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StateChick's picture
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Just Wanted to Share!

I know I don't usually post over here, but have lurked some over the past week or so, and just feel compelled to share.

I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the last 4 years ... until today.

See my siggy for details on that timeline...I nursed during at least part of my last two pregnancies.

My baby turned 9 months old last week...on that day I found out I had at least a Stage 2 breast cancer.

Two days later I weaned him cold turkey from nursing at the breast. Today I pumped my last bottle. Ever.

I will begin chemotherapy in a week or so. Even if I am able to have more children when this ordeal is over, I won't have the option of nursing my baby as I will be having bilateral mastectomies to defeat this cancer!

During this Breast Feeding awareness week, I wanted to encourage each of you to hold your baby close and enjoy that sweet, breast feeding bond between you and your child.

I'd also like to encourage you to perform monthly breast exams, even though we all know our breasts change constantly while we are nursing. I thought I had a clogged duct/brewing mastitis and delayed going to my doctor for about a month.

Feel free to ask questions and I'll be happy to answer them if I can.

THanks for listening. Smile

Andy1784's picture
Joined: 09/18/08
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Oh my goodness what terrible and scary news. I'm so sorry that you and your family are having to fight this battle, it is never fair. I wish you the best with everything, and all the strength in the world to endure the treatments. ((Hugs))

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Joined: 04/13/09
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oh my I am soo sorry to hear you have breast cancer Sad Cancer is such an evil disease and it breaks my heart to hear anyone has it. You seem like such a strong person and you are willing to do whatever it takes to beat this evil disease. I am soo happy for you that you were able to breastfeed all of your children. You are soo right hold your babies close and do self exams on yourself often. I lost my mom about a year ago to a rare form of cancer she had in her leg and life has never been the same without her. Thanks for sharing your story and if you need anyone to talk to I am here for you!

alwayssmile's picture
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Oh no! I did not expect to hear this from you when I opened the thread. I'm so sorry. Lots of prayers being sent your family's way. :grouphug:

I will definitely be holding Aiden a bit closer during nursing sessions today!

momW's picture
Joined: 09/29/09
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Oh no, I'm so sorry!!! Thank you for the reminder to appreciate every little thing my kiddos do! My family and I will be praying hard for you and your family. You'll be in my thoughts.

:bigarmhug:

KittyRN's picture
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I'm so sorry to hear this! My thought and prayers will be with you.

HorseMomma's picture
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Prayers! Sent you a PM.

AnnaRO's picture
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I will be praying for you. I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this. :bighug:

TiggersMommy's picture
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I am so so sorry to hear of your cancer. You and your family will most certainly be in my thoughts. Have you looked into BM donations for Wade? Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've been too scared to call and make an appointment about a change in my breast that I'm slightly concerned about. I'm definitely making that call today.

:bigarmhug:

Joined: 05/23/07
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Such scary news. I'm so glad you have caught this when you did. My mom had a bi-lateral mastectomy in 2002 and has been in remission since that time. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

A good reminder that ***nothing*** should be taken for granted - life is precious!

girlisrad's picture
Joined: 04/24/07
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This post about brought me to my knees.

:bigarmhug:

You are a strong woman for sharing your journey with us. Know that you will have so much prayer backing you up!!!!

Newlywed630's picture
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Oh no Sad I'm so sorry. I will send you tons of positive thoughts. Huge hugs.

carg0612's picture
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My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thank you for being so open and willing to help support others in your own time of need - you are trully an inspiration to all of us.

Please keep us posted when you are up to it. I wish you all the health and happiness in the world to beat this!

Lizbet22's picture
Joined: 04/01/09
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All my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Your strength is an inspiration!
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rubber_da_glove's picture
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:bighug:

pico83's picture
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:bighug: I'll be thinking of you. I'm so sorry you're going through this. My mom just had a (unilateral) mastectomy for breast cancer last week. I hope everything goes as smoothly for you as it has for her.

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Candace,

(((((((((HUGS))))))))))) I've been praying for you and your family as you go through this journey. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your words of inspiration and encouragement to all of us. Please know you have our support as well throughout.

I'll drop you a private note later as well.

~Missy

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I'm so sorry hun. My thoughts and prayers are with you. :bigarmhug:

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Thank you for sharing your story, and I'm so very, very sorry.

Because of your post, I called this afternoon for an appt. to get a mass of dense breast tissue checked out. I'd been putting it off for the same reasons you've mentioned.

Cherrychip's picture
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:bigarmhug: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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:lurk:

You are a brave woman, and I just wanted to add my thoughts and prayers to you.

LMCH's picture
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my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family :bigarmhug:

Joined: 12/30/09
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Oh my gosh, I am so very sorry! I will be praying for you and your family.

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Oh my goodness, Candace, I'm so sorry to hear this! I had a friend go through this recently, then discovered she was pregnant shortly after she finished her chemo. She was quite shocked, needless to say, but she and her 10 month old are doing great now! I'll keep you in my T&P's. Update us on the Aug '09 board if you get the chance!

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Candace, I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. :bighug:

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I am so sorry! You are a very strong and courageous woman! Thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family

K_Lo's picture
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Oh Candace I am so sorry you and your family are going through this right now. My BFF is going through chemo right now for leukemia, and while it is har,d she is getting through it and you will too! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will remember your advice as I nurse my newest LO in a few months.

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Keeping you in my thoughts hun.

xx

coolmama72's picture
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I just wanted to share a positive story ... my MIL just defeated stage 4 breast cancer, and it was her THIRD bout with it. So it can be beat, and I'm glad that your cancer was caught early enough. I'm very sad for you to lose the breastfeeding, I know that's very hard (my son's early weaning led to surgery for me and the discovery that I had thyroid cancer - things happen for a reason, I guess).

Thank you for your message/reminder about the monthly self checks. I'm terrible about that, despite what my MIL has gone through.

I'll be thinking about you, and keeping you in my prayers.

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Praying for you and your family. You are a strong woman and I believe you can beat it! KUP as much as you can!

slurpeegirl13's picture
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Sending you prayers and positive thoughts and all the recovery vibes I can muster. :bigarmhug:

mommys's picture
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Lots of love and prayers for you.

bamsmom's picture
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Sending many prayers for you and your family!
Stay strong as you are woman and you CAN beat this!!!

Uropachild's picture
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I am so sorry to hear such scary news! Sad I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts, and sending much love to you. x

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Oh My goodness. I am soooooo sorry to hear this!!! I will definitely send you my T&P's. :bighug:

Joined: 06/04/07
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I am stunned. I am so sorry you're going through this! You and your family are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the wake up call to not shirk self exams and to not wait when something looks odd. It's one of my biggest fears to go to the doctor to ask if something looks ok and to be told it's something much worse than what it is. You're an inspiration to all of us! :bigarmhug:

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You will be in my t&p's. And thank you for sharing this reminder with others to get checked. We'll be here with you as you kick cancers butt. :bighug:

toothy35's picture
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candace, i'm so sorry about your diagnosis and having to stop nursing wade cold turkey....i think of you daily and pray for you often!!!! you will beat this, no doubt about it!!! lean on us as much as you can!!!!! lots of love and prayers coming to you and your family!!

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I hope all goes well with your treatment. I am so sorry that you are going through this and that you have had to stop nursing before you were ready. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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:bighug: T&Ps headed your way!

Kayla1981's picture
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I was also not expecting that to be your news. I am so sorry to hear this. You can and WILL beat this. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and there are days now that I forget we even went through such a scary time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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How did I miss this post?

I'm so sorry to hear about what is going on with you! Like PP said - you WILL beat it! Hang in there!