Bathory's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 51, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Bathory
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 4 years ago
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    My diagnosis handed to me on a post-it note.

    Oh No

    Seriously? A POST-IT NOTE?

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Take the diseased breast or both?

    Decision Point

    I have lupus and therefore could not receive radiation, so mastectomy was my only option.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Not as big of a deal as I was expecting.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After my first chemo, it wasn't too horrible. Went in the following week for Herceptin and was told I had one white blood cell but they sent me home. That night my temp went up to 105F and the on-call doctor told me to get to the ER.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    No immune system

    Oh No

    Hospitalized for four days while the doctors tried to get my white blood cell count up. Neutropenic fever.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Only one I didn't get was vomiting. Go figure.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The plastic surgeon called this the "pop and swap".

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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