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Anyone Stop Taking The 5 Year Pill? I Cant Take The Side Effects Anymore!

Anyone Stop Taking The 5 Year Pill? I Cant Take The Side Effects Anymore!

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I was on that pill before, That pill messed with my joints they was always hurting to a point that I couldn’t get out of bed. Now I am taking a pill… read more

posted 4 days ago

What Was The Stupidest Thing Someone Said To You When You Announced Your Diagnosis?

What Was The Stupidest Thing Someone Said To You When You Announced Your Diagnosis?

I know that we are all supposed to focus on the positive only so if this question is out of line please just disregard or ask Mary to delete it. I know that I personally started to cringe at some of the things "well meaning" friends/family/perfect strangers would say when they found out I had BC. I always tried to temper my outward response by thanking them for their kind thoughts and words because I know cancer makes most people… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

You should of told her to shut up and gain knowledge about this disease

posted 9 days ago

How Public Are You About Your Cancer Diagnosis?

How Public Are You About Your Cancer Diagnosis?

I recently diagnosed and have surgery scheduled for this Friday. Obviously my immediate family (so now extended family) know; my close friends know; and my employees know. But I'm struggling with whether to tell others... Like my regular customers, other friends I don't see often, etc. On the one hand, I hate the pity I see when I tell people. But on the other hand, I want to shout it out on facebook for all women to check themselves because it can happen to anyone.… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

This stuff is very common!

posted 5 months ago

Are You Afraid Of A Recurrence Of Your Cancer?

Are You Afraid Of A Recurrence Of Your Cancer?

I am among the women who was first diagnosed with breast cancer that was Stage 2 with nothing in the sentinel nodes and then 2 1/2 years later found out the breast cancer had spread to bones, liver, lung (Stage 4). The first time I didn't want to know anything about women whose breast cancer had recurred and metastasized. It was too scary. The reality is that many of us (~30%) will have a recurrence.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I also have a port but I it hurts when I lie on the side of the port The inplant was done to high But it helped the veins

posted 3 months ago

Chemo Alternatives

Chemo Alternatives

Hi, I just got a call from my surgeon with oncotype score of 28. My oncologist had told me if it came back 25 or higher she would recommend chemotherapy. I know chemo saves lives, but I am terrified of it because I know it does a lot of damage in the meantime. I'm not saying I will refuse chemo, but just wondering if there is anyone out there who has heard of or used an alternative method to chemo. I have a double mastectomy coming up as well, another challenge that I am not looking forward… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had chemo 7 months ago stage 4 BC Tripple Negative so far so good Good luck to you

posted 3 months ago

So I Am About 6 Month Cancer Free. What I Am Struggling With Is People Seem To Think You Get Back To Normal Like The Flu.

So I Am About 6 Month Cancer Free. What I Am Struggling With Is People Seem To Think You Get Back To Normal Like The Flu.

Especially at work and with my teenagers. Sometimes I feel depressed. Emotionally its like a bit of Past Tramatic Stress Syndrome combine with a body that will take a year or two to get back to normalish. How do you deal with this?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Cancer never leaves us the same person you were before hearing those words. We can survive and improve our health but that trauma lives on in our mind… read more

posted 10 months ago

How Do You Get Over Being So Tired?

How Do You Get Over Being So Tired?

I find that I get so tired from doing everyday things and can't do a lot 2 days in a row. I am 8 months out of lumpectomy and 4 months out from radiation ? Any helpful hints or ideas. I am on tamoxifen

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Thks

posted 3 months ago

Why Chemo?

Why Chemo?

I know I might ruffle a few feathers but why do people go thru chemo just because doctors say it's part of cancer. I realize there are many of you who absolutely need it but I'm also seeing it being done with women who are stage 1 or 0 or who score low on onco testing. Some are being told right at the time of dx without any further tests being done. It seems so unnecessary for some considering the side affects and long recovery time. I don't mean to anger anyone but does anyone else feel the same?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

My mother refused chemo. Her cancer returned 3 times and was metastatic the last time. I did the chemotherapy. I am currently alive and cancer free. My… read more

posted about 1 year ago

To Women Who Have Tissue Expander Implants...

To Women Who Have Tissue Expander Implants...

Hi ladies who are suffering from what I liked to call "rock boob syndrome". I wanted to post this as someone who had tissue expanders in for 8 months, gone through exchange, and seen the other side of it all.

1. I know tissue expanders suck. They are severely uncomfortable and you feel like a weight is on your chest constantly. Sleeping on your side is uncomfortable and sleeping on your stomach is impossible.

2. I had my expanders in for about 8 months as I… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I called them Frankenboobs! I wished I had gotten smaller implants though.

posted 11 months ago

Who Here Is Stage IV, For How Long And What Treatments Are You Getting?

Who Here Is Stage IV, For How Long And What Treatments Are You Getting?

Just curious how many Stage IV are on here. I'm interested in seeing who has stage IV, how long you have been living with it and what treatments did and didn't work for you. Also who is in remission (or NED)?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Hi Everyone, I was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2002, did lumpectomy, chemo, radiation & 5 yrs Tomoxifen. It returned Nov 2015 in… read more

posted 10 months ago
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