nocancer2013's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 3 years ago
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    Shock of cancer diagnosis in December, 2011

    Oh No

    In the middle of Christmas shopping with my daughter when I got the call saying it was breast cancer. Just thought, "Okay God, this is in your hands." Lots of questions racing through my mind, including "Will I be here to celebrate Christmas in 2012?"

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  2. 2
    over 3 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Relatively easy surgery without much discomfort.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    over 3 years ago
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    Taxotere, Herceptin, forgot name of other drug

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Herceptin caused heart problem with ejection fraction going down to 30. Fortunately, I walk and it is up to 50 now. Have to take two meds from now on-Lisenopril and Coreg.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was easy. Looked like I had a sunburn. Used Aquaphor daily to keep chest from peeling. Liked glycerin soap for bathing as it moisturizes skin. Just tired some so I would take naps! 33 treatments and met some awesome ladies at cancer center. We were good support for each other.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 3 years ago
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    Herceptin for HER2 Postive

    Clinical Trial

    Had to stop Herceptin after 5 treatments due to heart damage from it.

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  6. 6
    over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Still have to deal with chemo brain (forgetfulness) but otherwise doing well.

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  7. 7
    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Invited family and friends to celebrate my finishing treatment in July, 2012 with a party and food including my favorite dessert tiramasu. Wonderful time! Thanking God for seeing me through the treatments!

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  8. 8
    over 3 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Loss my hero my dad to multiple myeloma in 2001. Loss my friends Theresa and Susan to breast cancer in 2012. Live today to the fullest and make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus for tomorrow is not promised.

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  9. 9
    over 3 years ago
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    To stop worrying about IF the cancer would return. Research and eat healthy and exercise. LIVE TODAY and Trust God with the end results.

    Decision Point

    Prayer, reading God's Word, and huge support from my family and friends helped me tremendously. My pastor who also has cancer (in remission) encouraged me so much too.

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  10. 10
    over 3 years ago
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    Other Care

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  11. 11
    over 3 years ago
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    Milestones

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