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    Posted: Apr 18 2017 at 6:20pm
hello everyone. just was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor in my left breast. i'm 54. starting a chemo in a few weeks. wanted to talk with people with same issues and gather information. about treatments and medications.


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Hi, 
My mom was just diagnosed recently, in the last 2 weeks. We don't have any known history of breast cancer in our family (hard to tell bc my grandmother on her side was adopted). Finding the right specialist made a world of difference. My mom needed someone compassionate, who would hold her hand and make her laugh. Not just throw scary new information at her in a dead-pan voice. 

Find someone who you're comfortable fighting this with, because that shouldn't have to be a focus of yours. If you have questions, let me know. Always willing to talk.

Sarah
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Just wanted to welcome you both. No one ever wants to join this group but there are great people here. Hopefully we can help you with any questions you have and offer our support.  Hang in there. I know how scary and overwhelming it is at first but it DOES get a little easier along the way and you'll realize there IS life after a diagnosis. Hugs!

 
Carrie
Age 38, DX: 12/10/15 Stage 1 TNBC, BRCA-, 7mm tumor in left breast, no nodes, ACT Chemo 1/4/16 - 4/15/16, Lumpectomy 5/16/16, PCR (Praise God!), radiation 6/22/16 -8/3/2016
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Hi.  I'm new here and to TNBC.  My name is Janine and I am 51 YO and was diagnosed in May of this year.  I am being treated at MSK in NY.  I started my first of 4 AC Chemo treatments last Weds.  The next is on the 14th. After the 4 AC's , I move on to 12 Taxols, then double mastectomy and then 8 weeks Radiation.  

Like I said, I had the first AC last week (along with the Nulesta).  The dizzyness and bone pane are extreme.  I am nervous about the next round of AC, because I know all my hair will be gone.  I am trying to deal with that part on top of everything else they tell you about TNBC.  

Has anyone been through what I'm about to endure and can help me cope with the Chemo, Taxol, radiation, surgery, everything?

The unknown is the worst.
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You may not find someone who has had your exact course of treatment, but many will have had all of the therapies you list. I was diagnosed at age 44. I had 4 rounds of AC and 4 of Taxol. Before chemo I had my ovaries and breasts removed (I have a BRCA mutation). Ovary removal was the worst of it for me. I didn't have radiation. It's tough to be at the beginning with so much to go. Take one day at a time. Hair loss is hard. It's easier if you get most of your hair cut off before it starts to fall out. It might even be interesting to experiment with a short haircut and you might find a style you like for when your hair starts growing back. Make sure you are prepared with wig, scarves, or both. Wigs itched my scalp like crazy, so I only wore scarves and "buffs" with a scarf pad underneath. I found being bald was not as bad as I thought it would be. It was hard for the first few days, but after that I didn't think about it much anymore. Sometimes it felt empowering. A cancer buddy of mind said "Nobody messes with a bald woman," and she was right! You will find loads of support here. It is wonderful, supportive community where you can feel safe asking questions and sharing your ups and downs. Keep writing.
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Thank you for your response.  I will continue on this forum to see others stories and how they relate to mine.  I like the sense of "empowering"....THANK YOU
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Hi ladies,

My mom was dignosed with TNBC in Nov of 2016. thankfully she finished chemo and is having surgery next week she is also expecting to have radiation after. According to her MRI there is no sign of cancer so we are excited hopefully it stays like that. Its been a tough rollocoaster but she stays positive and has not stopped working (as a housekeeping). I love her. Hope everything continues on the right path. Bless you all.
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