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Just joined today. I had a lumpectomy with removal of 2 sentinel lymph nodes, left breast, 8 days ago, which was 6 weeks after having rotator cuff repair surgery on the shoulder on the same side. My lymph nodes came back negative and pathology report showed margins were clear. However, because it was invasive ductal carcinoma my medical oncologist is going to run an Oncotype test to see whether I'm a low, intermediate or high risk patient. Low risk = no chemo, high risk=chemo, intermediate= we'll discuss it. So Arimidex and radiation are on hold while I wait the 2 weeks for the results. 

So in the mean time I'm back in physical therapy for my rotator cuff rehab, trying to improve my range of motion.

Main problem now is painful lumpy incisions. It feels like there's cardboard strips under the incisions and as I move the edges poke me. Medical oncologist told me today it'll feel a lot better in a month, but will take several months to disappear all together. I've been taking extra strenth tylenol. Anyone found anything else helpful?

 

 

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Puffin, glad you found this website. Sorry for the reason why. I have not been on here long either but all the BC sisters are here for you for support and answers. MY DX is almost like yours except that I had to have a bi-laterial Masectomy and thought I was just going to have just radition and arimidex. Oncotype score came back high risk reocurrence and I ended up with having 4 rounds of chemo. Chemo was not bad at all because they gave me alot of meds through IV that kept vomiting and nausea down completely. What got me was the Neulasta shot after each chemo and I was down until almost next treatment. Some women it does not bother but I was in the bed and could not get up for days. Cannot help with you about your lumpectomy but I have had 3 rorator cuff surgeries which I think is the worst surgery anyone can have due to pain. My doctor had to put me on strong narcotics to relieve it. Keep in touch and let me know what is next for you and hope everything goes well for you.   Higs,   Donna

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First, congratulations on getting a clean pathology report!  That is great news.  

I was considered high risk, so I started with chemo, then surgery and finally radiation that just wrapped up 4 weeks ago.  I had (have) side effects from the chemo...quite a few, but luckily because of the drugs they have me in the infusion, I wasn't sick to my stomach.  The neulasta shot was not good, but it does good for you.  It was painful and I managed it by taking Norco when I would get home from work and wasn't driving anywhere.  Like I said, I have quite a few side effects, but not everyone has them.  

As for the incision area, I went to the lymphodema clinic a month after surgery and they told me to massage the area so that doesn't harden, but check with your doctor about that.  I was to do some exercises as well, but again with your rotator cuff surgery, best to ask Dr or PT.

Good luck on the Oncotype Test!!!

 

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I had my post op visit today and got the ok to do light massage the next couple weeks, and can do deeper massage then when the stitches have healed more. He also said I could use either heat or cold, so far heat has helped more. I have one of those long rice bags to microwave and use on your neck - it drapes very nicely around my breast and under my armpit. He said my rotator cuff exercises would do double duty for preventing lymphedema.

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I'm big on heat myself.  After radiation though, I am not allowed to put heat or even soak in a hot bath tub and I miss that.  Soon though...  I look forward to that.  I got great news from the lymphodema clinic yesterday.  No signs of it!  As a matter of fact, my measurements went down from before surgery.  That is great news!

While doing both surgeries must have been tough, it's a good thing that doing the exercises help both.  I'll keep thinking good thoughts for you that your test will show you don't need chemo/radiation.  Keep the faith and keep me posted.

 

 

 

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Welcome...

I Hope you pain eases soon.

 

wow shoulder and breast (same side) tough , to say the least.

Thinking of you,

 

Denise

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Surprised they did surgery so soon after rotator cuff.  You are amazingly brave coping with both procedures.  I had rotator cuff done and the six weeks after was very painful.  But now pain free and very happy.  They could have aggravated the healing process started by the second operation.  I would ask for stronger pain meds under advice, the physio, I recall was in itself very painful.  Still getting my head round having both done but then I guess breast cancer is the more serious of the two and has to be dealt with immediately.  

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I knew I had a long time of therapy left for my shoulder and wanted that cancer out NOW. I had surgery on a Monday and was back in PT, with surgeon's OK, on Friday. Lost some range of motion, but at today's therapy session I measured the same # of degrees as preop so it only put me behind by 2 weeks. And now the exercises I'm doing in therapy are doing double duty as my lymphedema prevention exercises.

