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PET scan results, Mets to lung

Patti1967
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Well I got my PET scan results today, the two noduels on my left lung are cancer.  I see yet another surgeon on the 9th, he will be performing a VATS procedure shortly there after to comfirm it's my IDC, yep they are saying I am now stage 4 BC. Then I will get my new treatment plan.  Not what I wanted to hear today.  I try to keep positive and I will, I have too, but darn it today I am just MAD, MAD MAD MAD!  So sick of breast cancer, its such an evil evil beast.

I appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and support you all give me such strength...... 

Patti

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jnl
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I'm so sorry Patti.  Please stay positive and keep fighting!

Hugs, Leeza

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I've got my own reasons for that...this is about you.  I remember when I got the stage IV news...it was quite a blow even though all the tests pointed toward that.  Please keep us posted, we want to be here for you and share all our support and love.

Hugs,

Linda

 

Pink Rose
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I know this is hard for you, but, we're here for you Patti.  You have all of our support and encouragement.

Hugs, Rose

Josie21
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Hi Patti,

I cannot believe what you are going through.  I am so sorry that you heard this news today.  Of course I want you to stay positive, but for today I think you are entitled to be mad as hell!!  I know I am for you.  I wish I could give you a real hug, but many, many cyber hugs coming your way instead.  Please look to the stage 4 ladies on this site for inspiration and hope.  They are amazing at fighting this brutal disease and you will be too. Stay strong, but today you need to get some emotions out.  Scream, cry, yell or vent, whatever you need to do.  We will be here for you!!

Hugs,

Ginny

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Very sorry Patti.  I will put you in my prayers.

Patti1967
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Thanks all, yeah today I am mad as hell and feeling quite sorry for myself:(   I just finished chemo on Dec 10, and now here I am, getting ready to start 36 rads to my face for the head and neck cancer and now looking at chemo ect for the stage 4 bc.  I will fight just like all of you and I so appreciate all of you. 

Patti

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sea60
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Sending you hugs and prayers! CANCER SUCKS!

JJDS
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Sending you a huge cyber hug!  I am so sorry Patti. 

 

Patti1967
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Thanks:)  So very glad I found this site two months ago!  

Patti

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Cancer sucks big time!  I hope that today you're feeling better knowing we're all praying for you!

Hugs,

Diane

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Feel sorry for yourself, anyone would.  Be mad, anyone would too.  Voice your thoughts here, as we do understand Patti and will try to help you.  Good luck on the 9th.  Don't forget to post what you find out for us.

So sorry and sending lots of prayers and cyber hugs,

Jan

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Hi Patti! Lisa here, I was just diagnosed with stage IV with liver met. I havent even started any treatment yet. I feel your pain Patti. Tomorrow I have my appt to see the specialist and start my treatment and have a port put it. Im scared, mad, happy sad........all sorts of things. Please please feel free to talk to me. We do have to stay positive and I know its easier said than done for sure. Have a wonderful day Patti and take a moment throughout the day to look up to the skies and breathe in the tranquility you will find there. I do Cool

 

Lisa

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Hi Patti an Lisa, I know the feelings you are going thru, I was newly diagnosed Feb. 2013 at first my thoughts were end it all.  My brother was diagnosed lung cancer  and did end his life.  Then when reality hit me I knew I had no option but to deal with this verdict.   We can make it thru this.   i have not talked to any one about my cancer feeling and I see I am not alone.  You are in my prayers. Kitty

survivorbc09
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Praying for you Red hen too!

Jan

RozHopkins
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Sorry to you both.  When does this end.  Be mad. I would be for sure.  You know we wish you both well and please keep posting.  Reaching out to you from heart and sole.  Such a shame we all couldn't meet up and speak face to face.

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I was diagnose in 1994 and had a mastectomy with lymph node dissection (no - sentinel node biopsy at the time) and chemotherapy.  When finished was put on Tamoxifen and for the next 18 years did hormonal drug therapies until February when I had just about used them all up except one.  This one would have failed and I choose to go on chemo.  I had a regional recurrence in 1999, ribs involvement in 2000 (stage iv) and for 8 years was NED on Arimidex.  In 2008, a ct scan, PET scan and VATS confirmed I had widespread pulmonary and pleura metaastasis along with a pleura effusion.  I also had celiac node involvement too.  It is now 2013, so I have done very well.  My tumors are stable except in the left lung which in the last ct scan in February showed the tumors grew in size and numbers, so I am doing chemo.

