Caroclara's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 72, Stage I, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Had breast cancer 15 yrs ago. Surprised it was back.

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Didn't have to have lymph nodes removed like before, much easier recovery.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had Oncotype 2 test that showed that I had a strong chance or reoccurrence I was shocked, as there was no lymph node involvement. The neulasta shot after each round of chemo was very painful and exhausting. My hair fell out after two weeks, thought it would be longer before it fell out. Always brought someone with me to take notes and hold my hand. Cut hair really short before the big fallout. My husband shaved my head during hurricane Sandy.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I found that asking lots of questions helped quell my fears. My skin began to break down so they moved the local radiation up for a few days in order for my skin to heal. Very tired on week 4.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    about 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Had chemo bleed i.e. it leaked into my system and my hand swelled up and turned bright red, I stayed in the hospital for a week, while they tried to figure out what was wrong. It was a good time for me to rest.

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  6. 6
    about 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Went out to lunch with friends.

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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Thinking that I would live a much longer time than I now do.

    Loss

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  8. 8
    about 4 years ago
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    Acupuncture

    Other Care

    I think Acupuncture helped a lot with my feelings of sickness and weakness.

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  9. 9
    about 4 years ago
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    Loss

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

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