SharonDel's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 69, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I found a lump in my breast. I have a mammogram every year but this was in between mammograms. Somehow I knew it was cancer. My biggest OH NO was that I have no insurance. How could I possibly survive if I could not pay for the treatment? Also, my mother had died of breast cancer and my younger sister had it the year before. I thank God every day for my surgeon. The woman who handles insurance claims helped me get medicare. Without it, I would not be here.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I also had a sentinel lymph node removal. Only 3 lymph nodes tested positive for cancer. My surgeon asked me at my appointment this year (I see him every 6 months) if, in retrospect) was I glad I opted for a lumpectomy versus having the breast removed. I had to tell him that I was glad I did that. Your first response to being told you have cancer is "Get it Out". But with his advice, I opted for the lumpectomy and am glad I did. It worked for me, but maybe not everyone.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotheraphy - It saved my life while trying to kill me at the same time. Words cannot really describe how you feel after chemo. Tired, really tired. And achy. The shot (neulasta) makes your bones ache. I decided to write a blog about my journey and it really helped. Two years later (this year) I went back and read it. Sometimes I cried, but laughed too. I worked the entire time (waiting tables and selling real estate). I think working helped get me through it. And of course, God and my family and friends. Let your family and friends help you. Don't try and do everything yourself. Listen to your body. If it says rest, then lay down. If you are interested in my blog, it is cancersucksandothermusings.blogspot.com

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Ah, radiation. After chemo this was a cakewalk. It was just inconvenient as I had to have it every day, five days a week for 30 days. It did make me tired, but nothing like chemo tired.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    The biggest side effect of chemo for women is the loss of your hair. After the initial shock, you get used to it. I tried a wig but it was too hot. So I just wore scarves. For me it wasn't the loss of my hair, but my eyebrows and eyelashes. But when all is said and done, who cares? You are fighting for your life. That is why I prefer to be called a cancer warrior not a survivor. Fighting cancer is a war and I want to win it. I had an allergic reaction to the chemo halfway through (they switched chemos then). I suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my hands and feet. My oncologist (I refer to her as my cancer killer) put me on a different chemo and my side effects were minimal. My hair even began to grow back.

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Hooray, after a year of treatment it was finally over in July of 2010. I am now cancer free 2 years and pray for many more. This journey with breast cancer taught me what is important and who loves you and not to care about all the really unimportant things in life. It also brought me closer to God and my faith. I attend a Bible Study Fellowship and could not have made it without the wonderful love the women in my study gave me. Their prayers sustained me in the hardest times. So, I pray that your journey will have a happy ending. Remember that you are not alone is this. God is with you and will be at your side always.

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