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I'm new here and afraid of breast cancer


Hello All: First of all, I'm having a difficult time navigating this website I entered information about my breast cancer, and medications. All the information has disappeared. To begin again: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017. I had a lumpectomy and lymph nodes were removed. Lymph nodes were clear. It was determined to be Stage 1. My oncologist prescribed Anastrozole which I take along with injections of Prolia every six months.

I'm afraid because I see it all the time; women who were cleared only to have the cancer return years later in other parts of the body.

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Well I can tell you I am in the same situation as you. All I can say so far is that I have met many people that have had the same experience and are out the other side years even 20 to 26 years after. Take care of yourself and think positive thoughts and you will be one of those people too!

kitty7 in reply to Cu4281

Thanks for your post. It cheered me.

I have pain, neuropathy, nausea and insomnia with all hormone blockers ..not sure I can continue. OCT 2017 DX Stage 2 and finished chemo, radiation, and lumpectomy. No lymph nodes involved but 4 removed. I'm on hydrocodone, Effexor and Xanax. I felt ok when I'd take a break to switch. I could not handle Arimidex..then tried Aromisin. That was better but I still feel dysfunctional. I know how you feel. I'm praying and eating organically ..veggies and fruits emulsified in a nutribullet. I was healed from Liver Cirhossis that was suppose to lead to death 7 years ago. Now this😏. I have a relative. Who had a mastectomy 20 years ago and is doing fine. I'm back to my Liver treatment plan I did on my own..prayer,clean eating, minimal sugar and rest. The exercise part is hard when you feel so lousy..but when I push getting out and walk I do feel better. Wish you the best. You have a high percentage of beating this. Anxiety just feeds anxiety. My cousin was healthy. Went out to pick up some ingredients for dinner and was in a horrific car accident that killed him instantly before Christmas . Don't live worrying about dying. Everyday is precious and a gift. ❤

I am also in the same situation but mine happened last year: lumpectomy, 2 nodes removed. I am on tamoxifen and handling it alright. I stay healthy with diet and exercise and keep a positive outlook. Be diligent about being good to yourself, paying attention. I don't believe in worrying about something that may or may not come. There is already enough stress in our lives!

Hi Julie: Thanks for your post. You seem to have the right attitude. I'm finding it difficult to remain positive; I'm still mourning the loss of my only child my son who died four years ago, I really believe that all my heartbreak and emotional pain led to my breast cancer. As far as the breast cancer, it was caught early, four lymph nodes were taken for testing and they were clean. I'm taking Arimidex and everything seems good.

Ah ok. Now you've just opened up a different situation from what you described orginally, a situation where you will need to find professional guidance.

I'm sorry to hear about your child. I hope you are able to find comfort and strength and regain your sense of self.

Kitty7 I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My sister died in a car accident when she was 16 & I was 22. That kind of pain & sorrow lingers. Especially anniversaries. As a parent of one daughter I can only imagine how terrible it must be to lose your only child. Your son was blessed to have a mother who loves & cares as much as you.

I haven't decided where I stand on the 'stress causing cancer' although I'm guessing it doesn't help. I've been doing lots of research since my diagnosis in Oct. It can get pretty overwhelming!

I know that getting counselling helped me alot. My mom & I were members of Compassionate Friends. I was in the sibling group & often helped facilitate meetings (I was studying educational psychology then). A group like that might help.

Being involved in this group has helped me alot. I hope it is a comfort to you as well. My faith helps me alot now too. Although when trying times like a death or my diagnosis has come along it took me a while to get past the "why me?" stage. I trust that things will start looking up for you soon. I'm sending you a big hug from Regina, Saskatchewan!

Take Care. You can do this!


kitty7 in reply to Hollykins

Hi Hollykins: Thanks for your uplifting message. I try my best to keep positive but something is always coming along. Sadly, both my mom and dad are gone. Both of my parents were loving but my mom was such a tower of strength.

It's difficult right now for me to compose a message because everything I write is negative and I end up deleting it.

Thank you for the big hug it felt good to know that a kind person from Saskatchewan sent it to me.

Greetings from Springfield, Delaware County, PA, USA

Judykins (a childhood nickname)

Hi Kitty7!

Thanks for such a nice reply. I just read your 1st post. It is interesting to know that you take anastrozole. I will be starting it soon. I will be getting my 1st monthly Zoladex injection Mar. 20. Then after my ovaries take a nap (in 2 months or so) I will start Arimidex. I'm 54 but my hormones don't seem to want to give me a break!

Since A. I.s are for postmenopausal women I need to shut down my ovaries. I am avoiding Tamoxifen. My mom had uterine cancer at 51. She had a blood clot at 71 & died of a pulmonary embolism on Christmas Day (my birthday). The two serious side effects of Tamoxifen. I don't think it's fair that there really isn't a SERM besides Tamoxifen.

I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your parents. When I read you said your mom was your tower of strength I thought how much that describes my mom too. There have been many times I've wished my mom was alive since I had my diagnosis in October '18. I think about how she would empathize with me & support me. I know she is with me still & that comforts me. She raised me to be strong. It's a good thing because this has certainly tested my strength. Even though there are many types of breast cancer they all require strength. Maybe strength should be considered a side effect?

Kitty7. I hope I have your facts strength... your parents & taking anastrozole I'm afraid I'll lose my message if I go back!

Take care!


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