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Is there really anything known as a cure?

Currently, my breast cancer is not my focus health-wise. My myasthenia gravis is causing me more "problems" than the breast cancer. As I celebrate Mother's Day with my husband and daughter, I can't help but feel blessed. As I was undergoing/enduring my radiation therapy treatments my coping was "tried." I feared skin burns but, thankfully, I have had no burning of my skin (though the areas treated were hot and red for a few days). I chalk that up to a great doctor and staff who advised me on preventative care which I applied - though not as diligently as I should have (God is good despite me).

I'm reflective today since I know I have follow-up exams and x-rays scheduled. I am thankful for a diligent radiologist who is very, very thorough (I believe he saved my life finding my "small" invasive cancer before it was readily apparent) as well as a kind and knowledgeable breast specialist.

However, I wonder if there is actually a "cure" or if our bodies simply continue to have cancer cut out of us until not a single abnormal cell remains - is that even possible? How can anyone know if all abnormal cells are gone or if there is one malignant-leaning cell left which teases and entices other cells around it to bind to it?

For now, I will simply celebrate being on hormone therapy for five years and having every-6-month checkups.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms.

Life's problems wouldn't be called "hurdles" if there wasn't a way to get over them. ~ Author Unknown

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Thomas threw a punch at your cancer.
Thomas sent you a prayer.
Louise, Thomas sent you a hug.
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New symptom started yesterday, 4/24 ??

I keep an eye on the skin of my left breast, moisturize it, and marvel that I have escaped peeling and burning, Yesterday mid morning I got a single "searing pain" in my left breast just over my incisional scar. It then settled into a burning which hurt when touched and was uncomfortable in a sports bra. That area is healed but looks red/blue bruised. The area just beside my left arm pit is sore but only when I touch it.

As an "aside commentary," my myasthenia, however, is causing me more problems than this pain. I seem to fade much more regularly. I "gave up" taking two 100 mg capsules of gabapentin because it exhausts me. However, it prevents the "restless legs" I suffer nightly which prevents me from sleeping. I also had a urodynamics test done on my bladder yesterday afternoon because, apparently, it is thought I can (or have) developed neurogenic bladder. The thought of having that is mind-numbing to me. I told the ARNP in the neurologist's office, who saw me last, that I want to be in remission and stay in remission. Who knows what will have to be done or even if that could be achieved.

I'm debating about letting someone know about the burning of my breast if it keeps up. Guess that would be the surgeon ..

Still, I know I am blessed and this is just a stumbling block placed in my way to test my faith.

Thanks for "listening."

Louise threw a punch at your cancer.
Betsy sent you a prayer.
Betsy sent you a hug.
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Pati, did they mention increasing prednisone strength? (cripes, I forget, Pete, step father, is 5 mg every other day, but I think it's "Prednisolone"). My late Father had it, and VERY ironically, my Step-father has it and at 87, he is in remission. So your chances for remission are there. As for the breast pain, run it by the surgeon. But my late BFF Ellen also experienced this and it was right in the path of the bra, ugh. Could be healing knitting pain or some scar tissue.
Can't take steroids as I have GI bleeding from an "unknown source" even though I have had a capsule endoscopy .. ?? Thanks though.
For me, I had shooting pains more regularly after the surgery and it went on till this very day. I wouldn't place too much importance on that, except when you do see the Surgeon as your followup recommends, I would mention it to him/her. I believe it is the body's way of telling you something is gone and it's the cancer. I sort of look at it as a reminder, and nothing more. By the way my surgery was 10 years ago, a lumpectomy. More conerning are the drugs that we stay on for life. IT's just the way it is. If you want to stay alive for as long as you can, I wouldn't fight the recommended therapies. It will get better, trust me.
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Vital Info


November 5, 2016

Orlando, Florida, USA

May 19, 1951

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Breast Cancer

not yet known

November 2

Right now, the word itself

Just starting my journey

Pray for me

pre-cancer in one breast with every 6-month follow-ups. Only had "aching" in breast with cancer with my arm pit hurting when touched.

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again, don't yet know



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