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Old 08-28-2013, 09:08 AM   #21
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I can't believe the drama! If it was my doctor I would have been in the hospital on IV antibiotics most likely.

I enjoyed your courtroom drama.

Please tell your medical team to take better care, as no one cracks us up like you do! We can't do without you.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #22
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I am glad the case was dismissed as I surely would have not liked having breakfast with you today in jail. Where is the closest jail around here anyway? I hope your drive home wasn't as eventful (wet) as mine. Took me twice as long to get home as it took me to get there.

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April 20, 2012: Dx Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
April 25, 2012: ER+(5%), PR-, HER2+++
May 10, 2012: BRCA 1,2 Negative
May 23, 2012: MUGA Scan EF 70%
May 31, 2012: B/L Mastectomy. 2/2 nodes removed and CLEAR!! Power Port placed. 2 Drains. 2 Expanders placed
June 5, 2012: Drains OUT! Ahhhh..
June 12, 2012: Final Pathology Report, .8x.3cm tumor. Micromets to 1 node .35mm under cytokeratin staining. Stage 2A. Onc says "you are lucky to have found this early"
July 10, 2012: Started 6 rounds of TCH with weekly H
Sept 5, 2012: MUGA 65%
Sept 20, 2012: CAT scan of brain clear!
Oct 23, 2012: LAST TC! AMEN! Continue Herceptin every three weeks until July 2013.
Nov 19, 2012: Port out!
Dec 5, 2012: Started radiation
Dec. 10, 2012: MUGA 65%
Dec. 13, 2012: Turned 40. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Jan 23, 2013: Last radiation. Told I am NED. Continue Herceptin every three weeks till July 2013.
Jan 29, 2013: Begin 5 years of Tamoxifen.
Feb 28, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. 5mm and 4mm nodules of unknown origin. Rescan in 3 months.
Mar 6, 2013: EF 60%
May 8, 2013: Exanders out, implants implanted...abd. lipo and fat moved up. Girls are looking good!
June 3, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. Previous nodules gone. New nodules (2mm and 3mm) found. Rescan in 3 months. So sorry I opened this can of worms...
June 11, 2013: EF 60%
June 25, 2013: Last Herceptin. wow...
Aug 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Xray to sore left ribs shows no disease or fractures.
Sept 9, 2013: CT of lungs shows no disease. Closing this can of worms and moving on.
Nov 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Severe Vit D deficiency, started on prescription Vit. D. Blaming chemo for this.
Feb 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits. Graduated to twice yearly onc appts.
Oct 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Bone density scan fine. Bone scan and xray of ribs shows "something" 4th right rib. Could be healed fracture but if it is healed why does it hurt?
Nov 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Follow up bone scan clear.
Feb 2016: Syncope! WTF? Dizzy too. Brain scan clear, ECHO EF 60%, Halter Monitor shows heart is fine. Viral? I will never know.
June 2016: Tumor markers WNL.
Oct 2016: Stabbing pain right eye. Long story short, trigeminal neuralgia.
Nov 2016 Brain MRI clear.
Jan 2017: Tumor markers WNL, still getting weird pain right rib area, and sometimes right upper chest. Xray x2, Bone Scan, Breast MRI all clear. Scar tissue? Rads. I may never know.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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Thinking of you dear Denise, and hoping that you are beginning to react well to the new antibiotic. Just got back from your "neck of the woods". Ocular oncologist and medical oncologist appointments in Philly. Thankfully, they were good appointments. Glad tobe home.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #24
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Damn it all I peed my undies laughing at your courtroom drama! Honey, you need to be doing stand up! I'd pay to see you! Seriously, I would.

Thanks for the chuckle. I appreciate your humor, wrapped in courage, tied up in awesome! Thanks for being you.

Smile On!

Dx'd w/multifocal DCIS/IDS 3/08
7mm invasive component
Partial mast. 5/08
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Herceptin every 3 weeks. Finished 7/09
Tamoxifen 10/08. Switched to Femara 8/09
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Clinical Trial w/Clondronate 12/08
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #25
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Hey Friends!
Saw my "real" nurse practitioner today.
She decided I DO still need an antibiotic, but we agreed that a topical might be better than a systemic treatment.

So, and I think this is so cool...
she prescribed an antibiotic powder...
so I won't have to have creams or ointments making my underarms all slick and slimy.
I didn't even know such a thing existed!

Barb - I'm so glad your appointment news was good! You were due!

