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#252046 - 06/19/16 12:45 PM Some Scary News
Nan Offline
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I posted this on the other boards, but I hope i have a few friends still left over here, too.

I haven't posted for a while, and it looks as if I may not for another while.

In April, I discovered a lump in my right breast. My doctor checked it and didn't think it was anything. We couldn't do much more because my insurance only covers a prophylactic mammogram every two years, and my last was in November of 2014.

Friday before last, I noticed it was sore all day, and Monday I called my doctor for another check. She said it seemed thicker, and scheduled me for a diagnostic mammogram the following day.

They found a suspicious mass about the size of a peanut. They told me that because of my age they had to assume that it might be malignant. Ultrasound over the whole area showed that whatever it was, it was still localized, and they were going to schedule me for a biopsy the following Monday. I managed to talk them into a biopsy the same day. You can get very determined when you are scared, which I was.

The results came back the next morning. It is invasive ductal carcinoma -- breast cancer, grade two. Further analysis is still pending to determine the stage.

80% of breast cancers are this kind, especially in women in my age group. I'm 68. They don't think it has gone beyond the localized area, but it requires immediate treatment, for obvious reasons. I see a breast surgeon on Thursday, which is, as far as I am concerned, a long time.

I've spent a lot of time crying since Wednesday. No matter how well or ill this turns out, the next year is going to be a very hard one for me. I hope anyone who knows my writing will wish me luck, and those who believe in it, please pray for me. I have never been so scared in my life.

Nan Smith
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252047 - 06/19/16 02:21 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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Dean Nan,

I'm so sorry to hear about this. This cruel disease has struck several folcs. I wish you the fastest and best of treatment for a cure. I'm here if you would like to call and talk.

Chris

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#252048 - 06/19/16 04:45 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: ChrisP]
Nan Offline
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Thank you, Chris. I might just do that when it gets too much.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252049 - 06/19/16 04:46 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
LMA Offline
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Praying for you, Nan. Lots!

And please keep us posted smile...

Thinking positive,
Laura
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-"Now, lets see...so far I've been given a glimpse at ritual corn worship, treated as your girlfriend, and I've insulted your parents. No, I couldn't have planned this..."
-"You're having more fun than you want to admit."
-"Oh?"
-"Sure, you had three hot dogs at the festival."
-"See, that shows how well you don't know me. I only eat like that when I am miserable..."

~Clark and Lois (who is definitely not miserable) in 'The Green, Green Glow of Home'~

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#252051 - 06/20/16 06:56 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
PMC12 Offline
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It is so hard to hear this news from anyone. I'm sure you will have much support from all of your family and friends including online friends and fans of your work.
I send you good thoughts and much hope that your upcoming treatment will be successful.

Paula, PMC12

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#252053 - 06/20/16 11:36 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
KateW Offline
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I, too, send hopeful thoughts and prayers your way. I once read a tweet that cancer is a word, not a sentence. Believe it. You'll find the strength to fight it.

Kate ( who liked Vampire Murders)

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#252057 - 06/21/16 09:58 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
BevK Offline
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I am so sorry to hear this. It is difficult news to receive from anyone, but I will remember you with prayers and good thoughts, and encourage you to accept help and support from all who offer it.
This might be inappropriate, but my sixth grade students often use creative writing assignments, especially haiku, to express their feelings about loved ones who are ill. Two that I have never forgotten express how everyone can offer support.

grandma got Cancer
i can't Feel it, just see it
i will make her Smile:)

iseeyournotwell
butillhelpyouifican
readtoyou,bakecookies

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#252072 - 06/24/16 08:32 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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The meeting with the surgeon went well. I will be scheduled for an MRI in the next two weeks, and a probable lumpectomy followed by radiation, some time after that. Then there will be breast reconstruction to repair the piece they have to take out, and hormone therapy to suppress estrogen and progesterone, which can feed a tumor's growth, for several years.

My doctor, who comes highly recommended, tells me that this kind of tumor is the most common kind in women who have no family history of the disease (which I do not) and has a 95% cure rate, barring unlikely surprises.

This can all change, of course, depending on any further discoveries, but the growth is small yet. She told me to relax, that I wasn't going to die of this thing. I hope she is right.

