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I am newly diagnosed, and wondering what all my options may be. I haven't even met with the surgeon yet. I was wondering what some of my options are.

Melony  Taylor Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Melany, So sorry you have had this diagnosis but you have plenty of company out here. You will be presented with a lot of options. Each of those options will have percentages attached to them as far as beating this disease. Treatment plans depend on many, many, findings that have to do with your own unique disease. Even though you may be diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer, your treatment may be completely different than the next woman's. Discovery is based on a cellular level and the best treatment will be advised depending on those findings. Your head will be spinning as you attend your soon to be appointments. I would advise you take along a family member, or a good friend to take notes, and listen to what is being said. You will have a lot thrown at you and it is difficult to take it all in. You could also record your sessions to play back as a reminder. We are here to help you as much as we can. Women want to know what is going to happen along the way. PLEASE do not be afraid to ask your questions to the team of people who will be caring for you. This is the most important time in your life when YOU have to be your own best advocate. Do not be a shrinking violet at you are the most important part of this journey. Approach this with strength, courage, and humor. You will need the support of all the folks you can enlist. We don't know what your treatment plan is going to be because it all depends on the outcome of the specific tests you are going to have. If things don't sound quite right to you, GET A SECOND OPINION! Hang in there... remember, we are always here for you. You WILL make it! Take care, Sharon
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I was diagnosed i
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Oops.. I was diagnosed in May so I remember very clearly how scary it was to be in that limbo of being diagnosed but not having your treatment plan laid out yet
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      SOOOO TRUE! Once you know where you are going, you can be sure a bit of fear will be lifted. Sharon

      over 7 years Flag

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