Valentinegirl's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 54

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Initial diagnosis

    Oh No

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a left breast mastectomy and tram flap. The recovery has been longer than I expected, possibly because I had unrealistic expectations about my ability to bounce back quickly.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My breast surgeon had given me the impression that surgery would be the end of my treatment, and that I would likely not need chemo. All of my tests (ultrasound, MRI) indicated clear lymphnodes, but the final pathology report post surgery showed a small bit of cancer in half of one lymphode which meant that I need chemotherapy. I am angry about this. I am also angry that the doctor who called to give me the results said that this was a "surprise and a bummer." Is she serious? A bummer is getting a parking ticket, not needing chemo when you did not expect it! I started chemo last Friday, and I do not feel well. No nausea, no appetite loss, but I am exhausted.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I am concerned that my lack of energy is feeding depression which is creating a further lack of energy. Up until this point, I was a healthy, very active person, and to have my life and activities seem to come to a screeching halt has been difficult.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Celebration

    I am finishing my final chemo treatment as I write this! yahoo!!

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  6. 6
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  7. 7
    almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration

    Active treatment is over!!!!!

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  8. 8
    over 3 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

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  9. 9
    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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