Life isn't fair, as I have always known, but, good grief! I have no relatives on either side of the family, back as far as my great grandmothers, who have had breast cancer. I nursed 7 babies -- and I drew the short straw. I'd swear if I didn't make a point of not putting bad language in print. And in my job I had the unenviable opportunity to learn a lot of pretty colorful language that I probably should never have heard. I've used a lot of it to myself and my hubby in the last week, when I wasn't indulging in sheer panic.
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#252078 - 06/25/16 01:52 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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That sounds like pretty good news, Nan. Keep us informed. We will be thinking of you.

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#252106 - 07/02/16 12:50 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Deb Offline
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Nan,

Hoping and wishing you the best. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.

Good wishes to you,
Deb
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#252129 - 07/06/16 08:35 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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I had an MRI last Thursday. I got the results today.

The growth at it's widest measurement is 1.8 cm -- still under the critical 2 cm mark. There are no signs of it having migrated to the other side, and no signs of enlarged lymph nodes which would indicate metastasis, so that is good. The recommendation is for a lumpectomy with accompanying radiation and reconstruction of the breast, so I'm feeling better. I'll feel even better when I get a date for the surgery and get it over with.

Nan
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252131 - 07/07/16 04:33 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Deb Offline
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Nan,
Please keep us posted on your progress.

Best hopes and wishes/prayers are with you.

Deb
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#252175 - 07/12/16 10:10 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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My surgery date is July 20th.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252207 - 07/20/16 11:35 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
tim Offline
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Nan, I hope and pray that your surgery went well and they were able to remove it all.

Tim

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#252218 - 07/23/16 10:29 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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They did the surgery Wednesday morning, and removed both the tumor and the sentinel node -- that is the first lymph node to which cancer cells would migrate. She didn't take any others, which means they must have looked all right to her.

I stopped taking pain medication yesterday. My doctor did a very good job in keeping the incisions small, with minimal damage. The actual tumor scar is about an inch long. The tumor was about the size of a peanut, and hopefully she got it all.

We are waiting for a pathology report on the lymph node, and will find out the results on the 4th. If the node is clean, then all I have to worry about is the radiation to the actual tumor site.

Chuck and I are keeping our fingers crossed that it will turn out well.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252262 - 08/04/16 07:55 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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I had my follow up appointment with Dr. Canavan today, and the news is good.


The lab reports that the edges of the tumor are clear of cancer cells, so they got it all. The sentinel node was clear, so it hasn't spread.


It was 2.2 cm, not 1.8, so technically it was a stage two tumor, but only because of the size. It hasn't gotten into the lymph nodes.


I will have to do 5 days of radiation therapy next week, probably, as there is only a small window of time for that. They are also doing a genetic analysis of the growth to see if it is the type to recur in 10 years or so. If it is I'll have to undergo chemo. Hopefully it will be negative. I really don't want to lose my hair, but if I do, that's life. It will grow back.


All in all, it's a good report.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252283 - 08/11/16 01:18 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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Just an update. This morning I had the third radiation treatment. I will be going in for the 4th this afternoon.

There are three more days to go after today, with two treatments every day. The last will be Tuesday.

It is called the SAVI treatment, for anyone interested, and is the alternative to the month long treatment of the entire breast that left burns and a lot of discomfort. This one applies radiation only to the inside of the cavity where they took out the tumor.

Dr. Savnani, the oncologist, told me that the chances are that I am already cured, but this is the insurance policy for preventing the thing from recurring. It's inconvenient with this appliance surgically implanted in my breast, but I think it is worth it, and it comes out on Tuesday. All I have to do is get through the next few days.

Nan
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252284 - 08/11/16 01:26 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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Wonderful news! I hope it keeps getting better.

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#252301 - 08/19/16 06:16 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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I have finished the radiation treatments. The only thing left is waiting for the genetic analysis of the tumor. If it is the kind that is likely to recur in ten years or so, that means chemo. If not I'm home free except for periodic monitoring. I'll let you know, but as of now, I'm cancer free. It's a wonderful feeling.
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#252326 - 08/30/16 04:24 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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Latest update:

I saw my medical oncologist today. The news is mixed.

As far as anyone knows, the cancer is gone. However ...

