triciashope's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 9 years ago, Female, Age: 40, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This surgery occurred only 1 week after my diagnosis. It is difficult to say what effect the actual procedure had on me because I was emotionally struggling with the diagnosis and anticipating the start of chemo.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was very difficult for me. My children were 3 and 1 when I began so I relied heavily on my family and friends for help. I AM SO BLESSED to have had so many to help us.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    While I still feel very confident about my choice to have a bi-lateral mastectomy, it is something that impacts my self-esteem on a private level. Part of me feels less than myself but at the same time, part of me feels proud and strong because of my decision. Thankfully reconstruction has helped me to hide that from those that don't know my story.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy Complete

    Celebration

    I remember waking up after my mastectomy and grabbing my husband's hand. I smiled and said "WE DID IT".

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