earthgirl's Journey with Metaplastic Carcinoma (also called Ca...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Metaplastic Carcinoma (also called Carcinoma w/Metaplasia)

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: 7 months ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • earthgirl
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinom...
    23 days ago
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    mastectomy vs quadrantectomy & reconstruction vs reduction

    Decision Point

    I chose a quadrantectomy and reduction and remain confident with my choices. As it turned out, a mastectomy would not have given me better odds after the pathology report was returned and chemo was necessary regardless. Radiation too but that was already in the plan.

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    • earthgirl
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinom...
    23 days ago
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    quadrantectomy (large lumpectomy, one quadrant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Still processing the impact on my daily life. Had to stop teaching and I miss my students which impacts my emotional wellbeing. But, when I return after chemo, I expect this will have been a detour and I will resume my life where I was. But for now, like all cancer patients, I imagine we are not the same as we were before our diagnosis. The daily impact of my surgery (physical manifestation) is minimal to the emotional parts and the things that continue to be unveiled.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • earthgirl
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinom...
    23 days ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Loss of what I used to be. Adjusting to the new body.

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    • earthgirl
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinom...
    23 days ago
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    chemo and radiation

    Decision Point

    Initially didn't think I would need chemo. Not much of a choice with TNBC. "Part of the choice" is accepting the new information. Today I start my first infusion 6-3-2019

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