Re: [MOL] Liz [13076] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] Liz

Liz, for starters, no apologies are ever needed! You are doing what you
need to, and I want you to take care of yourself. So, it's good that you
listen to your body.

I had my surgery about 3 years ago, and I'm still cancer-free, praise
God. In may case, with all the surgeries I had plus the chemo, it was
about a year or so before things got back to normal. My friends who have
had lumpectomy and radiation get back to normal much faster. In some
ways, it's hard to believe I ever had cancer, even though there are
still the frequent tests and chek-ups. but that's a small price to pay.
As far as work, I actually got a major promotion less than a year after
I finished up. Ironically, the President of the seminary where I work
said that my approach to my cancer was partly responsible for it. I
mention that only because cancer can be one more opportunity in life "to
show what you're mad of," as my grandmother used to say. There IS life
after cancer, Liz! So hang in there. Love, Joicy

Elizabeth Patterson wrote:
> Hi Joicy,
> Sorry it has taken me a few days to get back to you. I overdid a bit last
> week and I was exhausted. I couldn't make myself write. All I did was sit
> in my recliner and read and sleep. I fell asleep in the afternoon which is
> a sure sign I wasn't feeling well. I never sleep in the daytime. In fact,
> my mother told me that I refused to take a daytime nap after I was a year
> old. The only time I sleep in the daytime is if I am sick and that is not
> often.
> My doctor did tell me that type has a greater tendency to show up later in
> the othr breast, and the surgeon talked about Tamoxifen. My radiation
> treatments start this week and I have an appointment with the surgeon in
> about three weeks and he said he should have all the final reports on the
> cancer by that time and that would indicate whether or not I will need
> Tamoxifen.
> I can't remember, how long ago did you have your surgery? and have you had
> any recurrance? Do you feel like you life has gotten back to semi-normal?
> Liz P. Of Yakima
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