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post #1 of 28
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I found out today that a good friend of my good friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She is about 28 years old and is currently pregnant with her second child. Her little girl is just over a year old.

Thankfully she is far enough along in her pregnancy, that she can wait and carry the baby to term before starting chemo...but if it had been earlier in the pregnancy, she basically would have had to choose between the baby's life and her own

Please send prayers for this young family. She is an amazing woman, we have hung out a bunch of times, and she and her hubby are both really awesome, fun people.

Thanks guys.
post #2 of 28
Thats awful! She is in my thoughts
post #3 of 28
Nat, your friend is in my prayers.I pray she can carry the baby to term and that she beats Breast Cancer.
post #4 of 28
My heart goes out to this woman. Prayers and good vibes coming her way. I wish her strength and courage through her ordeal.
post #5 of 28
That is so sad! Her and the baby will be in my thoughts.
post #6 of 28
Please have your friend call the American Cancer Society's 800 number -- let me get it for you...

1-800-ACS-2345

My best friend in all the world is a supervisor now at the national ACS call center, taking calls from cancer patients and their families. It's astonishing what an array of services, information, ideas, and general support they can either provide or refer you to! From finding financial assistance to choosing the right therapy to getting a ride to your chemo appointments to having a free place to stay during treatment to getting a free wig if you lose your hair, and much more.

The key is to call, and if you don't feel you got the level of help I'm describing here, call back... and call back again if necessary, until you get a representative who really responds to your needs, asks a lot of questions, and takes time to figure out all the ways they may be able to help. Not every rep is that good... but many of them are, and it's worth it to keep calling until you get one of them.

There's a lot of help out there for breast cancer patients, including support groups and mentors that can really help during the longterm aftermath, as well. There's every reason to have high hopes for her full recovery!
post #7 of 28
Awww that's so sad! Sending many cancer free vibes her way
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Please have your friend call the American Cancer Society's 800 number -- let me get it for you...

1-800-ACS-2345

My best friend in all the world is a supervisor now at the national ACS call center, taking calls from cancer patients and their families. It's astonishing what an array of services, information, ideas, and general support they can either provide or refer you to! From finding financial assistance to choosing the right therapy to getting a ride to your chemo appointments to having a free place to stay during treatment to getting a free wig if you lose your hair, and much more.

The key is to call, and if you don't feel you got the level of help I'm describing here, call back... and call back again if necessary, until you get a representative who really responds to your needs, asks a lot of questions, and takes time to figure out all the ways they may be able to help. Not every rep is that good... but many of them are, and it's worth it to keep calling until you get one of them.

There's a lot of help out there for breast cancer patients, including support groups and mentors that can really help during the longterm aftermath, as well. There's every reason to have high hopes for her full recovery!

Thank you very much for the number..but I am not sure she can use it as she is Canadian... There is probably a Canadian equivalent?
post #9 of 28
I'm so sorry Natalie. I know exactly how you feel. I'm sending many good vibes your way and wish only the best for your friend. A coworker of mine who I consider a friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a week ago. She is only 38 and has a 5 year old son.
post #10 of 28
I will pray for your friend. I did read somewhere,and then saw it on a tv program, where they are discovering that women who choose to continue with their pregnancies and be treated with chemo (not radiation) at the same time are having healthy babies, and I believe it was on tv because they were doing further investigations into it. So there is hope there, too.

Here's a couple of links about chemo during the second and third trimesters. I googled "breast cancer, pregnancy, chemo treatment while pregnant" I think:

http://www.healthcentral.com/breast-...34353-105.html

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/FPS/co...ast_Cancer.asp
post #11 of 28
Natalie - i will keep your friend and her family in my prayers
post #12 of 28
She's only 28!?!?! OMG...mega vibes & prayers for her.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by catsallover View Post
Here's a couple of links about chemo during the second and third trimesters. I googled "breast cancer, pregnancy, chemo treatment while pregnant" I think:

http://www.healthcentral.com/breast-...34353-105.html

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/FPS/co...ast_Cancer.asp
I added these, and then realized that there were now posts after mine- they are really good helpful and hopeful articles about pregnancy, cancer and chemo during pregnancy, and I wanted to make sure you saw them!
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the links

Unfortunately, I don't "know" about this yet. We are not super close, but she is my friends best friend, so I have spent some time with her. She hasn't told ME yet..so I can't really be giving her advice just yet.

