winsomebulldog's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 45, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my sister to lung cancer in 2001.

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  2. 2
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my mother-in-law to brain cancer in 2007. She was my closest friend. I know that's not the norm, but we were very, very close.

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  3. 3
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    almost 4 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Not fun. No need to say more than that.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    almost 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The port made it possible for me to get my chemo, but it caused a few issues as well. They were never able to use it draw blood and some of the nurses had trouble hitting it. Still, I'm glad I had it. I was more glad to get rid of it.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  6. 6
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Kind of struggle to answer this. I had plenty of side effects, but compared to the long list of side effects I could have had, I say I got off easy. Best of all for me was absolutely no vomiting. Not really any nausea. PTL!

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  7. 7
    almost 4 years ago
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    Nausea medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I would have to say my nausea meds had a HUGE impact on my daily life since they kept me from being the least bit sick. They were awesome.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  8. 8
    almost 4 years ago
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    Medicine for low white blood cell count

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to stop taking these because they caused me so much pain. Fortunately, my cell counts never dipped much, which meant I could get by without the drugs.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  9. 9
    almost 4 years ago
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    Herceptin

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I got a year's worth of Herceptin since I was HER2 positive. It was very easy and came with no obvious side effects.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  10. 10
    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had just over 6 weeks of radiation. For the most part, it was painless, until the very end when I developed a bit of a painful "sunburn." It had a huge impact on my daily life, though, since I made the trip to get the treatment 5 days a week.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  11. 11
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Holy cow, did I have chemo brain! There were times that I was completely unable to hold on to whatever I was trying to say. I mean, right in the middle of a sentence, I'd forget what I was saying. Not sure I'm completely over this still! :)

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  12. 12
    almost 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Exhaustion was my constant companion.

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  13. 13
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I was bald in the dead of winter, but it was fine since the hot flashes kept me plenty warm. LOL

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  14. 14
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    I swear sometimes I was boiling from the inside out!

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  15. 15
    almost 4 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Things didn't necessarily taste bad to me, they mostly just didn't taste "right," if they had any taste at all.

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  16. 16
    almost 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    November, 2011

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  17. 17
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

    I spent a few days in the hospital with a raging fever due to a UTI. Other than that, I had no problems during the duration of my treatment.

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