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Initially diagnosed June 4, 2009 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage II,Grade II tumor size: 2-3 cm node positive ER/PR postive HER2 Neu - negative Current Diagnosis: Metastatic Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade 3 Mets: Scalp/skin, Liver, Spine, Bone ER/PR + HER2/NEU -

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chemo, Chemo and More Chemo..

Really starting to get tired of this! This one wasn't too bad due to the multiple medications I was given to combat the nausea, vomiting, GERD, heartburn, and gastric emptying issues... but still I'm really ready for this to be over. I just have to make it through one more and I'm done with chemo.

I really need to be working on the surgery portion now. I don't even have a surgeon picked out yet. I'm thinking about calling some of the ones my brother and my great aunt suggested. I'm wishing I hadn't had the falling out with the one who did my biopsy now. I think I'm going to have the lumpectomy and have it done locally. The reason being is the drains. Even with lumpectomy, I will have to have drains. Drains are necessary when you have lymph nodes removed. It's gross to talk about, think about, and probably deal with.. if you want more info on drains, look up "lymph node removal drains". Sentinel node biopsy is NOT an option for me, as I have a confirmed Axillary node. There may be one or many that will be removed. They will not know until they do the surgery.

On another note, this experience is really teaching me to receive. I have always been the one who does things for other people, gives etc. Now I'm having no choice but to receive, accept help etc. It has definitely renewed some of my faith in people. Thanks to those of you who have done things to make this easier.


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