Rainess' Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage IIIA, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Rainess
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    You hear those words "You have cancer" and time stands still. In that stillness, that pause, you feel scared out of your mind. It is the worst feeling in the world. There is nothing that will sugarcoat it. It just sucks. Mine was invasive ductal lobular bc, stage 3a, her2+, erpr +, 8 cm tumor with lymph node involvement. Say that 3 times fast. Crying, begging, praying, freaking out, what about my daughter, how will I tell my family, this is so unfair.......why me?

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    • Rainess
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a mastectomy and axillary node dissection 9 days ago. Recuperation as not been to bad. For me, the hardest part has been pain under my arm, where 9 lymph nodes were removed. But on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say a couple of days out from surgery it was a 6, and that's on no pain meds. I took the pain meds for a couple of days and then stopped. They constipate you and make you very tried and loopy. Tylenol worked fine. The incision where my breast was is more of an ache than a pain. It looks Frankensteinsh. But my philosophy is, it's just a piece of flesh. No tears shed. But I can totally understand how seeing your body mutilated like this could be upsetting. All in all surgery was not as bad as I thought. The result, clear margins baby!!!! Well worth it. Buh bye cancer.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Rainess
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo SUCKS but it can save your life so it's worth it. Think of it as a bad relationship with a guy. We've all had them. If Chemo were a guy his name would be Ted. Ted will suck the life out of you, but you won't feel it until about 3 days after your last date with good ole Ted. Then you will feel the most tired you have ever felt in your life. Go to bed! But don't forget to take your anti nausea meds, drink lots of water, rinse with salt water, and take a laxative. Ted will leave a horrible taste in your mouth. It tastes like metal. It will go away after a week or so. Peppermints help. Ted is a real jerk, but he is getting rid of your cancer, so keep hanging with him. He is such a jerk that he will make your hair fall out after being with him for a couple of weeks. XXX Ted. Shave your head. Don't give him that satisfaction. Ted has issues. Your friends and family have mixed feelings about Ted. They know he is a jerk, but he woos them with his charm. And he is saving your life. The secret to dealing with Ted is not to let him see you down. Be strong around Ted. He preys on weakness. Then when it's all over, say thank you Ted, and break up with that jerk. And you will feel much better.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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