Mamabear894's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 50, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    The person I was dating decided that even the potential idea that I might have cancer, was too much and just stopped calling, answering calls, or seeing me. It was a big slap in the face. It also made me realize that dating with this diagnosis was going to be a challenge while going through treatment.

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    Prior to my initial diagnosis, I had no insurance and was participating in a program for just a mammogram. I went through a period of panic and then my doctor's office contacted me to put me in touch with other programs to assist me with treatment. I found that I have some of the best doctor offices on my side. Very informative, guiding, compassionate and caring. Without the different centers help I would have had some serious stress. (Like there isn't enough stress on a person at that point.)

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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    I had to make the decision lumpectomy or mastectomy.

    Decision Point

    Based on my family history, I decided that a bi-lateral mastectomy is my best option.

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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my bi-lateral mastectomy 1 week ago and it has gone way different than I expected. I had been expecting total bedridden with the inability to do anything for myself. While things are very limited I am able to do a lot for myself with certain modifications. Most of which I learned about on this site. I was blessed to have 2 top surgeons through UCSF and was able to have skin sparing AND nipple saving surgery. Big mental bonus for me. In the scope of things it was minimally invasive so my healing has been very quick. Exceptionally sore chest muscles that warn me when I start to do to much. I have 4 drains which seems to be the most common, and after about 4 days I have been able to care for them myself. Keeping up with pain meds etc is very important.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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