite possibility.
I can appreciate the problem you would have being physically involved with Mom's care, and am very glad you all are her "team"...Yes, if you could freely call the medical folks involved or they you, it would keep you up to date despite the challenges. It would also allow you to ask the questions you have and others might not have thought of...Again, "team" involvement!
I can appreciate how concerned you must be...Sometimes it is easier to be the one directly involved than to be on the sidelines and holding your breath!
OK...generally what you write is encouraging. (This does NOT mean everything is fine and there is no possibility of cancer...Simply that the symptoms are not flying red flags just now.) First, generally pain is not associated with cancer. (Again, I am not ruling it out...simply stating what generally happens.) If it has shrunk (and it sounds like your poor mom has had everyone in the family prodding her lump!), that is a good sign.
At her age if it is malignant, the likelihood is that it would not be a very aggressive tumor so time would definitely be on her side.
A negative US is good...Following it up with a mammogram is definitely good!! Limbo is a nasty neighborhood!! Avoid that whenever you can!
Now, why are you not more directly involved? Is distance a problem? If so, can you get your Mom to tell her medical team to share her results with you so that you don't have to learn everything second-hand?
Please keep us updated on how she (and you!) are doing. OK? Sending good thoughts her way!!
I'm so glad we touched base! I was afraid you wouldn't check back or would have checked back when my response was deleted! But no worries!
Many congrats on that grand baby!! Isn't being a Grand parent amazing???? And no one could ever have expressed to you how miraculous it is, could they? It's like this special present that you had no idea would one day come your way!
I think you are asking about JD (Jaydee)? No, he and his lady did not as yet get married...They got engaged and then he had some health issues so they put it off...After that I guess they both decided that what they had was just fine as it was, and have been sharing life most enjoyably for all these years! Good to see them both happy!!
Helene, if I had your email I would try and connect you with the gang who now has taken up residence on a private room on Facebook. I know you would be amazed to visit with familiar names and "faces" and they with you! If you click on my name, it will take you to my WebMD info and you will find my email there. If you then send me your email, I will give you the info on FB if you are interested. Either way, it is sure nice hearing from you. Take care.