pooky1's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Prefer not to answer/not applicable/unsure, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 64

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    • pooky1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It was the unthinkable. I was in a fog for days, didn't want to discuss this with anyone.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Had no knowledge of breast cancer so I didn't know what decision I was to make. I didn't even know what type of surgery was to be involved.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    More and more test and procedures were done with no concrete answers from radiology. It just made me even more nervous about the diagnosis. The doctors were unable to tell me what stage and then they gave me the clinical definition of my cancer which left me totally in space. I wasn't told how many tumors I had or how large they were.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had never been so terrified in my whole life. I had never had any type of surgery. I was told a lumpectomy was NOT for me. The only way to remove the cancer was to remove the entire breast. I was devistated. I was so numb to the fact, I had no tears to shed. My surgery was scheduled for 6am and the night before I could not even sleep thinking about this awful terrible thing that was about to happen to me. Upon my arrival to surgery I had a number of medical departments to report to...blood pressure checks, blood tests, dye injection, etc... Going into surgery was a total nightmare for me. Surgery went well for me. After waking up in recovery and told that it was over,. my immediate reaction was to get dressed and go home. So much for that.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    • pooky1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    After the loss of my breast I just didn't feel whole again. I wasn't the same person I used to be. It just took something out of me. I had multiple dr visits and nurse visits for the everyday cleaning of the wound. I felt helpless. I couldn't stand to look down at myself or even in the mirror. It just looked so UGLY. I had planned a 8 day cruise before this all happened and had to cancel the trip because it was advised by my dr not to go on the trip. All of the summer clothes I had purchased could not be worn. I was really upset.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Thank God I wasn't a candidate for chemo or radiation therapy. I started my hormone therapy 1 month later. I ended up back in the hospital due to kidney failure caused by an infection from a form of treatment for my surgery. That was an ordeal ending up in ICU for a few days and then an extra stay to get my kidneys functioning again. It all felt like a downhill battle for me.

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    • pooky1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Breakthrough

    Celebration

    Finally after seeing the oncologist I was told my cancer was stage 1 and I had no worries thus far. I am thankful for the wonderful support groups I had which I feel is most important when going through something as traumatic as this. Now I'm on my way to leading a healthy and happy life.

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