Even though the lymph nodes are clear and the edges of the excised tumor were clean, the doctor says it was an aggressive tumor that had been growing for about 6 months. In that time there is the possibility that a few cells may have spun off into the bloodstream.

To combat this, I must have chemotherapy every three weeks for the next six months to catch any such hypothetical cells and kill them. It won't be fun, but if I don't, there is a good chance the thing will reappear in my brain, liver, lungs or kidneys. If I do the chem, the chances are excellent that I will live out the rest of my normal lifespan without a reappearance. Since I am not a fool, I will do the chemo.

This means, of course, that I am going to lose my hair for a time. <sigh> I look like an alien from Star Trek without my hair. However, it will grow back.

So, looking for the silver lining, since I was having my hairdresser slowly lighten my hair color anyway, so that the roots won't show as much when they grow out, I bought a very stylish ash-blond wig this afternoon, and when I am over the chemo, and my hair grows back enough, I'll have Kelsie match the wig's color, and no one will know the difference except my family.

Anyway, that's the news. It's going to be a pain in the butt for another six months, but I'm going to live. That makes it worth while.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252481 - 10/16/16 10:45 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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The latest update.

My medical oncologist says that some of the cancer cells managed to leak into the bloodstream during the 6 months the thing was growing. I had a chemo treatment just about 4 weeks ago that put me in the hospital for 3 days. I had a roaring case of sepsis and they had to culture the bug since nothing seemed to work to stop it. Treatment required that I come back for IV antibiotics for 11 days delivered via a pic line to deliver IV antibiotics directly to my bloodstream since the bacterium in question was immune to everything else.

By the way, the doctor says that what happened to me was not unusual, but he couldn't really warn me because reactions are highly individual. On the good side, he says the inflammatory markers are now way down, which shows that the chemo was very effective and knocked the stray cancer cells back on their heels. The remaining chemo treatments are to make sure we get the ones that are still twitching. He expects me to make a full recovery. He tells me some doctors treat their patients' cancers gently, and many of them spread as a result rather than disappear. He, on the other hand, makes you feel miserable (which I do) but he kills the cancer cells. I guess setting the hare's foot against the goose giblets, I'll take his method.

We completed the antibiotics, and then I had my second chemo treatment last Tuesday. I have 4 more to go, every three weeks. Yay.

No infection accompanied this one. It has, however effected my blood cell count and clotting factors, not to mention my immune system. Think the boy in the bubble. My fingernails look white and I'm trying to eat food with a lot of iron in it to compensate. Also the shakiness when I try to walk is something to see to be believed. I'm trying to tough it out because I have no wish for a blood transfusion. Call me paranoid. The way my luck has been running, I would get the blood from someone with HIV who has not progressed past the short interval where the disease is not detectable in the bloodstream. No thanks.

I have about a week until my blood cell count begins to rise again. Until then I have to stay away from anyone sneezing, sniffling or coughing, or take the risk of pneumonia, which I would rather not have. The prospect of another hospital stay holds no appeal for me.

My hair has predictably started to fall out and I am wearing my wig or a nightcap full time. Nobody but nobody is going to see me without hair. Period.

And by the way, I do look like an alien from Star Trek. Nobody gets pictures.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#252506 - 10/17/16 09:54 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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I'm sorry to hear of the complications, but, yes, it does happen.
When my sister-in-law went through chemo a while back, her hair was just starting to turn gray. All the follicles still producing color gave up and fell out leaving her with just the gray hair. She said she looked like she was eighty years old and shaved it all off. She was also only able to eat KFC's two piece meal during chemo because that was all that tasted good to her. Whenever anyone went somewhere we'd bring her back a meal and do what we could for her. She's four years free now, and that happens, too. smile

Kate

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#252874 - 01/24/17 10:22 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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Adventures in Chemo
by Nan Smith

Well, at long last the chemo is over. January 3 was my last treatment, and now it is a matter of waiting several weeks until all the chemicals work their way out of my system.

This includes the steroids they gave me to avoid allergic reactions to the actual chemo. I've gained 20 pounds because of them, and now I have to lose the weight. <sigh> I also have the traditional moon face of people on steroids, however it never got too bad, and is starting to go away.

That part has been a fun ride, because the steroids also gave me a chemically induced case of diabetes. So, naturally they had to give me stuff to keep my blood sugar down. More pills. For a while there, I could swear I rattled when I walked. Fortunately the number is now decreasing, to my vast relief.

