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Breast Cancer

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by CountryKat, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. CountryKat

    CountryKat Fish On!!!

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    I hope I can help someone out there with this info.

    The wife and I just got back from the doctor and she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at 36 years old. It has been the 3rd case discovered this month alone from the Lima area. It normally occurs at ages 50 - 60 according to the doctor. No signs of indication other than "THE LUMP".

    Guys, please talk your wives and girlfriends to get checked out. It only takes an hour.

    We caught it in it's early stages so there is a 97% chance it is curable but she will still most likely loose her breast's.

    Not exactly sure what else to say other than talk them into getting checked out. The doctor also said they are finding it as early as 25 yrs old.

    Maybe a moderator can make this a sticky for a while so everyone can see it.

    CountryKat
     
  2. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    Jim,
    My gosh.. what frightening news. I'm so sorry that you and your wife are having to deal with this, especially with her being SO incredibly young! Does heredity play any part here? Although it is very suspicious that 3 cases have appeared in just one month all from the same geographical area.
    On that note, for anyone who has not seen the movie "Erin Brockovich", you definitely should. It shows you how just one "unknown" person (who has the burning desire to find "the truth") can change the world.
    Good luck to the both of you. You'll be in our prayers.
    Marcia
     

  3. crankus_maximus

    crankus_maximus Crankus Baitus Maximus

    My wife is currently working on a cure at OSU in her quest for her PhD. They are making leaps and bounds, however there are still significant hurdles to overcome. We are definitely a lot further technology and science-wise then we were 5 years ago. My wife's best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at 22 and she lost all of one and had here other one removed for safety sake. I know it can happen early in life. I wish your wife and you the best of luck as you fight this battle and win! Please know that as we pray for her fast recovery that someone is doing something to cure the disease. Best wishes.

    Justin
     
  4. I wish your wife the best with getting through this crisis. I have been around breast cancer as well. My mother went through it six years ago. I don't recall how the classification was on hers but she ended up having a full mastectomey. Thank God that after six years she is still cancer-free. So that is an account for optimism. You are right that early detection is the key as it is with any type of cancer. And something important to note is that the mammogram are not always the best line of detection. Self-exams and doctor exams often times detect what a mammogram may not find. My mother found her own and even after pointing it out to the specialist doing the mammogram they still were not able to detect it. Every body is different and some are more readily detected. The important thing to note though is that the awareness and knowing what to check for is very important.

    Once again, I hope everything goes well for your wife. It is a tough thing both physically and emotionally to endure.
     
  5. Another thing to not be overlooked is that breast cancer can occur in males as well. The rate is very low but the fact is that it happens. I think that it is only 1 or 2 % of all occurrances that are male but that makes it a risk. So perhaps it is not something that men will take the time to check out but it is something to keep in mind if something is noticed in that area.
     
  6. My wife was diagnosed at 40 (1990), had a lumpectomy, radiation treatments(no cemo), and has had no problems since. I highly suggest getting a second opinion before surgery. You will be surprised at the support she will get from people....that's important. Think positive and be with her all the way and everything will turn out fine. Good luck.
     
  7. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

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    The boss (wife)had her baseline mammogram last week. She is 37.
    She said it wasn't bad at all.
    Sorry to hear about your wife. On the bright side stage 2 the cancer is still localized and hasn't spread to the lymph nodes. Highly curable.
     
  8. CountryKat

    CountryKat Fish On!!!

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    Unfortunately it was a lymph node that was infected. There were 4 spots and the one in the node was aggresive (into the blood stream). I just hope it hasn't went any further.
     
  9. Carpman_1977

    Carpman_1977 Big Softy the Fish Finder

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    My wife was diagnosed right after we were married back in 2001. She was only 24. It was about the size of a quarter and she went through several rounds of chemo before it finally disappeared. However, since then, she has had several "relapses" as well. I hate to call them relapses because all they found were precancerous cells upon inspecting her breast/small lumps. Typically, these lumps were benign cists or found during her period when her hormones were all messed up, but they still injected her just to be safe. Since she has had a history, they gave her the full out chemo treatment again. She has been cancer free for about 2 years now, and we are expecting our first child here in November.

    My wife is the toughest person that I know. She works nights as a nurse and through all of her chemo treatments she only missed ONE day worth of work. She would get off of work, go get her chemo injection, and then drive home. She refused to let me help her, which SUCKED, because she is a very strong and independant person, but it had all I had not to burst into tears every time she got sick or weakened due to the chemo. I had to be the strong one for her.

    Guys (and girls) make sure you have your wives (or yourself) get checked regularly. I could not have imagined what could have happened if she did not begin checking herself until later in life. C-Kat, here's hoping for a speedy recovery. One thign you need to stress to your wife is that MANY women have recovered fully from this, and she will be no different.
     
  10. Keeping the two of you in my prayers