Just diagnosed with breast cancer - page 5

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   southernbelle08
    I'm praying for you and I hope everything went well with your surgery. I am also going into my last semester and will graduate a few days after you...even though we don't technically know one another, if you need ANYTHING...please know I am only a PM away. I've never been where you are, but I can always lend an ear. I admire your strength and wish you the very best. You truly are an inspiration. **HUGS and PRAYERS**
  2. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from Bertolozzi
    Hello Sister Friend:

    I send you prayers and hugs from one who has been there.

    I'm a mom of three /nursing student and 2 year survivor (stage 3 medulary carcinoma)--was cutting off my hospital ID bands with dissection tools in anatomy lab. Took an IV infusion with me to an organic chem test because the teacher was an inflexible witch. Had a one year old baby I had to wean before my quadramasectomy, and had my father die of cancer half way through my chemo. That was probably my lowest point....but being hairless and scared in tender places sorta sucks too.

    Had no mom to help as she had died a couple years before my diagnosis. Surviving school was nothing; what amazes me I was able to keep my youngest safe during my sickest days. Hate hearing about celebrities waxing on about their cancer struggles--sure it's hard on everyone. But it's way hard on mom's like us. You and I are the true survivors. I had a particularly hard road in that everything that could go wrong went wrong. Some people breeze through surgery and chemo and radiation. Hopefully this will be you baby girl.

    Am in my first year of nursing school now and have just started to get my strength back. Don't think anybody notices though--have them all fooled. Honestly, I will tell you that it was hard, but I'm one tough *****. And, having something to focus on other than how unfair life felt for me kept me from being sorry for myself. Stay positive and stay focused on your goals. If I did it you can too. There will be bad days, but there will be breaks too where you will feel close enough to normal to refuel.

    Plus, I think it will be better for you during nursing school as I think these teachers have more vested interest us as students and therefore more willing to be flexible and do the extra work required to keep you on target. My prereq teachers were mostly good, but most stated that they would prefer that I drop the courses and take them next semester. My O chem teacher was a total nightmare--she didn't want to have to do any extra work to keep me and I was an A student.

    So stay on target, but allow yourself the option to back out and pick it all back up with next years class. It's all good--you are almost there. Bring your NCLEX review books to surgery/chemo treatments. It will give you something to focus on other than all the vile stuff you need to go through to kill those cancer cells.

    PM me if you have any questions or want any advice.

    Many blessings on your journey, I can honestly say that as hard as it is it will go far towards making you a better nurse and a better human.

    PS: Start using Biotene for mouth care during chemo if you want to avoid mouth sores.

    PPS: I thought the one benefit would be weight loss, but I was wrong. Most breast cancer pts gain. The one benefit is that I am a stronger person and will be a better nurse--you will too. HUGS

    Bless your heart.
    Thank you for your very inspirational post.
  3. by   survivor08
    Thank you. I think we share a similiar attitude so I am sure I will do well.
  4. by   danissa
    Hey babe, your'e back! How are you???????????
  5. by   survivor08
    Hi everyone,

    I had my surgery Thursday and went home yesterday. I am still tired and dore but that is expected. The good news is that no nodes needed to go on the right and only 6 on the left and those that were tested in the hospital were negative. A frozene specimen was shipped off and i should know something soon on those.

    I could feel you all with me. Thanks again.
  6. by   danissa
    Take time to heal! Loads of love and great big hugs, ( Gently!) to you babe. Rest up a while, so glad to know youv'e come through this bit.X Take care:icon_hug:
  7. by   gt4everpn
    i truly commend you on your strength, you are in my prayers and i wish you all the best, truly, i am amazed at your strength and perseverance!! your a hero to me!!
  8. by   Testa Rosa, RN
    GOOD NEWS! No node involvement is a good thing (for me the guide wire was the worst part of the surgery).

    I know it's still too soon to celebrate, but usually the hospital patho report is a good indicator. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. I've been looking for a post from you to let us know how it all went. Sounds like you're a trouper.

    Do you think you will still need chemo? A couple of my support group sisters didn't need to go that direction since they had bilaterals with no sentinal node involvement; am sure hoping the same for you. Especially in light of all else you are facing at home and at school....sure would be nice for you not to have to go through that grueling treatment.

    But if yes, know it's all for good. It's all to kill any remaining cancer cells so you can live a long productive life as the fabulous nurse you are meant the be. Doing chemo during school was hard on me, but it taught me so much too. Whatever your journey, you sound like you will power through. So, take this time during winter break to heal. Be kind to yourself and spend this time in rest and reflection.

    When I was healing from the surgery, I remember thinking of myself as a moth who was sheding skin in the process of becoming a new and stronger butterfly. Grow strong sister. Hugs.
  9. by   jemommyRN
    I just wanted to send you warm and well wishes. I just said a prayer for you and God wanted you to know that you will be fine. Good luck with everything.

    P.S. I don't think your crazy, I admire your determination!
  10. by   peacelovestar
    I don't know anyone who has done nursing school with chemo but I admire your determination. You are going to make an incredible nurse!!

    Take care,
  11. by   survivor08
    Hello Everyone,

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and for those of you in school a much needed break. I have done 5 study guides and have been practicing my clinical skills for my skills check on Tuesday and Med-Calc test is on Monday. My scars have healed nicely and my range of motion is great, if I do too much my armpits swell and my upper chest gets sore but it is so much better than I thought it would be.

    I found out through later patho reports that I actually had 11 nodes taken and that some cells were questionable as were some cells in my right breast..good thing I had the bilateral done.

    Tomorrow is the beginning of a whole new world for me..CHEMO. I will begin with some Aloxi for nausea then Decadron for any allergic reaction I may have followed by Cytoxan with a Taxotere chaser. (I wonder if I get a souvenior glass to take home after my cocktail) Good news is I will only need four rounds and hope to be through by mid March then on to 4-5 weeks of daily radiation. I could very well be done by graduation on May 2. I will keep you all posted on how the treatments go and how this whole thing will work with going to class.

    Happy New Year!!!!!Any body have a barf bag????
  12. by   narcissus
    I admire your courage so much. My maternal and paternal grandmothers were both diagnosed with breast cancer, so i've seen the emotional and physical stress that it entails. The next time I complain about being tired and not wanting to finish school, somebody shoot me please!! Keep your head up and stay strong. You can do anything. We're all rooting for you!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   GingerSue
    all the best to you
    hoping things go well for you