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Old 09-21-2012, 03:25 PM   #10
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Re: I just found out I have breast cancer

You can see from my signature....I elected for a double mastectomy. Right side had to be removed, left was my decision. I have dense breasts and did not want the worry of not trusting a mammogram result on the remaining breast. I am also 54 years old and the implant breast would have been so much higher than the remaining breast. Another reason I elected to have it removed. We have a lake house and I am in a bathing suit all summer. Had radiation, and then the implant surgery. Everything went fine and I have a great result. No regrets. And yes...there is so much hope with Her2. To quote my oncologist..."It's a new day" when she told me how successful the treatment for us Her2 gals has been. It's ok to be scared...but time will heal and you will do great!
DX November 2010
Brain MRI, CT of lung, liver, bone, all clear
Double Mastectomy w/expanders December 1, 2010
ER- PR- Her2+++, grade 3, 12 positive nodes out of 15
Stage IIIc
Started TCH/Chemo December 31, 2010
6 rounds TCH
Herceptin every 3 weeks for a year
33 rounds of TomoTube radiation, to chest wall, neck, skin and lymph area
September, 2011, MRI to lower spine, hips, DX bulging disk, L4 & L5, pain not from cancer
Expanders removed, implants in Dec 1, 2011
Finished Herceptin, December 21, 2011
August 2012, CT of chest and abdomen, all ok
Enrolled in MC1136 Phase I Peptide Vaccine Trial at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
March 2013, First Vaccine
April 2013, 2nd Vaccine
May 2013, 3rd Vaccine
June 2013, 4th Vaccine
July 2013, 5th Vaccine
August 2013, 6th Vaccine Done!
September 2013, Mayo visit, Echo results 68, vaccine did not effect my heart! Blood work normal.
January 31, 2013, Mayo visit, Echo normal
February 23, 2014, Numb lips on right side, Brain MRI, normal!
June, 2015, Finished the trial at Mayo Clinic. Feels good!
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