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ihavefaith
Posts: 3
Joined: Nov 2002

I am 32 years old and was diag. with ductal carcinoma I had invassive in my left breast and DCIS in my right had them take both breast. Started Chemo Aug 31 and have had 5 treatments of A and C CHEMO and am going to be on Tomoxifen for 5 years( I am not sure if that is how it is spelt) any way is there any one out there that has had any where near the amount of nodes I have had to test positive all other test show no signs in my liver, lungs at this time.. I go to Vanderbilt cancer clinic in Nashville, TN I am trying to locate others for support I know my chances are 65 to 75 % returning at leat that is their percentage only God knows what my chances are but at this time I feel alone. Please email me at hsalley@selkirkint.com
May God give us ALL strength

sevey
Posts: 185
Joined: Aug 2002

Dear I have Faith,
Please do not feel alone, especially if you believe in the Lord.....Also there are a lot of people on this network who have alot to handle and we support each other through the Lord and sharing experience,strenth and hope for all!!!!!Believe me on this!!!I've been told I would not live 7 times since 1989 and they were wrong.....LOL!!!I'm serious, nothing is a exact science.... I wrote your email address down and I will contact you. I'm tired right now but glad you reached out. Thats all you need to do, and allow the Lord and us to help as well.
Be Blessed Cathy

24242
Posts: 1417
Joined: Mar 2001

I am sorry you have to face such uncertainty but am so glad you found a place where women support each other and have place to come to ask questions of others experiences and vent the frustrations of having to face and survive such things. I was 36 at the time of my diagnosis and had just moved to start a new life with a new job and teenager in tow.
I had been one of those who had a lump that went undetected because I was just too young too healthy and athletic for such a thing. 6 months later I am too sick to work at the new job and had another lump grow in a week. No one had to tell me what I had I knew.
What ever the odds that is all they are and we break those daily. I am 5 year survivor of stage 3 with 11 out of 21 positive nodes. I have been to hell and back but that is just it I AM BACK. I may not have had much fun these past years but I sure do know allot more about myself and the life I so deserve. We have to learn what we have control over and what we do not and hang on tight to those we love because sometimes that is truly all we have. Our of all the BAD, tough times have been allot of good in there reminding me how much life is truly worth.
You have been through allot and now you must learn to get on with the rest of your life. We all must learn how to take care of ourselves when we seem to do much better when it comes to other people. We have to give ourselves the priority, BE the priority to move beyond.
Be good to yourself first,
Tara24242

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pamtriggs
Posts: 408
Joined: Sep 2000

It doesn't matter how many nodes are negative. Even 1 means some of the nasty stuff has got into lymphatic system & you will need chemo & radiation to mop up the cells. Even if only a few get through you are in trouble later in life like I was. I was DX node negative 21 years ago & have metastatic disease all over bones now so don't worry on the numbers. Just go for the aggressive treatments & get rid of the bloody thing. Keep positive.
Love & hugs

Pam

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