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Glad to read about your update. We're happy you have a wonderful support system.
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post #103 of 161
Wow!
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I was thinking of you this morning
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Originally Posted by AmyD
Well the necrotic lymph node is still in my armpit. We tried the surgery under local and I have an interesting web of microscopic nerves growing around it, which made it impossible to get out w/o excrutiating pain. While I was open though, I consented to a FNA biopsy. I should have the results in about a week.

And on a fun note, I'm one of those people who metabolizes lidocaine VERY QUICKLY. Areas she numbed got feeling back w/i 20 min. We had to stop the procedure as she couldn't give me any more lidocaine w/o causing a seizure. I decided to keep it in for now.

So the lymph node is dead. And black and gross looking. Lots of scar tissue around it.

This leaves my surgeon w/2 possible diagnoses:

1)This is a really strong invasive cancer that has killed this lymph node and is onto bigger and better organs.
2)Cat scratch fever OR

3)It was cancer and the homeopathy killed it.
I've been thinking about you and read this and just thought: Good Heavens!!

Amy, you are a strong woman and deeply loved.

post #106 of 161
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Hey mamas,

Just wanted to update you all, again Well, two weeks post-surgery, I'm regretting having the surgery. Thinking it put my healing back a couple of months. Oh, and surprise surprise, it is cancer. She is thinking breast cancer, but not 100% sure. I'm thinking breast cancer too, so I'm going w/that. I planned to have surgery under general anesthesia on Friday but have canceled. Two wrongs don't make a right, yk?

The lymph node contained some live cells, but mostly dead ones. My surgeon thinks the cancer is having a lil' party in my body, but I disagree w/her. She is leaving Dartmouth next month so I'm planning to send her a card in 5 yrs at her new location and tell her how wonderful I'm doing

Recovery from surgery was cake, w/i 2 days I was about 80% and picking up my toddler w/the affected arm.

I'm feeling fantabulous and feeling incredibly positive b/c I know that I am killing this thing. My body is strong and totally capable of healing itself, as it has already begun.

Oh, and the good news. My surgeon can not tell me if it is hormone fed or sensitive or whathaveyou w/o more cells, but being that my sister's cancer is not sensitive to hormones and the fact that she thinks we have the BARC2 gene, it is probably not sensitive to hormones. Which is good b/c I am not done having babies So, I'm going w/that too.

Oh, and more good news. I hate where we live, always have--I want to be in the country. So we put the house on the market and are getting out of here. Staying in VT, staying close to my support, but out of this town and into the country. I'm getting some goats Being diagnosed with cancer has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I've felt so stagnant over the past years, but it is causing me to actually live--something I think I was afraid to do for some time. I am so incredibly lucky

Hope you all are well and thanks for sharing my cancer journey w/me.
post #107 of 161
nak-

seeing this for the 1st time-- muh love and healing vibes to you, amy.

don't know if it's been suggested yet, but check out "breast cancer- breast health: the wise woman way" by Susun Weed. I know you'll love it!
post #108 of 161
I am in awe whenever I read one of your updates ... more healing : dust to you. Your strength and presence of mind is inspiring!
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Originally Posted by AmyD
I have learned a lot about myself and that is absolutely priceless.
YOU are priceless my dear
post #110 of 161
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Originally Posted by AmyD
Hey mamas,

Just wanted to update you all, again Well, two weeks post-surgery, I'm regretting having the surgery. Thinking it put my healing back a couple of months. Oh, and surprise surprise, it is cancer. She is thinking breast cancer, but not 100% sure. I'm thinking breast cancer too, so I'm going w/that. I planned to have surgery under general anesthesia on Friday but have canceled. Two wrongs don't make a right, yk?

The lymph node contained some live cells, but mostly dead ones. My surgeon thinks the cancer is having a lil' party in my body, but I disagree w/her. She is leaving Dartmouth next month so I'm planning to send her a card in 5 yrs at her new location and tell her how wonderful I'm doing

Recovery from surgery was cake, w/i 2 days I was about 80% and picking up my toddler w/the affected arm.

I'm feeling fantabulous and feeling incredibly positive b/c I know that I am killing this thing. My body is strong and totally capable of healing itself, as it has already begun.

Oh, and the good news. My surgeon can not tell me if it is hormone fed or sensitive or whathaveyou w/o more cells, but being that my sister's cancer is not sensitive to hormones and the fact that she thinks we have the BARC2 gene, it is probably not sensitive to hormones. Which is good b/c I am not done having babies So, I'm going w/that too.

