Ack. Swelling. As if I’m holding a softball in my armpit. A not-entirely-unexpected side effect of the axillary node dissection, but still unwanted.

Excuse me while I have it drained.

8 Responses to Ack.

  1. NoR says:

    At least you can drain it. That’s good…

  2. imstell says:

    I. Hate. That. Sending anti-inflammatory thoughts your way!

  3. kgirl says:

    Super grody. Hope you’re feeling better asap.

  4. Linda Lawrence says:

    Keep us posted.

  5. Ugh.
    I was so hoping and praying for a resolution of your complications.

    I guess its more snazzy sassy Lymphadivas sleeves for you. At least they look good!

    Which one do you wear?

  6. Jana says:

    Also, something that I have found to be repeatedly helpful for my Mom’s case: you could set up a “google alert” for “inflammatory breast cancer” (or other search terms) — in order to receive any and all news about inflammatory breast cancer, as it appears online. This means that you would receive an email (you could choose the frequency, for example, a daily email) that would give you a brief blurb and a link to whatever new page contains any mention of “inflammatory breast cancer.” (You could also set up another google alert for “IBC,” and/ or the name of any treatment drug, like Aromasin.) This is particularly helpful when it leads you to the results of new studies, or informs you about a new clinical trial, or a new direction in research — or when other IBC patients share something that has in some way alleviated their case (e.g. how to mitigate side effects of treatment, etc.) Since a “Google alert” will be generated any time there is any mention of the search term that you designate, that of course means that some of the emails will be insignificant, BUT I have found google alerts to be genuinely valuable, at least every month, and sometimes every week. For example, I probably never would have heard of “The nuclear factor {kappa}B inhibitor parthenolide which is actively being investigated as a potential therapeutic for many human cancers” and “pharmacologic agent YC137 that inhibits members of the BCL2 family of proteins” (which have both been shown in studies to overcome ER+ breast cancer’s resistance to Faslodex and Tamoxifen) — if I had not set up a google alert for the drug name “Faslodex.” So sometimes the google alerts notify you about new “investigative agents” (experimental drugs) that are being combined with established breast cancer drugs, for better outcomes. You want to hear about the initial studies with promising results, not just the conclusive huge study five or seven years later. If you don’t set up google alerts (or similar alerts from other resources), then you might stumble across the info yourself, but probably not until 8 months or a year or three years later — and as you know, when you are dealing with cancer, it’s best to have the knowlege sooner rather than later. I think I went to “Google News” to set up the google alerts, but I’m not certain, so just look around on Google and I’m sure you will see the “how to” info. Best wishes!

  7. All “Acks” must be followed by a “Pfffft.” Bill The Cat and I both send you our healing thoughts.

  8. upsidebackwards says:

    Yuck, you poor thing. At least it is not-unexpected, and you know what is causing it… trying to look on the bright side! Sending hugs your way.

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