MarianneT's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 54, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed the day before Thanksgiving

    Oh No

    It was so difficult to keep smiling all day and not tell anyone so they could enjoy their holiday

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    about 4 years ago
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    single or bi-lateral mastectomy

    Decision Point

    While I needed to make an informed decision it was actually a very easy decision.

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    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is a painful surgery. More than I expected and I have a high pain tolerance. My spirits were high though as I believed I made the right decision for me. emotionally I was fine. The pain was a challenge. It probably was made worse my a herniated disc in my neck and rheumatoid arthritis. But I got through!!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    This one was easy peasy compared to the mastectomy. In recovery an hour or so. Starving and wanted my coffee so I barely got my coat off before I was in the kitchen making coffee, cheese omelets and toast. As I was slinging a fry pan around my husband asked if I should be doing this already, I told him the surgeon told me to use the arm so I am using it. Taking the drain tube out though was no fun at all!!

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tamoxifen gives me leg cramps, muscle and joint pain, effects my vision, effects my gums and gives me severe hot flashes. Okay, so I am in a cranky way today, ha ha...still better than cancer

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Nipple aureola reconstruction, also some fat transfer from abdomen

    Procedure or Surgery

    wow! This was definitely more difficult than I thought. Not terrible painful, just uncomfortable and awkward. I thought it would be a breeze! Firstly, the skin graft donor area was the groin. Ouch and very hard/awkward to care for. Bandage was practically off by the time I got home from the hospital! I was bandaged from the groin to the collar bone. Not fun in this hot weather, ha ha! Had my "unveiling" yesterday and that was stressful...a combination of excitement and nervousness the grafts may not take. This was tough emotionally as well being (God willing) the last surgery it seemed to just bring it all back for me. I usually don't handle things so emotionally so maybe it was time. Cried all day long!!! Oh, and seeing the final outcome was more unsettling than expected. I still have stitches to come out next week so it still looks like a surgical site. For anyone going through this surgery, just be prepared that it will still look a bit ugly. I knew it but wasn't prepared. I need to remind myself to give it time to heal. They also took fat from my abs and filled in a dent above my left implant. That looks so awesome ...no more fake boob look. It looks so natural.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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