Re: [MOL]Peggy! [01156] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL]Peggy!



I am a breast cancer survivor of five years.  I had a mastectomy with lymph
node removal and I still have pain in the lymph node area.  I was a stage3,
even though there was no cancer in the lymph node.  I had a 5cm. double
layer shaft with 3 different types of cancer.  I could not believe the
weight of my beautiful new prosthesis.  It also made me perspire a lot; so
now this $350.00 thing sits in my closet!!!!  Thanks for sharing, your
friend, lillian


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----- Original Message -----
From: Peggy Hall <peghall@tir.com>
To: <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2000 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [MOL]Me too!


> Thanks Kathy,
>
> I had a breast removed June 1999 so I know what you are dealing with.  Did
they
> also remove your lymph's under your arm?  I'm all healed now but the
lymph's give
> me problems off and on.  I did not have reconstruction, there wasn't much
use a
> padded bra with filler does nicely and the weight is minimal since I don't
use a
> prosthesis.  I never had any feelings about having the surgery one way or
the
> other.  But, I think it was because I had had so many lumpectomies,
biopsies and
> cysts drained over the years that it was just one more of those
procedures.  I
> don't have a body-beautiful image of myself so that was not a problem.  It
was
> really strange because I went in to have the breast removed and they only
did a
> lumpectomy and said they could not find the cancer.  After they had
examined all
> the tissue they confirmed it, same as what was found here locally so I
went back
> to have a mast.  After the mast. they couldn't find the cancer again.  The
doctor
> insisted they comb thru every particle of the tissue until they found it
and
> finally they did and determined it was so small and had not spread that I
did not
> have to do anything.  But, I did have to go off the estrogen.  I have but
I take
> EVISTA for the bone, have occasional hot flashes but they're light and
pass
> quickly.  Can't tell you about the sex part, my husband has been sick so
many
> months I forgot.  I didn't mention that my mother and my grandmother had
both had
> a breast removed too, but its not considered genetic because we all had
the
> cancer after menopause.  Thanks again for the info Kathy.  Last I knew you
went
> into the doctor, but I thought it was determined to be nothing to worry
about.
>
> Peggy
>
> KathleenCorrigan@AOL.COM wrote:
>
> > Dear Peggy:  You aren't a nag at all.  It depends on how long you've
been
> > gone, though.  My life can't seem to settle down.  I had a mastectomy on
the
> > right side on the 15th.  Two weeks prior to that, when I first received
the
> > diagnosis, my significant other indicated that he couldn't cope with a
> > partner with all my medical problems, particularly just one breast, and
he
> > exited stage left.  The breast cancer, according to the surgeon, is
barely
> > Stage One, so chemo and radiation will not be necessary.  However, I
visit my
> > oncologist today.  She's very aggressive, and who knows what she's got
> > planned for me?  I almost dread going to see her.  I know she's going to
yank
> > me off Premarin, and I praying there is something else out there with
similar
> > benefits without the risks.  I feel pretty good right now, except for
the
> > soreness, which is to be expected.  I'm having reconstruction done, but
> > sometimes I think -- what for?
> >
> > Love, Kathy
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