Sapphire124's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

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

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 15 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had a breast biopsy around 8/20/01.....and was told to call the MD's office 3 days later, on a Friday. I did....and was told they didn't have my results yet, but that a woman biopsied after me....had come back positive, so therefore, my biopsy should be negative. I was going away that weekend for an out of town wedding, and was told they should have my results by Monday. I returned home on Monday from my weekend trip, and approximately 12:45 p.m the phone rang. It was the doctor who did my biopsy calling me from his Summer home in Vermont. He told me he had my results........then he said...."I am sorry to advise you that your biopsy came back positive". I said...."What did you just say to me, and he repeated what he had said". I felt weak, sat on the couch with phone in hand.....and felt like a large sheath came over my head and encompassed my body......I was numb, scared and just assumed "I was going to die". I had just turned 54. My diagnosis was on 8/27/01.....my birthday.....5 days later on Sept. 1, 2001.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was a lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy.......all 4 sentinental nodes were clear. The surgery went well. My surgery took place on 9/10/01.....on "9/11"......the twin towers collapsed. I was watching that drama unfold, and thought to myself, I just had cancer surgery.....and I am still here......and I just watched 2,900 healthy people die. I couldn't believe it.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I began chemotheraphy in Oct., 2001. I was give the drugs....Adriamycin (called the "big guns") and Cytoxan through the IV. The chemotherpy continued for 4 months. The initial dose hit me hard.....I was extremely ill for 3 days. I almost decided to quit the chemo., but my doctor insisted I continue, and he changed the nausea drug I was receiving prior to chemo. to another. After that I tolerated the chemo. pretty well. The side effects of the chemo.......Lost all my bodily hair.....I just thought I'd loose my head of hair.....but all bodily hair fell out. I was devastated......I can remember thinking....."I want my life back"!!

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After chemotherapy......I started radiation......33 treatments to be exact. I went Monday through Friday.....no weekends......for 6 weeks. Side effects from the radiation were minimal, but I do remember being very fatigued throughout that procedure. I was able to go to work everyday, and my radiation occurred after my workday ended...... I didn't loose anytime from my position.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After my radiation treatments ended. I was given a "certificate of life" from the staff at the radiation treatment center. I was finished with chemo. and radiation...............Thank God!!!

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    The lumpectomy left me with a scar and indentation on my right breast which has always bothered me.....it's a constant remainder everyday of what I went through.....and every year on "9/11" when they show the scenes of the twin towers collapsing.....They say...."We will never forget"....and it's a constant remainder to me about what I went through on 9/10/01.....I will never forget either.

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Decided to live my life to the fullest.

    Decision Point

    After chemo. and radiation therapy......I continue to see the oconologist every 3 months for 2 years......then went to every 6 months for the past 10 years......I am hoping when I see him at my next appointment....he will drop me to yearly. The radiologist I continued to see every 6 months for 5 years....then she discharged me. My Oncology surgeon also followed me closely for 5 years then discharged me because she knew I would continue with the oncologist. It was a long road to travel......but I made it. During this time, I decided to live my life to the fullest....while I still had one. I must admit....the thought of dying was overwhelming at times....I wasn't ready......so I fought back. I traveled more, enjoyed summer time boating, going out with friends, winter snow skiing....I kept active and ultimately cleared my "bucket list"....just in case. Now, it's coming up on 11 years.....cancer free.....and I have my life back.

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Recommended follow ups

    Other Care

    I still see the oncologist every 6 months....and have for the past 10 years, though he said....he would probably change that status to annual after my next follow-up appointment. There is life after cancer!

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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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