She had some genetic testing done a couple of years back, and apparently when they did the testing she did have the cancer cells already, so they knew she would probably get it..she was going every 6 months for breast exams to try and catch it early. The lump is the size of a plum So it seems to have grown a heck of a lot for it only being 6 months old.

I hope she does tell me about this soon, so i can start being there for her.
post #15 of 28
Oh Natalie- how scary- I'm sending many prayers and vibes to her and her family
post #16 of 28
Sheesh -- silly of me not to think of that. But I checked it out, and actually, the American Cancer Society is happy to take her call!

They won't have local resources to refer her to in Canada, but all their vast wealth of medical information will be available. They can help her understand exactly what it is she's got, what stage it's in, what the stage means, how all the various treatment options work, what the statistics are in each case, what questions she may want to ask her doctor, all the issues to be considered in choosing a treatment plan... the most critical part of their service is absolutely available to her! So that's good.

And she might also contact the International Union Against Cancer, which serves as a clearinghouse for resources in over 80 countries:

www.uicc.org
International Phone Number: 41 228 091 811

So there you go -- I hope it helps!
post #17 of 28
Oh my goodness Nat, I'm sorry. We are going through cancer with a very young friend of ours, too, and it's shattering. All of my thoughts going towards your friend and her family.
post #18 of 28
I'm so sorry to hear that. Thoughts and praryer going out to her and her family. My best friend just underwent surgery for breast cancer earlier this month, and she is doing great! Catching it early is the big thing.
post #19 of 28
My prayers are with them!!! Thank God she doesn't have to choose between herself and her child!
post #20 of 28
What about giving the information to your friend so she can tell her?

I've known several women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at very early ages. One is a diabetic who was also pregnant at the time. Both she and her baby are doing just great - and it's 14 years later now.

Sending "be well" vibes to both mom and baby!



Laurie
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
What about giving the information to your friend so she can tell her?

I've known several women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at very early ages. One is a diabetic who was also pregnant at the time. Both she and her baby are doing just great - and it's 14 years later now.

Sending "be well" vibes to both mom and baby!



Laurie
I will share the info with my friend for sure..Hopefully she passes it along.
post #22 of 28
I will definitely keep your friend in my prayers...MY MIL at the age of 28 went to the Dr after her 6 week check up after having my SIL and they found a lump and they removed her breast and she's never had any problems since and she's in her 70's now. But she most likely had it while she was pregnant because the baby was only 6 weeks old when they found out.
post #23 of 28
I will be sending your friend and her family some strong vibes.
post #24 of 28
Wow - but at least they found it! I will definately keep her in my prayers. This should be a time of joy for her, but unfortunately she has to deal with this.
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
She will be induced to have her baby next week, and then they will put her on chemo...after that it will be a double mastectomy

Please continued prayers guys...how awful for this young amazing family.

post #26 of 28
I am so sorry to hear about your friend Nat.

I am sending hugs and prayers for her and her family.

Please keep us posted on her.

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
She will be induced to have her baby next week, and then they will put her on chemo...after that it will be a double mastectomy

Please continued prayers guys...how awful for this young amazing family.

I will pray that she stays strong and that everything is fine with the baby!!!
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
She will be induced to have her baby next week, and then they will put her on chemo...after that it will be a double mastectomy

Please continued prayers guys...how awful for this young amazing family.

Aww...I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers Nat. How awful..I feel so bad for them!


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