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bebe1976
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Hi, my name is jennifer and I am a 25 yr old legislative advisor for the PR Senate and part-time law student for whom the thought of having breast cancer was a distant one despite a very strong family history. I was diagnosed on July 24th and am having a partial mastectomy on August 5th and radiation to treat a ductal carcinoma in situ stage 0, grade 3. Any suggestions on how to cope with treatment and with all of the effects of this illness?

justwhatiwanted
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Joined: Jun 2002

Hi Jennifer,
I don't have any suggestions, but am in a similar position. I was diagnosed on June 10 at the age of 25, and have since had my 26th birthday. I have a rare type of skin cancer called a Merkel Cell carcinoma which was found in a lymph node in my neck with an unknown primary. I recently had surgery to the neck, and will be starting radiation treatments next week, followed by chemotherapy. Becuase of my age, I have been having a difficult time with the diagnosis... I am not sure how to deal with topics such as dating (I am single), school (I am an undergrad chemical engineering student), scars from the surgery, possible infertility from chemo (no kids yet), etc. Anyway, if you would ever like to talk, I would love to chat with you. I know that we have different types of cancer, but it seems that most of my emotional problems are not in dealing with the illness itself but with it happening at such a young and vital age. You can reach me at justwhatiwanted@hotmail.com if you like.

I hope that your surgery went well today and good luck with the treatments that may follow.

Heather

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bebe1976
Posts: 60
Joined: Aug 2002

Hi Heather, I would love to chat, you can reach me at Jennifer_aponte@hotmail.com and on MSN Messenger under this ID. I have a lot of the same concerns and more so with datin since having my partial mastectomy yesterday. Everything's ok untill now but I will be getting my pathology report on Friday and am scared to death because if it has spread or my margins are the least bit suspicious I will have to have a double mastectomy and chemo aside from the radiation that I'm already going to have. My prayers are with and I'm glad to know we're in this together.
Hugs,
Jennifer

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