Hi everyone. I’ve appreciated reading everyone else’s posts and hearing about the individual journeys we have all been on with MBC. I was orig diagnosed with stage II in dec 2013 (at the age of 44)and had 2 surgeries including a mastectomy, 8 courses of dose dense chemo, and 5 1/2 weeks radiation all in 2014. My reconstruction was delayed and I had a diep flap in January 2016. In April 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage IV after an unplanned but very much needed spinal fusion surgery. My Mets was in my spine and in my pelvis. I’ve not been as fortunate as others as I was on Letrozal and Ibrance for under a year before scans showed progression in my bone. Then I was on Faslodex and a clinical trial testing out Ribociclib. Also progressed in under a year this time with spots on my liver and in my lungs. Then put on Xeloda. After my first scans the soft tissue spots were gone and things were looking good, but a month later they found spots on my liver. So now I’m on IV chemo, Doxil, every 3 weeks. With the initial chemo in 2014, the surgeries in 2016, the regular blood draws and scans with contrast my veins in my left arm are becoming more difficult to use. Can’t use right due to lymph node removal. It took 8 sticks to get blood and get my chemo today (2nd cycle)The medical team talked about a port as a good option. I’ve always struggled with the idea of having a foreign body in my body(though I do have a lot of metal in my back!). I guess the other issue is that I perceive this as being sicker if that makes sense? That I no longer have veins that can handle the treatment? What experiences have others had with ports? Am I too in my head or carrying wrong perceptions?