suzyq's Journey:

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

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: almost 4 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 3 years ago
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    "incisional cellulitis" turned out to be MRSA

    Oh No

    Last week I started running a low grade fever and my incision area (single mastectomy) became red and very sore. I began a regimen of oral antibiotics following a diagnosis of cellulitis. 24 hours later I was on my way to the ER, with my incision erupting nasty peachy colored pus in very large quantities. I spent 2 days in the hospital with a new drain and IV antibiotics, which did help. Today we learned that the culture showed MRSA. I am on Clindamycin, orally, every 6 hours for an indefinite time. Such a terrible setback! I felt that something was not quite right last week--but wondered if I had just underestimated the discomfort of recovery. I am doing much better already, and hope that now I will truly be on the road to good health.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Developed MRSA infection in surgical incision

    Oh No

    I had a huge setback a week ago, and recovery has been slow. About 12 days out of surgery I started feeling ill with a low-grade temp and a lot of soreness and redness in the incision area. I ended up in the ER when peachy colored pus began erupting from the wound, and then was hospitalized for a few days while IV antibiotics did their magic. Had to have another drain put in for a few days,and some bigger pain meds, but things are turning around and I am getting back to a more "normal" recovery.

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    over 3 years ago
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    I am infection free

    Celebration

    After a miserable setback with a MRSA infection, I am back on the road to a normal recovery. The antibiotic worked it's magic, and I am infection free. No more drains or bandages, and I am feeling good again.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Last week I had my 6 week checkup with my surgeon and oncologist. I am doing well, and am cancer free. I know how fortunate I was to not need radiation or chemo; Paget's Disease ---a tiny spot---led us to the DCIS before it became invasive. I am fully healed and feeling good; almost all the soreness is gone. On Thursday I was fitted for my prosthetic, and came away from that store with a pink shopping bag full of items that have changed everything for me. How thankful I am to live in a world where these wonderful products exist! I feel like ME again, and I look like me. My doctor has warned me, though, that my journey is not over, and I must be diligent in follow-up tests and exams, and always on the alert for changes and signals in my body. It has been quite a summer, but I am looking forward again, with a new perspective on life.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Six Month checkup

    Milestones

    I just returned from my 6 month checkup and had a good report. My wonderful doctor has now recommended that I transition to the Continuity Breast Clinic for my screening exams and mammograms. (every 6 months for 5 years).

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    over 2 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    My mastectomy was one year ago today. I had an office exam at 6 months, and recently completed my one year mammogram and evaluation. I was very anxious about that appointment, but everything looked fine. I will celebrate by taking a lap with other Survivors at Relay for Life next weekend!

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