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Sunflowerchild8

802d

I recently was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and will be taking on chemotherapy Tuesday. I’m scared and still trying to wrap my head around this. Has anyone went through breast cancer? Any advice? All thoughts are certainly welcomed.

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    • Dottied

      14d

      I am 83 years old, in excellent health, exercise, always keep busy. Now I have been told I have triple negative breast cancer. I am in shock and very frightened. Getting a lumpectomy and probably radiation. All this at this stage of my life!

    • Dottied

      14d

      I am 83 years old, in excellent health, exercise, always keep busy. Now I have been told I have triple negative breast cancer. I am in shock and very frightened. Getting a lumpectomy and probably radiation. All this at this stage of my life!

    • hiley.bri

      84d

      The first week after my diagnosis was a mixture of shock and fear. I was only getting about one hour of sleep per night .Of course I cried a lot, and felt very alone in my diagnosis. I was very sensitive to how my loved ones took the news and the things they said and did in response to my news. Cards, voice mails, texts and emails, especially those expressing love, concern, or offers of help were so important to me. I was jumpy and anxious, frightened by sounds like an unexpected door knock or the phone ringing. Familiar movies and songs gave me great solace and “combed out” my brain. I could not bear anything new or unexpected. I lost my ability to read for any extended length of time, which was disheartening, because an escape into a book would have been quite welcome. When decisions had to be made about my treatment plan in the second week, I was really organized and started a binder for all of my notes and documentation. Post-its, my label maker, and Ziploc bags became my obsessions as I shifted my attention to making my house as cozy and prepared as possible for the upcoming months.

    • Christine_val

      84d

      I am a mother of 3, I was diagnosed in April 2012 with stage 3, triple positive breast cancer. First and foremost: be positive! People want help, but not pity. I had enough of my own anxiety and fears for myself, I could not take on other people's fear --meaning, crying and long faces just made me feel worse. What I needed to hear from friends was: “I am so sorry that you have to go through this, but I know that you can do it, and I am here to help.” Treatment can consist of any combination of surgery to remove the cancer (mastectomy), chemotherapy to kill any cancer cells that may be “hiding” outside the breast, and radiation to mop up any local cancer cells that were missed by surgery or chemo. If one is unlucky to need all 3 treatments, the process can last for over a year. It is easiest to have a close friend or family member serve as a point person for organizing help and providing health updates throughout the various stages of treatment. For meals, the easiest is probably to have a cooler outside and to ask people to bring items in disposable containers. Many people experience food aversions and nausea with chemo, so it is a huge help to have dinner made for the rest of the family. it might not be an easy road but stay strong , we are here to give you all the support you want! sending you thoughts and prayers

    • Shugj69

      778d

      When I had chemotherapy i took me a blanket a book and a light snack and keep plenty of ginger chews on hand. I rest for the first 3 days after treatment and day 4 I felt better.

    • Maraka

      801d

      I was diagnosed last year in November two months after my mom passed away from it. To be honest, I was kind of waiting for it to happen. But in my moms case, she was diagnosed with stage 4 from the get go and lived with it for 20 years! In a way I am thankful to her because it made me more diligent about my own health and my Breast cancer was caught early. It’s scary and tough but we can do it!

      • Sunflowerchild8

        800d

        @Maraka I’m sorry to hear about your mom. 😢. I’m thinking I’m at stage two. I’m scared, but I’m ready to get this over with.

    • cjoite

      802d

      3rd round of chemo was the worst. Remember that they give you a steroid with the chemo. It can make you feel good and you can tend to do too much.

      • Sunflowerchild8

        802d

        @cjoite thank you for the heads up!

    • cjoite

      802d

      They said I was a trooper. Treatments are so advanced now. I never had any nausea during chemotherapy. While I was off work I had the energy to repaint the inside of my house.

      • Sunflowerchild8

        802d

        @cjoite that is awesome!! I’m glad things worked out for you like that! I’m praying for the same treatment myself. Thank you for your prayers!

        • cjoite

          802d

          @Sunflowerchild8 any time you need to talk I’m here.

    • cjoite

      802d

      💕 my prayers are with you. Attitude is everything going through with breast cancer. I know this may sound strange but….I thanked God for this because I said I was happy to take this on if it spared my mom & my sister. First woman in my family (that we know of) diagnosed with it. That was 18 years ago now.

    • cjoite

      802d

      I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 42 years old. I did radiation and chemotherapy.

      • Sunflowerchild8

        802d

        @cjoite I’m 43. How was it for you if you don’t mind me asking. I know everyone is different.

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