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11/5/2016I had a lumpectomy on left from ER-PR-Her+ IDC followed by ACTH treatment and radiation in 2005 when i was 53. Everythng went well and when I thought I was free from any worries, in 2015, the cancer popped out on my lumpectomy scar. For a few months I felt etch and pain on my scar line but I thought it was just a scar tissue being changing a little but it was a cancer. Exactly the same type. Pet scan showed nothing anywhere else. I had a mastectomy without reconstruction followed by CTHP chemo. Finished chemo in October and my oncologist will see me every 3 months from now on. Despite of the brave front I put up, I am a wreck inside from fear of another recurrence. I work full time and I am ok at work but I often am gripped with fear in the middle of night and keep me from sleep. I just wanted to write to you since I have nobody I can confess to. Everyone around me thinks I am cheerful and brave. But I really am scared.
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11/6/2016The good news is that this was a local recurrence and not a distant recurrence. at work you are distracted which is also good. things at night always seem to magnify themselves and look worse than they seem to be when you awaken the next morning and resume your activities. if you live each day in fear then you will not be living. you will be existing. so focus on enjoying your life that has been saved. don't assume bad news will hunt you don't when the odds are that it won't. consider joining a local support group.

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