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Two surgeries in short period, that’s a brave decision! I hope you’re doing well recovering from the surgeries, except maybe for the pain, but it’s very common, it needs several weeks to heal. Hugs

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This has been a great site for me.   I love that everyone is so willing to share, and that one question can give you 5 different answers from 5 different people.  Not right or wrong, just different reactions and/or opinions which opens my eyes and expands my choices.  So often, questions may come up that are answered on someone else's post, and that we are learning about se, and remedies from people who have 1st hand experience.

At times this is a very hard place to be.  Due to the nature of this illness/disease whatever you may call it, we do lose people, and when that happens (like another one this week), it reminds me of the realities of this horrendous disease.

The first time around in 2002, the anti-nausea meds were not as good and the doctors now have more to choose from if one does not work.  For me, the decision to have chemo was as easy as deciding on a mastectomy.  I wanted the cancer out yesterday, and I was willing to be as aggressive as possible so I would never have to do it again.  We knew how aggressive it was, and I got 8 1/2 years cancer free before it came back.  And this time around, there are so many more choices with meds, different radiation options, as well as choices for anti nausea.  Unfortunately, on 3 of the 5 different chemo's I still lost my hair, LOL.  That really was the least of my worries. 

I wish you the best and am glad you found us! 

Carol

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Yes I agree with you Carol.........actually I did not even know about this site back in 2002..........did not join for years.........but was glad I found it.  However as you said above...it is really hard place to be and to face reality.   To see someone like you have it return after 8 1/2 years........it is very scary and it wakes us up to the fact that this deadly disease can return.   It brings fear to each of us....but it also shows us what true courage is..........and you have that.   Praying for you.  xxoo  Glo

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you my Sister in PINK summed up what so many of us Warriors fear --  hearing or knowing someone who has had this nasty beast return after years of 'Dancing with Ned'   Ned = no evidence of disease ...

Keeping all of you in good thoughts, and prayers.

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

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it was great to see you in chat last night and I am glad you found it beneficial. As you see, we are all here for you and  no one is ever wrong, but, as was said below, another perspective of a similar situation.

Welcome to the site and all the support possible in a venue like this. Come back often and I hope today went Well with the doc.

Sherry

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Hi all,

 

My name is Bonnie and I was recently diagnosed on July 3, 2014 with Invasive Mammary Carcinoma and High Grade DCIS in left breast.

 

History:

Two years ago (2012) they found micro calcifications on my left breast.  I was sent to a surgeon immediately who sent me stat to get two core biopsies done. I insisted that they sprayed me with numbing spray before the locals. This worked GREAT.   I have had dense breasts all my life so I have never quite passed a mammo since I was 19.

The results came back BENIGN. They took a lot of samples all BENIGN.  I had routine check up and then haven't been back for mammo in 1 1/2 years until now.

Had a car accident on March 3,2014.  Breast planted into the steering wheel due to airbags not going off.  Both my breasts hurt and were sore. But after two months I thought why does it still hurt on my left breast? Maybe I really injured it. Then I though oh I had the biopsies done on that side, possibly irritated the scar tissue??

I then noticed a change in my nipple/areola like a thickening and swelling then a bit of reddishness. This all transpired within two weeks. I told my husband and off we went to the breast surgeon who did the intitial tests.

He got me into a mammo test and it showed some activity. Like the same spot with micro calcifications cluster but a little bigger than last time.  We were sent for core biopsies and once again I insisted on the numbing spray before the local. I was suprised this wasn't an automatic thing for us women having to have this type of biopsy but non the less I got my way and later the nurse said I was waaaay more relaxed then most of her patiece and she will be using the spray as a standard now. That made me feel like a made a difference for the next woman in line :) 

My results came back as : Invasive mammary (sp) Carcinoma and high grade DCIS. - WHAT THE HELL???  Please understand that I am not a cusser but I wanted to be honest in this forum and say exactly what I was thinking.

HOW, WHAT, WHEN, What the HELL!!!! But it was benign, now it's cancer! Take them off now! Ths is my first thought.  I don't want chemo, second thought...am I going to D... nope not going to say that word.  I have four kids and a husband and I'm only 43. I must deal with this.

I don't know what stage I am or if anything has spread.

What I do know is that this is my first visit with my oncologist today at 1:30 pm Central time. I feel like I will have some more questions answered and have a better focus than what I have at the moment.

BIG HUGS,

Bonnie :)

 

 

 

 

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Bonnie, I'm so sorry you're having to deal with all this. The waiting is terrible, I just finished my 2 week wait for my oncotype results yesterday, didn't get the news I'd hoped, but I'll do what needs to be done. And so will you. Just as my mother-in-law did when she had her mastectomy and went through chemo with 5 little kids. And now we're celebrating her 92nd birthday in 2 weeks.

