Acw's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 53, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Acw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    I had no insurance when first diagnosed.

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    • Acw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Had to decide if I had enough resources to cover a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.

    Decision Point

    I was encouraged to apply to the hospital's outpatient clinic for those without health insurance and they worked me into their system fast.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    Oh no, it really IS cancer after biopsy, now what do I do? I also need a job.

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    • Acw
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Yay I was offered a job at the hospital, what I had wanted for 5 years!

    Celebration

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

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    • Acw
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Oh no, now I have to adjust my start date so I can have surgery first.

    Oh No

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

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    • Acw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was more disfiguring than I thought it would be and pretty painful. The pain in my armpit from the sentinel node dissection carried on as well. Pain lasted for a long time, which surprised me.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Acw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    My breast no longer looked like mine, it was scarred and looked like it belonged to someone else. I was very afraid of my boyfriend's reaction to it.

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