Laurel - you are a great audience!
As for stand up...I'd be afraid of hecklers...
no, strike that, I'd be afraid FOR hecklers if I ever did stand up...
they'd give me a hard time and I really would end up in court!
It's safer for everyone if I confine my humor to my HER2 friends.

So... I'm still on 1mg/day of the dreaded dex...
but my symptoms aren't any worse.
So far so good!
I hope on Monday I can wean to 1/2 mg/day.
Then, maybe I can get serious about losing some of this extra weight!

I realized something amazing tonight!
Last May, I had to walk from the parking lot to the high school stadium for my younger son's track meet.
I was so weak from all the steroids that I literally huffed and puffed all the way there,
and had to stop and rest a couple of times on the way.

Tonight, I had to make that same walk for my other son's Marching Band show.
No huffing or puffing at all.
No stopping to rest on the way.
No being passed on the path by a guy using a walker.
(yep, that really happened back in May!)

This time, I talked all the way there, and wasn't even winded.
A little off balance maybe... but not tired!
Now, that's what I consider a real improvement, and a good sign!

God is good!
Thanks for checking in on me!
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:05 AM   #26
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Always guaranteed a smile reading your updates - probably to be honest a real laugh out loud followed by one of my coughing fits and if really lucky some reflux but hey - theme the breaks!
Glad of your mostly positive news. Wow 12 months on no huffing and puffing - that's progress.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #27
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So, did these new antibiotics do the trick? I am so glad that you are feeling better and having more energy. Having that energy makes all the difference in the world. Now if we could just get you off those $&*^% steroids!!! You are so strong and such a fighter and maintain such a positive attitude and sense of humor...I truly admire you. Sending lots of positive energy and prayers for continued healing.
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January 2012 after double mastectomy, started taxotere, carboplatin and herceptin.
December 2012 was diagnosed with five brain mets, and had whole brain radiation.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #28
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Denise, you crack me up. I am glad you are feeling better.
I think of you often and pray for you on a regular basis.
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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Old 09-04-2013, 01:35 PM   #29
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Hello my Friends,
Yes! The folliculitis is nearly healed - so no cellulitis... no assault on Dr. (?x?)... and sadly, no court appearance. I was looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Unfortunately, since last Friday, I've been suffering from a raging sinus infection.
Now, any who have had such a sinus infection know that it can cause headaches,
face pain, extreme fatigue, changes in vision, and dizziness.
Coincidentally, those are the same symptoms I experience when my brain edema flares up.

So, you can imagine how scared I was until Monday,
when the antibiotics for my sinuses started to alleviate those symptoms.
I hate cancer!

Still, a little concerning, but I'm hoping can be attributed to pressure from my sinuses...
and not pressure from increased brain edema,
or, God forbid new cancer...
I'm still pretty off balance when I stand or walk, and my right hand is very "shaky" and a little spastic.
I even bumped the dex back up to 2mg/day yesterday.
It was the first day of school for my boys, and there were scores of forms to be filled out and/or signed.
My shaky, spastic right hand was having none of it. Sooooo frustrating!!

If my hand shakes when I need to pick something up... big deal.
Typing is no treat...but that's what backspace is for.
If I have to be extra careful when I cut up veggies for dinner... no sweat.
But when you can't print legibly, or even sign your own name...
it's pretty scary... and makes me a little sad.

I don't know how people with Parkinson's cope!
I know I should be grateful... thank God it isn't worse!
But, sheesh!

On a more positive note...
For the first time since this whole cancer nightmare began... I have gone 7 entire months without a fall, injury, surgery, or ER trip!!
Woo Hoo! Yay me!
(That's actually why I bumped up the dex yesterday...
I was afraid I'd fall and end my streak!)
BTW, my previous record was 4 months.

Sad... but true!
I chuckle to myself sometimes when I remember that when I shattered the bones in my wrist last summer...
it wasn't even the worst problem on my list...
my brain tumors got diagnosed before I could even get my wrist fixed.
What would likely be someone else's worst injury/surgery in their life...
was barely a bump in my little stroll through hell!
And frankly, the pain in my back and leg last Christmas makes every other pain I've ever had seem like a stubbed toe, by comparison!

I really do believe that God has a plan.
And that things happen for a reason...
But seriously... this is all more than my little brain can figure out.
I've mentioned in prayer on more than one occasion that
"somebody's got some splainin' to do" when DECADES from now, God calls me home.

Thank you all for checking up/in on me.
I appreciate it more than words can ever convey.
My friends here at HER2 Support are one of the greatest blessings in my life.
And, I'm so glad you get a smile or a laugh out of my posts.
Cancer HATES to be laughed at... and anything that cancer hates... I LOVE!!