Oh, and more good news. I hate where we live, always have--I want to be in the country. So we put the house on the market and are getting out of here. Staying in VT, staying close to my support, but out of this town and into the country. I'm getting some goats Being diagnosed with cancer has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I've felt so stagnant over the past years, but it is causing me to actually live--something I think I was afraid to do for some time. I am so incredibly lucky

Hope you all are well and thanks for sharing my cancer journey w/me.
I've heard this story often.

Now, on a more sober note Amy, you may need to put your thinking cap back on, coz the suppression I think is easily reversed.... for instance, here's one thing. In my research on Vitamin A, I noted that after surgery lymphocytes are severely suppressed and vitamin A helps to get them back on line.

Your noticing that surgery knocked you is accurate. If you do decide to have surgery again...

Please read this:

http://www.abc.net.au/health/minutes...es/s938929.htm

But its not just about the HER2 receptor it is about the immune system and the toxicity of anaesthesia on the immune system.

If you consider what you can do before hand, to make sure that the surgery knocks you as little as possible, there is stuff you can do to help that process. It's not going to be easy, because you have to be careful. If you use too much vitamin C then the anaesthetic won't work properly, so you have to lay off that a few days before. If you were taking it the day of the local, that may have been why it wore off so fast.

BUT after surgery, you need your support to whack it into you as fast as possible to clear the anesthesia, and then you need to do whatever you decide on, to get the immune system back up to speed. Be aware though, that you will also feel pain quicker...

post #111 of 161
Blessed may or may not be able to shed more light on this

Our surgeon's couldn't (There was a suggestion our son had meckels and would require surgery, which I didn't agree with, but on the offchance they were right, I researched the whole thing... ) but I'm picking Blessed has more brains than they did
post #112 of 161
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
I've heard this story often.

Now, on a more sober note Amy, you may need to put your thinking cap back on, coz the suppression I think is easily reversed.... for instance, here's one thing. In my research on Vitamin A, I noted that after surgery lymphocytes are severely suppressed and vitamin A helps to get them back on line.

Your noticing that surgery knocked you is accurate. If you do decide to have surgery again...

Please read this:

http://www.abc.net.au/health/minutes...es/s938929.htm

But its not just about the HER2 receptor it is about the immune system and the toxicity of anaesthesia on the immune system.

If you consider what you can do before hand, to make sure that the surgery knocks you as little as possible, there is stuff you can do to help that process. It's not going to be easy, because you have to be careful. If you use too much vitamin C then the anaesthetic won't work properly, so you have to lay off that a few days before. If you were taking it the day of the local, that may have been why it wore off so fast.

BUT after surgery, you need your support to whack it into you as fast as possible to clear the anesthesia, and then you need to do whatever you decide on, to get the immune system back up to speed. Be aware though, that you will also feel pain quicker...

Well, I'm so glad I'm taking my high vitamin cod liver oil I think I'm taking about 20,000 I.U. of A daily

And funny about the sodium ascorbate and local anesthesia I, of course, was dosing quite heavy on it prior to surgery

And I read that link, very informative, and is discussed in the a forementioned Susun Weed book (which I do love, incidentally ). From what I gathered in the Weed book, it wasn't so much the surgery that caused cancer spreading (or a decrease in immune functioning), as much as the removal of the mommy tumor which stopped lil' babies from fleeing the nest.

Sometimes it is so hard to go against the current mainstream thinking, yk? I hope that my lumpy bumpy will still offer me some protection from other cancer parties in my body, and if not, I of course will deal w/it then.

Thanks mamas
post #113 of 161
Amy, which Susan Weed book? She's written several...
post #114 of 161
Praying for you! You have such a fantastic attitude! You are one strong woman!
post #115 of 161
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
Amy, which Susan Weed book? She's written several...
The breast cancer one.

And you all are so silly, you are making me blush
post #116 of 161
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Originally Posted by AmyD
The breast cancer one.

And you all are so silly, you are making me blush
Okay...um... got a title?

so.... tell me what we have to do to make you dance as well.

But not... naked. In a tutu will suffice. And must have tiara.
post #117 of 161
Thread Starter 
: Unfortunately, I do not have a tutu, nor a tiara. Can you rent those things, "tutus r us"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096...Fencoding=UTF8
post #118 of 161
You can rent anything can't you? Well, just about?
post #119 of 161

Macrobiotics

I would begin a macrobiotic diet immediately.
It works.
post #120 of 161
Interesting article on vitamin C IV's for cancer:
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/14842932.htm

Vit. C is my current research project.
Well, 1 of about 15 current ones...
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