michelleb's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 4 years ago, Female, Age: 49, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    My husband was in the process of switching jobs, therefore; insurance would be lapsing on Jan 2.

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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    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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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    Struggling whether to have chemo and radiation or radiation only.

    Decision Point

    After getting the news that not only am I triple negative but I also have the BRCA1 mutation, I made the decision to go forward with chemo and probably a bilateral mastectomy as well as removal of my remaining ovary.

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  5. 5
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am currently undergoing chemo, I am having Adriamycin and Cytoxin. My side effects have been pretty minimal. The biggest struggle for me was losing my long, blonde, curly hair. It has always been a huge part of my identity!! I have opted to just go all natural, no wigs or scarves, I do wear a ball cap outside in order to not lose all of my body heat out the top of my head. I made a conscious decision to "own" it, it is just another part of the journey to wellness. I believe that my attitude has been huge in not being ill through chemo. I still work a full time job as well as a part time job in the evenings, it allows me to keep my life as close to normal as possible.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  6. 6
    almost 4 years ago
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    After learning not only was I triple negative, I also have the BRCA1 mutated gene. What would be my entire treatment plan??

    Decision Point

    After tons of research, multiple appointments with mutiple doctors of multiple specialties, I decided to have chemotherapy and follow with a bilateral mastectomy and removal of my one remaining ovary.

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