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    Just wondering how many here have breast cancer or any other cancer. I don't have cancer myself but my friend is a 10 year survivor. It takes a strong person to fight cancer and just want to let you know others care about your struggles and want to encourage you to keep up the fight.

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    I don't but my mother had breast cancer

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    I do not but my Aunt Molly ( age 80) had breast removed and went through chemo treatment the first of this year...also a friend. May God be with all those who go through this.

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    I had breast cancer, each morning I rise and shine and stick my
    Bosom Buddy in my left bra, then forget her for the rest of the day.

    All my siblings have had cancer of one sort or another, all different.

    In her half hearted research, just to please me, my RN granddaughter kept track of several of her patients' blood types.
    She agrees with some limited research that says Type As seem to have a tendency towards cancer. All of my siblings and myself are type A.

    With the blood bank I've noticed that certain blood types seem to go with different occupations, so its seems natural to figure that diseases would be stronger in certain blood types.

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    I am a breast cancer survivor (8 years). Went through radiation and chemotherapy. My mother is also a survivor. Couldn't have gotten through it without the prayers and well wishes of friends and family. It gives you a different perspective on life, and makes you treasure each day. My prayers and best wishes to those who are fighting the fight right now. Try to keep a positive attitude....it really does help.

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    I am a mammographer and just to let you ladies know, please get your yearly mammograms. If it is found early your chances of living are sooooo much greater and usually a lot less treatment. Please don't put this off. If finances are the problem a lot of places have programs for underinsured or no insurance at all. The facility I work at can set women up with funding from the American Cancer Society or from places like Avon. The amount of ladies that get their mammograms have dropped due to financial problems and loss of health insurance. Do this for yourself. We take care of our kids and everyone else in our families, so don't delay. No one wants to find out but wouldn't you be better off finding out when you have choices on how to cure it???? So many women are scared because the think it is too painful. A bit of discomfort is worth it. Please do it for yourself and your family

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    3 1/2 years still haveing my check up

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    There is another way of doing this instead of a Mammogram, it's much easier on the breast and far more accurate. It's called Thermography. More or less the same process but far more advanced.

    My charge nurse reminds me every couple of years to go to our new hospital and get my boobs scanned, or, to be accurate, my remaining boob looked at.

    You can save your life this way, it doesn't take much time and is very valuable.

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    I had breast cancer which was found early because I have a yearly mammogram. After the surgery for the breast cancer the oncologist did a CT scan and found lung cancer. Both were found so early I only had to have 33 radiation treatments. I feel blessed every day and this all happened in February 2008.

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    I had breast cancer in 2001, had lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, then remission for 4-1/2 years. In 2006 I had inflammatory breast cancer in both breasts, had double mastectomy, chemo, radiation and am still in maintenance therapy (herceptin by infustion every 3 weeks) as well as dealing with ongoing side effects from radiation on the side that was radiated both times. But I am in remission again, something that I was told in 2006 would not happen short of a miracle. Every day is a gift and I know how blessed I am. ALSO, if I had never had cancer I would not be a quilter today. While I was out of work for 5 months in 2002, I met a wonderful group of quilting ladies (Hons Quilting Bee in Montgomery, AL) who pulled me into their Thursday afternoon group and taught me this wonderful hobby that I have grown to love so much. I am a survivor today in part due to quilting as it gave me a reason to fight to live. You know once you start quilting, you cannot die until you have all of your UFO's done. HaHa - I guess that means I will live forever!

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    In support of mammograms, Curves for Women is offering free registration this month with a receipt showing proof of your mammagram. The normal registration price is $99.00 so this is a great deal, not to mention the good it will to have the mammogram and get some great and fun exercise. I can't show proof of a mammogram since I had a double mastectomy, but I am planning on signing up anyway. Exercise and weight control are both proven to be factors in preventing breast cancer as well as many other types of cancer.

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    i lost my mother in law to lung cancer. It was caught so late that it was spreading like wildfire. Three different types of Chemo in less than 6 months did nothing but accelerate the cancer more. She did her yearly check-ups & her mammograms- the only thing different was her insurance decided to cancel chest x rays during yearly checkups anymore that year before..

    My maternal aunt of 84- 2 year survivor
    my second maternal cousin 1 yr survivor
    my first maternal cousin stage 4-still fighting

    my late maternal grandfather- lung cancer- lost the battle
    My late paternal grandmother-Intestinal cancer- Lost the battle

    Hubbies 4 out of 7 aunts are survivors of breast cancer-with one re-occurring but still surviving

    I remember when we knew a friend that had a friend that had a friend that had cancer.. Now its here, right next to us..too close to home..

