I had my suspicion mammo/US on 9/9/19 and it took 2 months of referrals, authorizations, tests, blood work, biopsy, port placement to finally start. That time was the worst! Strange to get to a point where I was begging for chemo. Two biopsy results kept came back equivocal, which meant further testing. Finally, after insurance denied further testing I paid $500 out of my pocket to get it done. I had prepared for the worst. I was delightfully surprised after first treatment side effects minimal. Constipation a biggie, but I've tended to always be a bit constipated. 2 stool softners and a healthy hydrated, fruit/veggie diet doing the trick. Back ache another one, but also manageable, I've also had a hx. Of back pain (herniated disc), so used of that discomfort. Actually, after my second treatment I am full of ENERGY! Actually, a bit euphoric, unbelievable strength and stamina(guess that's the steroids) decade on.mi am also with the attitude to do as much as I can while I can in case the side effects increase as they accumulate, and before surgery which will be in about 5-6 months. I am dreading the HAIR LOSS. Hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure it will. Got the wig picked out, but not purchasing until it happens. I threw my boyfriend out of my house last night due to the STRESS he has caused me for almost 4 years. I truly believe my implant surgery 2 1/2 years ago (very stressful), and the stress of a TOXIC relationship contributed to my dx. of CANCER. I feel that STRESS HORMONES decrease your immune system and are a contributing factor. I am a nurse and know it's GENETIC (out of our control) and ENVIRONMENTAL (within our control to some degree). I will have a hard time staying away from him. We have a CODEPENDANT relationship. I have to put ME first. I need to HEAL, be POSITIVE and get through this. My journey is just beginning. I'm sending POSITIVE ENERGY to ALL. 💞💞💞
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Sonia, I totally agree that the causative factors promoting Breast Cancer is both genetics(out of our control), and envirinmental(within our control). I am 56 y/o and dx. With Breast Cancer with 1 node involvement. I have a family of Cancer, but not Breast. I lead an extremely healthy lifestyle except for 2 negatives things I feel contributed to my cancer. On the healthy side, I've always eaten healthy, vegetarian/organic mostly, exercise, good weight, low body fat, hydrate well...water, no smoking/alcohol, plenty of rest. On the negative side I've been with a man who STRESSES me out daily for almost 4 years. Another negative at the age of 53 I finally got breast implants. I think I did it more for the Mr. Dickhead. But, that was my choice. I HONESTLY feel the implants (foreign body) and the stress/depression I suffered after the elective breast augmenation had an impact on my IMMUNE SYSTEM. Also the continued release of stress hormones in a TOXIC relationship can suppress ones immune system. I also feel that DIARY, soy products, hormones in our foods, genetically modified foods has an impact on our cancer. It's a multi-causative factors. We need to BE HEALTHY and do everything in our POWER to be kind to our bodies, mind & soul! We are what we EAT. I am trying to stay away from my TOXIC relationship and take care of ME! I have undergone 2 TAXOL treatments. Will have 12 weeks of taxol, then AC, then surgery, radiation. Oh....My....long journey ahead. Good luck to ALL!
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