Please, keep praying for me...
or sending healing energy...
whatever it is you do...
it helps, I know it does.
My echo is on Friday. (not expecting a problem...but)
My brain MRI is Monday. (arghhh... stress x 10)
I hope they both are okay. (the understatement of the year!)
I'll be sure to let you know when I find out myself.

Sending love and light to all of you!
1/11-needle biopsy
2/11-Lumpectomy/axillary node dissection - Stage 3c, ER/PR-14/17 nodes
3/11 - Post-op staph infection,cellulitis, lymphedema,seroma,ARRRGH!
4/12/11-A/C x 4, then T/H x 4, H only,Q3 weeks
8/26/11 finished Taxol!!!
10/7/11 mastectomy/DIEP recon
11/11 radiation x28
1/12/12 1st CANCER-VERSARY!
1/12 Low EF/Herceptin "Holiday" :(
2/12 EF up - Back on Herceptin, heart meds
4/2/1212 surgery to repair separated incision from DIEP recon
6/8/12 Return to work :)
6/17/12 Fall, shatter wrist,surgery to repair/insert plate :(
7/10/12 last Herceptin
7/23/12 Brain Mets %$&#! 3cm and 1cm
8/10/12 Gamma knife surgery, LOTS of steroids;start H/Tykerb
8/23/12 Back to work
12/20/12 Injure back-3 weeks in wheel chair
1/12/13 2nd CANCER-VERSARY!
1/14/13 herniate disk in back - surgery to repair
1/27/13 Radiation necrosis - edema in brain - back on steroids - but not back to work - off balance, poor cordination in right arm
5/3/13 Start Avastin to shrink necrosis
5/10/13 begin weaning steroids
6/18/13 Brain MRI - Avastin seems to be working!
6/20/13 quarterly CT - chest, abdomen, pelvis - All Clear!
7/5/13 finally off steroids!!
7/7/13 joined the ranks of the CHEMO NINJAS I am now Tekuto Ki Ariku cancer assassin!
7/13/13 Symptoms return - back on steroids
7/26/13 Back on Avastin - try again!
8/26/13 Not ready to return to classroom yet :( But I CAN walk without holding onto things! :)
9/9/13 Brain MRI - fingers crossed
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:01 AM   #30
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Oh Denise - you are so brave. I've often wondered how you can be so positive and joking about what you are going through. I admire that quality in you. I on the other hand "pretend" to accept the cards I have been dealt but I am far from accepting. I HATE cancer and I HATE how we all suffer from it! I do not understand why this happens and I can't even pretend to understand. You are a remarkable person for being so accepting of what you are going through. You are in my prayers. Hope your test results are good. You deserve it! My next PET scan is November 5th. Dreading it already. Take care!

Routine mammogram 6-29-11
Ultrasound 7-5-11
Biopsy 7-11-11
Right modified radical mastectomy 7-18-11 with 7 out of 24 lymph nodes positive
Stage IIIC, Grade 3, Estrogen + 100%, HER2 +
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Lymphatic vascular invasion
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Denise, Im laughing so loud at all the
Cancer cells right now.... Killing them with
Cackles, and praying for great MRI results
For you! :-)
3/11/13- normal mammo and US
4/30/13 Found pea sized lump while showering
5/10/13 core bx
5/15/13 dx IDC 1CM,
5/20/13 BRAC 1&2 neg
5/28/13 lumpectomy and SNB, ER/PR/Her-2+, Nodes neg,positive margins
6/13/13 revision of margins . Now clear
6/26/13 first TCH
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10/18/13-Bx of calcification-neg whew
11/7/13 Started Radiation.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:51 PM   #32
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Kept the faith. You do it well. XOXO

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"suspicious area" left breast
Bilateral mastectomy, (NED on left) May 2007
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Femara (discontinued 7/07) Resumed 10/07
OncoType score 36 (July 07)
Began THC 7/26/07 (d/c taxol and carboplatin 10/07)
Began Herceptin alone 10/07
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D/C Femara 4/10 (joint pain/trigger thumb!)
5/10 mistakenly dx with lung cancer. Middle rt lobe removed!
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #33
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Thinking of you Denise. Lots of prayers and healing light coming to you dear girl!
August 2008
Lumpectomy left breast
1 tumour 0.9 cm
Her2 negative
lymph nodes negative
venous/lymphatic invasion absent
Stage I Grade 2
Radiation and Femara

November 2008
Lumpectomy right breast
2 tumours .03 cm and .05 cm and extensive DCIS
.05 tumour Her2+
lymph node negative
venous/lymphatic invasion "indeterminate"
ER+PR low postive
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January 2009
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #34
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My Sainted Mother used to tell me...