 

Now that you've seen your onc and have some answers you can focus your energies. Use all the resources available to you. This discussion board and the chat room have been a tremendous help for me, I hope they will be for you too.

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Hi Puffin,

 

It looks like the cancer I have is estrogen 69%, and progesterone 49% and HER-2 negative.  My doctor said he is happy to see this and talked about the Tamoxifen.  I am happy that he is happy because it gives me hope. I also know it's a grade 3 but not staged yet until surgery.  Thank you for sharing your journey, I too had rotator cuff surgery but many years ago.

 

Bonnie

 

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Saw my oncologist this afternoon, oncotype score was 27, not what I was hoping for, it falls into the high intermediate range. So baseline blood work has been drawn, I've picked up my antiemetics from the pharmacy and the radiology dept will be calling to set up placing my port for my 4 rounds of cytoxin and taxotere, probably next week since tomorrow is Friday. Tomorrow will go looking at wigs and scarves.

cinnamonsmile
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I am so sorry to hear that you didn't get the results you were hoping for. 

If you have any side effects, lots of people on here can help give tips for things that they used while getting chemo and rads.

I hope your port placement goes smoothly and you don't have problems with it.

You will definitely be in my thoughts.

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Puffin. so sorry to hear about your onco score at 27 and you have to go through chemo. My cancer is similiar to yours but I had to have bi-laterial masectomy. Do not worrry about this because they caught this in early stage and nodes were neg. and margins were clear. I talked to you last night in chat room. Enjoyed meeting you.

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I remember talking to you last night in the chat room, maybe will again tonight, I'm headed there next. 30 was the division between intermediate and hi risk of return, so I'm on the hi intermediate area. I'm so grateful mine was found when it was so tiny, before it decided to explode and go everywhere.

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Dear Puffin, welcome to the board no one wants to join!  Having said that, there are lots of great folks here and amazing support.  I am so sorry that you have had to find us.  Port placement was a breeze for me - home the same day.  My port has truly been a godsend; I have had it over a year and it is still working fine. I honestly don't know what I would do without it.

I finished 6 rounds of taxotere last year.  It was tough for me, but, every day, I seem to feel a little stronger.  If you run into any side effects and need any help, don't hesitate to private message me (CSN Email).  I have found that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and, when I have a problem, I get on the phone with my onc's office and we find a way for me to combat the pesky side effects.

I had a wig, but I found that my scalp on taxotere was too tender and I ended up wearing soft cotton beanies or cloches.

Good luck and welcome aboard!!!!

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I don't post in here too often.  But, I have to say you have a great attitude!  I have found Frankincense essential oil to be excellent for fatigue, gives me a hell of an energy boost, just wish I had discovered whilst I was going through chemo and rads it sure would have helped a lot!  Good luck with your journey.  Hugs Tash xx

 

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Interesting that you mentioned the essential oils. A gal at the support group last week did a presentation on them, and is going to do a follow up meeting at her house. Thanks for the tip on the Frankincense.

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How does an oil give you ENERGY?

 

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Found heat the most effective pain reliever. Used one of those microwave rice socks for neck pain, nice and soft and moldable around my breast and under my armpit.

The incisions are gradually getting softer and haven't needed even Tylenol for the last week.

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I'm still a little confused about the oils.... do you warm the oils and apply them to your skin and then ....somehow or other they give you Energy?   I don't get it.

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She just gave a brief presentation so I don't know much about them either. Different fragrances were supposed to accomplish different things, like lavendar for calming, etc. I remember her saying the scent for nausea she put a drop behind each ear. Some I think she put a drop on her wrist. There was also a diffuser that could be set up in a room that put out a mist, but her husband wasn't too fond of it so she used that when he wasn't home

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So grateful that I got 13 good days from the first Chemo. Got off to a bad start with my diverticulosis flare up and the start of an incision infection, but once those got under control my energy has been good. Lost my hair on day 14 and Lew shaved me bald the next day, hope to get the bangs on my wig trimmed tomorrow when my hairdresser gets back from the lake. Enjoying my new scarves in the mean time.

Preparing for second AC chemo on Thursday - getting house cleaned, making ahead some meals for Lew, trying out some homemade popsicle recipes, getting all my flowers watered in the yard, preparing my list of questions for the appt with the PA the day before chemo. I'm registered for the Look Good Feel Better class on Wednesday, that sounds like fun.

 

Those that have gone thru the 4 session AC routine, what was your experience like as you progressed through it?

