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Why Are All These Post Years Old?
lukeperry posted:

I'm new to this site. I use to join in on the Depression Support Group years ago. But I quit being on there, because it got too hard for me to understand! Duh!.....Have you changed it, to make it easier? This site seems easier then it was 3yrs. ago, but it's still confusing.

I'm a survivor of StageIII Breast Cancer(3cm) I had chemo for 8mo.,to shrink my tumor, then a mastectomy, and last but not least, 6wks. of radiation. My last rad. treatment was 2mo. ago.

I just found this site and I'm still trying to figure it out! I wrote this to ask why a lot of these post are years old? I'm sure there's an explanation, and I just haven't found it yet. Thank you.
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rachael67 responded:
I must admit that at times all forms of the site can be challenging, but we strugggle though because there is such a super group of folks waiting here!! We have a community of very caring, supportive members. You may well have found a similar group on the Depression board! I always find it amazing that folks who have never met, never seen each other face to face, could give so much of themselves! Despite my misgivings about our whole "techno" world, I have to admit that is quite a nice part of it!!

Now, as to the "age" issue (a term I find a little troubling with each passing year! )....When WebMD had it's most recent reincarnation (the new format), happily they gave us access to our last incarnation as the Breast Cancer Friend To Friend board. This allows us to reference issues as well as people from many, many years ago! It has proven most valuable, and I am glad that we have this option. So, you may sometimes see a note at the bottom of a post which reads "From BC F2F" --or some such -- which means that someone has made a general search and these "older" posts have popped up.

Hope this 'splains a bit!

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
lukeperry replied to rachael67's response:

I thought maybe the post were old, because some idiot doctors would give them such bleak outlooks, that maybe they were on here, to show they were still around. And what did that doctor know?

0910faith responded:
Hi Luke,
I have been coming here for a while now
and I still get confused from time to time.
It's not just you.
I'm glad you have finished your Rad treatments,
I hope without and side effects.
Goot luck to you.
A new friend in my prayers.
love n hugs
jenna291 replied to 0910faith's response:
Hi Luke,
While sometimes I find it hard to get around or follow some of the posts, overall this is a GREAT place fof info or to just vent out how we feel. Everyone here has been thru some form of BC treatment, so lots of good advice here.
I had invasive ductal carcinoma, stage II, chemo to shrink tumor, lumpectomy then 36 rad treatments, so similar to you.
Had 18 mos on tamoxifen, now on arimidex.
Welcome and best to you ~ Jenna
lukeperry replied to jenna291's response:
Hello Jenna,

I'm taking Femara (letrozol). Is that the same thing as tamoxifen? Tamox sounds really bad, and the side effects are awful. Does femara have the same side effects? Why didn't he give me tamoxifen? I'm glad he didn't! I've only been taking them for 2mo.

judyfams replied to lukeperry's response:
No, Tamoxifen is not the same as Femara. They are both antiestrogen meds but work entirely differently in the body - therefore they have different side effects.
Usually Femera is given to post-menopausal women, while Tamoxifen is generally given to pre-menopausal women.
jenna291 replied to judyfams's response:
I had the tamoxifen until I was post menopausal for 3 years, no periods, then arimidex. Everyone's circumstances are different, and I would check with your oncologist as to why he chose femara for you.
I have worse aches with the arimidex than I did with the tamoxifen, but the possible overall side effects are not as bad. Let's face it, we are all putting all this scary stuff in our bodies, but if it will help to keep me going I do what I am told!

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