carol's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 9 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    After hearing it, I just wanted a cheeseburger, fries and coke to soak it in!

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I needed another surgery to get clean margins. My cancer was in the milk duct.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    It wasn't too bad. I would have it early, before work. I was a little naseous around 2:30 pm, but not bad.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I had itchy dry skin towards the end, tiredness and a little naseousness. It was bearable. Not fun, but not the end of the world.

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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    I did not want to get really radical.

    Decision Point

    I had people tell me to have the masectomy, but always felt it would find somewhere to harbor itself, even so.

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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Brief hospital visits and radiation.

    Other Care

    I felt inclined to keep it to myself, so only told close friends and family. There were comments that offended me, but I tried to stay positive and busy.

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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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

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    • carol
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    The medication.

    Decision Point

    I took Tamoxophin for five years as an estrogen prohibitive since I was estrogen positive.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    On my 50th birthday, I went to dinner with family. I was so happy to be there. I treasure the holidays now, the seasons and relationships.

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