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Mon, Mar 2 7:08am · Bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction experiences in Breast Cancer

I had this about 10 years ago. I worked out intensely about two months before to strengthen the core muscles. This helped a lot in the healing process. I remember waking up from this procedure and for me it was very difficult. It took about one week to start to feel human and I think it was close to two weeks before I could take a shower. Once you can walk push to do it. It is a long recovery, but in the end worth it. I never did get a nipple ratio and don’t really want them. Good luck!

Thu, Feb 27 7:40am · Breast MRI before prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction in Breast Cancer

About 11 years ago I was part of an imaging study that was approved by the fda. You are injected with a tracer and 20 minutes later they do a procedure similar to a mastectomy. Not many places have the machine but do ask around. It locates the cancer with great precision.

Fri, Feb 14 1:25pm · Choosing chemo or not at an advanced age: Thoughts? in Breast Cancer

You can still eat green and clean and that may help. No processed foods, no dairy, no shellfish and no pork. It makes a difference. Best of luck!

Fri, Feb 14 7:39am · Choosing chemo or not at an advanced age: Thoughts? in Breast Cancer

My father had cancer in this late 80’s and thought chemo would help him but instead it shut down his body. I am not a doctor, but personally at that age I would not do chemo. It is very hard on the body and she may benefit form surgery and radiation with good and proper diet and exercise. Prayers to you and yours

Fri, Feb 14 7:37am · Emotional health after cancer in Cancer

Good morning. I only did five flofoinox and this was pre surgery. My body couldn’t take any more of it. I followed with radiation and tried the oral chemo but had to stop it as once again my body’s did not react well. It was a choice to either eat or do the oral chemo. Eating was more important. I was supposed to do between 9 and 22 chemo sessions after the radiation but my body could only handle five. As my scans and numbers were fine we opted to discontinue the chemo. Listen to your (his) body and talk with your doctors. Life gets better, but I no longer set an alarm in the mornings and take it easy on a daily basis. Am starting exercising more vigorously lately. Moving is essential. I did see a psychiatrist and it really did help. I highly recommend this part of the treatment. Eat healthy and look to your higher power for strength!

Fri, Feb 7 9:43am · Struggling to eat with pancreatic cancer: How do you manage? in Pancreatic Cancer

it's been almost 2 years since my whipple, and am still trying to figure it out. If the snack has no fats at all i.e. an apple, i will not take a creon. Otherwise with all meals i take a minimum of 2 creons, and if there is any fat in it, i increase to 3 or even 4 creons. I also take probiotics twice a day – the doctors think it's a good idea. The other thing i eat is either fresh papaya or papaya enzymes -= these help with digestion and to curb nauseau. It takes a long time to figure all of this out, but you can do it!

Wed, Feb 5 10:43am · Completed 5 years of anastrozole. Withdrawal symptoms? Side effects? in Breast Cancer

After four days on anastrazole mayo told me to stop as the side effects were horrendous. I was just on faslodex which is a monthly injection, but had depression with this as well. Am going back on tamoxifen. Talk to your doctor but also do research on your on.

Wed, Feb 5 7:13am · Completed 5 years of anastrozole. Withdrawal symptoms? Side effects? in Breast Cancer

See if you can take a different side. I did. Be strong about it.