barbsrec's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 10 years ago, Female, Age: 71, Stage I

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 7 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was done on an outpatient basis. I had to prop a small pillow under my breast and arm to help with the tenderness. I did this for at least a month if not longer but it was important to me to be as comfortable as possible.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I found it difficult to concentrate and focus while going through chemo. I also lost my tastebuds and the only food I could taste was fresh fruit. I always drank a lot of water to try to flush the chemicals out of my system. While taking chemo I developed thrush and my doctor gave me a prescription for magic mouthwash. This helped tremendously. Chemo made me feel very fatigued and I slept a lot.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I'm sure most people do not have the experience I had while on radiation but the last 5 treatments were extremely difficult for me. This was due to other health issues that I have. I ended up in a wheel chair and on oxygen. This only lasted for about 6 weeks. After radiation my breast became very hard, dark in color, and leathery. My doctor recommended cocoa butter with vitamin E.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 7 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I had numerous side effects, I had fuzzy brain and could not focus, loss of appetite, nausea was present but minimal, fatigue, mood swings, memory changes, mouth sores and dryness, constipation and diarrhea, shortness of breath and hair loss.

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 7 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I definitely celebrated when I finished treatment. This was as wonderful as graduating from school.

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 7 years ago
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    some friends

    Loss

    The people that I lost as friends during this difficult period were truly not my friends and this was one way to sort them out.

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 7 years ago
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    I wrestled with the decision of whether to have a mascectomy or lumpectomy, and what type of treatment should I have. After talking to my doctors and research I was able to make my decision. I still wonder sometimes if I made the right decisions since I

    Decision Point

    I tried to compare myself to other patients going through the same thing but quickly discovered that everyone is different and no two people go through the same thing.

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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

    I was hospitalized several times while going through treatment but I have other health issues and the chemo aggravated those problems.

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