Just diagnosed with breast cancer - page 2

Here is one I have not seen before...I am going into my last semester (2 exams, 2 clinicals and 2 weeks to go this semester) of NS and have just been diagnosed with bilatereral breast cancer. I am... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    your mind and your will, are going to be your 2 greatest tools in promoting yourself.
    i'm inspired by you already.
    i can only imagine you in action!

    yes, i went to school w/a girl who was dx'd w/breast ca, had a mastectomy, chemo and radiation.
    we all pitched in together on the days she wasn't feeling well.
    one of us would take notes and make copies.
    another would collect assignments.
    another would go to her apt and type papers.
    and so on.
    she got a deafening standing ovation, when she walked across that stage.

    prayers for a peaceful, thorough recovery.
    and a great, big hug just for being who you are.

    leslie
  2. by   RN BSN 2009
    Hi

    I am very sorry about your diagnosis and you are very strong and determined. However, everyone is going to react differently. We won't know how you will react, but maybe you should have a talk with an advisor about classes, because each program is going to have different rules. In our program, if you start a class and once you get into a certain point into the semester, you're locked in and have to continue, pass or fail. You may want to figure out your options before you make your decision because you may not be able to go back.

    Wish you the best and speediest recovery
  3. by   P_RN
    Do not be afraid to accept any help offered, or to ask for help if needed. Earls classmates provided what I am talking about. You can do it. It will be hard but all 250,000 members here are planning on that standing ovation, just give us the date and time.
  4. by   danissa
    Quote from P_RN
    Do not be afraid to accept any help offered, or to ask for help if needed. Earls classmates provided what I am talking about. You can do it. It will be hard but all 250,000 members here are planning on that standing ovation, just give us the date and time.
    :yeahthat: TOTALLY!!!!!
  5. by   EeyoreAddict
    Evidently you are NOT a whoa is me kind of person so..

    Talk to the Dean, instructors and even fellow students. I am sure you have always had a positive attitude and THAT WILL GET YOU THROUGH!!
    It is not like you are a slacker asking for extra help. You are a person who is going through ALOT and just need guidance. I am sure you can do this.
    WHen you do - can I suggest you become a motivational speaker?
    Because you have inspired me!!

    Good Luck and please keep us posted!!

    Lyn
  6. by   rnmomtobe2010
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Wow. Just - wow!

    You're something, girl! Strong and determined and - wow.
    My thoughts exactly!!:kiss You are in my prayers!!
  7. by   rnmomtobe2010
    Just amazing. Now I am really balling!!
    Quote from earle58
    your mind and your will, are going to be your 2 greatest tools in promoting yourself.
    i'm inspired by you already.
    i can only imagine you in action!

    yes, i went to school w/a girl who was dx'd w/breast ca, had a mastectomy, chemo and radiation.
    we all pitched in together on the days she wasn't feeling well.
    one of us would take notes and make copies.
    another would collect assignments.
    another would go to her apt and type papers.
    and so on.
    she got a deafening standing ovation, when she walked across that stage.

    prayers for a peaceful, thorough recovery.
    and a great, big hug just for being who you are.

    leslie
  8. by   flightnurse2b
    rn2b, your strength and courage is amazing. wow. you will be in my thoughts and prayers. i wish you a speedy recovery and good luck in your schooling. please keep us updated on how you're doing!
  9. by   survivor08
    You all are amazing, I was not expecting such an outpouring of support. With all of you behind me I feel blessed. My instructors are incredible and are willing to do just about anything (within the rules of course) to make this work, and of course if it is too much I can return the following year. I also have a wonderful Nurse Manager at work and coworkers that are all ready making schedules to feed me, drive me and entertain me if I have to go to the infusion clinic. They say nurses eat their young but I have found just the opposite, the nursing community comes together to support their own in times of need and I am so blessed to be a part of it.
    I am in the right place at the right time. I have had my moments of why me and I am sure I will have some pity parties but overall I feel that I have come so far in this process and I am so close to having that RN behind my name I am not going to let this stop me.

    I will definitely keep you all updated. As of now surgery is scheduled for the 14th.

    Again, thank you all!!!!
  10. by   danissa
    RN2B..you are a wee star..YOU, above anyone else will be allowed a "pity party", just make sure to invite us gals here to share it with you! So glad that your nursing school is being so great! Have to ask, just so we can send positive thoughts and great big hugs your way....The 14th of December???? haven't read back, but think it must be, as you are talking about school in jan.
  11. by   NurseJeanB
    I want to give you a big hug and say you are really inspiring. I did have a friend who had breast cancer during prereqs and she managed to get into nursing school. I know nursing school is that much harder but you can do just about anything when you really set your mind to it. It sounds like you have what it takes to succeed and those qualities will make you a terrific nurse. Take care,

    Jean
  12. by   SoulShine75
    Hi. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I have a similiar expereince as yours, except my son was diagnosed with cancer (leukemia) 2 days before my last semester of nursing school in August. I wasn't going to return, it wasn't even a question, but my husband practically made me and I'm glad he did. My son started his chemo the day of his diangnosis and has been wonderful and hardly sick at all since. Actually, he's better now because the cancer isn't overtaking his body anymore. The biggest fear is infection, because when you're on chemo your immune system is shot, so I'd advise you to be careful. Every person handles chemotherapy differently. Aidan hasn't had the vomiting or anything that many have, but does have alopecia, which is expected with most.

    If you feel it's something you can handle I'd say go for it. You can always get out of it if you need to. Just because you have cancer doesn't mean your life is over. Sometimes it's best to treat it as it is...something you're going to take care of and move on from. I'd also advise you to ask your doctors to see what their advice is, you don't want to do anything that may further hurt you. The hospital is crawling with germs and infectious crap and to be around that could put you in further danger. I wish you all the best....I just know you will kick this cancer's butt! :spin:

    Keep us updated.
    God Bless,
    Christy
  13. by   jackson145
    I will be praying for you. Remember, God is in charge of everything and healing is real. I think continuing with school is a great idea. Don't let any bumps in the road keep you from doing what you love. It doesn't sound like you will though, does it? I'm definetly humbled by your strength and courage! Please keep us posted.

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