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To Women Who Have Tissue Expander Implants...
A MyBCTeam Member asked a question 💭

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 had to do chemotherapy right after… read more

posted May 27, 2013 (edited)
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I had my implants placed in 2014 but I remember having them in for 6 months after radiation to allow my body to heal and after everything it had been through.

posted November 9, 2022 (edited)
Are You Afraid Of A Recurrence Of Your Cancer?
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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.

posted May 16, 2013
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I just realized this post by @A MyBCTeam Member is an old post and sadly she lost her battle in 2014. RIP Ines ! 😢❤️

posted April 26
Anyone Stop Taking The 5 Year Pill? I Cant Take The Side Effects Anymore!
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posted February 25, 2013
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Have been on Exemestane for a almost 3 years. Cannot wait til am off it. Joint and muscle pain much relieved with walking and daily strength exercises for me. It's the multiple hot flashes and night… read more

posted March 23
How Public Are You About Your Cancer Diagnosis?
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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. Thoughts?

posted April 2, 2013
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For me, I feel it is beneficial to share with others. I'm very open about it. I want other women to get themselves tested. I also want women to realize that having cancer is not something to hide, be… read more

posted March 10
How Do You Get Over Being So Tired?
A MyBCTeam Member asked a question 💭

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

posted February 28, 2013 (edited)
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Just having a bad week after treatment, can't eat.....I can't even swallow my saliva without gagging...everything taste bitter, smoky and ashy. Then after four days , find something I can tolerate and… read more

posted June 11, 2022 (edited)
What Was The Stupidest Thing Someone Said To You When You Announced Your Diagnosis?
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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 uncomfortable, and most were at a loss as to what to say to begin… read more

posted August 28, 2012
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My first time with breast cancer, family and friends seemed concerned and, overall, reactions were adequate. But then I had a recurrence a year later. And, for some reason, reactions were completely… read more

posted March 5
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.
A MyBCTeam Member asked a question 💭

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?

posted November 14, 2013
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It happens to everyone!! Im a 12 yr survivor . Just turned 55! Have 3 adult kids now but mine were teenagers too! They get scared so its over lets move on thank god thats over! Friends and family… read more

posted February 25
Why Chemo?
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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… read more

posted June 21, 2014
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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 mother is not. I was diagnosed at stage 3 with a… read more

posted April 19, 2019
I Know You Meant Well, But....
A MyBCTeam Member asked a question 💭

Are you receiving advice from people who are well-intentioned, but not helpful?

I have virtual strangers telling me what diet I should be on, what plans I should make, what happened to their mother's cousin's next door neighbor 40 years ago... I know they mean well and are just trying to connect with my diagnosis on some level, but I'm not finding it helpful at all.

Sometimes I just want someone to listen to my story and say, "Wow. It stinks."

posted September 16, 2014
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A MyBCTeam Member

Stay positive.every individual is different. You are you. Xxx

posted March 14, 2017
Tamoxifen Questions???
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Check out this link. Gives you list of foods and meds to avoid while on Tamoxifen and which foods help increase the affect of it.
My onco just told me to stay off herbal supplements that help with hormone inbalance. My meal replacement shake included Maca I have to make my own shakes now.

posted February 27, 2015 (edited)
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Now I'm mad that they never discussed the side effects! All my oncologist told me is tamoxifen is good for your bones. As the two prior ones I was on I could barely move I would just lay in bed and… read more

posted February 14, 2018
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