Sep 30, 2000 - 2:52 am
I am new to the network and just sign on today. I have read many of your messages and am looking forward to hearing from you. On October 15th it will be one year since my last treatment. On October 9th I will be going to the doctor for my 3rd 3 month check up. I have actually been feeling very good. My hair is back to a length I can style and my energy level is almost back to normal. For months I have been so busy I have not thought much about my cancer at least not in a worried fashion, but all of a sudden in this past couple of weeks I have been doing nothing but thinking about how I would handle things if my cancer was to return. Is there anyone out there that is a year or two out from there treatment that has dealt with these moments/hours of fear?
I would also like to talk to anyone who has had reconstruction. I am still in the process of wondering if this is something I would like to do. I would like to here from anyone with some advice on this subject.
I have also noticed in the discussion group that there seems to be many people who are able to take tamoxifin. I had stage 2b cancer and it was estrogen negative which can not be treated by tamoxifin. I was very lucky to live in a community that has an outstanding reputation for cancer treatment. None of the doctors could even feel the lump in my breast. I had a tingling feeling in my left breast and I can not explain why but I felt like there was something wrong. When I called my doctors office and ask if I could have my yearly mamogram moved up the nurse took me seriously and scheduled an appointment right away. When they found something on the mamogram I was ask to come in right away. A second mamogram was taken and on the same day an eltrasound and a biopsy. Three days later my doctor called to tell me I had a small cancerous tumor and would need to have a lumpectomy. A week later I was in surgery everyone believing that I had one very small lump. During my surgery they found another tumor behind the tumor that was found on the mamogram and 6 lymphnodes had cancer in them. My cancer was a fast growing cancer and my family doctor tells me that I am alive today because I trusted my own instincts and the doctors all followed through. He told me that my tumor looked so small on the mamogram that some doctors would tell you to watch it for a while to see if it was going to grow.
I guess I tell this story because I have realized how important it is to believe you know your body better than anyone else and you have the right to insist on the best care possible.
I am looking forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in writting me.