Peggie's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 58, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 7 years ago
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    Oh No

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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 7 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Peggie
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    over 7 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 7 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 days to start of cycle 2 - I can feel the tension build slowly. Drink, drink, drink more water, empty bowels before you leave for the hospital, take the pesky Decadron coz you'll need it for potential allergies, replenish the meds to help with the side effects, steel yourself for week 1 blues, pray and rest in the palm of The Lord... "Babylon 5: War Without End: Part One (#3.16)" (1996) [last lines] Sinclair: Ready? Delenn: Why is it that your people always ask someone if they are ready right before you are about to do something massively unwise? Sinclair: Tradition.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 7 years ago
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    Milestones

    Day 17, first cycle... The liberation of distressed follicles! Buzzed-cut my hair. Taken in stride, this was a pleasantly pleasant experience... The only time I thought "Oh, no" was when the clipper came close to me ears. To all who fear this moment, do not fear. I had long hair for decades and this could have been a horrendous moment but if you take time to psyche yourself up well in advance, you will be okay. Attitude is everything!

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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 7 years ago
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    Other

    Milestones

    Chemo round 5 of 6 - I feel happy but stuck, impatient, frustrated. Chemo means food doesnt taste like it did/does.

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    • Peggie
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    almost 7 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It has been two weeks since I started taking Femara. So far, I have had no SEs. Praying that this continues for the next 4 years and 50 weeks.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 6 years ago
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    Other

    Milestones

    Exactly one year since the Autumn of my hair, I walked into my regular salon (they havent seen me in over 15 months) and had a colour & trim. It feels wonderful to be able to ditch the wigs!

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    • Peggie
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    over 6 years ago
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    Celebration

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    • Peggie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 6 years ago
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    A year on...

    Milestones

    A year ago, I was dealing with the side effects of my 5th chemo infusion. I was a 'pro' then, knowing what to expect and having all the drugs to deal with vatious side effects handy. Last week, I climbed the Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka, an agonising 1,200 steps up to the top of the 8th wonder of the world. It was a great feeling when I reached the top. As I said a silent prayer of thanksgiving to God, I pray He will protect and keep all who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or recovering from surgery.

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