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Sister diagnosed with Breast Cancer
NA | 8-7-12 | AK

Posted on 08/07/2012 2:15:34 PM PDT by AlmaKing

My sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 1. An MRI was followed up by a biopsy at a clinic in Brooklyn after she detected lump. I don't know if she has seen a cancer specialist yet. She is having a tough time just communicating.

She just started a job 3 months ago, and her company health insurance is not in effect. So, no help there.

The clinic told her to apply for help through Medicaid. She makes maybe only $35,000. She was told that after getting accepted into some type of financial aid program that then she could seek a doctor who treated Medicaid patients. She has to wait probably 2 weeks to go through this paperwork before the next step.

We don't know what the next step would be, alhough she's been told that it might be radiation.

She wants to continue working while undergoing whatever treatment occurs. She lives alone in Brooklyn, and I fear she may not be able to handle work and treatment.

However, if I take care of her at my home, she'll lose her new job. She will also have to go through the Medicaid application again since I'm in a different state (so I've been told).

Can anyone tell me what we should be asking or doing better? I'd like to hear from people who have gone through this. I like having a plan.

I've watched a father-in-law go through stomach cancer, but no treatment helped. He went quickly after diagnosis. I'm hoping this has been caught early enough that that doesn't help.


TOPICS: Education; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cancer; prayers
Thank you.
1 posted on 08/07/2012 2:15:41 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Stage one she should be fine after treatment.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 2:19:39 PM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: AlmaKing

Friend, Healing is God’s desire for each and every one of us. As you read and agree with our prayer for breast cancer patients, never forget that by the stripes of Jesus Christ, we have healing. All Breast Cancer patients can be made whole by the stripes of Jesus Christ the Son of The Living God. Lord Jesus, thank You for hearing us, answering us, and quickly coming to our aid. God you say in Jeremiah 30:17 “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the LORD…” Let restoration take place in all this dear friend in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.


3 posted on 08/07/2012 2:19:39 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: AlmaKing

My ex wife had stage four. she is still here after six years and doing fine. I survived stage three colon cancer


4 posted on 08/07/2012 2:24:02 PM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers for your sister’s health and healing.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 2:25:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: AlmaKing

prayers, also look into Carnivora Reagan took that for cancer he had


6 posted on 08/07/2012 2:26:18 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: AlmaKing

Stage 1? GOOD!!!!! Caught early, this can be turned around. My brother-in-law had lymphoma, diagnosed at Stage 4 and, unbeknownst to his entire family, he had NO insurance. He was treated like he did and received the best care.

So, you and your family need to rally around your sister and help her remain positive. That will take her quite far and she is in for some trying times ahead. I am thinking that she needs to talk to her HR dept. There may be some flexibility so far as her job and her illness but she may, in all likelihood, need to put her health first and try to come back to working after she is well again. It costs alot to hire someone and they may NOT want to let her go just yet but this is a conversation she will need to have at some point. (I wouldn’t think employers want to find out about serious illnesses second hand.)

This illness affects the entire family so be sure to take care of you. Take your sister in, she is in for some dark days ahead. You and your sister will be in my prayers. PM me if you need to vent. Cancer sucks.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 2:26:29 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers coming from 4 little ones tonight.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 2:28:23 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: AlmaKing

Wow. Sorry to hear. I have a friend that has been given 6 months to live with pancreatic cancer. I have no experience with breast cancer. But please pass along to your sister that my church and family will be praying for her this week. I have faith that she will be healed and doing fine in short order!

Bless.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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Dear Alma,

my mother beat breast cancer and lung cancer, and a friend from work had BC and was able to work the entire time. The biggest hurdle in many cases is mental.

Others have overcome this disease, so can your friend. The main thing is she must take care of herself, get enough sleep and eat right combined with maintaining a positive attitude.

She is in my prayers. Cancer no longer is the death sentence it used to be. Good luck to her, and God speed.

Satin Doll


10 posted on 08/07/2012 2:30:00 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Natural Born Citizen - born in the USA of citizen parents.)
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Thanks to all for your prayers and advice. It is beginning to sink in for all of us. I’m hoping the Stage 1 diagnosis is correct.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 2:32:14 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing
My sister is going though her last chemo this week for breast cancer...double mastectomy first and reconstructive surgery ...

Attitude is everything...

