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Esophagitis: A Common Radiation Side Effect
January 27, 2018
It was not until a year later after chemo and radiation for breast cancer that I discovered that "silent" reflux was the most likely culprit of a 6 month pneumonia. I am now on an acid reflux diet and taking Prilosec twice a day and still am having problems with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). It does help, but it is still a problem that I did not have before chemo or radiation. My chest x-ray also shows Fibrosis on that side. I had wanted Procure radiation instead of traditional radiation because less damage would be done. However, insurance would not pay for it. I did not realize how much damage would have been done.

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Cancer Emotional Survival 101: Tips for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
July 01, 2015
I agree with everything. I think the most important items were to share my pain with family, friends, and church instead of trying to deal with it myself and being patient with myself. Thanks for the article.

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Catching Cancer
June 27, 2015
I had dense breast. Mammograms were agonizing. I pleaded and beg for another type of screening to be done. They would not listen. If the doctors had to go through that kind of pain, they would have found an alternative. I finally made a deal with myself, I would have the mammogram and then not have another for 3 years. When they called me back, I would not go. Then I started feeling inconsistent pain that moved around including the nipples on both sides. I gave in and went back for a diagnostic mammogram. They was still not for sure, but suggested a core biopsy because of the suspicious microcalcifications. With 22-24 biopsy specimens they ...

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It’s My Cancer and I’ll Cry If I Want To
June 27, 2015
I knew what needed to be done so I had the bilateral mastectomy. I did not count on the nerve pain across the chest and around the arm and the decrease range of motion in my shoulder, or the cording. When the positive sentinel biopsy was three out of three, I knew that I had to have chemotherapy and radiation. Since I was comparatively young, it called for the most aggressive chemotherapy. Rather it is related or not, I am now menopause with hot flashes, I have sleep apnea, I had joint pain and have nerve pain, I have acid reflux, and I had recurring pneumonia. I also cannot urinate in a straight line where it should go and there is spraying. I ...

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Different Cancers, Different Journeys: One Problem With Lack of Public's Education
June 27, 2015
I only had stage 2-3 breast cancer with 3 out of 3 node involvement. Like you said, every cancer and individual are different. It remind me of pregnancy. They are all different and seldom textbook. I was not prepared for the outcome treatment by the bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and anti-hormone blockers. Rather it was a cause or not, I am now menopause with hot flashes, I have sleep apnea, I had joint pain and have nerve pain, I have acid reflux, and I had recurring pneumonia. The best thing I did was be upfront with friends, family, and our church. I sent out regular updates. Some was afraid to ask, but most wanted to know what was going on. I think

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