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    Congrats to all the survivors!!

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    Congrats, had to go today for more iews and a sono, third time i had to do this. Everything is o.k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    quiltmau, holding you in the pocket of my heart...

    I really appreciate hearing from the long time survivors. Is there ever a point when you stop thinking every itch and bump is cancer?
    No, you never stop thinking about the cancer coming back, but I try not to dwell on it. I try to live each day to the fullest and now that I am 70 and fully retired, I do what I want and I am here for my girls and grandkids when they need me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    3incollege, was it a regular mamo or the new digital? If it is there the new digatal are really good at finding it. If they see a little something on a regular mamo they call you back for an ultrasound. After the ultrasound they sometimes do a needle aspiration if they think it's a cyst. Mine was and it was a huge relief. If you are really worried maybe you can schedule an ultrasound on the suspect spot?
    Don't play around with the cyst thing. That is what my daughter had and she decided to have the cyst removed and that is when they found the cancer. The doctors kept draining the "cyst" but the fluid kept coming back. You may be wise to have a biopsy, just to be sure. She was only 27 for her first mastectomy and five years later the other breast. So far she is ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTEMAGIC View Post
    Like Tartan said the new digital ones are so accurate. They found the tumor in my Left/Louise with not problem, but the Right/Thema was just some very tiny early calicifications that could possibly developed into cancer later down the road. The tech couldn't find it at first, but the radiologist had highlighted a spot for her on the prior mamo to zone in on and there it was. I had a double. Figured if there were already precancers stuff going on, I was only going through that surgery once.

    Please know that not every lump is cancer. My Mom has what we call "Lumpy Boobs" She has never had a cancerous lump, has had over 20 large lumps removed over the years, now just has them aspirated. Her's are fibroyed (sp?) tumors. I've had a couple other lumps that were "fatty tumors", not cancerous.

    The ladies here that have had or currently do have cancer will tell you there are more than just one type. 3 ladies at work, all 3 of us have had a different type. My Aunt had one type of cancer, I have another. Her's could be hereditary, mine is gene related but not hereditary. You can get cancer at any age. I lost a 16 year old student to Breast Cancer. And guys get it too. Knowledge is power, even in cancer.

    As you can see by the ladies here, Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. They are finding new treatments all the time. I honestly believe that ATTITUDE is 99.9% of winning the battle. If you think it's going to kill you, go ahead and get your casket picked out because it will. But, if you have the Belief that you are going to beat this, you can. Even a Stage 4 like me can make it!! I tell people all the time, if the Grim Reaper wants me anytime soon, he better send a bus to run me over because cancer isn't going to get me.

    Keep fighting Girls!!
    You go girl, I love your attitude. I had the same attitude when I had mine at 37 and raising three young children alone. It was hard but the Good Lord saw me through it. I prayed for Him to let me live long enough to see them grown and independent of me before He took me. He has answered my prayers and then some. Positive thinking is the key. I think it is in our genes as my mother died with ovarian cancer and my sister has had cancer in both breats also. I look at it as "some good comes out of bad" as they say. I don't use as much deoderant now due to sweat glands gone and losing my period at a young age was a blessing too. We just do what we have to do when it is necessary (sp). Take care and keep you chin up. I've survived 33 years now and still counting and you will too.
    MaryB

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    29 years for me !! It's hard to believe it's been that long but God,family and friends got me through and of course quilting. You are all in my thoughts. Lorraine

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    It will be 12 years at Thanksgiving for me. Congrats to all the survivors! Prayers and love go out to those still fighting. Isn't it wonderful how many survivors we meet now?
    Create with joy in your heart!

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    I too am a BC survivor ... one year and six months. Have had annual mammograms for 25 years. My case was somewhat unique ... diagnosed w/metastatic BC but there was no cancer in the breast. My immune system had pushed it out to lymph nodes. That was scary ... 34 cancerous nodes removed ... PET and CAT scans revealed no cancer elsewhere in my body .... Hooray ... didn't have to go through Chemo and Radiation. Taking medication ...probably for the rest of my life ... but at age 74 I couldn't be happier.
    Learning something new everyday from all of you.

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    Am so not looking forward to my mammo on Oct 17, but willdo it anyway.

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    9 yrs and going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klutzyquilter View Post
    I too am a BC survivor ... one year and six months. Have had annual mammograms for 25 years. My case was somewhat unique ... diagnosed w/metastatic BC but there was no cancer in the breast. My immune system had pushed it out to lymph nodes. That was scary ... 34 cancerous nodes removed ... PET and CAT scans revealed no cancer elsewhere in my body .... Hooray ... didn't have to go through Chemo and Radiation. Taking medication ...probably for the rest of my life ... but at age 74 I couldn't be happier.
    GOD IS GOOD!!!! Congratulations and I am happy that there was no spreading. Take care..
    MaryB

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    My mom died of Breast Cancer-NOT me, I have had an annual mammogram since the age of 30, and don't regret it at all early detection is the key, and the tight squeeze reminds us all, as soon as the tech releases the machine-"It's over" and you get the results mostly right away from the tech, if there is a problem, they take another exam, and the Radiologist will send you a beautiful card or letter in the mail, putting your mind at ease.

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    I am old enough to have lost several dear friends over the years to this terrible disease, and lucky enough to have some other friends who have fought the battle successfully. This is terribly important, people. Don't let distractions and excuses get in the way of doing what you can to keep yourself safe, and remind your loved ones.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    I just made my appointment. My sister and my mother both had breast cancer, so this is one appointment I always keep. Thanks for the reminder.

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