Ddancer's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Ddancer
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    We found the lump Jan 4 and I've have more tests than I know exsisted and have more next week. How and why did this happen? I'm active, a dancer, eat well. My heart will not stop palpating, I am filled with anxiety.

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    • Ddancer
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hi Ladies, Well, I had to forgoe going the natural way. . .my nurse practioner and oncologist got wind of that and I got phone calls!!! Yes it's a great idea but basically I ran out of time; the cancer is too aggressive for me to try and beat the clock. So I started chemo, BUT I'm fighting back with LOTS of water, no sugar, no alcohol, no processessed anything including candies, pastries, meats, and loads of fruits and veggies. Loading up on protein and vitamins, doing some dairy, but not as much as I used to and baking all my own bread products with whole wheat and spelt flour. I only had 3 bad days with the first treatment, and no it was not EASY. . .now I understand what tired means, aching bones and having to allow subs to teach my classess, BUT the rest of the week was not too bad. Fighting back still more by walking, so some exercise, (cancer hates oxygen) projects around the house and cooking again. My second round is this weekend - my hair has not started to fall out yet. I'm hoping the extra vitamin D and Biotin and all the extra protein will help, but if not I've found two places in the country that will save my hair for me and make me a ponytail/bun so that's big for me. Oh, and I could not have done this without my husband and my students who continue to support me. You think you have the best husband in the world????? Me too!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Ddancer
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Hi Everyone, Been busy working and going through chemo and the side effects. Working was the best thing I could do to get throught this. I would have my bad chemo week and then a good week so I'd go back to work. My students gave me strength, inspired, and kept me going. Just had my 5th treatment of chemo. Side effects have been fatigue, nausea, but in check with meds. Got the mouth sores after the 4th treatment but got that under control in about 4-5 days with meds. Been having some sores showing up on my hands, using benadryl. I STILL HAVE MY HAIR!!!! Been doing the cold cap therapy. I cut my long pony tail off and saved it for later. It's thinning a bit, but I still have it and just long enough to pull it back, I'm a dancer you know! So it works gang. My tumor is not shrinking fast enough for me. THe surgeon is waiting for that too but confident it will shrink down enough for me to have a lumpectomy. I met Connie Curry, author of Give Me Back My Glory, what a gal! You would love her. I brought her up to our dance showcase. . .. our theme was the title of her book! My students produced a benefit for me and two other cancer patients on campus. Huge success. Let me know if this helps. Hanging on and pushing forward. Not a victim, not a survivor, not a soldier, just a dancer with cancer pressing on day to day.

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    • Ddancer
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    over 4 years ago
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    What do I do and do I want to do anything???

    Decision Point

    I am terrified about the chemo. I think I will be able to handle the surgery and if I loose one or both of my breasts, it's the chemo!

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