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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Kali Nguyen Profile

    Double Mastectomy after chemo, how rough was it and recovery until radiation? Do they take lymph node to?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double with immediate reconstruction. Reconstruction was painful only for 2 weeks. I had implants inserted @ time of macectomy. 6 lymph nodes all negative. From what I've read straight mastectomy is fairly easy. 🙏🏾

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain. ...

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      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain.
      As for how extensive your surgery will be depends on your particular case. Whether your surgeon has to take axial (armpit) nodes is again depending on your case. You need to discuss this with your surgeon because we can't tell you. Sometimes even your surgeon doesn't know until they get in there. An MRI will help tell how extensive it is. Being that it sounds like you had chemotherapy before your surgery, that is meant to shrink the tumor so it's not as large. It usually does a great job. Get an appointment with your surgeon. We usually say you don't really get a complete diagnosis until after the final pathology after your surgery. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    I start chemo next week. What are the best foods to increase or keep my blood counts up? I also have celiac, so no gluten grains :)

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    Patient
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo...

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      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo next week,,, god bless you :)

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Follow your regular diet. Staying hydrated and try to eat as much fruit and veg as you can to help with the constipation. If you decide to make any big changes or take new vitamins make sure your onc knows. It is important you onc knows all your meds, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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    I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I want to help her be as comfy as I can.. was wondering if a tote bag of goodies & comfort items would be helpful? I'm just not sure what might come in handy? any input or idea's are greatly appreciated.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the...

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      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the binder. You can put in dividers marked test results, notes from consultations, any paperwork she receives during her appointments. If she goes through chemotherapy, she will get PDR info. Sheets telling about the drugs. She will carry that binder with her to everything. If she is taking prescription drugs or supplements, every office wants a copy of that. She can make extra copies of those, store them in the bi dear to hand out. You can decorate this binder with cute stickers, pink survivor ribbons, positive statements, pictures of grandkids, etc. Make this special, and it will also be a conversation piece at the many offices. If she goes through chemo., she will need scarves or hats if she doesn't wear a wig.....she will start to lose her hair two weeks after she begins chemo. The American Cancer Society has a website for great head coverings. As for a. Basket of stuff, get her some lip balm, hand cream, pajama's that button up the front mints, there are lots of things she may needs when and if she goes to have chemo. Treatments.....like a very soft, warm small blanket. You will get more suggestions from other women here. Be sure and Google what to get someone going through breast cancer treatment. Mom will be ok, it's a tough go but doable. You are very sweet to think about Moms comfort. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't...

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      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't take it personally if all she says is 'I'm fine, I don't need you to do anything'. It's usually better just to do for her. Bring them dinner, or take them out to eat. Clean the house. Just be normal. Laugh and joke. Keep us updated on how she is doing. We are all here for you both. Prayers to you.

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