spearjack's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 12 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Feeling of surrealness, really needed to have a second pair of ears as well as something to write in/on and a pen. Keeping track of everything is what I should have done, but didn't as much as I should have.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Internet rescearch

    Other Care

    After my diagnosis I wanted to find out what foods to eat and what to avoid. I became a vegetarian, stopped all sweets and caffine and alcohol for 3 years.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Personally the first sign of hair loss visually made me sick to my stomach, so I took it into my own hands and had it shaved off. That was my first step to taking this disease into my control. If it was socially acceptable, I would go bald all the time. I sorta enjoyed it, and it helps to have a good shaped head.

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy or mastectomy...

    Decision Point

    No brain er here, I was and am too vain to go full Monte on this...so we went the Lumpectomy route. Besides they were able to shrink the mass so small that they almost forgot where it was or couldn't find it.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery was basically simple, minimal pain and the cosmetically they did a superb job.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    a part of me

    Loss

    Although my right breast was 3/4 in tact, I still felt a sense of loss.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Other than the drive almost everyday to have it done it was relativity easy.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After a year, everything A-OK!

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    after 8 months or so, portal taken out...finally!

    Procedure or Surgery

    It took a little longer to get my portal out due to cost I believe, but during the procedure I started laughing so hard because it actually tickled as they were trying to pry it out due to it had been in there so long it began to adhere to my skin, but it was such a bazaar feeling they thought I was crazy for laughing so hard.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    follow up care for at least a year

    Other Care

    I personally felt it was very important to keep up the followup care with my Oncologist.

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