mmgonzo's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 49

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    • mmgonzo
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was suppose to have my mammogram done in March of 2011 as it was my mother was going through her own diagnosis of uterine cancer at that time and I let it slip through the cracks between caring for her and dealing with my own MS (multiple sclerosis) I didnt see the need till I got to it, well I got to it in October 2011. I have never had to go for a second mammogram so when the hospital called to schedule another one I knew something was up, I've had too many trips down this road with my MS to not know the signs. "Oh no" hit me big time when the Doctor of Radiology came in during my mammogram it was very anticlamatic, no tears, no question as to what else it could be, no denying, no second opinions at least not then. A few weeks later I'll find out that I may have uterine cancer, when this happens that's when I completely breakdown and go into shock.

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    • mmgonzo
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My lumpectomy was performed first with the thinking that it would be faster to recover from then my hysterectomy when just the opposite occured. My hysterectomy was vaginal and not thru any incision thru the stomach like my c-section so many years ago, this led to my quick recovery but my stress was big time since your not out of the woods with any diagnosis until they cut into you and test the mass for malignancy. Benign "bingo" one word that leads to an instant feeling of JOY, hello.

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

    Radiation

    Positive is the word I would use when describing "Radiation", dont laugh. I've been through MRI's, CT scans, Pet scans, stress tests, daily injections, spinal taps, etc. Radiation is a breeze and the people: nurses, techs, doctors, counselors, volunteers, are a fantastic bunch of people who deal every day of the week with us. I cant say enough good about them. All have been beautiful and supportive, its been a defining moment in my life. The radiation treatment I'am going through is external, which is where you lie down in your very own cast that the techs make from your actual form when you lay down on the table your laying down onto a flat bean bag sort of speak, the "beans" hold their shape "mine, yours etc" and every day you go they pull out your cast, you lay down into it and blam blam it takes more time getting you just so (lining you up) then the actual radiation itself takes. So everyday you will have a standing appointment, sign in, get your gown on, wait your turn, lay on form, blam blam (my word for radiation) no smell, no pain, no heat, skin does get darker sort of like a sunburn, but so far I've experienced no blisters, or dry skin only in my 3rd week of six so far so good. xxoo

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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