maryannlorenz's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    I was diagnosed with cancer

    Oh No

    Two types T-neg and Inflammatory BC

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Mamogram, ultrasound, biopsy, MRI, PET scan

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had many tests very quickly and while I was not impaired physically... the mental aspect was mind numbing, I believe I went into shock and stayed that way for a long time.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    I remained in shock, I had never had any experience like this. I felt like I was in a nightmare.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo is disastrous, all aspects of my life were negatively affected. My work hours were cut by more than half, I needed help with cooking, cleaning, laundry. I became a zombie.

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

    Side Effects

    Many of the typical chemo side effects

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  6. 6
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished Chemo

    Celebration

    Felt a great sense of joy to be finished and that brought a renewed feeling of energy...to prepare for the next phase.

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  7. 7
    over 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was afraid, I never had surgery before! My Surgeon was great, I stayed in the hospital for 3 days. I had 3 drains that were removed within 18 days. There were no complications except the usual swelling.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  8. 8
    over 5 years ago
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    made it through surgery!

    Celebration

    Maintained good range of motion and recovered well!

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  9. 9
    over 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Mourning...sadness...grieving. Need to refocus on the next phase.

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  10. 10
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    All done with active treatment, made it through! Hair is growing back, energy is returning. Life is good!

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  11. 11
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  12. 12
    over 5 years ago
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    Now I am in the after care phase, regular checks with my Oncologist.

    Other Care

    Life is good, I am doing well, healed from radiation and working part time. I also now have energy to do fun things like volunteer at my local food coop and take a weelky gentle yoga class.

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