AllMyLifeRed's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 50

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    May 2010...heard those 3 dreaded words...you have cancer.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Began chemotherapy on June 23, 2010. Lost all my hair, my appetite, my everything....

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    December 29, 2010...double mastectomy, sentinal node biopsy, reconstruction.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 12 weeks of having the expanders filled to the size that I chose, I had the actual 650 ml implants inserted on May 10, 2010.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    5 nodes were removed and 3 still had cancer.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Because I had completed chemo and responded well to the treatment (tumors had disappeared), my doctor was surprised to find that 3 of the 5 nodes that he removed still had cancer. He suggested radiation. After lots of prayer and having my case presented in front of the "tumor board", I chose to decline radiation and move along with the reconstruction.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Began reconstruction with the latissimus dorsi flap procedure and expanders.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Nipple reconstruction

    Procedure or Surgery

    Chose to have the nipple reconstructed on October 3, 2011. Easy...Peasy!!

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