rosepetal57's Journey with Cancer

Survivor: Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 59

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Found out I had breast cancer

    Oh No

    Just shocking after falling & breaking my scapula, in a sling for several weeks, when I felt a "lump" in my breast. Had a mammogram & biopsy, results came the day after I had surgery to fix the shoulder. Indeed it was cancer.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The worst part was the sentinel-node biopsy, which they did @ the same time. They don't warn you about the incredible pain caused by a whopping air pressure "dart" which they hit your nipple with 3 times to inject the dye... with NO anesthesia or numbing. It was horrific... if only for a few minutes.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was sick for 3 days after the first 2 days, so learned to do whatever I could right after, and for the following 1-2 days. then it was rough...but worse was after my first chemo, I developed a blood clot, which turned into a PE, and I had to be hospitalized. That was very scary...

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

    Other Care

    Was rushed to ER, after signs of a PE overnight, and reluctant as my Step-Mom had passed away, and I was going to the funeral. Test revealed the clot had gone to my lungs, so my son took me to ER, I was hospitalized for 8 days, until they could get my INR to over 2.0. Lost hair during that time.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Daily antibiotic infusion due to 3 rare & serious infections after my mastectomy, and with the drains & expanders.

    Other Care

    When the first infection occurred, a month post-OP, I was devastated again... one step forward, 2 steps back, as they say. I continued on for nearly 6 month, as I developed 2 more infections, changing drug to combat, and finally I am on oral antibiotics now, for another 3-4 month (a one year regimen) Praying for an "all-clear" to begin the reconstructive process later this year.

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