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catherine
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Joined: Oct 2000

Hello everybody:
My name is Catherine, come from Taiwan. I'm a new here, I think this is a very good forum to talk about "breast cancer". I got breast cancer for 5 years, but 2 more years ago, I accepted a brain operation for the cancer cell spread to my spine, skull and upper brain.

I still live very well at present. If any one of you have some questions about breast cancer, I can provide my experience for I accepted operation twice, Chemo twice(one is "CMF", the other one is "Adriamycin"+"Taxol") and other treatments, like "Pamidronate" to treat my bone, "Zoladex" to control my hormone(hormone treatment).

I hope all of you can live very happily & healthy everyday!

God bless you all!

Catherine Chen

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sueholm
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Joined: Oct 2000

hi catherine. very pleased to meet you. you have the exact same name as my sister, so i am inclined to be very fond of you! welcome to the site. i think you will enjoy the discusions and the people. for myself, i found breast lump sept 20 this yr. so far i have had partial mastectomy and am just recovering from first AC chemo. I now learn i have to have complet mastectomy cos path report found mor lobular carinoma in same breast. it will come either before or after radiation after the chemo is done. docs are just deciding which order to do things. i have to have radaition to lymph nodes under arm and up neck too, cos cells show up in lymphatic channels. my docs say they plan throw book at me, cos though has spread to nodes and other bad things about it, it is not the most aggressive cancer, and they think they can prevent recurrence with aggressive treatment. i live in british columbia canada. welcome again. susan

catherine
Posts: 18
Joined: Oct 2000

Dear Susan:

Thank you for your response.
I am an "old soldier" in the war field of fight with breast cancer. I think getting cancer is not that terrible. It's just a signal to remind us to notice our everyday diets, emotion, pressures from job or family.

In Chinese traditional concept, there must be one reason for one result, so is the disease. Only to find out the "real reason" to cause our disease and to solve or change it(them), then our disease will totally get away from us.
The most effective and perfect way to get well from cancer is to use our "mental power". If you think you will survive, then you will. If you think you can conquer this disease, then you can. That what I obey and I really get benefits & energy from this kind of thinking. I would like to share with you.

My friends thought I might die in 1~2 years after my brain operation, but 2 years have passed and I am still alive, healthier & more beautiful than 5 years ago!
That's the "mental power"!

Fortunately, your cancer cell is not invasive, that's a very good news! I believe your condition will be very optimistic after finish all of the treatments which doctors arrange for you.

Be brave and be confident in yourself, keep smiling to accept the treatments, they will do you good.

If you have any questions regarding breast cancer, please feel free to let me know.

God is always with you in every minute.

I love Rocky Muntain so much! I've been canada once, I can't forget "Lake Louise", it's like paradise!

I plan to take a trip to Rocky Mountain once again. When I see Rocky Mountain, the power to live arises in my heart.

May everyday is happy day!!

Catherine Chen

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sueholm
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Joined: Oct 2000

catherine: thanks for your next post. yes my cancer is invasive and in the nodes. but i am arming myself with knowledge. in the knowledege i am finding that attitude and beleiving are very significant , and are even being measured in research now. In one book I am reading there was the statment. - your disease may very well your dreams tryng to come true. that really hit a chord with me, as i was always a plan for the future type of person. this cancer has given me permission to live in the now!. anyway, that is what i have decided, and I'm going for it full tilt. One of the now things, you will be interested to learn, is a planned visit with my sister to Lake Louise at the end of March. ONly thing will be if I am in radiation then, or if next operation is right at that time, but i will be there if i possibly can be. my hair started coming out today. i had a few tears, but a friend and I have now chosen the colour and texture of it when it returns. It will be a bit darker, a bit thicker, and much curlier! I think you and I are on the same wave length. take care today. susa

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