Here is a web page for Metastatic Breast Cancer Newtwork  that shows stories of women who have lived 10+ years with stage IV.

One lady, Rita Arditti lived 30 years with lung mets (it did eventually progressed)  You will have to copy and paste this address:

http://mbcn.org/get-involved/category/10-years/

 

I hope this helps.

Best to you,

Doris

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You've got all of us praying for you Patti!

 

Hugs, Debby

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I wish I could give you a big hug Patti.  I would be mad and upset too.  Just get it all out as you have every right to have these feelings.

I will be praying for you and keep posting to us. 

Sue

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Cancer is such a sucky evil beast!  I hate that you are going through this.  Remember though that many live many, many years with Stage 4.  I had bone and lung mets in 2005.  Those mets are now in remission.  Unfortunately, I am now fighting liver mets, but since that cancer is her2 + (others were her2 neg), my doctor thinks I have a good shot at knocking this back.

You do not come with an expiration date!  Keep fighting!  Sending big (((hugs))) and lots of prayers.

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Patti, I think you know by now, and, I hope that you do, that you're surrounded by all of us and we all will be praying as hard as we can for you.  You won't go through this alone as we will be there for you when you need us. 

I've never known another sister to go through as much as you are.  We're praying for you!

Lots of hugs,

Kristin

Patti1967
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I do know that Kristin and am soooooo very thankful!  I know with all of you behind me I can fight and get through this:)  Hugs to you all:)

Patti

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Just wanted to let you know that I'm so sorry for what's happening to you and  to let you know that you'e in my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes you wonder how you'll get thru all this but you seem like a strong woman and I know you'll fight with all your might. There are so many courageous and inspiring people on this board who have battled long and hard, and their stories will encourage you to not give up. I don't post often but I check in to see what's going on. Keep posting and let us know how you're doing.

New Flower
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I have been survivor of stage IV for a year now. It is hard to process when I think about it, however when I do not I am living my life and go through treatment. There is a Hope and Love!

Hugs

New Flower 

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You sure can do this Patti!  Put on those pink boxing gloves and knock the crap out of cancer!  Just hate that you even have to go through any of this.

Lots of hugs and prayers,

Diane

Patti1967
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Thank you all, so very very much:)  You are such wonderful people!

Patti

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Obviously we all love you and care about you Patti, so, whether you like it or not, you've got a huge team of pink cheerleaders!  I am praying for you as always!

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and all you are going through. You have all rights to feel whatever. I am keeping fingers crossed for you and will send all positive vibes I can.

Hugs, Carmen

Patti1967
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I am finally getting over feeling sorry for myself:)  I have been enjoying the weather and doing some yard work, I love being outdoors!  My neighbor stopped by while I was planting my herb box and asked what in the world I was doing, I said planting my herbs why?  She then tells me she is just surprised to see me doing yard work.  My first thought was to say "hell I am not dead"  I know pretty tacky, but geez.  I am in fight mode and I am not going to not enjoy what I love doing until I can no longer do it! 

You know my 46th birthday was last Tuesday, everyone and I mean people that haven't even sent me a card in years, went all out.  It was a great birthday, haven't had one like that since I was a child but at the same time it was a little wierd.  It's like they were all acting as if this would be my last one here to celebrate.  I told my husband that everyone thinks I am going to die, he said well I don't and I said well I don't either! LOL  It's strange how people act and God love them I know it has to be hard for them:)  They either are all in or they are  never around. 

I talk about all of you all of the time, telling all that will listen how very lucky I am to have found this sight and have all of you in my corner:)  I see both surgeons this week one on the 9th and the other on the 10th.  I will let you all know how it goes, thanks again to all of you wonderful, wonderful pinks!!!!!!

Patti

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That's good for you to do things that you love Patti!  I love to work ouside too and it always makes me feel good! 

