MAMADUKES's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    THIS IS MY SECOND ROUND IN THE SAME BREAST. HAD A LUMPECTOMY AND RADIATION 5 YEARS AGO. JUST HAD A DOUBLE LUMPECTOMY 4 WEEKS AGO AND ONE AREA CAME BACK DCIS AGAIN. NOW THE SAME CANCER (DCIS) IS BACK AND THE ONLY AVAILABLE TREATMENT IS MASTECTOMY. HAVE BEEN WRESTLING WITH DOING BOTH AND HAVE DECIDED THAT IT IS THE SMARTEST COURSE TO TAKE. STILL WAKE UP THINKING I HAVE BEEN HAVING A BAD NIGHTMARE AND THEN CRY WHEN I REALIZE IT IS REAL.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    AFTER CAREFULLY WEIGHING MY VANITY AGAINST THE ODDS I HAVE DECIDED TO HAVE A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY (ONE HAS TO GO, THE OTHER IS HEALTHY). HARD TO PART WITH SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN BUT I HAVE BEEN ON THIS JOURNEY FOR A WHILE AND IT IS TIME TO CALL IT A DAY. NOT AT ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SURGERY AND RECONSTRUCTION AND NO LONGER BEING "ME", BUT GRATEFUL THAT MY CANCER IS EARLY ENOUGH TO REMOVE AND BE NEARLY 100% CURED. NEED SOME GUIDANCE FROM ONE WHO HAS BEEN THRU A DOUBLE WITH TISSUE EXPANDER RECONSTRUCTION ON WHAT TO PHYSICALLY EXPECT FROM THE SURGERY AND LENGTH AND DISCOMFORT OF RECOVERY. PLEASE!!

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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Other Care

    Well today made it all official. Went for my pre-op appointment at the hospital and again, the reality hit home. I still feel confident that I have made the right decision, and have total trust in my surgeons and the hospital, but neverthless, I DON'T WANT TO GO!!!! Anyone out there with any suggestions on how to stay sane during these last few days before surgery? I keep trying to keep busy but in my head I know why I am trying so hard. Guess I can't escape the anxiety. Also, I know my husband probably would love to have his time with my breasts before they are gone, but I am struggling with that issue too. Almost like if I engage in sex it will add to the finality of this decision we have made and I yet, I understand his needs too. Running out of time with them, so to speak. Sometimes I know I think too much and should just go with the flow. Any suggestions or experiences out there to share?

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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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