rayofhope's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 46

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    The side affect of depression and anxiety are the hardest ones for me to battle. Every step is a journey and it is easy feel sad and anxious.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    The initial shock of having to de-rob during the first few weeks of radiation was difficult. The radiation treatment itself was not painful, but the burning side effects afterwards were. Having to go to treatment everyday for 6 weeks was a challenge.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt like a train hit me dead on. I was at teh peak of my career, living abroad, making an honest living and then it all stopped. On that day it was raining cats and dogs outside, and all I thought was ...isn't this ironic. My life has been a battle everysince.

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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy was difficult because your body changes inside and out. The physical changes are challenging and they can cause anxiety and depression. In addition, your appetite and stomach seem to constantly be at battle. Also, eating was no longer pleasant, food did not have a taste, so I didn't want to eat. When I did eat, I got sick with terrible diarrea!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    The chemo brain side affect interfered with my ability to concentrate. I could not do work or do any complex tasks. I still have "chemo brain" moments and wonder will this side affect will subside.

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