What is it like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24? I was much older than 24 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I still remember what it was like to be diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago and having chemo. I felt like I was standing in a meadow all by myself surrounded by a forest. I was all alone and had to come to grips with who I was, no longer being able to say I was such and such because that is what I was or had been doing. I had to find out who I was without all the extra wrapping that I could no longer wrap myself in anymore. What was it like for you when you were diagnosed with breast cancer? Here is the story of someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24.
Seems like the topic these days is "what if the breast cancer comes back, not necessarily in the breast but elsewhere in the body? (yes you can have breast cancer in other parts of your body than your breast!)". Maybe it is only me, but I seem to hear stories that stick in my mind and can threaten to paralyze me with fear if I would let it. I won't mention the stories because I know you can figure out what those stories might be. The second round seems more deadly than the first. While I don't want to constantly be "looking over my shoulder", sometimes you do have to look at the facts and be vigilant. And that is why it is reassuring that research is continuing on. And yet..... what about feeding the body with natural stuff like tumeric and Vit D and DIM to keep the body healthy so a second round is prevented. Questions, questions that everyone must answer for oneself. Anyway, here is the link that started this kind of questioning. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/…/15/utsw-researchers-breast-cancer/
"Breast cancer breakthrough: This technique could predict if disease will spread to lungs"
As a breast cancer survivor, this is another aspect of learning - breast cancer likes the lungs. This was a new one for me until after an incident I had about 2 years ago. I was having problems with loosing my voice without warning, causing difficulty with my breathing. It so happened that I lost my voice when I had my routine followup visit with my oncologist. She immediately with great concern, encouraged me to get my doctor to refer me to an ear/nose/throat specialist. Within a month I saw that specialist. I commented to him about how fast I had gotten this appointment. Then came the explanation -- breast cancer likes the lungs. Because I was a breast cancer survivor, my case to see him was a priority.
That is why this article caught my eye. If you are interested in reading about this breakthrough too, and I would encourage you to read it if you are a breast cancer survivor, here is the article link http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/841398/breast-cancer-symptoms-spread-test-lung
What's an axillary node dissection? A biology lesson, a lecture for pre med students? Or something I have experienced.
I wouldn't have a clue what that is except that once I started reading the article, I understood. That is what I experienced, and once we have experienced something we understand much, much better what things are. I remember clearly in my mind about the "arrow" sticking out of the breast I was going to have surgery (lumpectomy) on. Had a laugh about that one. My husband, Ken, did not think it was funny. Just before surgery, I was taken down to the ultrasound department to have a needle or "arrow" inserted into the cancerous lump. During surgery, a dye was inserted into the lump or bump and a note was taken as to into which lymph node in my arm pit the dye drained (the sentinel node).
Then it (actually they removed 3 or 4) was removed along with the cancerous lump. Hence the phrase, axillary node dissection for breast cancer . l
6 years ago plans were made as to how many radiation treatments I was to have. The radiation oncologist gave me the option. Up till then the ladies I knew who had had radiation treatments all had 30 treatments, or 6 weeks. But the oncologist said that he and his fellow oncologists believed that having more than 16 treatments had no beneficial effects and in fact could do more harm than could. So did I want 16 treatments or 30? Having heard what my friends experienced, I opted for the 16 treatments. Was that the correct decision I made? Reading this article, I believe I did. I also found it interesting that there was a third option - an option not presented to me prior to my lumpectomy. But interesting none the less.
What was your experience?
"Dr Brodie is credited with pioneering the development of aromatase inhibitors (like Letrozole), which are now a mainstay for the treatment for hormone-positive breast cancer."
The following is a wonderful tribute to a lady who has helped so many of us to fight breast cancer. I particularly found the sentence "She often forgot to go home, so her scientist-husband took on cooking for the family and their two sons learned to do the grocery shopping." interesting. Truly a lady dedicated to helping other ladies.
You go through surgery, chemo, radiation. Then bammo..... suddenly no more testing unless you show signs of some kind of a recurrence of breast cancer. What is more important to you as a breast cancer survivor - concern re possible unnecessary blood test and imaging, or concern for continuing tests to make sure early signs of recurrence get picked up? Here is a link for a study done about the possible unnecessary test done. Studies are great, but as breast cancer survivors, what concerns you most?
To become grateful, it helps to look back at the life you have walked. To be cheered on in life or in my case, my business, it is more than wonderful to look back and read what some ladies have shared about the mastectomy heart pillows we are selling. I'd like to share some of those comments with you, how they have found things to be grateful for on their life's journey and how they then in turn cheer us on.
Dec 1, 2016
" I just have to say that my friend said these have made all the difference since her mastectomy/recon surgery. She said she wouldn't know what to do without them. The customer service from this seller is great. I was worried coming from Canada it would take a long time, but my friend got them the Saturday before her scheduled surgery and packed them right away. She has told me several times since what a great comfort they have been. Quality product, great service, and extra info in package on what to expect from surgery, chemo, radiation plus encouraging note from seller. Stellar. Just stellar."
Oct 7, 2016
"A gift for a friend undergoing chemo and planning double mastectomy. We both really appreciated the personalized note from the maker. Thank you so much for sharing your hope and making these great pillows to make things just a little bit easier for others."
Jun 10, 2016
"My friend sent me a lovely photo of her using the blanket and pillows after her surgery. She was so glad to have had them available to her. Thank you!!!"
A huge thank you to all who have shared their experiences with us.
An encouraging word here and there, and you never know how much of an impact it can have on someone's life.
May you all have a great day today as you are being encouraged and as you encourage someone else.
Lots of breast cancer patients suffer from ‘chemo-brain’. Here we have it in a study. As chemo survivors, we are not getting alzheimers, and not going crazy. Chemo-brain is a reality. And this article explains it very well what that can look like.
http://www.futurity.org/chemo-brain-breast-cancer-1326092-2/. Check it out and share with friends and family so they can understand better why we act the way we do after chemo.
January 14, 2017
Some of you might have seen this photo before, but I thought it was a photo that we need to see
over and over again. Also a visual image to share with family and friends.
January 14, 2017
For all our friends in the UK and for all of us who do not live in the UK but would like to know what our friends in the Uk face, these are pictures that will help us.