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March 03, 2010



Ellie, I don't have any advice, but lots of prayers for you to stay healthy and make the right decision. You know my awesome next door neighbor had stage 3 just last year and had a ton of lymph nodes removed. She did chemo, and it was tough, but she's regrown her hair, and she's doing great right now with no signs of recurrence. She would be totally happy to talk to you about any of it. You just let me know, and come on over. I'll set it up for you. She is very cool and casual. You two would get along great. I love you, and I will be there for you through anything you decide. Hang in there, chica. Losing your hair or blowing up like a balloon temporarily are not the end of the world. They just seem like it in the short run. :)


Yes, just follow your heart. You're in my thoughts and prayers....always :) xo


Ellie, I don't have any words of wisdom for this horrid decision you must make but I think I would try every avenue of help I could get. You know in your heart what you must do and you should follow that still, small voice inside you!

Renee Rubio

Ok Girlfriend, you know I love you and I know I just got off the phone with you and you KNOW what I think now, but I am gonna put it out there just the same because I love you and want you to be rid of this disease....Your doctor is telling you that they have something that will reduce your risk of recurrence by 50% or more. That is fabulous!!! (if you risk of recurrence is 8% and after chemo it is 3% those are great odds)
The treatment can be hard, but you are strong and I know you can do it!! Try not to get too hung up on personalities. Focus on the facts, fight this with everything modern medicine has to offer. Unfortunately it is not a rare disease and there is alot of data out there to support the recommendations you have been provided. I'm always here for you if you need to talk. XXOO Ren


Thank you Cristy for sharing your story. 30 is so young. I'm in the process of trying to get my full path report and taking this survey over at the American Cancer helps you plan a treatment according to all your info. I'm so glad your are doing great!!! that is so beautiful to hear!

Thanks Shelly....I know your are cheering me on...

shelley e

Ellie, I have no words of advice...but I know you will make the right decision for you. You are in my prayers....


So sorry to hear that you are fighting this battle, I'm a breast cancer survivor myself. I found out I had Stage II Grade 3 breast cancer w/6 nodes positive at the young age of 30. As we all know and as you stated, everyone's cancer is different, but I'm so glad that I chose to take the chemo. While it was no party doing it, I am so thankful to say that it has been 11 years for me and I'm doing great. I actually took 8 cycles of chemo, lost my hair, did radiation, had a mastectomy, etc., which wasn't easy, but I look at it as a bump in the road. I too was (and still am) totally scared of needles but by the Grace of God I was able to take the chemo. Yes, you will lose your hair and you may get a little puffy from the steroids, but it's well worth the extra reassurance of getting rid of this horrible disease. I was the world's biggest wimp and vain and I did it - so I know you can too. There are so many of us that have walked this path and we are all here to help you and guide you in any way we can. Thinking and praying for you :)


Hahaha boobs or booze? I have two bottles of wine that I got for Christmas and I haven't touched them...

Cristina Arroyo

Sorry to hear about your results. Unfortunately I can't add any information. The only thing I can say is, do what feels right after receiving all the info. I'm here if you need a hand, shoulder, or just someone to take the boose off your hands. :-) Lots of love!

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