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    I am a 19 year survivor. I had a squamous cell carcinoma and the end of my epiziotomy scar. I had to have a modified radical vulvectomy. It was a 7 1/2 hour surgery. They will never get me on the table again.

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    I had a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation in 2002. I have a 48 year old daughter who is retarded and epileptic and I know she is the reason I am still here. We say, "we are a team, Debbie, me and our two cats". I don't have anyone to take care of her so I have to take care of myself, which has been something new for me. I am so Blessed in many ways. Blessings to all. Kathryn

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    I had breast cancer in 1986. No recurrence. Nearly 25 years ago.

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    I was diagnosed with breast cancer Feb 2010. Have had surgery, 4 rounds of chemo and 3 weeks left of radiation! Just waiting for the radiation to end to get the official all clear. I agree with you NancyG, being positive is one of the best things you can do! I am so thankful I had the loving support of my hubby, family, and friends. My paternal aunt had breast cancer in 1996/2001. My BRCA test was negative and that was so good to hear, because I have a 9 year old niece and I would hate to see her be susceptible to this horrible disease!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnisewta
    Just wondering how many here have breast cancer or any other cancer. I don't have cancer myself but my friend is a 10 year survivor. It takes a strong person to fight cancer and just want to let you know others care about your struggles and want to encourage you to keep up the fight.
    I had breast cancer ten years ago. When you hear the verdict, you think death. Then when they found it in my lymph nodes, I was sure that I was not going to be around long. I went through chemo and radiation and then took Tamioxifen and Femara (not together). I am grateful for every day and for being able to enjoy my grandchildren. I don't think about it every day, but it is never too far away in my mind that it could rear its ugly head again. It is in God's hands and His will. I am so very thankful for every day!

    Oh, I was having mammograms faithfully, but had the kind that doesn't show up on mammograms. I had to find it myself. Made me sad that I was going regularly and seeing my doctor and it failed me. That said, I still say to you, "Get the girls checked!" It saves many, many lives, if found early. Make that appointment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnieSue
    I am a mammographer and just to let you ladies know, please get your yearly mammograms. If it is found early your chances of living are sooooo much greater and usually a lot less treatment. Please don't put this off. If finances are the problem a lot of places have programs for underinsured or no insurance at all. The facility I work at can set women up with funding from the American Cancer Society or from places like Avon. The amount of ladies that get their mammograms have dropped due to financial problems and loss of health insurance. Do this for yourself. We take care of our kids and everyone else in our families, so don't delay. No one wants to find out but wouldn't you be better off finding out when you have choices on how to cure it???? So many women are scared because the think it is too painful. A bit of discomfort is worth it. Please do it for yourself and your family
    I know you mammographers only have out best interests at heart, and I continue to go for mine, but I swear the last mammographer I had was a sadist - It was over a week before I was half way comfortable and could put a bra on without screwing my face up with the pain.

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    2008 endometrio cancer. 1 year chemo. Yearly paps too ladies!!!!

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    I am a 4 year survivor!

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    Thermography cannot be used alone. Studies have shown that more than one modality should be used in the detection of breast cancer. Mammography is not 100 percent and neither is thermography. It's difficult for thermograpy to exactly pinpoint a cancer. And after it's done you still have to have a mammogram, possibly an ultrasound MRI and biopsy.

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    I have heard many complaints such as yours. It's certainly too bad that there are Technologists out there such as that.

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    As Ilovemydogs, she and I were diagnosed in Feb 2010. We both have a rare type of breast cancer..hormone receptor. Today I got the word that I won't be needing chemo..at least yet. It took me three weeks after the diagnosis to get my emotions straighted out...I dug my heels in and decided I was going to fight this with all that I have. I am in stage 4, it started in my breast, left there and went to the lymphnodes under my arm. They found it on #9, 10 and 11 vertebrae..which was treated with radiations. I didn't have a masectomy. I feel so blessed to be able to wake each morning and love each day with all that I have. Having cancer does change you, I have to say for the better. I was always on the go..trying to do everything for everyone. I realized..I can't do that anymore. It is time to smell the roses..and that is exactly how I am living my life from now on. Prayers to each of you.
    Peace and Blessings,

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    I had thyroid cancer last year. They removed the softball lump from my neck and my thryoid and I'm cancer free! :)

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    I don't but my 89 year old mother is a 29 year suvivor of breast cancer.

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