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05/15/2014

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Renee in KS

You have the strength and fortitude and all the other attributes of a warrior! You are facing this with dignity, grace and as always, humor. As Mom would say, love and prayers!

Pam aka SisterZip

Of course you aren't going anywhere. The world would go dark and cold and shrivel away without you and that isn't going to happen. Although I'm not Catholic, I will start praying for the surgeon's hands, for the hospital staff and for your boob. Couldn't hurt, could it?

Many people on FB and the old blog have told you, for years, you should write a book. This just may be your chance.

Pam Purtle

Nancy Martin

Can I just say that the idea of a surgical Trapper Keeper makes me---the office supply junkie--extremely happy. Onward and upward, babycakes!

Jodi Lisle

Kathy, radiation therapy can be very hard on your skin as you might well imagine. And it's effects are cumulative. That all said, get your doctor to order Biafine for you and start it just before you start radiation. Follow the instructions for radiation therapy and use it three times a day every day until after the radiation is completed. My friend in Houston just went thru this same thing and used the Biafine. Her doctor was amazed at how well her skin tolerated the radiation. Here's a link to check out. http://www.drugs.com/drp/biafine-topical-emulsion.html

Pamela Clare

I'm so impressed by how on top of this you are! I'm still so overwhelmed that I can hardly look at my pathology report.

Ten years! That is amazing.

I was told that the first cell that became malignant in my tumor probably did so four to six years ago. Mine is relatively slow growing, but is 2cm (not mm) and didn't show up on last year's mammogram. I've always gotten them regularly, like a religion, but it just didn't show up.

The cells are transforming to cancer at a moderate rate, which means I guess that it's faster growing than yours but still not a fast-growning tumor. They offered me a lumpectomy, but I am opting to have both breasts removed.

I wonder if my pathology report has the same info that yours does. Also, I wish we had a kick-butt cancer center here. I keep running everything my doc tells me past a family friend who is a fabulous oncologist, but that's not the same thing as having the resources of a fantastic cancer center.

Thanks for another informative (and funny) blog. The "lawyer but funny" part was a kick. I'm sure mine says "overly emotional psycho writer."

Laurie

Your attitude is the best treatment. Insist on the genetic testing. You have a daughter and it will be important to her. Thinking of you, Laurie

Karen in Ohio

Well-informed is well-armed, and you'll be as prepared as possible by the time of your surgery. Especially with the black light therapy for your too-young boobs. You crazy woman.

Praying and laughing--a good combination for your good health, dear friend.

Kathy Reschini Sweeney

I should clarify that my 1970s Boobs were very, very happy. I just don't think their best memories include black lights...;)

Marcia Talley

From warrior to another ... you are gonna nail this! I had a modified radical mastectomy with complete removal of all my lymph nodes on that side, followed by chemo. That was in 1983 and I'm still here to tell the tale. Like you, I benefitted from a doctor who was up to speed on everything new in the field and he put me on a protocol that he knew, from trials in progress, was working.

Hug Mary-Alice for me, Kathy! Us boosters need to stick together.

Marcia Talley

That's "boob-sters." Damn you, autocorrect.

k8

Is the secret code for bra stores anything like the secret menu at Chinese restaurants? That's where all the good bras are?

Kathy Reschini Sweeney

I don't know yet -- but I will! The question is - will I share the secret information? ;)

Storyteller Mary

I could see you as medical advocate for sisters in need -- so thorough and sensible -- and a sense of humor helps, too. The Decent Exposures people who make my latex-free clothing have told me that their very comfortable bras are often recommended for post surgery.
Hugs, gentle ones, and much love to you.

Gaylin

I will keep sending good thoughts to you, all the way from Canada.

Just got home from vacation and a letter from the BC Cancer Agency - telling me I need to go get my boobs squished. Well, not those exact words but I will make the squishage appointment!

After all that radiation maybe you will be spider-woman! Or glow in the dark . . .

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