Jamie’s Breast Cancer Battle

Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Mar 01, 2016

The article says it all. It's not easy being completely honest all the time, and it can be exhausting.

http://cancer.baydakh.com/2016/02/12/what-your-fri...

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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Feb 25, 2016

Hello All!

I have completed my last chemotherapy January 20th. It was a bit tougher than the others. My lab work is all real low, but starting to get better.

I had a sentinel axillary lymph node biopsy under my arm where they detected a lump in October on Feb 11th. The surgery went as planned. I did have a lot of swelling in the breast from this. The following Monday I was scheduled for my other surgery.

On Feb 15th I had a double mastectomy with DEIP Flap reconstruction. They are going to remove the breasts and do the reconstruction in one surgery. The reconstruction surgery is where they remove fat and tissue from my belly and placing it in the breast.

The surgery went well and took over eight hours. It will take 8 weeks for me to fully recover. I was in the hospital for a week, and took another week for me to be able to walk by myself.

The surgeon said the lymph node biopsy came back negative! The breast biopsy came back negative!

There is no detectable cancer in the tissues!

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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Feb 12, 2016

Jan 20th was my last chemo. It really wiped me out. But I recovered in a couple weeks.

I had a PET scan on Tues the 9th. It was clear in the breast, some gray area in the underarm by the lymphnodes. I had an axillary sentinel lymphnode biopsy on Thurs the 11th. They took out 7 lymphnodes. Hoping to get the biopsy report soon.

If the pathology report is good, I can have the reconstruction done at the same time as the double mastectomy, which is scheduled for Monday.

Monday will be a big surgery, about 8-10 hours. Will need to be in the hospital for a few days after.

Thank you all again. Appreciate the thoughts and prayers.


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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Jan 18, 2016

Sorry it has been some time since I wrote an update. Our Christmas went well. Jace had a blast opening presents and playing with family. We went to a few Christmas dinners. I was feeling well so I was able to eat and visit. It was nice.

I had my fifth chemo on Dec 30th. It was the toughest yet. My medicine was not enough to eliminate the symptoms. I was nauseous and it pain longer than other treatments. Still having chronic diarrhea. I could not get any comfort to get much sleep. My last chemo is Jan 20th. I feel it may be tougher on my body than other times. I received the results of the genetic testing, negative. I have no genetic mutations for breast cancer or the other cancers they tested. I have not had the chance to talk to doctors about what the next treatment will be. I am sure I will decide to do a double mastectomy.

I appreciate all the support I have received. Thank you to all the wonderful people.

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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Oct 29, 2015

Today is the day. Getting my second round of Chemo this morning. Hoping I can handle it better than last time. Have a plan and hoping I can stick to it. Have people coming to help and bringing food this weekend, gotta keep drinking and eating.

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This week went better than the first chemo week. I was able to stay eating and take my medicines to manage my symptoms. Had been very tired and nauseous. Thank goodness for friends and family who were able to help give me a hand.

Jamie Zeug

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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Oct 16, 2015

So far I have been feeling better after chemo. Started eating again, but my appetite for things has changed. My next treatment is October 29th. We decided it may be best for me to take a leave from work since I was sick for so long after the treatment. I will work up until my next treatment, then have to stop working. I will miss going to work everyday, really like my job.

Thank you to all those who are praying and thinking about us. We appreciate it.

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Update posted by Jamie Zeug On Oct 11, 2015

This week was busy. Had my port placed Tuesday and Chemo on Weds. The Chemo really got to me. Really tired, body aches, nausea and diarrhea. Wasn't able to eat or drink.

Spent Sat night in the hospital to get fluids and help with the pain. It looks like a beautiful Sunday morning. I feel a little better, hopefully breakfast sits well with me.

Thank you all again for the support.

Jamie

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Thinking of you, hope they can figure it out so you can get home. Love you dolly.

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Well another night here at the hospital. Going to have a colonoscopy to check things out. My ulcerative colitis seems to be in a massive flare. Yucky bowel prep :(

Jamie Zeug

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My story starts before my own diagnosis. My daughter was two years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ependymoma brain cancer in Aug 2010. Ava was a strong, stubborn, compassionate young girl. She was had 3 tumors removed and two removed from her spine. She battled 22 months before she received her wings in May 2012. She was a beautiful brave girl that lived her short life to the fullest. Ava taught my husband and I a lot about life and how strong you can be. She taught me to enjoy every moment you have because you never really know how long you have. Our life became devoted to support pediatric cancer research. Donations and cancer support walks became our focus. We know have a two year old son who is sweet and healthy, other than his asthma. On October 1st, 2015 I never though I\'d here the words you have cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage 2, HER2 positive, invasive ductal carcinoma. The treatment includes four drugs given every third week until April, followed by double mastectomy. I will need to continue a biological drug for a year. A new journey will begin for my family, unfortunately I cannot do it alone. I plan to work between treatments if possible. The medical bills are adding up fast, and it is a bit scary. I am blessed to have a loving family and great friends. Thank you all for your prayers and support. With much love, Jamie

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