Joy'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: 54

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    • Joy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I received the news of having cancer, while sitting with the radiologist ,on the day that I had my biopsy. She was 90% sure that I had cancer in my right breast and that I would have to have a masectomy. I remember being in complete shock but at the same time relieved that I finally found out why I felt so bad all the time. The following months were and still are the biggest challenge of my life.

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    • Joy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I remember waking up, being extremely tired from the anesthesia, and being told from my loved ones to not be afraid of getting morphine so I could get some real sleep. All the morphine did was make me panic because I thought if I let myself go I would never wake up. It was during this that I realized that I had no breasts and how was I going to deal with that?

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy was awful for me. I had an aggressive treatment of AC and each time I received it, I became more and more weakened. Knowing that this was normal got me through it, but it was hard being hospitalizing twice when I never had been sick in my life. After the AC, I started taking the taxol and found after 5 treatments that I had to be taken off of it due to my lungs being hypersensitive to it (that was the reason I was in the hospital the second time). What a nightmare it was!!

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    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After all that I went through with chemo, radiation was a piece of cake. I was able to go to work on an almost full time basis during this time. I had a lot of help from my co-workers to get me through the day. I didn't realized how fatigued I was until I was off of it for a couple of weeks. I feel so much better!! Radiation can do nasty things to your skin, but luckily I had no feeling in the area I was radiated and felt no pain.

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    • Joy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I was so very relieved when treatment was over. I am now getting back to my old life and am pleased to see that my cancer experience has made me a stronger person. I still struggle with it all at times but that is to be expected. My hair is coming in pretty good and I have a nice, short haircut. After having longer hair all of my life, it is interesting to see how cute my hair is short. I just had a birthday recently which made it all sweeter.

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    • Joy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

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