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I was diagnosed stage 2 possible stage 3A because of lymp node involvement. My doctor said I should live a full life but reading things on the internet tell me otherwise. Any reassurance will help.

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Kim, the ladies are right. Don't back attention to the stats online. For one thing....they're not up to date. And another...every woman is different. Only God knows when our time is up. No one else. I was stage 3C when I began my treatment last May. When they went in to do my bilateral mastectomy I had 13 positive lymph nodes. In three of the lymph nodes...the cancer had broken outside the node. It had also spread to my chest wall. After almost a year of treatment...I'm cancer free!!! Take a look at my bio if you'd like. Replace that internet search for survival stats with "uplifting survivor stories"!!!! You can do this Kim!! Lots of hugs, Diana
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Oh Darlin! DO NOT READ THOSE HORROR STORIES! There are many, many, more successful outcomes than awful ones. Your eyes are going to be drawn to the horrible and it won't do you a bit of good except to depress you. "Been there.... done that." I would trust what your doctor says and put on your big girl pink warrior panties and slap breast cancer in it's sassy face! You are always going to find the most horrendous stories and the most depressing statistics. You are not a statistic, you are a woman who was found to have breast cancer! Big deal.... HA! I also had breast cancer with node involvment, I am in my 5th year and just saw my oncologist last Wednesday. We "high-fived" each other in celebration of another clean check-up. He told me I was doing great and told me not to worry. PLEASE....Kim, your glass is really --half-full-- and heading for all the way full. You will get through your treatment and be ok. You have a bunch of women out there who are alive today because we have received great treatment and have the support of other women who have been treated before us. HANG IN THERE, GIRL! Healing hugs and courage. Do NOT listen to negative stories... there are many more positive ones out there. God's blessings, Sharon
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    • kim sosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Sharon for your continuous advice and support it always makes me feel better! xoxo God Bless!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Kim, thank you for your kind words. I really want to share all of the things I learned from going through breast cancer. Hang in there Kim! Take care, Sharon

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I am totally with Sharon. The first thing I say to anyone who's newly diagnosed is DO NOT GO TO THE INTERNET. There's a lot of crazy nonsense out there that will do nothing but scare you. Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (I think that's the name of...

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      I am totally with Sharon. The first thing I say to anyone who's newly diagnosed is DO NOT GO TO THE INTERNET. There's a lot of crazy nonsense out there that will do nothing but scare you. Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (I think that's the name of it) is the one book that was recommended to me, and the only one I read. I found it very helpful and reassuring.
      Please always remember you are not alone. There are so many of us out there who have been through this, some more than once. This is a SURVIVABLE cancer, and there are plenty of us to tell the tale. This is a great blog with lots of terrific people, just waiting to hold your hand and guide you through it. If there's anything I can do, any questions I can answer, please ask.

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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Don't google it. It's terrifying and sometimes outdated! Keep your head up and fight! But also, when you need to, cry, scream, get it all out. Only the strongest are able to express when they feel the weakest. Best, Ali
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Please feel confident that you'll fight this cancer and enjoy life. I did the same thing you did and it leads to a downward spiral. Everyone's life is uncertain. We just don't realize it until we hear words like cancer. I tell myself that this a new journey, it's sometimes scarey and I don't know exactly where it's going to lead, but I'm going to live and help others down this path as best I can. Sharon hit the nail on the head when she said not to read what's on line because we tend to focus on the negative. We can do this. Hugs and smiles, jayme
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  • kim sosa Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed with invasive carcinoma ductol bc.My PET scan came back clean! Im finally about to start my journey with chemo first and then surgery. I was given the choice of a lumpectomy or mastectomy. My choice is going to be made in regards to the outcome of the brac 1 test I took.
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