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juju56
juju56

Have stage 3 breast cancer. Have had 4 rounds of chemo and starting my second round on the 24th. Surgeon thought cancer hadn’t been shrunk enough. They’re changing chemo and I have to have a muga test before chemo. Mastectomy should be in mid to late January.’ Lymph nodes are also cancer. Radiation after surgery. Breast reconstruction after that. A long road. Came on here because I want to make friends with people like me. Oh and I have some kind of sore that’s infected and I have to have taken out.

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missa13
missa13Campaign Administrator

Hi juju56 and welcome!

juju56
juju56 in reply to missa13

Hi missa13

Hi juju56! Welcome to the club that no one wants to belong to — but the place you want to tap into when you have questions, concerns, and share success stories with those who truly understand. Good luck in your treatments, and let us help you deal with the side effects. The remarkable women on this board have helped me, and I’m grateful for it.

juju56
juju56 in reply to Tinydancer1

Thank you Tinydancer1

juju56
juju56 in reply to Tinydancer1

Thank you. How do I ask questions? Do I start a new thread?

missa13
missa13Campaign Administrator in reply to juju56

That's probably the easiest, yes. That way all members of the community will be notified that a new post has been put up and have the opportunity to respond.

I had stage 3 . Have gone through chemo,surgery,radiation &reconstrution . Yes it was very rough but made it. I did have one revision and now need another. I also had a total hip replacement due to chemo & radiation, other side needs it to but I’ll have to b crawling first. But just keep your head up and trust in God. I also have a huge support system. Text any time

sharon1014
sharon1014 in reply to Debkelly

Hi there - I just had 6 rounds of chemo and just had appt with plastic surgeon yesterday and was told that because I am having radiation, I have to wait for reconstruction for 6 months. I am having masectomy on November 14th.

juju56
juju56 in reply to sharon1014

We're sort of in the same boat. I wish you plenty of luck and know it will be hard but you and I can do it. I was so disappointed to learn I have to wait to have reconstructive surgery. My mother had a mastectomy and never had her and just left it. It was her choice but sad. So I will wait however long it takes to get the breast surgery. Inputting your surgery date on my calendar.

sharon1014
sharon1014 in reply to juju56

Thank you

juju56
juju56 in reply to sharon1014

Sharon1014 good luck with your surgery. Let me know how it goes. ❤️❤️❤️💪🏻😘

sharon1014
sharon1014 in reply to juju56

Thank you juju56. If got switched to wed. Thanks so much

juju56
juju56 in reply to sharon1014

Will remember.

juju56
juju56 in reply to Debkelly

Thank you debkelly

Hi juju56 I feel for you😐 You do have a long road ahead of you but you are a strong warrior and you WILL get through this!!! I found having something to look forward to after treatment helped me Immensely. Like a trip somewhere you have never been before for in the Spring. After you have gotten back on your feet a bit. How well did you do going through your first cycle of Chemo? Were you able to tolerate it well? I only had a Lumpectomy, 2 surgeries, and Radiation. I will be happy to be your friend and help you any way I can😊 Hang in there and know you have support here and at SHARE.

juju56
juju56 in reply to LeslieVa

Thanks I could use a friend. I was allergic to my first chemo, they're switching it. You have also been through a lot. I was thinking of going somewhere if I can afford it. If not was thinking of adopting a dog. I love animals. Thank you for reaching out to me.

LeslieVa
LeslieVa in reply to juju56

I think adopting a dog is a excellent idea!!! I don’t know what I would have done without my two puppies🐶❤️🐶

One caveat: You might want to check with your oncologist before adopting a dog at this particular time. Managing a new pet may be more work than you bargain for, especially as you face chemo and surgery. In the long run, it sounds like a great idea. Good luck with your new chemo. Fingers crossed that it goes well.

juju56
juju56 in reply to IGotSunshine

Yeah you're right I have a nine yr old westie and well see how I feel when I'm all done. But eventually I will adopt.

If you are going to adopt a day, do make sure you have people who will adopt it if caring for it becomes too much for you! If we outlive our current dogs, we are going to check with hospice programs to see if any of their patients need an adoptive home for their dogs.

juju56
juju56 in reply to PJBinMI

That's a good idea

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