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Subject: It's not good news - UPDATE
Date Posted: 11/23/2014 2:50 PM ET
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Well, my biopsy was positve for breast cancer.  I have an MRI scheduled for next week and I see the breast surgeon on 12/3. I'm staying positive, but yesterday was my birthday and this was not the present I asked for - can I return it?

I mentioned before that I work for a medical imaging company in the ultrasound dept.  My friend needed images for a  presentation she's doing, so she scanned me again today.  My boobs haven't had this much attention in a long time.



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Date Posted: 11/23/2014 4:07 PM ET
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So sorry, Donna. Thinking of you and sending you good vibes, moral support, and hugs.



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Date Posted: 11/23/2014 5:41 PM ET
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I'm sorry, Donna. Here's hoping all goes well from here on!!

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 7:17 AM ET
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Sending hugs and many positive thoughts your way, Donna.

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 9:03 AM ET
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Donna, I know from personal experience that even though you may think you are prepared for the words, when you actually hear them, it's like a kick in the gut. Linda and I are thinking about you.

I had to smile though, at your line, "My boobs haven't had this much attention in a long time."  ... I love your sense of humor!

You have friends here, Donna, please keep us informed!

Kelly

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 9:33 AM ET
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Agree-keep us posted.  And-keep your sense  of humor-it's vital.

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 10:59 AM ET
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I'm so sorry to hear your bad news Donna.  Please keep us all informed how you are doing.  There are lots of new options available each year that give us lots of reason to keep positive.

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 2:24 PM ET
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Oh man, Donna. I'm so sorry. Prayers, love, and hugs.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/24/2014 2:44 PM ET
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My best friend was just declared "cancer free" 2 months ago. Mother had metastized breast cancer 20+ yrs ago. She had breast & lymph nodes removed, 2 rounds of chemo & 1 of radiation. Still "blowing & going" at 86 1/2. 

Treatment is so much better now. Since you work in the field, follow best suggestions

Date Posted: 11/24/2014 10:32 PM ET
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Prayers & healing thoughts headed your way, Debbie

Date Posted: 11/25/2014 12:59 AM ET
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Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts. I know I'll feel better after I talk with the surgeon.  At least I'll have a plan.

Date Posted: 11/26/2014 12:14 PM ET
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Go for it Donna! It sounds like this was spotted early and that is a big plus! Prayers and positive thoughts coming your way. I ditto what Kelly said too. yesheart

I'm going to put a link in here about a treatment that is being conducted in Scottsdale, AZ and it makes a lot of sense to me. This may be the up and coming way to treat any type of cancer. Take a look and see what you think - maybe even show it to the doctor.

http://www.envita.com/cancer/finally-chemotherapy-game-changer-for-stage-cancer



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Date Posted: 11/30/2014 8:41 AM ET
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Oh Donna, hang in there.  A plan is always a good thing, right?  Do keep us posted, and know that you have a lot of friends here sending prayers and healing thoughts!

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 9:24 AM ET
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Dear Donna --- How did your MRI go??  They can be nerve wracking.  You are in my thoughts and we will all be waiting to hear about your visit to the surgeon.

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 5:13 PM ET
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Donna, I just saw this thread...I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and eager to hear the MRI results as well. My sister had breast cancer (note the use of 'had') and she's a doctor. She always looked at it as, well, if I have to have cancer, this is the one to have--the cure rate is in the high 90's percent range! Looks like you've caught it early, which is the  main key with any kind of cancer.  Sending you prayers.

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 5:24 PM ET
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Donna-- sending good thoughts your way. My mom and Aunt were both breast cancer survivors.  If anyone can kick cancer's butt, you can.  Hang in there!

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 12:46 AM ET
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The MRI was not a pleasant experience. I don't have results yet. I see the breast surgeon on Wed. Hopefully I'll have a plan then. It's hard to believe that it's been a month since this started or at least that's when I became aware of it.

I truly appreciate all the positive thoughts. 

 

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 1:14 AM ET
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Sorry I'm so late to the party, Donna...but wanted to let you know I'm sending best wishes your way.

My best friend of many years is a survivor - she's approaching the seven year mark. Wishing the same great results for you!

heart
 

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 9:16 AM ET
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I like all these breast cancer survivor success stories!  I have one too; my great-aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 83 years old.  She lives on her own and doesn't drive, so we all took turns driving her to her daily radiation treatments.   

She is a survivor.  She still lives on her own, in a small cozy house in Ann Arbor.  She still doesn't drive.  She turned 102 on Nov. 28th. smiley

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 10:23 AM ET
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Wow! Such wonderful encouraging stories! Great to hear about them and it shows that breast cancer is very treatable! YAY!

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 6:46 PM ET
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Holding you in my thoughts and prayers as you await the results of your MRI. 

I am the daughter of a wonderfully healthy two-time breast cancer survivor (and a bout of uterine as well - she's got funky genes) who is doing fabulous.
 



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Date Posted: 12/3/2014 7:33 PM ET
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Donna:  The MRI is definitely not fun, but it should be the only one you have as usually you have scans after that and they are much less noisy and upsetting (I think).  I really didn't like the brain MRI at all, it felt very claustrophobic.  I'm hoping for the best results from your test and visit with the surgeon.

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 5:41 PM ET
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I met with the surgeon and I really like her.  The tumor is stage 1-2, which is good.  The growth rate on a scale of 1 to 9 (being the fastest) it's a 9.  So that's a little scary. I'm having surgery on Dec16. It's a lumpectomy; she will also inject dye and then remove some lymph nodes.  I'll have to do radiation. She doesn't know about chemo until after the surgery and everything is analyzed.  All in all I'm feeling positive. I did have one bad afternoon/evening.  The day I met with the surgeon I looked around and thought "OMG! The is f*cking real! This is really happening."  My blood pressure was 170/94.  I took a Xanax; by the time the doctor came in I was better and after speaking with her I was much better.

I really appreciate everyone positve thoughts.

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 5:53 PM ET
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You got this!  Stage 1-2 is very good news, and I'm going to focus on that. :)

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 5:59 PM ET
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Donna - this was found plenty early enough - you will get through this just fine! yes

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