Betsy's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage IV, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was so scared! Nothing seemed in my control.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    What hospital and doctors to use, there are many notable ones in my area

    Decision Point

    I asked around and started going to one hospital with a pretty respectable doctor, but I became unhappy with his style. I felt like he wasn't as knowledgable as his reputation lead me to believe. So I made the decision to get a second opinion.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    I did a study where I possibly was taking a cancer drug.

    Clinical Trial

    I was taking either a placebo or a cancer drug that had been already approved for lymphoma, but not yet approved for breast cancer. It was mostly recordkeeping. I enjoyed that part, it made me feel like I was giving back to society alittle.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    through routine follow ups CT scan shows mets to liver and lung

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Ibrance

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance- made my hand feel like it was on fire. Had to sleep with my hand in a bowl of ice.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    29 days ago
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    Depression medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I needed a anti-depressant! Now taking Cymbalta, it's made a giant help in my outlook

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    29 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Now taking Kisqali-just a pill 3 weeks a month, makes me sick to my stomach, itch, makes my hair real thin, I expect to lose it. My blood counts have been pretty good so far, I am in cycle 4 and will be tested in September to see how it affects the cancers.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Faslodex and Kisqali-Hormone Therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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