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That's good to hear. It must take much strength and courage to go through this.

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Update:
Cancer update: I go for a third opinion Thursday on whether I need a mastectomy or not. Going to see a breast specialist in Charleston, SC. Since my doctors don't agree, I've opted for this 3rd opinion. Hoping for the best news, but am prepared to hear the worst... I'll let you know how it goes. Thank you everyone, for your support.
I sort of sat in on an interesting conversation the other day, at the office. There are quite a few women in our Board who are breast cancer survivors, and it's interesting to hear their stories. It's also horrifying to hear how different doctors give different guidance and how disparate some of the actions taken are -- one woman has never had chemo or radiation, is not now taking any medications, and while she's had several surgeries she refuses (as of right now) to go "under the knife" for any more. And she celebrates life every day, dresses fabulously and refuses to see herself as a victim. The woman I work with just went through another reconstruction and is in a lot of pain -- and her last body scan has her still clear (thank God). Others have had radical mastectomies and others have had partials, and some think reconstruction is the way to go and others say no way are they putting up with all that goes into it.

The one thing about this disease and the treatments for it I've been learning is how extremely personal it all is and how different it is for different people. I guess it's that way for other diseases too, but this one just seems to strike women at their core. Not surprising I guess, if I'd been paying attention, just eye-opening. And frightening.

One more thing I've learned -- breast cancer survivors, at least the ones I know, will show you their boobs at the first indication of interest. My co-worker (and others) say it's because after all you go through, and as many people as see them and poke them and cut and radiate and chemo you -- after all that it just seems like, well, what the heck. Wanna see them? Here they are! It's really very funny -- they're not a bit ashamed of what they've got, or don't got, or what they look like. I suppose it's that once you've looked into the abyss, nothing else scares you. Certainly not showing anybody your boobs. :)
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Thanks for the up-date Fan. I am always inspired by the strength and courage of other woman.

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OK, I know its not a funny topic, but I did get a lol out of the show everyone your boobs part.

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Thanks, Fan. She still has my prayers.

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Thanks, you guys.

I'm in awe of these women.
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Update -- it's been awhile since I posted one from her, sorry about that:
Chemo Update: It's been a LONG six months since I found my cancer. Had my eighth Taxol treatment today...I'm very tired and I have numbness in my toes and some fingertips, but I can see the light at the end of the chemo tunnel -- only four more treatments / weeks to go!!!! Yeah! Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, thoughts, wishes and support!
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Thank you for the update.

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It's been a long time since I've updated this, but my friend just posted an update on Facebook and it's great news so I wanted to share it with you.
Cancer Update: This week - CT Scans of brain, lung and liver - negative. MRI guided biopsy - THE SPOT WAS GONE - nothing to biopsy! Bone scan - looks CLEAR! Only radiation left to go through. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - - THANK YOU for your prayers and good thoughts.
I'm hoping we'll be seeing her in dance class again very soon.

Thanks to all for the positive thoughts and prayers, I know it made a difference. :)
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Wonderful news! Thank you for the update.

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That is indeed wonderful news! :D

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Another update from my friend:
I start the final leg of my breast cancer journey this week. The first of 36 doses of radiation will be Wednesday - last dose will be the day before Thanksgiving. I'll have SO much to be thankfull for! ♥
Good news...
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