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Hello all,

Please excuse me for not being able to write in Dutch yet. I am 32 year old woman who moved from the US three months ago for a new job. I have been recently diagnosed with an invasive breast cancer, ER/PR positive, HER2 negative with four grade-3 tumors of varying sizes. It was a hard break on my life that was going at a full speed.

Two weeks ago I had a surgery that removed my left breast including the nipple. My chemotherapy starts in two weeks.

So here I am - hoping to find solace, inspiration, and also make connections with others like me. Hope you all have a wonderful day! 

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Welcome here.... what an awful and unexpected turn of events to find yourself in a strange country with a sudden disease, especially at your age..  have your relatives been able to visit? 

Please feel free to ask and write on whatever is on your mind. 

Good luck, 

Linda

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Thank you for the warm welcome, Linda. Fortunately, I moved here with my partner. I will visit my family next summer when all chemo/radiation therapies are finished, so that I can truly enjoy my time with them.

Thank you for moderating this forum. This is the only active one I found on the web, and it's already making me feel better.

Best,

Natalie

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A warm welcome to you. What an awfull notice you got, just after arriving in the Netherlands. It must be very difficult to undergo all the treatments without your family close to you to support you. My writing in English is not perfect, but I understand you very well. Next sunday I will be going to the US (San Antonio, Texas) to attend a very big breast cancer symposium SABCS19. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything.

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Thank you for your kind words, Ellen. A breast cancer symposium sounds exciting, despite my current situation. Now that I think of cancer more as a lifestyle rather than a short-term crisis, I might attend such an event someday. Wish you a fruitful time in the US!

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Hi Natalie, welcome!

I can relate a bit with your story because I also discovered the cancer 2 weeks after a move to another part of The Netherlands. I was afraid I would miss support, but I opened up to one neighbor. She asked if she could tell the rest, and they supported me more than I expected. In the little things: going to the shop for me after my surgery and helping with walking the dogs. That was so great and hearth warming.

I hope you will experience something similar with people who surprise you.