bunny2's Journey with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 68, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • bunny2
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    about 4 years ago
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    Medicine for low white blood cell count

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was very tiring but doable

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • bunny2
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I probably went back to work to soon but we are self employed and this cancer care has cost so much that i couldn't afford to hire someone to help.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Everyone said radiation would be so easy after chemo and surgery I found it hard 3 weeks after finishing I am still burning and very very tired I am also dealing with lymphedema and that is very painful My gift to myself on the last day of radiation was to stop wearing a wig. Very little hair but who cares it feels great to go without have about a half inch of hair Still a lot of fatigue and burning and pain. I was just told to keep doing pain meds as I can't heal when I am in pain

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • bunny2
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Minimal side effects being tired was the biggest problem and still is. Going from a very healthy active person to feeling tired and achy is hard just want to feel good again

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 3 years ago
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    Breast reconstruction

    Decision Point

    May 2014 will be a year since I finished radiation and I have to decide if I want reconstruction. I don't think I want to deal with another major surgery and can't afford to be off work for that long. Also have $12,500.00 deductible per year and have already paid so much out of pocket for my cancer care. If insurance will pay for reconstruction why not pay for a face lift that would make me feel better than fake breasts.

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Friday the 13th became my lucky day as I just finished herceptin Hopefully port will be removed next week and then i start seeing oncologist every 3 months

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    • bunny2
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 3 years ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    I was in so much pain from lymphedema and painful scar tissue from radiation. I started going for accupunture and micro current theraphy pain and swelling are still a problem but at least now it is doable

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