Don't worry about things you can't change.
Sort of her take on the serenity prayer I guess... but simpler and older, too.
I try my best to do that.

She also used to tell us to "offer it up" for the souls in purgatory... remember that one Catholic friends? My Mom was wise, but not infallible.
Well, since I don't think there is a Purgatory anymore...
it went the way of Limbo (the place for unbaptized babies, not the cool dancing game)...
and "buying Pagan Babies". (Thank God! How embarrassing and condescending!")

I guess I could "offer it up" for world peace or something else.
But really, I gotta say...
I have trouble believing that my loving God wants me to suffer,
let alone offer it to him as a gift. Ick!
What kind of wrapping paper do you even use for that?!
Are there "suffering gift bags" at the dollar store?

If, as I believe, God loves me even MORE than I love my children...
suffering is not something he wants for me.
I struggle with why it happens at all... but refer to earlier "spainin'" comment.
Parenting ain't easy...I'll grant Him/Her that...
but I don't think even God wants to deal with the monumentally angry tirade/rant/hissy fit when I get to heaven...
if that explanation for my suffering is "lacking" in any way! ")

The other thing I find so helpful is part of the "Fish Philosophy" (it you don't know what it is, Google it...it's worth the time)
The four 'precepts' of the philosophy (made up by some regular guys doing a tough, stinky job in an open air fish market!) are :

Be there (be FULLY present to whatever or whomever you are with at the moment - focus on the now)

Play (find the fun and humor in everyday things - these guys even made hauling smelly fish into a game)

Make their day (If you have a chance to give a genuine compliment, even to a total stranger... don't let it pass. If you know of a way to make someone in your life feel special, cherished, loved... do it!)

and the most powerful one of all...

CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE (everybody has troubles... EVERYBODY...
and it's up to each of to decide us how we choose to deal with those challenges.
No one has a "good day" everyday...
but EVERYONE gets to choose their attitude EVERY minute of EVERY day.
That's so empowering to me.
As a control freak...
being able to choose, rather than taking what I get... appeals to me!
And many, many times I've caught myself choosing an attitude that was, shall we say...
unbecoming of a lady of my style, faith and intelligence.
When that happens, I give myself a mental slap on the back of the head
(A Gibbs Smack, NCIS fans!)
and choose a new attitude... a better, more attractive, not horrible to have to be around, attitude.)

Well, that certainly got long fast.
Sorry if it rambles... no time to proofread it now...
I'm off for my echo and Avastin!
Fingers crossed!
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:20 PM   #35
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Hi Angel,
I love reading your musings about the justice of suffering and our every day choice of something as simple as our attitude. And truly that choice does ripple forward and affects many many others who cross our paths. I confess to having many of the same thoughts and even more questions.
Your words are not a ramble, instead, I find them honest ... raw, and it is us - to a "T" and expressed so NEDenise eloquently.
Please keep your thoughts coming and I look forward to hearing about a continued and great response to Avastin.
Hugs and hugs,
Kim (from CT)
2001 - Stage 0, lumpectomy, radiation, tamoxifen

2004 - Stage 4, mets to 4 lobes of lungs and liver, lumpectomy, er/pr -, her2 neu+++, Herceptin and Navelbine then Herceptin only.

2005 - Breast Ca vaccinations with the Tumor Vaccine Group in Seattle

2011 - Still Herceptin only and NED

2011, June - STOPPED Herceptin and kicked up my heels!

2012, February - 1 small tumor came back to haunt me in my lungs - back on Herceptin only, tumor stable.

2015, November - tumor on lungs removed (Segmentectomy), back on Herceptin only
Received U of W vaccine clinical "booster" Vaccine

2020 On Herceptin and NED continues - WOOT WOOT!
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kim!
Always good to see your smiling face pop up to cheer me.

Tomorrow, Monday, is my next brain MRI - fingers crossed - but no gut feeling one way or the other this time. My blood pressure is all over the map, and I'm hoping they're not going to hold up on requesting more avastin from the ins co in that case.

And then, there's always the possibility that the Avastin isn't doing its job anymore and then... AAAAAAAAARRRGGH! I'm really up the creek!

On a brighter note, I have a good feeling that my echo on Friday was okay... so at least they won't yank Herceptin or Lapatnib.