She wears a shirt that says “these boobs are fake, my real ones tried to kill me”

12 posted on 08/07/2012 2:35:47 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers up.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 2:42:12 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: TLEIBY308

Did she receive radiation or chemo or both? Did she have surgery?

I’m thinking she needs surgery at the least.

How long did it take to get back to what could be considered normal life?


14 posted on 08/07/2012 2:42:28 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers for you and your sister, and the entire family.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 2:43:04 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: AlmaKing
As far as breast cancer goes, stage 1 and a lump is an encouraging place to be. Treatment can be very effective.

My mother was Stage III and recovered fully after mastectomy and radiation, living the rest of her life (about 20 yrs after diagnosis) cancer free. She was supposed use a driver to transport her to and from the radiation treatment so that'll be something to consider if you sister has her own transportation.

Your sister should talk with her doctors about being able to work during treatment.

16 posted on 08/07/2012 2:44:57 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Keep feeding yourselves lies and screaming for action.)
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To: AlmaKing

my prayers for your sister. I have had three of my sisters have breast cancer. Two had double mastectomy’s and one a lumpectomy.
I did lose one sister last year but ironically it was her heart. She had conquered the cancer fine.

If she can get help right away with only stage 1 she is going to be okay.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 2:48:50 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers for your sister, you and your family.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 2:50:57 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: AlmaKing

Praying for your sister.


19 posted on 08/07/2012 2:56:20 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: AlmaKing

You must get a copy of, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer” in your hands right now!! Dr. John Lee, MD was an amazing innovator in the treatment of breast cancer. I knew him personally, amazing man (!), and though the pharmaceutical industry tried to silence him, this breakthrough book was published. It is a MUST read!


20 posted on 08/07/2012 3:03:05 PM PDT by republicanbred (...and when I die I'll be republican dead.)
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To: AlmaKing

Stage 1 is early. My mother and a dear friend both had stage 1. Both are fine many years later. The prognosis should be very favorable

First of all - get rid of fear. Fear of cancer, fear of money, fear of change. Make sure your sister takes charge of her health.

Our country is still a great one, despite the fact we are screwing up our medical system worse every day. I don’t know a single doctor or hospital who will not do their best to give help to someone who sincerely needs treatment. Those options could be company insurance, it could be medicaid, it could even be charitable programs run by the hospital - but don’t sit back and let “the system” decide what is best for you. Make it work for you!

God Bless
2 Timothy 1:7


21 posted on 08/07/2012 3:16:10 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: AlmaKing

Very curable. If she lives near a major medical center she should go to the surgery clinic run by the surgical residents but is overseen by the Professors of the medical school. Surgery will be no different than that of a private patient. Excellent care and Medicaid accepted.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 3:34:42 PM PDT by MPM25
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My friend had Stage 1, both breasts, a couple of years ago. Did lumpectomies, chemo, radiation. Chemo is not great, of course, but today she is active, has all her hair, has her entire life back and then some. I think she was driving herself to chemo (out-patient) and radiation (out-patient).

Your sis will be fine. Another woman friend, low-level job with no insurance, found a doctor who would treat her with chemo and radiation. This also should be no problem. Prayer will help immensely, however.


23 posted on 08/07/2012 3:34:47 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: AlmaKing
Life Extension has a reliable and useful explanation of breast cancer and of the various treatment options, including nutritional therapies. You can access the information via this link: Breast Cancer.
24 posted on 08/07/2012 3:51:50 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers up.


25 posted on 08/07/2012 4:01:21 PM PDT by lysie
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To: AlmaKing

Prayers out for your sister, no just a for her healing, but for a good solution to her health insurance issues.

I say just apply for medicaid until her benefits kick in at her new job. She’s paid her taxes so she deserves something in return.

I’m glad the cancer was caught early so the odds of a full recovery are in her favor.


26 posted on 08/07/2012 4:36:34 PM PDT by GR_Jr. (Vote Obama out now.....deal with Romney later.)
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To: AlmaKing

My wife has survived breast and uterine cancer. I am in the middle of chemo for lung cancer. Things will work out!

Go here for questions, advice, and support.
Inspire.com

They are all in treatment for all types of cancer - or have loved ones who are. Wade right in and ask for help.


27 posted on 08/07/2012 4:51:58 PM PDT by rickyc
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Thanks everyone. I think I feel better. Now, I have to help get my sister on track.


28 posted on 08/07/2012 5:59:51 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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