Breast Cancer

Discussion in 'Camping for the Medically/Physically Challenged' started by Kampn, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    Having a mastectomy and reconstruction next week, all I can think about is I was planning to pull my trailer to GA from MI to attend a family celebration over the Memorial Day Weekend and I still want to go. I am a women that has always done the packing, hookin up, and driving; pulling the trailer pretty much by myself, daughter helps with the stabilizer jack crank down and loading gear into the camper. If you have been thru this surgery, how long before you were able to handle these aspects of camping? I am more concerned about holding the wheel for 6 or 7 hours driving, would I be better off taking shorter drive time spread over more days? Or should I can my plans? What are some of your experiences?
    BTW; will not be having radiation, most likely will not require chemo, will know for sure next week. Basically, surgery recovery.
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    Dont have answers but good luck
     
  3. Frances

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    I am a nearly 16-year survivor. Mastectomy & immediate reconstruction, 6 months of chemo. I was only 34 at time, so in fabulous health at time (except for that little cancer thing).

    After 2 months, driving won't be problem. BUT (depending on type of reconstruction) you really need to be EXTRA cautious about all the heavy lifting, etc. Talk to your surgeon/plastic surgeon about long-term concerns for your arm, reconstruction, etc.

    Also, after surgery, tumor analysis, you may find that chemo will be recommended -- it was the worst 6 months of my life, but here I am 16 years later and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to be here.

    You can always go camping but you only get this one chance to make the right decisions regarding your health. Good luck.

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    Good luck with the surgery. Hope everything goes well for you and you don't need the chemo or radiation treatment. They are worse than the surgery.
    We were not able to take our regular two week mountain vacation last year because my wife had breast cancer. She had surgery, chemo and then radiation treatment. She is getting her hair back now and starting to get back to normal.

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  5. Frances

    Frances New Member

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    Sorry. Got distracted. That's what happens when you check the Portal at work.

    Also, find a good Breast Cancer Support Group in your area. You will be amazed how helpful it is to laugh/cry with others going through same thing. Plus you will learn/share a lot. Really helped me.

    Good luck.

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  6. JoeCamper

    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

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    Kampn,
    I wish you the best with your surgery and hope that you are back to camping very soon. I have walked the breast cancer 3 Day several years now in Philadelphia and have met some pretty incredible people. Frances is right about finding a local support group. There are some great people out there who understand more and are very helpful for information and a good stress reliever. Good Luck

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    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Wishing the best for you, Nancy.

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    I know I hit a priv campground in Bath NY and we use tent camp next a guy we seen a couple of times in a wheel chair. He would call ahead and hey would send a kid over to set it up and break it down for him. Thought that was great of them..Somthing to think about if you feel better call ahead let them know and see what they say.

    Good luck!!!

    I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.

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    Kampn, tell your surgeon about your plans and ask his/her advice. He/she will tell you if they have a problem with it from a medical perspective- whether they think you'll be able to stress that arm and shoulder, etc.

    Personally, I think it's great that you are not dwelling on the diagnosis or the surgery, rather you are looking forward to that which gives you the most pleasure- family, friends, a holiday celebration and your camper. GOOD FOR YOU! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    I do so hope this trip works out for you- if not in its original inception then in some similar way with which you are comfortable and happy. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

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  10. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    Hi everybody, you are all so supportive, thanks! Frances, I found out today that my HER2 is NEGATIVE, that means no chemo. MY MRI showed no signs in nodes, too. So we are still looking at no chemo and definately no radiation. I would check everyday cause once a month wasn't enough for me to remember what I was watching out for. My sister has IBC, 2years chemo, 1month radiation twice a day, and one breast removed, along with over 18 lymph nodes. She's is still fighting, as well as, my very closest support group! In addition, my cousin still recovering from her breast cancer and now her sister has found a lump and is waiting for a call to tell her what she can expect. Again, if I had found this any sooner, it wouldn't be cancer, I am privelaged to get thru with only surgery and possibly some oral drugs to keep it away, basically one big surgery. I am hopeful about the driving, the celebration is my middle school friends twin daughters high school graduation ceremony and party. My friend lost both her parents one month apart about 10 years ago, I am her sister and her history she says, I need to be there, if I can't drive myself, I will teach my 19 year old to pull my trailer, she already is willing to do all the lifting, we are light packer anyway. I will let you know if I get there, that's my plan. Thanks everybody!
    Kampn
     
  11. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Wow. Good for you, Good luck with your surgery and I hope all goes well, and you have a very fast recovery!

