terriharris' Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Being 28 and a single mother, I was not ready to be told I had cancer.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the lumpectomy and was in the hospital over night and went home the next day. I had surgery on Thursday and went back to work on Monday with drainage tubes coming out of me. I had to work, I had to support my children. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and had the drains removed and the staples taken out of my breast.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I was told that if my cancer fit into certain peramaters that I may not have to have chemo. My tumor had to be estrogen positive, I had to have no lymph nodes involved.

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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I had to make a decision. I could enter the protocol and not have the chemo and just have the radiation, and be watched for 10 years, or just opt to have the chemo and radiation. It was my choice.

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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    NO CHEMO!!

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I met all the protocol peramaters and i opted to bow out on the chemo.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    i had cobalt radiation and I was told that i would get a possible sun burn. I had all my skin burnt off of my skin on the breast I had cancer in. It was one of the most painful things I have gone through. They had to stop the radiation to let me rest and heal some.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  7. 7
    almost 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I was told I could possibly get tired and they took my blood every monday to make sure my blood cells didn't drop too low. Boy was I ever tired,

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  8. 8
    almost 5 years ago
  9. 9
    almost 5 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    I was in a 2 year relationship with a man who had lost his father to cancer. And when I told him that the doctor told me I had cancer, he told me he couldn't handle it and he broke off the love I thought he felt for me. I guess he did me a favor, who wants to be with someone who can't handle it when you get sick? I did meet a beautiful man right after I broke up with him and this man wanted to go to all the doctors appointments and radiation appointments with me. He blew me away. I was not used to having support like that. He just made me see that there are men out there in the world who are decent and who can stand up and be superman for you.

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  10. 10
    almost 5 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I celebrate every year, every year is another I have lived that the cancer has not come back or spread to anywhere in my body.

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