Ardy53's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 64, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Ardy53
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    as a nurse for about 40 years,taking care of others was routine....learning that "I" was the patient was shocking beyond belief. I still have diff with believing that I'm a cancer patient.

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    • Ardy53
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    will need to come back and fill in the above in a few weeks. It was first thought that since I had a mastectomy I would not need any further treatments, however they found more cancer than they thought once the surgery was done. This has placed me from stage I to stage II or III. Now I must do chemo. Will start treatments in a few weeks. Must heal from the initial surgery a bit more since I got an infection in drain site that was left in a bit too long.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ardy53
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    there are days I feel like a truck hit me. pain and swelling in the effected arm. firelike pain in the chest above the inc site. looking in the mirror is like looking at a stranger. am large size, and finding clothing to hide the emply cavern on one side is very hard. But it has given me better odds at life...since they found more cancer in the breast at the lab than they had known was there.....so glad I decided to do the mastectomy instead of the lumpectomy

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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