All the chemical poisons have, of course, disrupted my body's natural flora, so I'm having trouble with that, and they have to figure out how to get that all re-balanced. One of the problems it has caused is repeated UTIs. The last one (resistant e-coli courtesy of all the infections I have had because of the chemo) was going on when I had my last chemo treatment, which had to be given on schedule in spite of the infection.

Since it knocked my immune system down, the infection went crazy and I wound up in the hospital on IV antibiotics for a week. That was an adventure all its own. (You remember the definition of adventure, don't you? "Somebody else having a hell of a hard time a thousand miles away.")

While I was there they did a CT scan to see if the kidney stones, which I manufacture in abundance, had tried to move and might be causing part of the problem. They hadn't, but they spotted something on my liver, 5.5 cm long, that shouldn't be there. Because of my history of breast cancer, the hospitalist jumped to the conclusion that it was liver cancer, that the breast cancer had metastasized and that I had only a few weeks to live and should be put in hospice. Oy!

Anyway, I called Dr. Ehsan, my oncologist, in a panic, and he got involved. He got hold of the scan and the report and called the guy and told him I did not have liver cancer, that I had just finished a course of chemotherapy, and that they had better do another CT scan, this time with contrasting media instead of without, to see what this mystery thing really was.

Eventually, the hospitalist agreed to do it, even though he wasn't convinced, and I begged the people in charge to rush it through. They did, too. They got the scan in just under the wire that night, and eventually it got read.

As Dr Ehsan said, it wasn't cancer. It was a hemangioma on my liver. Big difference. Lots of people have hemangiomas. You're born with them, and they can show up anywhere. In case you don't know the term, if you see someone with a big red birthmark on his face or other part of his body, that is a hemangioma. Mine just happened to pick my liver for a good place to live.

They can be dangerous, of course. They are a collection of blood vessels that have grown abnormally, and if someone with a large one manages to fall or otherwise damage the thing, they can literally bleed out, and quickly. It happened to a little boy I used to know, who had one on his face. But it is a lot different from a cancer, and mine has apparently been there all my life with no harm. My doctor, however, recommended that I do something about this one, because if I ever develop another breast cancer (God forbid) any adventurous cancer cell that tries to metastasize would find that a good home because of the abundant blood supply. Getting rid of it involves a single injection that chemically cauterizes it and it's gone. I agreed, and that's going to be done in a couple of months. A minor problem, especially considering what the hospitalist had in mind. Yeesh!

Anyway, that is the saga of my recent adventures in chemo. We're counting the weeks until I am free of the chemicals, and I have half a dozen more specialists to see in the next couple of months to get my system operating as it should again, especially to deal with these confounded UTIs. Guess what. It's been a week and I have another one, but at least my immune system is coming back, and it won't mean getting stuck in the hospital again.

One other good thing came out of this, too. My parents always told me that they believed I was allergic to penicillin because of something that happened when I was about 2 years old. Penicillin, as most know, was discovered during WW2, and so it was still pretty new at the time. I told Dr. Ehsan about the incident and he said that in his opinion, I was not allergic to penicillin.

So, when I went into the emergency room, they gave me penicillin initially to deal with the infection, since I was going septic.

Guess what. Dr. Ehsan was right. I am not allergic to penicillin, which gives me a whole new arsenal of antibiotics that they can use on these dratted infections until they can put my body chemistry back together again. That was one small bright spot in all the rest of the drama. But the whole thing was enough to make me want to go back on the tranquilizers they gave me in the beginning when they found the cancer. I got off those as soon as I could, however, and in spite of temptation, with this last little event, I don't want anything to do with them.

Oh yes, one other joy to deal with. Apparently I am developing non-alcoholic fatty liver, and to get rid of it I have to lose about 20 pounds and avoid sugar and starches. <Sigh> No more chocolate in the near future, along with a lot of other things I love.

But I have to lose the weight anyway, since it was the steroids and chemo that made me gain it, so maybe the day will come when I can go back to eating things like that again, albeit in smaller amounts.

Dr. Ehsan said that chemo is not a sprint but a marathon, and that this is actually the harder part of the whole process. I believe him.

