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Joined: Jun 2001

I just want to Thank all of you for your support and advice. There are days when I am so down about everything and I come here and read postings and they just seem to lift my spirits. I have decided to finish my treatments and hang in there. I've got a long road ahead of me yet, but I'm going to make it. I'm starting to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have been diagnosed at a very young age, only 24, but am hoping that my experience at my age can in some way help others some day. I thank God everyday for all of the support that he has given me. Not only from him, but from all of you and all of my other friends and family. You all take care! Thank you all so much! Carrie

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Joined: Feb 2001

Dear Carrie,

I know I would not have handled a BC diagnosis at age 24 very well at all - and esp. with two small children. I know that it was easier for me at 63 to hear this dx.

Keep in touch to let us know how you are doing. I know many of us think about each other and wonder what's happening especially if we don't read anything for awhile.

Love, hugs and prayers to you, Jean

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Joined: Jun 2001

Hi momof2,
First time on replying. Would like to thank you also on your notes. I have a question? Have you or that you might know of someone breaking out in large red spots and they hurt and warm to hot to the touch when taking Tamoxifen?

Posts: 65
Joined: Apr 2001

YES, I developed a rash (itchy and sore) on my arms and chest. Stopped taking tamoxifen as doctors request, but sent to an allergist, they started me back on 2.5 mg a day for a week, then 5 mg, then 10mg and so on. I'm now back at the 20 mg dose for about a week now and so far so good. Can you discribe yours? Where did you have it? Take Care.

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Joined: Jun 2001

I haven't heard of that before. I don't have to take Tamoxifen, but I will ask around the cancer center that I go to and will let you know. Take care! Carrie

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Joined: Nov 2000

HI Carrie - Glad you have been uplifted by the support of this web-site. I also appreciate all the support that I have received and now am able to help others. My heart goes out to you being diagnosed at the age of 24. Did you have a mammogram prior to being diagnosed? I wondered because they don't want you to start with mammograms till age of 40 unless it is in your family. If I can help you in any way, feel free to contact me.
God Bless - Lucy

Posts: 81
Joined: Jun 2001

I started getting yearly mammos at the age of 21 due to a severe family history of cancer. I have lost my mother and grandmother to ovarian, brother and cousin to brain tumors, aunt and grandmother to breast cancer, aunt to leukemia and a grandfather to liver cancer. I found a lump on the inner side of my breast. ONe of the more uncommon places to find them. It was hard, didn't move and didn't hurt. I went to my Dr. and 2 weeks later was in for a double mastectomy. It all happened really fast. I have a great surgeon who is so caring and supportive in my fight against this. He even bought a luminary in honor of me at our Relay for Life a few weeks ago. I have had such a support from my community it has been great. One man started a fund raiser and put $1000 of his own money in to start it. A friend of mine is having a benefit bake sale for me this weekend and people I don't even know are donating to it. God has truely blessed me with some great people in my life. His hand has played such a great role in all of this. It has been hard, but I feel that I will be able to help others due to my experience. Thank you so much for your support. God Bless You! Carrie

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Joined: Mar 2001

Sometimes I think we just EXPECT to much of ourselves. Each day I use to ask simply for the strength to get through everything I had to. I have learned through my trials and tribulations that at the beginning of the day and at the end I still have to look myself in the face and it is how I feel about what I see that truly matters. If I am happy then so are the others who depend upon me. We as mothers always want to spare those we love from our pain. One good thing about a place like this one. I am so happy to see people get the support they need.
I must say I too am suprised at how young you were. They use to say that about me when I got the word at 36.
You amaze me girl.
Thank you for all you share.

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