On another note, I know that sometimes what people say can hurt and even shock us, but in their defense, they don't have a clue of what it is like to be diagnosed with bc and to have the surgery's that we do and the treatments, meaning chemo and rads.  Are they ignorant?  Yes, in that respect, ofcourse they are.  Does that excuse them?  In my eyes it does, maybe not right away ( LOL ), but, after I think about it, I realize they really do care, they just don't know what to say and may say the wrong thing.  Maybe your neighbor just thought you weren't feeling well and was surprised to see you outside doing physical work.  I am sure she met well.  I had many that thought I wasn't going to be around when they first heard I had cancer, but, I am still here and loving life!  When they hear cancer, some go to the deepest extreme, just because they don't know any better, not their fault, just the way it is.  Ignore anything hurtful and surround yourself with people that love you and that you feel good being around.  This is a time that you need to be selfish..Think of YOU first! 

I am so glad your birthday was wonderful!  You deserve the best birthday ever, so, happy belated birthday Patti!

Good luck with your appointments this week. 

Sue :)

 

Josie21
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Hi Patti,

Happy belated birthday!  i am so glad you are enjoying your gardening.  I used to love gardening until I moved down to Florida.  I saw a couple of snakes and that was it for me.  I'm not that brave!!  They were little non venomous black snakes, but to me they looked like anacondas!!  As far as how people treat you, give them some time.  Cancer is scary.  Some people can handle it and some can't.  Some people say the right thing and others will say things that will make your head spin.  Just enjoy each day.  You have a great attitude and you are going to be OK.  I just know it.  

Hugs to you,

Ginny

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DebbyM
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Big belated happy birthday wishes!  Don't let cancer steal your joy or anyone either!  Keep your positive attitude, come here and post, work in your garden and fight! 

Hugs, Debby

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Prove them wrong and just keep fighting!

When I was diagnosed in 1987 (Stage 3-large tumor and 4 nodes), Katherine's kindergarten class made me get well cards. 

One was our absolute favorite:  It pictured a young woman lying on the ground holding a lily.  She obviously heard that cancer=death!  Anyway, it still cracks me up (I know I'm twisted).  And, by the way, that was 26 years ago!!!

Don't listen to the doomsayers!  And you will probably shock them by how well you do!

JJDS
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Very sorry.  Sending positive thoughts and prayers.  Keep us updated.

Hugs

 

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The pink sister prayers are powerful and you've got all of us praying!

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Patti,

I am so sorry.  Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

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Patti, with all of the pink sisters sending you their love, support and hugs, you know that you have to keep fighting and to stay positive.  If you don't, we might have to come there and kidnap you in the pink bus for awhile to show you just how much we're in this with you, in the best way that we can.

I am sure that all of us have stories of how our friends, family or just an acquaintence thought death was the next step for us after they heard we had cancer.  But, we proved them all wrong, and, you will too!

Keep focused, enjoy your family and hobbies and keep posting to update us.

Biggest of hugs to you,

Angie

Patti1967
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You all are just too wonderful for words:)  I can't thank you all enough for how you lift my spirits on a daily basis!  I use humor a lot and at times some might think it is "twisted" but hey I try to find humor in life as much as possible:)  Laughter truly is a wonderful thing. 

Hugs, Patti

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If we lift your spirits, then we are truly pink sisters!  It's what we should do!  You are right about laughter, it does work it's magic on all of our spirits.

Hugs back at you,

Angie

Pink Rose
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I am sending you a big hug today Patti!

Hugs, Rose

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Always praying for you..

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You are entitled to your emotions. Know you are in my prayers and thoughts I too  am stage 4 as of last summer. Mine is to my lungs and spine. I had gotten a no active cancer report a few months ago but the last bone scan done this past Fri, indicated it may be back in my back and perhaps in my manubrium near the sternoclavicular joint. I see the Dr Mon to find out. So I understand the Mad part. I try not to feel sorry for myself but it creeps in some times. All very normal. Please let us help you through this and all the challenges that come with it.

Prayers and hugs to you darlin 

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Lots of positive thoughts and prayers to our sister Patti!

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