lchapman2000's Journey with Adenocarcinoma with Squamous Differen...

Survivor: Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer > Carcinoma > Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma > Adenocarcinoma with Squamous Differentiation

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 41, Stage III

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed after a severe bleeding episode. I thought it was an unusually heavy period. I always had irregular and heavy periods; however, this time I required a blood transfusion. I knew something was not right.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    7/4/2011 Complete hysterectomy and removal of both ovaries. Although completed laproscopically with daVinci robot, due to the size of the tumor, and my uterus, there was lots of pain. The recovery time was longer than expected.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    8/25/2011 My friends and family came with me to watch me shave my head and help me select a wig. I was losing my hair since I already had 1 chemo treatment.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Heart Cath

    Other Care

    I started experiencing tachycardia. I started seeing a cardiologist who suggested it was due to the chemotherapy since I had no cardiac issues prior to the chemotherapy. The heart cath showed no blockages and was good so all seemed well. We were confident that once the chemo stopped that my heart would return to normal. Luckily, I had one more treatment and then a break during radiation.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had chronic diarrhea and vomiting during radiation. I was also very fatigued. At this point I had to go on disability leave from work. I could not continue working while undergoing daily radiation treatment.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Although the infusion itself was easy, I had a horrible reaction to the first drug given. I had severe bone and joint pain starting the next evening. I called my oncologist in tears. She called in some prescriptions to help me get through the next few days and changed my course of treatment for the next round of chemo. She promptly put that drug on my allergy list.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    At this point the side effects were more emotional than physical. Mentally I was tired of going through the physical motions of chemo, blood draws, shots, transfusions, etc. I just wanted to have a normal life again. I wanted my life back. I wanted to be able to teach again. I wanted outside of my house. I was told to stay home to avoid infections. It was no fun. I felt alone and isolated. I was really depressed.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 3 weeks of constant pain and trying to determine the source of it my gallbladder was removed. As soon as I awoke from surgery, I immediately felt relief. I was never so happy to have a body part removed.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    March 2012 Finished treatment

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  11. 11
    over 4 years ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    4/2012 Tachycardia returns I have to wear a halter monitor for a month. This thing goes off all the time. I have to call in and tell them what I am doing. I continue to see cardiologist and start on beta blockers. The cardiologist again tells me that this is a result of the chemo. He tells me that he doesn't think that my heart can handle it anymore and that I am not a candidate for a transplant since I have a history of cancer. What? That is earth shattering news. Did I kill my heart in the process of attempting to kill the cancer? My stress level is through the roof!!

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  12. 12
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    5/2012 Severe migraines-- diagnosed with migraines started taking Topimax to control them.

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  13. 13
    over 4 years ago
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    Pancreatitis

    Side Effects

    I kept going through bouts of pancreatitis during radiation. This was very painful. I also had several persistent bladder infections.

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  14. 14
    over 4 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    10/2012 Severe digestion issues emerge. I start drastically losing weight. I start vomiting after all meals. I also have chronic nausea. I have seen 3 gastrointerologists and my primary care doctor and have had 3 CT scans. Finally had a stomach emptying test which discovered that I have gastroparesis. I am now unable to eat anything other than smoothies or water. Everything else causes nausea and vomiting. I have lost over 40 pounds in 2 months time. I consider this medically induced anorexia and the doctors have said that the chemo and radiation have caused nerve and muscle damage to my stomach. So now it has affected my heart and my stomach and I am left asking...what next?

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  15. 15
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    12/31/12 For the first time in 1 1/2 years I am not sporting a wig. I plan to go back to work next week rocking my chemo curls. I am FINALLY ok with my hair. It took some getting used to since I had straight-as-a-board hair before. Now, it is crazy curly. The color also changed. However, it is nice to have hair to call my own (that I didn't have to purchase.)

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  16. 16
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    6/2012 Cancer is in remission!!! Great news. Now what???

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