Sandy-MPBCJ's Journey with Mixed Tumors, Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Mixed Tumors

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery took about 2 weeks when the drains came out. However, I didn't take any pain pills when I came home as I'm not big on medications. Wasn't pleasant but I did try to understand what the pain was from (the fact that I had an open wound under the skin as they removed the breast tissue and an expander for reconstruction rubbing against it) then I just blocked it out or moved positions. I have some tips for mastectomy at www.MyPersonalBreastCancerJourney.com or www.Youtube.com/BreastCancerJourney

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was hard because it went against everything I believed in but since I had cancer show up in one of my 4 lymph nodes I was told I had to do chemo. I knew it was going to break me emotionally as well as physically. However, I did get through and looked at life a little differently. As you go through chemo, "ego" goes out the window and humility and a sense of the judgments I had for myself got a little softer. It was a tough time but my motto was "and this too shall pass" and it did.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Lymphedema is not fun and I felt it long before the doctor recognized it. I was at stage "0" which caused my hand to swell and wrist not as much in my arm. I only had 4 sentinel lymph nodes removed but that was enough to cause this. There are 2 schools of thought with treatment (as it never goes away but can be managed most of the time...the important thing is to catch the flare-ups right away before it gets out of control.) There is compression (which I did for the first 6 months) and self massage/water/exercise (which is what I've gone with ever since.) You have to manage your life, your stress and your well-being to get a handle on this. Not fun but manageable.

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  5. 5
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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