RNSusan's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Nausea medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    at this moment I've just had my first treatment today, so it's still neutral for now until I see if the side effects are going to kick in. Update, today is the first day I feel ok. the 4th of july was not much fun. been sleeping a lot and nauseated even with the meds.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my double mastectomy in January 2015, recovery was easier than I expected. I had an anaphylactic reaction to dilaudid while in the hospital so it limited me to what pain medication I could take at home. but I made it through on just Tylenol and ibuprofen around the clock. Valium helped with the muscle spasms a whole lot! Waiting now for June to have the expander exchange!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    port removal!

    Celebration

    I was "deported" yesterday 4/14/15!! the procedure wasn't bad, I was given some light sedation but was able to carry on a conversation with the intervention radiologist and team. the most uncomfortable part was the lidocaine injections at the site to numb. I am little more sore than I thought but it's manageable.

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  5. 5
    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Never would have thought that 2 years after treatment and surgeries are over and done, that my marriage would end in divorce. apparently, with the changes to my breasts and them no longer being "normal" and the struggles we have had with being intimate he decided he wanted to be with other people. He moved out 2 months ago and in with his 39 year old girlfriend, 17 years younger than him. Not sure how I honestly feel about myself and all of this.

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    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Nipple reconstruction

    Procedure or Surgery

    My plastic surgeon is awesome! She performed this procedure right there in her office. she used the skin on my breasts to create very natural looking nipples. I didn't know about this particular procedure until about a year ago. I had it scheduled for the fall but the surgeon was in a bad accident so rescheduled for my birthday. Can't wait to get the aereola tattooed in a couple of months.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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