kleslied's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 54, Stage IIIC, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed on February 13th, have been through every scan possible the past week and will find out tomorrow what will happen next. I am not sure what to expect, or what to think right now.

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I just got the news on what my clinical trial meds will consist of...Bevacizumab every 2 weeks for 12 weeks + Nab-pacitaxel every week for 12 weeks followed by AC+PEG-G every 2 weeks x 6. I'm still stressed on what to expect in the way of side effects. I guess I am mostly worried because I have been living with my friend and her kids and sleeping on an air mattress in the living room. Am I going to be able to survive this way or will they survive me? A world of worries added to so many I already had.

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking the chemo and feeling as good as I do was much easier than I thought it would be. It started rough they couldn't find my port which was one thing I was afraid of, they had to pull up my xray to find exactly where it was. After pushing on me and finding it the needle was too small so they had to re-stick me with a longer needle. That just made everything else that seemed to go wrong much worse than it was just because I was feeling more unsure of things than ever, but it finally leveled off and went well. I'm glad I am past the first day and hope the next one will go smoother.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Ok, so my first week of chemo didn't go so well. Wednesday was fine no problems, Thursday I was tired and weak had no appetite and slept a lot, by Friday afternoon I had terrible leg pain and could barely walk. The pain in the right leg ended but it was too much to stand in my left leg, I finally gave in to it and by 4am I called and ambulance. No blood clots, or injury that showed, seemed to be just a reaction from the chemo, what a reaction!!!! Had 2 shots of morphine which didn't even dull the pain and after almost 12 hours in the ER I came home after a double shot of morphine and a shot of muscles relaxer. Still today I can barely stand upright and put weight on it with out it feeling like my leg is on fire, when I sit it feels like a constant charlie horse. And tomorrow is chemo day again...can hardly wait. lol

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Oh No

    Had an abscess that got infected, lowered my blood count and landed me in the hospital. Looks like I will be here for a few days, I am getting mass doses of antibiotics and I'm in partial Isolation, I'm trying to make the most of it to sleep and get all the rest I need but I get more of that at home.

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my sister this past week to her fight with cancer. Hers started as cervical cancer, but recovered then it returned in her stomach, recovered then returned. This time surgery was not an option but she started and aggressive round of chemo but 2 day later the cancer had spread to her brain without warning and she was gone. She was planning to come home that day. Instead of my father flying out to California to help her, I also flew out the next day to bring her home and pack up her things. Its been such a mess, none of us expect to go me least of all, but people do your family a favor make a will or power of attorney. Put your cars in someones name TOD and do the same with your bank accounts, otherwise your family will be so busy there will be no time to mourn you. We have had everything on hold because our hands were tied on doing anything until we received the death certificates. So now here over a week later, now we can plan a funeral. It's been psychically and emotionally draining and has taken a toll on my own recovery. I pray no one has to go through what we have and can just mourn and put our loved ones to rest.

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    • kleslied
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    This is something new and unexpected. Because I had lymph nodes removed my system isn't working properly and my right arm is 3 times its normal size. I started last week and have it wrapped everyday like a mummy. I have no use of it what so ever and I didn't realize that once they get the swelling down I will wear a permanent sleeve for the rest of my life. Just when things start looking up I get knocked back down, but just like everything I have to keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end. I go the first of October now because they also believe I could have rheumatoid arthritis another chemo blessing. When will it end?

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