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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Jean, Community Member, asks

Q: 1 inch lump first biopsy was atypical the second biopsy was cancer I found out tomorrow but in panic

How upset should I be until I see the doctor tomorrow at 4:30.  My husband and son are very upset and I am trying to stay strong and positive.  Is there any positive things I can depend on.  The spot have been very sensitive for years.  The lump did not show up in any mammagram.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/10/08 9:28pm

Jean, the vast majority of women with breast cancer recover and live long lives. Statistically, you're probably in a good place. Until you get the full pathology on your cancer, you won't know exactly where you stand. But take it one step at a time. Remember, worrying and being upset doesn't accomplish one single thing, except to make you feel bad. It doesn't change anything; it doesn't help anything. Decide to compartmentalize your fears, and be positive. Chances are you'll go through treatment and be done with it. That's the "positive' for you to hold onto till tomorrow at 4:30, OK? Best of luck, and stay in touch - this community can help. PJH

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judyw, Community Member
12/12/08 9:07am

It is only natural that you and your family are upset I went kind of numb when I found out that I had Breast Cancer and my family were devistated, my Daughter cried her eyes out. I have had surgery twice then Chemo a after that radiation now I am on medication for the next five years. There is so much that can be done now to help fight Breast Cancer

Just do what u need to do and take one day at a time. Think positive and don't look back You will be just fine

 

 

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las2357, Community Member
9/21/09 10:11am

How did you handle the chemotherpy because that's what scares me the most?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/21/09 10:42pm

Hi - Hopefully you'll find chemo not nearly as bad as you imagine. Please read our series of posts on chemo, starting here. Good luck - PJH

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Adriana, Community Member
10/22/09 1:09am

Hi: I had a 1 inch lump with aggresive cancer, first Dr. told me that I only needed Radiation therapy, but latter after 1 month he told me that I needed chemptherapy. Frist of all, you need to be confident in the Lord, that He is in control of your life and in everything!. Second, your ATTITUDE will be a Big help in your therapy! If you has a positive and optimistic attitude, you will pass all better than a negative posture. Everything will pass thru, everything.... in no time, you will be getting out of all this "scary" time. You will need to write every question down, because with the normal stress in our situation, our mind tends to forget all! Don't be afraid to ask, Drs. are there for us, ASK! There will time that you won't want to eat, but times that you will. Side effects are almost the same to everyone.... constipation, nauseas, fatigue, bone pain (after your next day chemo shot). But this will pass after three or four days. Try to eat what you want, and don't cout calories please! Eat wherever you like!

I liked to eat potatoes or mashed potatoes. Caldo de res (mexican beef soup with vegetables), or gorditas with refried beens! Humm!

And as soon that you can imagine, you will be finish your treatment. Be strong for your love ones, and if you want to cry, cry, that relives the pressure! although your will have a head ache and your eyes will be red. I'll pray for you.With love, Adriana

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Beth L, Community Member
10/21/09 9:42am

Innocent Jean, it is quite a shock to hear the word Cancer. But please know that there are so many things that can be done now. As JP said take one day at a time. Try not to let it overwhelm you. Write down all the questions that you might have to take with you to your next appt: It is so easy to forget what you wanted to ask about in these situations. I will pray for you. Know that there are those of us here that have been there & want to reach out to help you in any way we can. You will get through this. Sounds like you have a wonderful family. Take care and God Bless you & your family. A child of The Living God    Beth

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Beth L, Community Member
10/21/09 9:45am

Jean, Sorry, I meant PJ.    Beth

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