loradee's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 79, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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

    Oh No

    This is an article/somewhat of a poem I wrote for a writing class describing my breast cancer finding - I had noticed a lump in my breast but felt I had bumped it while chipping away at the ice and snow When Dr. felt it asked if I knew I said yes I guess Whoa—She was very concerned After her receptionist called all hospitals in the area to see about an appointment for me to get a mammogram done that day It was go straight to the hospital and do not pass go do not stop Next day Drs. Office called to have me go in that day I could not leave work without pay I loved my job and it always came first I am to see my Dr. that Saturday Dr. says must go for a biopsy Don’t know why but her office dragged their feet I thought, holy Pete Maybe I was supposed to make my own appointment Got hold of Drs. Office on another snowy day Gal was not kind I must say I asked if I was supposed to make my own appointment This is a couple of weeks later mind you I was told she had to make the appointment and it wasn’t going to happen that day Whoa—how rude I concluded I just had to wait A day later I had an appointment with the same hospital to have a biopsy done Talk about fear Everyone was so kind I was very nervous but They set my mind at ease They aimed to please After all was said and done No it was not fun But I left assured that everything was O.K. The next day Dr. called needing to see me right away Another time, could not leave work Saturday was the day Dr. says cancer cells were found Shock set in No I didn’t cry Dr. set me at ease Said I could call her over the week-end if I pleased I took it all in stride I had to swallow my pride Why did I think it would not happen to me? That weekend I did my best to collect my thoughts I had to let my kids know My sister My brother My friends I told them all to not mention it to anyone I felt this information should come from me So I had to simultaneously get on the phone Call everyone My friends were last on the list

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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had surgery done at Beaumont Cancer Facility in Royal Oak, MI by a very kind caring female surgeon. Everyone was so caring in the Center. My son, Joe, took me in for the surgery and was allowed to stay with me until I was taken back to the operating room. This was easier on me because we could talk while I was given the IV. When I woke up, Patrick, my other son was there and took me back to Joe's place where I stayed to recoop.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had chemotherapy and was told that I could have family there. Joe, my son, and Claude, my brother accompanied me to Beaumont Cancer Center the first day of my treatment and I felt very comforted by them being there. The attending nurse was awesome, explained everything to a T. I had the shunt put in beforehand by my surgeon which I had forgot to mention. Patrick, my son, had taken me there and spoke with my surgeon before everything was started for the shunt surgery. He asked if I could be given less anesthetic because I had been out for an awfully long time during the initial mastectomy. I was glad he was there for this. Patrick's wife is an M.D. and I know they had spoke of this and she had prompted him on questions to ask, etc. I felt very comforted by this. My first chemo I was given a cream to put on the shunt site an hour before my chemo to numb the site for my next treatment. However, the first time a spray was applied before the initial treatment; this is a numbing agent. Before she started she told me to take a deep breath, this really takes ones mind off of everything being done. Everyone was supper nice, friendly and accommodating. My hat goes off the Beaumont Cancer Center employees. I must say that I was extremely tired after surgery but Joe, did not let me lay around the day or so after. He got me up and had me answering phones in his shop. He had a pain prescription filled for me but I never needed to take any of it. I am curious whether others had to take pain medication after their mastectomy or not?

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation treatments at Beaumont Cancer Center were painless. I found it informative to wait with other cancer patients before the treatments. Even met up with a couple of friends that were there when I took my first chemo treatment; however they were extremely helpful throughout. It is so good to have someone to talk to who is going through the same thing I was; I really miss them and hope I will be able to find others again. As for the minimal impact to daily life, I must say that I was extremely tired before and after radiation and chemo. I would pick up a bite to eat after each treatment and then it was home to lay down where I usually slept for quite some time.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extreme tiredness throughout chemo and radiation. Really didn't have much of a desire to eat; I am a full figure woman so that didn't really bother me. I was delited when I took off 30lbs throughout the procedure. I just wish I could be so lucky as to keep it off but it seems to be creeping back. It's something I'm going to have to work on with the help of WW.

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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After my surgery, chemo treatments, radiation treatments and having the chemo shunt removed I got in my car and, Ann, my daughter, drove me down to Chattanooga, TN. I had planned to move down here after I retired but breast cancer just delayed my move for a year later. When the shunt was taken out it was under a local so there was no anesthetic involved putting me to sleep. However, I did sleep most of the way here. The trip takes 10hrs. driving and every time we go back to MI Ann does the driving.

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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Loss

    Will share this information later.

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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I have recently had a bad experience with a new relationship that I found very upsetting. I am anxious to talk with others about this. I am also anxious to find a local ground of breast cancer, or any cancer survivors as far as that goes to get their viewpoint on my recent experience.

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    • loradee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Other Care

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