Thank you Barbara! Merry Christmas to you & your family also. It is difficult, at best, to deal with the shootings at Sandy Hook NO matter where you live. It put things into perspective for EVERYONE! We live in central NY and my daughter was mentioning this very thing last night as they did all their Christmas Eve traditions with my 6 year old grandson. This tragedy tugged at so many heart strings...you tend to look at your own children and thing "it could have been me....." So we hugged my grandson a little bit tighter last night
I'm glad you & your mother are doing well. It's hard to NOT get frazzled over any type of screening!
Good morning! Went to my appt yesterday and had to have an ultrasound. NP said she felt a hardness in an area beneath my nipple. Radiologist said it was nothing...just a milk duct. Then, we discussed me going on Tamoxifen. I'm not so sure about that. She said my increased risk of developing full blown breast cancer is 23% and they usually like their patients to take the Tamoxifen for 5 years for anyone 20% and above. She said to go home...think about it....google and research it and then let them know if I want to. Hmmmmmmm......
So, now I have some research to do and I'm asking everyone here what their thoughts on the Tamoxifen regimen are.
So nice to hear from you! I'm doing well...sort of. Not due to this tho. I had surgery 9/10 for a thrombosed hemorrhoid. Most painful thing I've had to endure to date! Spent 11 days in the hospital. If it's not one thing, it's another. So, I'm recovering from that now.
Missed my return appt to the breast doctor, which was that week but was able to get in to see her 9/26...thank God! She's very difficult to get an appt with. I'm actually seeing her NP, but that's ok...the doctor is in the office that day, in case any questions arise.
It's so good to hear from you....thank you for the post! I want to keep in touch too and please know that you're in my thoughts also!
I'm doing well. I see the genetic doc on 4/12 and am having the breast MRI on 4/9. Not gonna lie, I'm nervous. BUT what will be, will be! We'll see what happens from here. I will let you know once I know something.
Barbara-Yes, please! Let's keep in touch and I like the idea of supporting others thru this scary phase of life!
The genetic testing I believe is bloodwork. They're looking to see if I carry the BRCA1 or 2 marker. I just wish I knew definitely whether any of my Aunt's or cousin's ever had this done and whether they know or not! My family is so NOT normal LOL! I actually had an Aunt tell my sister (when she was asking about breast C history on my behalf) that breast cancer is not inherited! My sister said she's never speaking to her again! Ha! I just sit back shaking my head....
That is my understanding, too. I'm doing the same thing..keeping up with mammos and screenings. My doc is sending me to a genetic doctor because ovarian, skin & colorectal cancer runs in my family on my father's side. 2 Aunts had ovarian (1 died & 1 survived), 2 first cousins with ovarian and both survived, 1 of those cousins' daughter had ovarian c too. Then another first cousin with colorectal and one with skin. I found out it's NOT just breast cancer running in the family, it's these others too. I've had such a difficult time getting family history. It's like this is all one big secret! I was getting very frustrated. My doc wants to know if ANY of them had the genetic test for the BRCA1 or 2 done. Which would save me from going thru the testing..they would just treat me with the Tamoxifen for a precaution.
I hope we can keep in touch, lotsastress (sorry, don't know your first name) and share our stories.
I live in NY and am loving this winter, too! I'm in central NY and get the lake effect from lake Ontario. NOT this year! YAY!View Thread
Thanks to both of you ladies for posting. It's interesting to hear about others going thru the same thing I am and how they're dealing with it all.
My CA125 test came back 11.6. As 0-30 is considered normal, at least they have a baseline to go by. Just have to follow-up with another pelvic ultrasound in 6 weeks and they're keeping an eye on this ovarian cyst. Oy! I've had enough of the poking and prodding too!!
This itchy breast is driving me insane! The cortisone is not working and I have to see breast doc today to see what's going on. I have a rash on my breast that has spread to the middle of my chest and the benadryl is not working either. Just need relief...