jisaac1063's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 10 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    The diagnosis itself.

    Oh No

    I knew before I heard the actual words that I had cancer, but I had already made peace with God about it.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    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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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My initial chemo went better than I thought it would. I took my chemo on Thursdays and went back to work on Monday through both rounds of chemo. I had to take medicine for my white blood cell count with my first round and had to get platelets and medicine for my red blood cells with my second round.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    The mastectomy was easier to handle emotionally than I thought. I had lots of people praying for me. I also looked at everything as a step in the process since I knew I was going to eventually have reconstructive surgery. And that having one breast was only temporary.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The treatment itself was painless. The effects to my skin and muscles was much more painful than I expected. I many ways I felt like it was worse than the chemo.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea, fatigue, low red count, skin irratation

    Side Effects

    I had minimal nausea with the first round of chemo but I would start feeling yucky on about the 3rd day and it would last about a week before I started feeling better but I was still able to work. By the time I finished my second round I was extremely tired because of my low red count but never got nauseated. I had no side effects from the Herceptin that I took. I was burned really bad after radiation and had to wear tight fitting shirt underneath my clothing to keep skin from touching the radiated skin. The radiation also made me tired. I was able to work half days during radiation and would take naps in the afternoons after radiation.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The only problems I had was that the muscle that had been zapped with radiation did not want to stretch once the expanders had been put in. I also asked them to take my other breast at that time. For the most part though I was please with the end result of reconstruction.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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