SFHolt's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 40, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed at age 33, just 4 months after leaving my husband and buy my first house alone.

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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I think surviving chemo is strongly related to your attitude! You have to WANT to fight and WANT to not let chemo get you down!

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I ROCKED bald!!! Never wore a wig! Let the bald shine naturally! Hair is SO overrated! I miss being bald! ;-)

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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    On the last day of chemo, my closest friends and family went out for dinner and drinks! CELEBRATE every step of this journey! Diagnosis doesn't mean death! It means a chance for a new start!

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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The bi-lateral mastectomy was nothing compared to what was coming!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had serious burns to my skin and a post radiation infection! I don't feel radiation decreased my odds of reoccurring cancer enough to go through what I had to endure!

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I couldn't push pull or life ANYTHING for 7 weeks. But it's not always bad to let others take care of you for a little while! This was not a bad time in my life! Just a very relaxing time! ;-)

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • SFHolt
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Tissue Expansion

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am still going through bi-weekly and/or monthly expansion. The muscles in my chest are very tight and not allowing expansion to go as planned. What should have been approximately 4 months of expansion has turned into about 9 months. I'm very happy to say my implant surgery is finally scheduled for November.......TWO years after chemotherapy started!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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