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Old 10-16-2007, 12:37 PM
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Lisa Moore died last week of Breast Cancer

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/OnCallPlus/Story?id=3722447&page=1

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Old 10-16-2007, 01:20 PM
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I was never a Funky Winkerbean reader, nor really any other comic for that matter other than Dilbert, but I had been following it over the past few months.

I lost my MIL (she and my wife were very close and our older 2 kids adored her-it only took 1 1/2 yrs. from daignosis to her death) a few years ago to breast cancer at the age of 53, a good friend of ours in now in remission after a long battle (she's 41) and one of our long-term employees is fighting it right now (advanced stage but responding well to treatment-she's 42) so it really hits home.

In my MIL's case, she just felt something that didn't feel "right". It was too small for the mammogram to pickup but she insisted that something wasn't right. In the month it took from getting the mammogram to getting a biopsy which she insisted on despite seeing nothing in the scans it had grown to about golf ball sized. It never responded to any of the treatments, which really wiped her out and she just decided she couldn't take anymore. By that stage it had gotten into her liver and bones (which is a very bad sign). I can't stress enough to the ladies or their loved ones, if something doesn't "feel" right insist on further examination. Don't assume that because a scan didn't pick it up that there's not something there. If you've/they've got family history get the prescreening done.

I'll never forget the day we took her to hospice after she didn't gain consciousness that fateful morning. All the family members came to say their last goodbyes, the whole time my wife was by her side. She and I had gone to make a quick restroom break and grab a soda and that's when she passed. Apparently that happens a lot with close family members, where the dying person for whatever reason dies just after the other person leaves the room. I will never forget the vision of her final days and how fast she deteriorated. She was such a vibrant, active person before. 100% Sicilian, outstanding cook who would never let anyone get even a slight hunger pang before putting some homemade dish in front of them, a housecleaning dynamo and a special ed teacher's aid (pretty ironic given my middle son's Ds).

As a result we've (but especially my wife) become active with the CT Breast Health Initiative which does a big race fundraiser every year, not unlike the Susan B. Komen races but more on a local level.

It's really scary stuff and there's not a day that goes by without my wife thinking of it.
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Even if there is no history.....GET THE EXAM. Do the monthly exam....I am seeing women in their 20's who have breast cancer.....
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How Did We Miss the "Breastival?"

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Old 10-16-2007, 03:56 PM
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That's only a couple of miles from here. I can't believe I missed it! Damn!
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I'll never forget the day we took her to hospice after she didn't gain consciousness that fateful morning.
My sympathies. I know how you feel as something simillar happend with my mother.

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Aw, cr@p, this ain't easy.
In 1974 P & G (headquartered here in Cincinnati) sponsered a program testing out the new mamogram system. Mom's family had a bit of cancer here and there. She was a fairly large breasted woman so manual detection was not completely effective. She decided to be part of the trial program. It found something so small the doctor could not even find it manually. She went in for surgery (at age 41). Wound up with a radical mastectomy of the left breast and quite a bit of the surrounding muscle and of course lymph nodes. Really could never raise her left arm above shoulder height after that. Follow up with radiation (which fried a cardiac artery and gave her a heart attack much later).
A neighbor woman, friend of Mom's, also went and was similarly diagnosed. Neighbors' daughter and I were friends. Neighbor had a partial (basically a big lumpectomy). Neighbor died a few years later. Mom past away of a stroke this summer, 33 years after her surgery. In 1974, the survival rate for breast cancer was pretty much in single digits. When Mom told all of us kids (7, youngest 9 at the time), I pretty much figured the odds were we were gonna lose her. The testing gave me 33 free years with her.
She died June 8th, 103 days after the big stroke, with her whole family around her. She was living with my sister the nurse for her last two weeks.

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