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I am an A/C veteran.  Each session was similar to the first one.  I felt fine immediately following the infusion.  I was pretty zippy from the steroids.  That was Wednesday.  I got my Neulasta shot on Thursday.  Friday was OK... but I felt really raggedy Sat. and Sun.  I broke out the Zofran and Ativan and spent a lot of time listening to music lying in bed.  Food did not particularly interest me.  I really did not try to do anything on the weekend and let my family take care of me.  I felt a little woozy and tired on Monday, but well enough that I could go to work.

That's pretty much what it was like, Puffin.  Not fun, but doable.  Take care.  xoxoxox Lynn

 

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Thanks Lynn, that was an encouraging answer, I can handle that!

 

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​Had an awesome time at the Look Good Feel Better class, so much fun, learned I was wearing my wig wrong and now no longer need the bangs trimmed - new photo is my new look.

Labs drawn today, passed everything so it's a go for tomorrow's chemo. Have my list of questions ready and my bag is packed, port cream ready, bag of flavored ice chips and my homemade popsicles ready to go into the cooler.

Have also started my dexa so may be back on at 3!

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I love your can do attitude!  You are awesome!  And you look gorgeous in your photo.  I enjoyed LGFB class too.  It was fun.  Good luck and big (((hugs)))!

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Hi All,

I am sorry for what brings us here, but appreciate the camaraderie. You gals are awesome!!  I had a lumpectomy for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 1, 3 days ago.  Surgery went well.  I'm super tired though.  I am awaiting the final pathology report.  Only know I am ER+ and PR+ so radiation and hormone treatment for sure at this point.  

I am a primarily a Mammography Tech.  Work is physically demanding and very stressful.  I usually go home exhausted at the end of the day.  I am more worried right now about being forced to return to work too soon (while having radiation therapy).  Not sure how it works with disability if you return and have to go off work again.  Any insight would be most welcomed.

 

Wish you you all speedy recoveries!

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Yosemite Howler, I would take it one day at a time right now.  I remember being soooo overwhelmed when I was diagnosed.  I thought I would have to quit working and sell my house and was in a general panic.

6 weeks.  The hormone therapy should really help, so that is a good thing!

BTW, I was a NICU nurse for most of those years (later a NP) and my job was also tough, but it was also very helpful to be busy then (for me),

Good luck and sending lots of hugs and well wishes!  Hoping you feel better soon. 

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Yosemite, sorry for the reason that you are here but no better place to be if you need support. What I have read about your DX it does not sound real bad, but nobody wants to ever go through what all cancer means. I do hope that your pathology report turns out good. It sounds like you are a candidate for having the oncotype DX test done on you. BE sure and ask your ONC about doing this test. It will show if you need chemo or not. If you would like to chat with members on here you can go to the chat room and get alot of information and support. You can check it out throughout the day but their are usually alot of members on around 9pm. I think you would really enjoy it. Also discussion board is good also. Hope all goes well with you and let us know how you are doing. Hugs, Pixie Dust

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Ended up spending most of the day at the chemo infusion center. Within 3" of starting the taxotere I had a reaction - felt weird, face got flushed and red as a beet, breathing didn't feel normal, stomach felt strange. Had 5 nurses hooking me up to oxygen, a BP cuff, stopped the taxotere, gave me benadryl and called the physician's assistant to check me. She ordered a dose of solumedrol, and after all symptoms had subsided they restarted the taxotere at a slower rate so it infused over 3 hours instead of 1, and then I still had the cytoxin to go in, didn't leave until 3 PM.

After getting only 4 hours of sleep last night I needed to nap and just couldn't chew my ice for the 3 hours so hope I don't get mouth sores. That also means the remaining 2 sessions will also be long ones.

Got the OK to start probiotics to try and keep my diverticuli calmed down. The dietician also came and she had some good suggestions too.

With all the extra steroids I got today my feet have swelled up again, Lew just brought me extra pillows to get them elevated on my recliner, and just gave me the most awesome foot rub.

Now have to drink, drink, drink to flush the poison out of my system over the next 24 hours, and double flush the toilet for Lew's protection for 48 hours.

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I have a similar reaction to perjeta (which I am on forever or until it stops working).  Anyway, I manage it pretty well now by taking claritin for 4 days before and 4 days after.  I also get IV steroids, IV benadryl and IV ativan (along with aloxi for nausea).  All of that really helps, but I pretty mucj sleep chemo day away. 

