Statto's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 48

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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my double mastectomy 1 month ago and haven't had too many issues. Love the way they are looking....I have the spacers in and get pumped up weekly.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am getting ready to start chemo next week. I did great with the double mastectomy....I am a little scared about how the chemo is going to go. I have 2 small children and need to go back to work

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had 2 small Lumps in each breast. Each less than 2 cm. lymph nodes were clean on both sides and I had a double mastectomy. I have been very up and positive that it was caught early and it was not "life threatning". But I learned last week that one of my lumps was triple negative.......which is very serious. It has really thrown me for a loop. so I start chemo next week. I am having a really difficult time dealing with it. I have 2 small children ages 5 and 8 and try not to be upset around them but having a hard time. Just needed to vent. Anyone else out there with triple negative?

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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my port put in today. It went ok. Just itchy for some reason. Start chemo tomorrow...

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just had my first round of AC chemo....my pee is red. Funny. I feel good right now the only issue I had was random boughts of crying while reading through all of the handouts. I'm going to try to stay optimistic that the side affects will be minimal. I decided to let my 8 year old daughter cut my hair however she wants before shaving it. She is thrilled!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    So it finally started...hair loss. Sucks! For some reason it has hit me the hardest. Maybe because now there is no question to people of what is going on with me...it's out there now. I have a cute wig, and scarfs and hats....but it sucks looking in the mirror every morning....

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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I've hit my halfway point! I finished my rounds of AC chemo. Now moving on to taxol. Hopefully the nausea won't be as bad on that.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    I had to have a blood transfusion a few weeks ago. It freaked me out when they told me my red blood count was too low and needed it.....let me say this....it sounds a lot worse than it is. I got 2 pints of blood through my port...no different than anything else they give me in my port and I felt amazingly better afterward. If you need to do it go for it you'll feel better!

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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I had my second round of taxol. There have been a few side effects but being tired is the worst. I also had a lot of leg cramping and back pain this time. It's been hard to sleep but a heating pad is helping.

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  10. 10
    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just had my reconstructive surgery yesterday. Feeling good! Almost done with reconstruction now. Just healing and nipple reconstruction next.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Port removed!

    Celebration

    My port was taken out yesterday....it was very emotional marking the end of a difficult journey....hopefully I won't need one ever again!

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    • Statto
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Uncontrollable random crying bouts

    Side Effects

    Sounds weird and normal I know....but this like nothing I have ever experienced. I am 3 months post chemo and just had my reconstructive surgery last week. So I am pretty much done except for the daily tamoxifen reminder and monitoring. I was very lucky with stage 1 not in lymphnodes. I should be happy and carefree....but I find I am having random bouts of crying for no specific reason....it just comes out at the most inopportune times too. This is the only thing I can figure....it's like a car accident or walking on hot coals...I have been so focused on the job at hand, surgery, chemo, more surgery that there was no emotion it was just doing. No time for negativity or reflecting on the seriousness of what was going on..just focused on getting through it day to day. Very out of body experience. And now that I am done its the reflection of what the heck just happened to me? Did I really just do that...remove my breasts, have surgery, do 4 months of chemo, have another surgery....really? That was me? I had what? Breast Cancer? So now 10 months after I started this journey I am just now starting to process it all...... This is procrastination at it's finest!

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