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Anyone Else Reading This Waiting for Core Biopsy Results?

jenniesplash
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Joined: Sep 2012

I had two Core Biopsy's done last Thurs. Now waiting for the results. I am drawn to this site trying to find out as much information as possible. It has given me a new appreciation for what cancer patients go through. Although in the back of my mind I knew a lot about the types of treatments, but unless you are going through it yourself or with someone close to you, it is "Out of site, out of mind".

It's not out of my mind right now, and after reading all these incredible stories of how strong this community is, and what each and every one of you have been through, I will never forget it.

Anyone else feeling this way? Confused as to know if I am now going to go down this path myself. Scared. I have told my husband and no one else. I have always thought I would never tell anyone other than him, and of course, my kids if they are living at home. The plan has always been, no one else. ...Right now I am thinking how could that ever be possible. How could I sneak this by my friends and close family. I'm sure readers right now are thinking, why would I keep it to myself. I can't truthfully answer that. I feel I am going to want to crawl in a hole and keep all this a secret. Maybe I want to pretend this is not happening to me. ...And it will go away:) ...Wishfull thinking, I know.

I'm not working at the moment which is helpfull in one way, but too much time on my hands to think the worst. If the results come back positive, there is so many decisions to make, and sounds like no one correct answer. hopefully I'm wrong, but it sounds like one big guessing game (not to be disrespectful) but every Dr. picks a different round of treatment. ...And I know that there are many different forms and stages, but my body and more importantly, my life is in their hands.

Sorry, I am venting, sad, scared and confussed on many levels. It would be nice to know if others are reading this, going through the same feelings, waiting for their results. Not knowing, not wanting to do anything, at a time when I should be treasuring every moment I have to accomplish unfinished tasks! If I do start treatment, it may be a while before I feel as healthy as I do right now!

Jennie

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Noel
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Joined: Apr 2009

Try to relax Jennie and just take it one day at a time. That's the best advice I can give you. I remember getting my core biopsy done and I was so scared and so nervous. I wish it hadn't of been breast cancer, but, it was. I had a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. I didn't really tell anyone outside of our families, but, the news spread fast and I was instantly surrounded with love and support from friends, family and the whole community. It did help a lot knowing that I had so many that loved me and that would do anything for me. I feel so blessed in that way.

Go ahead vent, cry, ask questions, whatever you need to do. We are a supportive group of pink sisters here that will help however we can.

When will you have your results? Keep us updated as we all care.

Hugs, Noel

jenniesplash
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Joined: Sep 2012

They said I should have the results either this week or next. I will always be worried how-ever the results turn out. I have VERY dense breast tissue with lumps everywhere. I am 51 and have had one or two mamograms every year since I was 3o. I have now had 3MRI"s. This time they found 3 spots that look suspicious. They did the core biopsy on two of the spots. These are the results I am waiting for.

If it is bc, I don't know if I want to go through the pain of reconstruction for something that I may still not be happy with. If it is not, I feel like I should have a double masectomy, with implants. Confusing? Yes. From what I have read, maybe I would get the best results, and maybe not have to worry every month that passes. Do they do profilactic agumentation? (Sorry, I have no spell ck on here, and I can't spell anything right now.) I know I should take one day at a time, but it is hard. I want to try and make some decisions when my head is not in the complete fog it will be in if the results are positive.

Thanks Noel for answering. I really appreciate the support.

Jennie

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Noel
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Joined: Apr 2009

You certainly are thinking a lot and that is good. I just pray that you won't have bc, so, you won't have to make any decisions. If it is bc, please be sure and see what your oncologist and breast surgeon recommends for you. They can help to guide you to do what is best for you. But you will have the ultimate decision, and, that is the way it should be. When I was diagnosed with bc, at the recommendation of my oncologist, rads oncologist and breast surgeon, I had the lumpectomy with rads as I said before. My node was clean, so, no chemo was needed. I am very glad that I didn't have to have a mastectomy as some do. You also need to know that a lumpectomy with rads is equal to a mastectomy in terms of a recurrence and survival rate as they can never get all of your breast tissue. You probably already know this or your doctors will tell you this, but, it is important to know. I think sometimes women aren't told this and have the mastectomy out of fear thinking that they are safe now forever. Just educate yourself, talk to your doctors and do what you want. But like I said, I hope you won't have to make any choices as I pray you do not have bc. Keep posting.

Hugs, Noel

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desertgirl947
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Joined: Oct 2012

I had to wait on results from core biopsies. [My description of those to someone was that it was like having a staple gun up against the chest.] Two done on the left side last December 19 and one on the right in January 3. I am sure that because the news was not good from the December one was why my doctor did not tell me the results until I had the second biopsy. Then he could give me all the news at once. I was told on January 5 that I had cancer -- two types, one lobular (left) and one ductal (right). The left had obvious problems. The right was a problem just manifesting itself.

A lumpectomy would not work for my left side. The choice, though, about both sides was left up to me. I decided that I would take this on aggressively. I did not want to have to go through all of this a second time; and if the right was showing signs of trouble (in situ), then I was going to opt for a double mastectomy. The degree of the surgery was less for the right than for the left. I had decided that I did not want to put myself through extra surgery and recovery later on (or tacked onto this) and so I opted out of reconstructive surgery.

I had to delay my surgery twice because of an infection, and so that did not happen until the 3rd week of February. The pathology reports showed a bit more of a problem than first thought -- tumor larger than anticipated and one lymph node affected on the left side. The right side did not have the tumor issues, neither were any node affected. The new challenge was that I really should do chemo and then have radiation therapy. (Initially, the plan was surgery and then hormonal therapy.) I was very disappointed, but then I reminded myself that I had agreed with the plan to attack this aggressively.

I handled chemo way better than I ever thought I would. I had eight infusions every other week from April through mid-July. I did struggle the most the last three weeks because of the effect taxol had on my system -- but my struggles were not every day of that time span. Just a few.

I handled radiation therapy quite well, too. That was from the second week of August to the end of September. I did end up with some burns that needed attention, but they did not prevent me from finishing on schedule AND they healed quickly.

I work in a school. During rads I worked half days until I knew I needed to step back (the burns). This week I resumed a full schedule.

Yes, treatment takes a chunk of time, but in the big picture it is worth it. A good attitude and mindset are key to getting through this. I did not withdraw from life and hole myself up in the house. I was out and about quite a bit, much to people's surprise. But I think it helped me.

Sometimes I had to tell myself to just deal with it, when I got tired of going to appointments or tired of being so lethargic. I knew that things would improve -- and they have.

These are three other things that have been key to me:
1) my faith
2) my family
3) my friends

Hang in there. Make those tough decisions and decide to just deal with it. You will be fine.

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