It is great to drink lots of water, but, if you have swelling, make sure you avoid salt.  I had some abdominal edema with taxotere and my cardaic function took a temporary hit (MUGA scan down from 64% to 51%).  I really watched my salt intake on the days after when I felt like a breathless Pillsbury doughboy. Wink  My last MUGA was back to normal, so it was a temporary deal for me. 

You have a great attitude!  Get some desrved rest now.  Sending gentle hugs and prayers.

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Puffin, hello to you. Sorry to hear about your reaction you had today with your chemo treatment. If that had been me they would have had to call ambulance and took me in surgery for a major heart attack, LOL. I am glad that everything turned to the better for you and you got to finish your treatment. 2down, and 2 more 2 go. Just watch out for neuropathy. First sign of it, mention it. Mine did not start until after I had my third treatment. I love your wig on you. You really look nice. Keep that smile on your face and you will do wonders. I think about how you are doing all the time. I wish you the best all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pixie Dust

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Are you feeling better today puffin?

 

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I'm feeling pretty good today, still have the swollen legs up to midcalf and face is flushed & puffy like last time.

But I washed 5 loads of clothes. And this afternoon Lew drove me over to the mall and I shopped at a wig shop there that's run by a breast cancer survivor. I picked up one of those bands that has hair so when you wear it under a cap it looks like you have bangs and hair over your ears. Also got 2 caps and a couple stretchy bands. And had another lesson on getting my wig on straight. When I first tried to adjust it this morning my ears kept sticking out like Dumbo.

Got my neulast shot a couple hours ago, hope that Claritin works again this time around.

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Good to hear you felt well enough to be out and about.((((hugs)))

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Puffin, got the answer for you on keeping your wig on straight. Have Lew to use duct tape with it. Duct tape does wonders for all things. You can even buy it in different colors. LOL Pixie  Dust

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Add me to the thrush list, Lew went and picked up my swishing medicine. Diarrhea is better, still hoping to drive to Burnsville tomorrow for Dad's birthday and the river boat cruise.

I did get out into my yard before it got hot and picked a bouquet of flowers, and trimmed back some perennial stalks. Totally pooped me out and I've been resting in the recliner since, but nice to get some fresh air.

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Hi all,

 

Well I have been through alot of changes over the past two weeks.  I did have the bilat mastectomy with all axillary box removed.  I had 4 positive lymph nodes out of them all and am a stage 3A.  I will begine chemo in the next two weeks and will have a port put into my arm (PICC?) this coming Thursday. I am looking into wigs and scarfs as I know I will lose my hair. I go to the oncol to talk chemo tomorrow. Puffin, I am so grateful for you as I feel like you are two steps ahead of me and I get to see how your path is going and helps me gear up for mine.  I am sorry that you have to have a path and that goes for all the other fabulous angels on this site as well.

 

Love and hugs,

Bonbon

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This second round of chemo actually went better than the first, other than the thrush, just had 2 or 3 days of being wobbly legged. Was able to drive sooner, never got nauseated. Have to pace my activity but am getting a lot done

Tracy Lafayette
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Hi ladies. im very worried about myself. breast cancer runs in my famiy. my paternal grandma had breast cancer in both breasts un related and lung cancer unrelated in both lungs. im not sure what kind of breast cancer she had. but she died a couple months ago. :( my paternal aunt also died from breast cancer. im 23 yrs old ive had 2 kids nursed for 3 yrs. still nursing, only daytime 3x (nap/bed times). ive had a real pain under my left arm/breast area for over a wk now. i went in thursday and had it checked, dr said it felt like lymph node. he sent me straight up to have a ultra sound. called me back that same day and has me scheduled monday morning for a mammo. it seems to hurt if i lift my arm up or hold my chid too long. :( also to take a deep breath. its a sharp stinging pain. thanks for any feedback.. 

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Very glad you found this site, hope the tests show it's nothing to be worried about and you can forget you were ever here.

Be grateful you have a doctor that is taking action. Waiting is always the hardest part, and trying to keep your mind from wandering to the dark side is hard to do, but really try. Stay busy this weekend, don't go researching the internet for all the scary things it could be. Be prepared that you may not have your answer yet Monday from the mammogram either. Keep telling yourself that you are strong, whatever it turns out to be you WILL handle it, one day at a time. There are many people here that will be right there with you. I see you were in the chat room, come back in the evenings, lots of people there between 8:30 and midnight central time, we're here for you.

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Check out the Expressions Gallery, I posted a photo of the garden gnome I painted this weekend.

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Had chemo #3 today, no reaction this time! They increased the dose of my benadryl and ran the taxotere over 3 hours, during which I took a 2 hour nap. Only one more chemo left!

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