bbailey248's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 63

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My journey started differently than most. In August 2009 our 22 year old son was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer. The cancer that hit him was typically found in men over 50. He was given 5-10 months to live and on New Years Eve 2009 he passed away. Five months later I needed to retire...I cared less about spreadsheets and was blessed to be able to retire. I had every medical test known to mankind prior to my insurance stopping. Imagine my surprise when I was told..."there's no other way to tell you other than you have breasted cancer". I called my husband...had about a ten minute meltdown and thought..."great....what next".

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After my initial diagnosis I researched for as much current info as I could...sought out as many women as I could...I talked to about 3 dozen women. As well...I still had the journey of our son very fresh in my mind. I usually dwell and speculate...have plan A and plan B in case plan a doesn't work. Based on all the information and statistics I decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. If I had to do it over again...I'd do the exact same thing. After my initial surgery it was about 18 months..a total of 3 surgeries and everything was reconstructed. Since 2006 insurance companies cannot consider reconstruction due to cancer as a "cosmetic" procedure.

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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    After speaking with women that had lumpectomies..one breasted removed...both removed...those that had recurrences after their chosen procedure I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first dose of chemo was a walk in the park. I had about three hours a dose..going a total of four times at three week intervals. That first exposure to chemo I was very concerned with turning green and walking out with glowing eyes. The subsequent treatments I had the exact same drugs and had a horrific reaction. I was told that I turned beet red. All I know is that I felt like my heart was going to burst outmy chest akin to that scene in the movie "Alien". I was concentrating very on breathing and not freaking out.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    In addition to getting a mettalic taste..increased heart rate and generally feeling like I was going to explode I was extremely tired. At the time..life seemed pretty 'normal'. In retrospect...I took A LOT of naps. I did a lot of 'sitting down' things. Its been two years and my energy level is low. That two is due to 'maintenance' drugs that I will be taking for about four more years that plays havoc with existing arthritis. With non arthritis patients this stuff would probably be just fine.

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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Shortly after my hair was actually visible my father was hospitalized with a 'blockage' in his lower abdomen. He spent over two months in the hospital before the doctors sent him home with a terminal diagnosis. I could spew terrible thoughts regarding the 'Hospitalists' and the methodology of that particular 'foundation'.....I'll give it a rest though. Bitter? ..just. a little.

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  7. 7
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  8. 8
    almost 5 years ago
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    Celebration

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