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I'm the daughter of chaos... Isis
June 3, 2007
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(((Bev)))

Same here, I'm thinking of you as well.

I am having an ultra-sound guided vacuum biopsy on June 11th. That is a new one to me- the previous two were needle biopsies.

I'm really nervous, very anxious- can't seem to get my mind on much of anything else.

The first one was negative, and the second one was insitu. I had a lumpectomy with the insitue and no other treatments.

I feel like this one will not be good. Like I'm a walking time-bomb waiting to go off. The cat. 5 mammo really scared me and then the ultrasound confirmed the irregular borders and close to the chest wall.
Ten o'clock high on the right side- mammo talk.

I talked to my holistic prationer and she feels as though I am suffering from PTSD as a result of what mother went through. I went through that whole ordeal with my mother way back when- hell, I was just a kid.

Our lives were never the same after mother found out she had breast cancer.

A couple of weeks ago, when I couldn't go the that graduation party? Well, I actually had an, if you can believe it, an "I miss my mama moment".

Any thoughts?

More to follow.

Isis

June 3, 2007
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I forgot to mention this.

When I asked my surgeon why he wouldn't just go in and take the damn thing out, his reply to me was...

I need to know what I'm dealing with before I open you up- and... I really don't want to have to open you up twice.

Nice, huh?

June 3, 2007
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(((Isis))) My heart and love are with you sweetie. Thinking of you.

June 3, 2007
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(((Isis))) Thinking of you today and definitely going for a mammogram this summer. I hope there will be answers soon because waiting can be bad enough. Holding you close in my heart....love, gg

June 3, 2007
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Isis

Has your dr. given you any info about the vacuum guided biopsy? I did this years ago, but not with sono, and I believe they are much easier now with sono. It's minimally invasive and doesn't leave a scar- just a dot. It doesn't even
require stitches. The word vacuum sounds really horrendous. It's more suction - IMO.

As for that comment- I have never been able to read a doc's mind. Since the lesion is high, I wonder if he is referring to your axillary lymph nodes?

Here is a link if you are interested.

(((Sassy Isis)))

June 5, 2007
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(((Isis))) - thinking of you.

June 5, 2007
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(((Isis))) I don't know about this subject, but I just wanted to let you know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

As you may might know, my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and got treatment and still alive. Sadly, there is not much communication between us. However, I always keep her in my prayers. That's the only thing I do for her. If I have to speak with her, it is usually out of duty. I try to keep it formal and to the point.

I've had mamo this year and last year and both results were negative. My sis is the 1st member in my family to have breast cancer.

Life is not easy and we have to persevere and you've got all our love, support and prayers here sweetie!

June 5, 2007
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((((((((((((Isis)))))))))))

I just wanted to stop in real quick and tell you that I love you and I am thinking of you and holding you close.

June 5, 2007
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(((((Isis)))))) Keeping you in my thoughts. I hope you are doing okay.

Love, gg

June 6, 2007
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(((Isis)))

Thinking of you today, sugar.

June 6, 2007
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Thanks girls, your support gives me strength.

Hi Ras- thanks for stopping by, I haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is well with you.

OK- the nurse practitioner at the high risk center called with results from the MRI. There were a few spots that "lit up", however, they are not going to biopsy them on the 11th. Instead, I have to have a follow-up MRI in six months. UGH, I'm not really looking forward to that again so soon.

The MRI also confirmed that the mass that they found on the mammo/ultrasound does indeed need to be biopsied- like I didn't already know that.

Bev, in your experience, what does a mass with irregular shape/borders mean? Be honest please. And, does it pose more of a risk being in the spot that it's in?

You are not going to believe this- this "thing", this breast issue, is like the elephant in the room that my husband and I are not talking about.
This is a first- and he is not himself. And mind you, he is a doctor.

It makes me think that he is scared.

Love you all,

Isis

June 6, 2007
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Isis

A mass with irregular borders is more at risk, and the position it is in is riskier.

A well circumscribed mass is less likely to spread and, as a rule is easier to biopsy. It is ecapsulated. One that is described as spiculated (star-shaped) or with irregular borders (not encapsulated) is more likely to spread. Because it is in the 10 o'clock position, that means that it is in the upper outer quadrant near the "tail" of the breast, near the armpit. It's closer to the axillary lymph nodes and can invade that system. Did they say what the mass measured?

A six-month follow up sounds less fearful than immediate action. Are you saying that there are other lesions that the MRI detected? Are you still going to have a biopsy on the 11th?

You're not going down yet, Isis. You are my turtle moon sister. I love you.

(((Isis)))

June 7, 2007
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Bev,

Thanks for your honest reply.

Yes, I am still having the 10 o'clock lesion biopsied on the 11th. The MRI "confirmed" (whatever that means) that it did need to be biopsied.

The other ones that "lit up" on the MRI will be checked again in six months- with another MRI.

I'm so scared because of what the surgeon said- "I don't want to have to open you up twice, I need to know what I'm dealing with first".

Gotta run, going to take the boys to school then do some stuff.

I'll check in later babe.

Isis

June 7, 2007
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(((Isis)))

June 9, 2007
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Isis

Surrounding you in a field of hugs!!

(((Turtle moon sister)))

June 9, 2007
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(((Isis)))Thinking of you during this tough time and holding you close to my heart...

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