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    Posted: Jan 24 2012 at 7:08am
All,

Most of you have been in my place before, trying to manage your anxiety before a scan of some sort.

I am up before dawn so I can suck down 2 cups of coffee prior to the 4 hrs of no food/liquids leading up to a CT scan scheduled for 9:20 am this morning.  Smile  I also have a lot of work to get done and these early morning hours are quiet and productive ones.

The results of this CT scan will determine whether I can have surgery to remove what is remaining of the subclavicular tumor that we found in early August.  So it's a big day.  My surgeon will give us the results around 11 am this morning, and if all looks OK then we will plan the surgery.

The last scan in early Nov. showed substantial shrinkage of that little monster thanks to the gem/carbo regimen, and it feels a even a little smaller to me now after 5 more treatments and there is no evidence of any mets anywhere else.  So I am choosing to believe that all will be well and I can have my surgery. 

Isn't it weird to be PRAYING for a surgery that is going to disfigure you for life?  But I am so far past worrying about the aesthetics - I just want to live!  I will embrace my hollowed out right chest and missing chunks of pectoral muscle and happily say bye-bye to the implant (surgeon says it all needs to go) and will be grateful for it all if I can just have this chance to clear my body of the wretched cancer and live to help raise my daughters.

When I was discussing the upcoming CAT scan with my mother a few days ago and my precious 9 yr old daughter, Kaci, who is pretty knowledgeable about all of this diagnostic terminology by now, heard the worry in my voice Kaci said, "Well I sure hope they don't find any cats!"  She is my constant beam of sunshine and can always make me laugh!  So now if my thoughts wander to a dark place, I just think about the cats.  Thank God for Kaci.

Beth




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2011 LN mets, Gem/Carbo, surgery, rads
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I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and praying for a good scan.  I totally understand the anxiety you are going through right now, but at least you'll get your results right away.  I have my fingers crossed that you'll get fantastic news and hopefully they'll find "no cats", lol.  Your daughter sounds precious and able to find the joy in life.  I think sometimes we need to find some humor in all of this.

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Thoughts, prayers, and finger-crossing for a good scan!
 
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8/06: IDC 1cm, 0/9 lymph nodes, lumpectomy, Mammosite radiation, 4 x A/C
5/07: BRCA1+ (5382insC)
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Beth,
I'm praying for you to have a good scan, successful surgery, and NED for a long, long time to come.
Charlene
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Beth,
I wish you luck on your CAT Scan today. Your daughter sounds precious. I hope you live a very long, happy, healthy life. Good wishes sent your way.
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Thinking of you and prayers being sent your way for good news. 

Love and Peace, 
Sue
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Praying that all is well and you can move onto surgery.

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1/8/08 recurrence to skin -triple negative. 07/23/10 -chest wall. Parp trial 9/10 - present. Iniparib ending November 2015 Stable 9/19/2016
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Praying for you and sending all good thoughts that scan is good and you can proceed as you have planned.  I so commiserate with you on the scan "waiting."  Just had a bone scan today to investigate a small sclerotic lesion on my T12.  I hate what this disease does to us.  Wishing you all good things,
 
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4 DD AC every two weeks, 1 Dd Taxol, then 3 Taxotere every three weeks - rads x 33
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Beth,

Fingers, toes and everything else is crossed for you!! and I think I'll throw in a couple of "meows" in just for good measure!!!!

Keeping you in my thoughts,
Allison
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Beth, I'm sending out all my best beams of magic.  Good luck, sweetie.
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Beth,

How did this scan go?  Did you meet with your surgeon?  I hope the news was good.

Donna
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Hi all,

Thanks for your kind wishes and prayers.  CT scan was pretty good (tumor is stable but still 2 cm) and no other mets showing up outside of the subclavicular lymph nodes, so we will proceed to surgery!  Last gem/carbo treatment was yesterday and surgery on Feb 20.  Both implants are coming out and I really don't mind because they are uncomfortable and don't look that great anyway. 

So now we are just hoping for good results from the pathology report in late February/early March - praying for clean margins.  The plan is to do more radiation tx post-surgery and maybe even brachytherapy starting 4-5 days after surgery - a radioactive wire inserted directly to the surgery site.

Hugs to all,
Beth
2008 Stg1 TNBC, LX, FEC+T, rads
2010 2.5cm tumor BRCA-, BMX,CMF
2011 LN mets, Gem/Carbo, surgery, rads
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Beth,

I know you were probably hoping for no signs of the tumor, but you had a 60% reduction in the tumor!  I pray that the surgery is a success and that the radiation zaps anything left.

Hugs,
Donna
DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
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Donna,

At least it's operable now and I can get all the axillary and subclav. LN removed which should really help prevent another recurrence in my particular case.  So I'm happy and greatly relieved for now.

Beth
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Beth, wow, this is great news!!     NED here you come!
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Beth, so glad to hear that your surgery is on and that things are looking UP!

Charlene
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Beth,
So glad you are going to have surgery soon. Praying for the best,NED is on it's way!!!!
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Beth,
I am so happy that you are going to be able to have the surgery.  It sounds like you are in very good hands with your team.  Wishing you a rapid recovery!
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I'm so Happy for you that your scans were good. I will pray for a safe surgical recovery.
 
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Beth,
I  am so happy with your news. It seems to be offering you such a big chance for NED. During my mastectomy, I had some deeper chest muscle/tissue removed. I did not have reconstruction/ implants. I don't regret it. It was a good choice for me because my measurements have changed: forst due to the swelling and then secondly because I built up what muscle was still there by exercising. I still have a dent in my chest but let me pass on something about our new physique.
"Women, forever, have done ridiculous tings to their bodies in the name of fashion. Just the other day I read where women are having their toes clipped in order to fit into "classy' "high end ". Not sure what this really does -afterall how classy does your "end" get and exactly how high? The thing we forget about is the story of women who fight hard, learn lessons most of us don't have to and still think life is fun. Its time to recognize that the fashion of the day is honor and courage. And what is more honorable and courageous than going thru something difficult to ease the life of a child?
You are a courageous and honorable human being, Beth, and I wish for you the very best. I wish also that your daughter has someone who can tell her just how courageous and fashionable her Mom is.
Love ya, Kate
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