Re: [MOL] Progression of breast cancer: TO LILLIANRoberta [01408] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Progression of breast cancer: TO LILLIANRoberta



Dear Roberta:  I know exactly what your talking about, I awoke one day and
when I saw my breast I knew immediately it was cancer, no doubt in my mind;
so I understand this part.  A stage  1 or 2 calls for a lumpectomy and
adjunct therapy of Tamoxifen.  Now, that's not too much to swallow is it?  I
know you have visions in your head of a mastectomy, perhaps reconstruction,
chemo and radiation; but I am sure if you are in a stage 1 or 2 that will
not be the route.  I would then suggest that you build up your immune system
and live happily ever after.  I will be reaching my 5 year mark here soon.
Also I am a two time cancer survivor' so I am not out of the ball game yet.
I will be praying very hard that you reconsider your decision and yet at the
same token I will respect what decision you descried in the end.....after a
little more thought, okay?    Sometimes it is really good if a couple will
go for counseling, only takes a few sessions, this is really good for a
husband to understand.  Our prayers are with you that you make the very best
decision for yourself.  Your friend, lillian
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Subject: Re: [MOL] Progression of breast cancer: TO LILLIAN


> Dear Lillian,
>   Thanks so much for your reply.  You all sound so nice and caring and
> interested.  It feels good to be able to, at least, talk about it (my
husband
> is in denial, I think).
>   Anyway, as far as your question regarding the type and stage of the
cancer:
>  It's very difficult for me to answer that without getting graphic, but
I'll
> try.  From everything that I've read, and pictures that I've looked
through,
> this particular kind seems to be very distinct looking.  I believe that
you
> can't mistake it for anything else.  It isn't the type of cancer (truly,
only
> the doctor can tell the type) so much as the resulting disfigurement.  As
I
> said, I don't want to get graphic, but it's very distinguishable.  It's
not
> simply a lump (it WAS, but I ignored it ) or a cyst...most of the breast
is
> involved.  As far as my guess as to which stage I'm at:  I'm guessing at
> least Stage II because I now have a lump under the adjoining arm.  I may
be
> wrong.  It's only a guess.
>   You are right that the fear of chemotherapy has kept me from it.  As I
said
> in my response to Cori's message, I'd prefer to try other methods than the
> conventional.   I was told, and I've read, that this particular cancer (or
> it's special path within the breast) is relatively rare and that it is
> especially aggressive and resistant to treatment anyway.  So, why not just
> opt for the unconventional?  Who knows?
>   I will check out the URLS that you sent for the photo albums.  :)
>   Thanks, Lillian, very much.
> Roberta
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