jolobeme's Journey:

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

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 72, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    When the doctor told me my tumor was likely cancerous, I just couldn't believe it. No one in my family has or had breast cancer, I never smoked, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, I never worked in an asbestos plant, so how could I have cancer? When I left his office I was shaking and couldn't find my car in the parking lot. Under other circumstances this would have been humorous because I had an electronic key beeper. I kept beeping it and couldn't match the sound with its location.

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    • jolobeme
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I've just finished 16 weeks and 8 infusions of AC/Taxol. It wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated. I didn't throw up at all and my worst symptom was fatigue. My friends thought that meant tired but it's more like all the energy has been drained from your body. I would have flu like symptoms about 36 hours after the infusion but they would pass and then complete fatigue would set in. I was too tired to eat, watch tv or go to the bathroom but as the week passed, my energy level would continue to slowly rise.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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