Anyway, I survived the cancer and the chemo. I'm on the home stretch, even if it's no rose garden. I'll tough it out, I guess.

I'll drop a note again in a few weeks to let you know how things are going.

Nan
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#252896 - 01/28/17 07:04 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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Well, well, I now have some good news and bad news. I spoke too soon. I'm going to have to go back into the hospital to be put on IV antibiotics for a week to kill this blasted infection, since there are no oral antibiotics that I can take to kill it. The only one is Bactrim, which is a sulfa drug, and I am definitely allergic to sulfa drugs, as the last time I took one (Septra) I broke out in a lovely little red rash that itched like fury and lasted for a week.

However, the good news is, my urologist thinks he has pinpointed the source of the infections. I have a big kidney stone in the left kidney which is probably harboring the bacteria, so the antibiotics can't reach them. The solution to that is shockwave therapy, otherwise known as lithotripsy. So first they have to kill the infection again, and then smash the stone.

I sure hope he's right on this one. This is getting awfully old.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#253121 - 03/15/17 06:31 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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Registered: 03/15/17
Posts: 2
Nan, I've rejoined this board tonight after many years' absence. I too have been cursed with BC. Social media has been a sanity saver for me at times. If you're on Facebook, Nancy's Point is a very good person to follow for news/reassurance. I remember you from years ago, don't expect you to remember me, sorry you've had to go through this, but glad you're still here.

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#253451 - 06/13/17 01:31 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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People are probably getting tired of hearing from me, but here goes:

Yesterday,I had my 6 month mammogram after the end of chemo. The report is good -- no sign of the tumor.

I'm still dealing with UTIs. The kidney stone was harboring tons of bacteria, but after they got rid of it, I'm still getting the infections. They have now decided the problem is my immune system itself.

I was taking Femara, an estrogen suppressant, to lower the chances of recurrence of the tumor, but it has a history of depressing the immune system somewhat and causing repeated UTIs. A better alternative is Tamoxifen, which has a lower rate of such side effects, so I was switched to it two weeks ago. Now we have to wait to see if things improve. In the meantime, my doctor is running tests on my immune system, and if that is the problem, there is an injection he can give me (weekly) that boosts the immune system. However, first they have to determine that it is the problem, which will take 4 tests, 3 months apart. I've had one, so nine months from now we'll have the results <sigh>.

However, since I have to stay on Tamoxifen for the next 10 years, I guess I have the time. It's a nuisance, but I can now say I've lived through worse.
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When I get old, I don't want people thinking, "What a sweet little old lady." I want them to say, "Oh crap, what's she up to now?"

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#253523 - 06/25/17 10:22 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
PMC12 Offline
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Good for you. Do they have you on an exercise regimen, too? That was the hardest part for my aunt to get used to after her similar health problems.

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#253563 - 07/02/17 10:16 AM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
Nan Offline
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No; I only had a lumpectomy, and they only took the sentinel node to be sure the thing hadn't spread, so there are no problems with arm swelling. I bowl once a week (the bowling alley is an hour away) and lift weights a couple of times a week, but I did that before.

I'm now on a regimen of an antibiotic once a day, Vitamin C and Hyprex to kill any bacteria that try to establish themselves where they shouldn't be. So far it seems to be working.
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#253570 - 07/02/17 07:57 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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Originally Posted By: Nan
No; I only had a lumpectomy, and they only took the sentinel node to be sure the thing hadn't spread, so there are no problems with arm swelling. I bowl once a week (the bowling alley is an hour away) and lift weights a couple of times a week, but I did that before.

I'm now on a regimen of an antibiotic once a day, Vitamin C and Hyprex to kill any bacteria that try to establish themselves where they shouldn't be. So far it seems to be working.


Oh, Nan, it just breaks my heart you're having to go through that but I'm overjoyed you're making progress toward remission and hopefully recovery. Much love!

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#253600 - 07/15/17 12:55 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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This new treatment for the complications seems to be working, and my 6 month mammogram came back clear. So far, so good.

Nan
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#253901 - 12/29/17 01:48 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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I had my next 6 month mammogram this month. Still clear!
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#253902 - 12/29/17 07:55 PM Re: Some Scary News [Re: Nan]
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Wonderful news! I hope you enjoy continued good health in the new year.

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