BREAST CANCER PEER SUPPORT
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I am a 39-year-old, both of grandmothers suffered from breast cancer. I have just finished six months of chemotherapy and am now getting ready to have a double-tissue mastectomy. I am normally so optimistic but I have lost so much of my positivity. I feel really alone now and don't want to let my new husband and amazing 16-year-old son see my sadness. I have tried to join local support groups but they seem to do nothing for me.
Elena, August 2013
My wife has experienced enlarged lymph nodes and bloods clots since June. We have been in the hospital to clear the clots. We have done PET scans and an MRI on the breast. We need a biopsy of the breast and lymph nodes, but the first opening for an appointment is two weeks away and then it takes five days for the results. We feel like time is slipping as she may be stage 3 or 4. How can we find a quicker way to get a surgical biopsy and results so we can work on saving her life? I need some ideas on how to expedite this. Thanks for any help.
Rich, August 2013
I had breast cancer, stage 2, on the right breast. My surgeon suggested to do a bilateral mastectomy, which I agreed to do. Last year, in July 2012, my life changed and I went through the most painful stage of my life. In June 2013, I had my DIEP reconstruction. I'm still recovering. I considered myself very lucky because no chemo nor radiation were needed, but I have to take hormone therapy for who knows how many years. I am afraid to look for professional help to deal with my emotions. I'm always thinking of what other people may say or think. My husband is a great support during those difficult days, however, he is getting hurt too, seeing me in constant pain. I am still healing from the reconstruction and I will have two more surgeries in order to correct the breast symmetry. I feel alone and sad most of the time. Right now, I am taking depression and anxiety pills, but it doesn't help to forget what I have been through. Thank you.
Lisa, July 2013