MovingForward's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 40, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had just gone to my gynecologist for my annual and to also discuss the lump that I had on my right breast at 3o’clock that seemed to double in size in the last couple months. Yes I said a couple of months. I had so much going on at work that I placed my health on hold because there was too much to do, short staffed, and etc. etc. etc. After ultrasound, biopsy, mammogram, MRI with and without contrast…it was definitely breast cancer. To make matters worse I had the type of doctor that was not really forthcoming with any information and asked me if I had any questions. At the time I had no questions that I could think of…it was just a deafening silence that seemed to choke the very life out me. She reassured me that if I could think of any questions to let her know and we could discuss it then. She also made me promise that she would be I only source of information (e.g. no surfing web md, reading books etc) since she is the one that will help me through this and would make sure that I would be one of the many survivors of breast cancer. With the guidance of my husband, family and work, I decided to get a second opinion and seek more informative care. So now I have a doctor that I am comfortable with and my bilateral mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction (tissue stretchers prior to implants) afterwards is now scheduled for August 23rd. Three days before my birthday. The great news is that the breast cancer test was negative so I can keep my ovaries. In the meantime, I am taking it all in and just breathing. Breathing is so comforting…why didn’t I practice it more appreciatively more often? Life presents different paths in the most unexpected ways.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Double Mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsies, and breast reconstruction for 8/23/12.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Oncotype DX

    Procedure or Surgery

    Waiting on results weather or to have short term or long term chemo therapy.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    8/26....36th birthday with drains and all! Who would have thunk it?! I slept most of the day because of all the medication. It still is sobering experience to know that this journey is mine and just a concerned person "supporting the cause".

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    15 years with my husband (18 years total when you count the boyfriend years)! The way he looked at me was still the same! I am still his "baby"!

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  6. 6
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I started chemo end of Oct 2012 and it was a challenging to put it mildly. I had side effects to the max.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Final cycle of chemo 2/13!

    Celebration

    I thought I couldn't make it through the last cycle but I did! Oh so relieved! Had 6 cycles every three weeks! It as TC for the first 4 cycles then I was switched to AC.

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