lauratemkin's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 59

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Overwhelmed. Shocked. This couldn't be me.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had 18 lymph nodes (all positive) removed. I also had a lumpectomy but THAT cancer was not the primary for the cancer in my lymph nodes. They never found that primary in my breast, and believe me, they tried!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    You can and will live thru the treatment and all the treatment's side effects but it is/was no fun. I had Taxotere, Carboplatinum, and Herceptin. Also to combat the side effects: steroids, ativan, compozine, zofran, mouth rinse. Also Aremidex and Zoloft. Vitamin D and calcium. Never took any pills before!

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Red and blisters but not bad compared to chemo.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I'm in a 5 year Metformin/Placibo Trial.

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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    See List Below!

    Side Effects

    Anxiety, Nausea, Hair Loss (maybe this was the worst in a funny way), chemobrain, Weight Gain.

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  7. 7
    almost 5 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    Nothing like going out in public and looking normal (not sick) without a wig (itchy and hot), or a hat that never fooled anyone anyway.

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  8. 8
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lost the life I thought I would have

    Loss

    I'm one year from diagnosis and still mourn the life I thought I would have, especially that carefree, everything is wonderful feeling. I'm not sure I'll ever completely stop grieving about that.

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  9. 9
    almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

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

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  10. 10
    almost 5 years ago
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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

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