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My Whole Family Is Fighting
When I was told my mom has stage IV ovarian cancer, I felt terrible because I live in Boston and she lives in Germany. A few days before my flight out, I felt something in my left breast...
A Teacher's Story
I'm greeted at the office with a child's piggy bank full of coins. I am overwhelmed with emotion. I set the piggy bank on my shelf and the coins in a cedar box on my window sill along with a green lifesaver, a couple of quarters, a dollar bill... all sacrificial gifts from the heart to help Mrs. Greer "beat cancer."
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Don't Ignore Pain
I was diagnosed at the age of 33 in August 2008: stage II breast cancer, ER+ and BRCA1 gene. After a double mastectomy, radiation, chemo and reconstruction, my hair started growing back. By 2010, I was cancer-free! Then while working my dream job in May 2011, my right lower thigh started hurting…
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You have been diagnosed with cancer and one of the first things that pops into your mind is asking, "Do I need chemotherapy?" Chemo is not always needed, but when it is, there may be a few things you need to do. Preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is important.
Make your doctor and dentist appointments: You may need additional check-ups prior to starting chemotherapy. If you need any blood work or other tests, getting those done before chemo would be ideal. Seeing your dentist for a cleaning and any dental work that would be needed is essential. Chemo can be hard on your mouth and you will increase your chance of infection, therefore dental work should not be done while you are undergoing treatments.
Finding transportation: Having someone accompany you to your appointments would be a must-do in my opinion. Oftentimes, you would appreciate having that support person by your side. They can help write notes, ask questions to clarify, or just be there for your personal shoulder to cry on. Other times, it may be best to have someone drive you to and from your chemotherapy injections in case you have any side effects, such as sleepiness.