Be well!
With love...
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Please keep us posted on the results of your brain MRI - roller coasters aren't fun to ride alone...XOXO
2001 - Stage 0, lumpectomy, radiation, tamoxifen

2004 - Stage 4, mets to 4 lobes of lungs and liver, lumpectomy, er/pr -, her2 neu+++, Herceptin and Navelbine then Herceptin only.

2005 - Breast Ca vaccinations with the Tumor Vaccine Group in Seattle

2011 - Still Herceptin only and NED

2011, June - STOPPED Herceptin and kicked up my heels!

2012, February - 1 small tumor came back to haunt me in my lungs - back on Herceptin only, tumor stable.

2015, November - tumor on lungs removed (Segmentectomy), back on Herceptin only
Received U of W vaccine clinical "booster" Vaccine

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Old 09-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #38
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Goodness this makes me cringe on behalf of all doctors. I wish you lived in Brisbane, Australia, where my wonderful sister is a general practitioner (= family physician) who would look after you much better.

Here you would have been given a prescription for antibiotics to keep on hand for emergencies like this, if you were immuno-suppressed.

Your adrenal gland can take time to kick in again to produce its own steroids again.
I've just read that your adrenal recovery can be helped by diet including:
- fat, both saturated and not-saturated. Cod liver oil is especially good as it also supplies vitamin A, which is necessary for the adrenal cortex to make adrenal hormones out of cholesterol.
- vitamins B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (especially the co-enzyme form of vitamin B was mentioned) and vitamin C. Best obtained from food sources or whole food supplements.

- a limited sugar and carbohydrate consumption.

-Reduced caffeine and caffeine-related substances.

-Avoid too much alcohol use, lack of sleep, overwork, and stress.

Website didn't say anything about chocolate but it can only assumed to be good for your adrenals.

If you feel very faint and tired, check with your doctor.

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Aussie Girl,
First, to be fair, and in the spirit of full disclosure... My OWN docs, both onc and gp have been on the ball! It's those pesky subs, who don't want to get involve, that muck up the works.

Next, thanks for the ideas on how to jump start those adrenal hormones with diet.
Sounds like a plan, especially since it calls for the reduction of stress and an increase in chocolate. How can anything that includes those two components be bad!! And, since I prefer dark, dark, chocolate, it shouldn't even effect the carbs/fat caveat.

Stress... hmmm... well after the brain MRI this morning... I'm hoping to be relatively stress free for a few months. I hope God's seeing things that way too!!

Be well everyone!
I'll keep you posted!

PS Aussie Girl, since you're a doctor... I'm counting the chocolate thing as a bona fide prescription, to be filled... STAT! And BTW, my teenage sons are so smitten with all things Australian lately... Brisbane sounds great to them! If airfare weren't more than my mortgage payment... they might have had a shot at a visit!
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'95 post-meno dx Invasive LOBULAR w/9cm tumor! YIKES + 2/21 nodes. Clear mammo 10 mnths earlier. Mastec/tram flap reconst/PORT/8 mnths chemo (4Adria/8CMF). Borderline ER/PR. Tamoxifen 2 yrs. Felt BLESSED. I could walk and talk, feed and bathe myself! I KNEW I would survive...

'98 -- multiple mets to liver. HER2+ 80%. ER/PR- Raging, highly aggressive tumors spreading fast. New PORT. 9 mnths Taxotere Fought fire w/fire! Pronounced in cautious remission 5/99. Taxotere weekly for 6 wks, 2 wks off -- for 9 mnths. TALK ABOUT GRUELING! (I believe they've altered that protocol since those days -- sure hope so!!)
+ good old Vit H wkly for 1st 3 yrs, then triple dosage ev 3 wks for 7 yrs more... The "easy" chemo, right?! Not a walk in the park, but not a freight train coming at 'ya either...

Added Herceptin Nov '98 (6 wks after FDA fast-tracked it for met bc). Stayed w/Vit H till July '08! Now I AM FREE! Humbly and eternally grateful for this life-saving drug! NED since '99 and planning on keeping it that way. To hell w/poor prognosis and nasty stats! STOPPED VIT H JULY '08...! REMAIN STABLE... Eternally grateful...Yes is a world & in this world of yes live (skillfully curled) all worlds ... (e e cummings) EVERY DAY I BEAT MY PREVIOUS RECORD FOR # OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS I'VE STAYED ALIVE. Smile KNOWING you too can be a miracle. Up to me and God now...
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