    Let us know how your trip goes, and take pics!

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  12. bburgcamper

    bburgcamper 16 weekends a year camping just isn't enough.

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    Best of luck with the surgery and god speed on your recovery. It sounds like you have a plan. My 13 year (almost 14) old can set up and break down the camper by himself. I would be long before he will be wanting to tow and back it into place. Regardless of anything else, I would teach your 19 year old to pull and back the trailer. I hope you keep up your great attitude and your are back to full speed very soon. I heard a rumor that the smell of campfires is therapeutic (I wonder if the insurance compnay will buy into this theory).

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  13. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    Hi all, feeling pretty good, surgery 2 weeks ago. Hit a speed bump, one node has microscopic cancer cells, so off to see the oncologist today. My girlfriend is of course totally understanding and supportive, she said they can come up for visit after the graduation. I will know more soon. Thank you again for all the encouraging words, and I agree the smell of campfires being very therapeutic. When I am done with treatment, I will be able to take my camper to cancer events. A good friend has a cheer station lined up for this summers 3 day in our area of Michigan, I hope to be volunteering in her cheer station, we are thinking it is mid August, location TBD. I am a stage IIA survivor, and Kampnsfun.
     
  14. Frances

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    Hang in there. Everything you hear at the oncologist may sound bad, but you already know you have(had) cancer, so you already have driven over the worst speed bump!

    I truly believe that oncologists are special people who choose (*or are chosen) that field because they have a calling. Mine has always treated me like a queen, and here I am -- posting away on the Portal!

    Keep focused on the future and you will get through whatever "short-term" treatments the doctor prescribes. All just speed bumps.

    As a friend of mine said recently, quoting a small child at her church: "At least you didn't get swallowed by a whale!"

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    My wife is a 2X survivor. Hang in there. I love your attitude.

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
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  16. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    No news yet, apt was rescheduled for later this week. Just didn't want to leave you hanging, you have been so supportive. Also being considered for a early breast cancer medical trial w/U of M Cancer Center, that can't hurt. By the way, the portal is my only public voice so I would like to add, I love my husband and how he has been helping me; from learning to run the dishwasher and grocery shopping, to getting up and down during nights of the first week home from my surgery to let me in and out of the lazy boy chair. If I get into the study, I won't be doing port or IV chemo, it will be a combo of oral drugs; I am really hoping that means less side effects, but time will tell and I will look upon it as a temporary speed bump, that was a good idea. Also, one of the sayings I love is "The difficult we do imediately, the impossible takes a little longer" this helps me keep things in perspective. Be of Good Cheer,
    Kampn
     
  17. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    Sorry it took me a while to post! Here's the scoop; one chemo down and only 3 to go! Took the trailer to the dealer a couple days ago, they sent me some coupons so I am having a leak tightness test done and all systems check. Sent for my KOA card, and signed my DH up for slalom skiing at a club about 45 minutes from the house. There is a campground just 10 miles from the lake so instead of him driving back and forth for evening and morning ski, we can camp close to the lake for the cost of the gas! All is going very well, side effects are very livable and I am so glad I will be camping soon. See you in the other forums, thanks again for all your kind words. Keep on Kampn.
     
  18. Kampn

    Kampn Kampn Kuz Kampnsfun

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    Re: Breast Cancer/Survivor

    Finished with chemo! Yippie!!! Looking at camping activities, canoeing, art shows, etc. Probably going mid July since I did not have reservations for the Holiday. Next year the Caseville, MI cheesburger festival for certain; found 2 plastic pink flamingos at Target for the site decorations. Keeping an eye on the lighted palm trees at Kmart. Eveyone decorates their camp sites; mainly with flamingos, parrots, & palm trees. 10 day event of summer fun.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you for having this portal. Camping is my favorite topic and distraction. See you all at the camp fire,
    Kampn
     

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