Loriann's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 53, Stage IV, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes

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    • Loriann
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Everyone is different, my chemotherapy treatment was not easy to do. I had 12 rounds (done weekly). My first treatment I had an adverse reaction then they switched drugs two days later and restarted me. I did have side effects, mostly low blood counts and white blood counts in the middle of flu and cold season but I was lucky to stay virus free. I went in ER one time for evaluation and hydration on 4th chemo. Yet, it was debilitating to a large degree. My 6th treatment they stopped me for two weeks to gain some strength, I was very sick during that time and from that point, each treatment took a harder toll but I am alive today because of the treatments. And, the further out from those treatments, the more I feel like myself again. My hair is coming back.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a double mastectomy in January 2011. It's hard to know what to expect, the surgery went well, but the healing took some time, the range of motion and the physical changes also the energy level. I just read another post on this site which said, many people don't understand how you walk between death and life every day. It's so true.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I worked through this, but I burned and my skin peeled and bled. It was painful and my energy I was just beginning to build after chemo and surgery was again depleated. It was harder then I expected it to be, but I could work through this but it took some time to build my energy level and I'm still working on that. Surrounding yourself with a good medical team is the key. It gives you some security back.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    My one year birthday in August. And, my hair is growing back. I will enjoy that today!

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Ct Scan, MRI and Bone scan coming up October 27th. It will be decision time on treamtent, spread (?) I'm HOPING for better scans. Only time will tell.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Stage IV Breast Cancer Survivors

    Celebration

    It's about celebrating each day "living with a chronic disease" but there isn't a lot out there for us in the later stages, all the PINK and celebrating of early detection and the "Cure". But, we can do more for each other and celebrate each and every day and we can fight and have HOPE and celebrate our minutes, hours, days, weeks and months and years for as long as we get them. We can all have a voice for each other, and others who unfortunately be where we are. Let's pave them a better road~

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    • Loriann
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Celebration

    Celebrated my 48th birthday. Celebrating one year out from all treatments the end of March yahoo! So far, anyhow I'm celebrating everything LIFE, Life, life!!!! And, thanking God and family and friends and my doc's and American Cancer Society each and every day!

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