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RE: Getting My Dog to Eat

by DogmaWI - February 13, 2013

Try ground turkey mixed with rice. It looks like ground beef, but lighter in color. Brown it and then mix it half and half with cooked rice. My good friend feeds this to her dog when she is sick and won't eat anything else. Good luck!

RE: has anyone else done this?

by DogmaWI - February 13, 2013

Do you have just itching, or is there tenderness and soreness also? Are there any changes in the skin, like thickening? Does your breast feel heavy? Is it hot or warm to the touch? Do your lymph nodes feel swollen? Any pain in your arm? These are signs of Inflamatory Breast Cancer, a rare and aggressive form that most people have never heard of. Mine started with itchiness and increased sensitivity of the nipple. This type of cancer is very quick to progress from mild to severe, so please get checked out as soon as possible. Also, it doesn't show up on mammograms and does not present with a typical lump, so it can be misdiagnosed. If you feel that there is something wrong, don't ignore that feeling. Best of luck to you!

RE: Alternative options

by DogmaWI - February 05, 2013

With a projected cure rate of 92%, I would not hesitate to take the hormone therapy and surgery. I had chemo. A modified radical mastectomy with auxiliary node dissection (23 lymph nodes removed) and radiation. I am now on the hormone therapy, Tamoxifen. My cancer was HER2 positive, and I get Herceptin infusions every three weeks for a year. My cure rate was only about forty percent, but my body responded to the chemo and the cancer was completely gone from my tumors in my breast and lymph nodes when I had surgery. The chemo and radiation were the worst part of treatment. The surgery and hormone treatments aren't nearly as bad. You have a better chance of cure than most of us, and you don't even have to have the most difficult treatments! Why would you NOT go the conventional route? Losing a breast is not the end of the world! It is better than risking death by refusing to take a course of treatment with a 92% projected rate of success!

RE: Mammogram

by DogmaWI - February 05, 2013

I wonder how this turned out for you. I know people who have had to have additional views after getting a mammogram, had to wait, then needed an ultrasound, had to wait again, then a biopsy, more waiting, then results finally came. Having to wait for results or additional testing is the worst torture imaginable! I hope you got good news, but if you didn't, know that it isn't the end of the world. It is survivable! We are here for you if you have questions or need to vent. Give us an update, please!

RE: breast cancer stage 3

by DogmaWI - February 05, 2013

I have stage 3c Inflamatory Breast Cancer. It is HER 2 positive, progesterone negative and weakly estrogen positive ( 10%) . I had a complete response to chemo. , which is rare, and my surgeon said that means I am one of the lucky ones. I had a modified radical mastectomy and auxiliary node dissection with 23 lymph nodes removed. I completed radiation two weeks ago, and am healing from the burns. I get Herceptin every three weeks until Aug. 22, 2013. I have done a lot of research and know that there is a substantial probability of cancer mets. To the bone, brain, or liver. None of my doctors have been so bluntly insensitive as yours seems to have been, telling you that your chances are high for the possibility of it spreading to your brain. To me, that kind of statement is very damaging to your sense of security. My situation isn't that different from yours, and I remain optimistic that my cancer will not recur. If you lose hope, then you've lost half the battle. I'm not suggesting that we ignore the statistics and pretend that we are cured, but we also don't need to have our hopes dashed by our physicians, whom we look to for advice and guidance. Frankly, it really pisses me off to hear that your doctor told you that. Even if it is true, it is not something you needed to hear. It is just as likely that if you remain positive, you will not have a recurrence. No one can predict the future, and to take away your hope is mean and cruel. Don't let anyone take that away from you!
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Patient, Survivor
Breast Cancer
Alternative Treatments, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Treatments, Chemotherapy

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