Pink2009's Journey with Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    There was no way I had cancer at the age of 37...

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    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They had to start with chemotherapy first and fast because I had a very agressive type of cancer. Not everyone is the same, but I took it pretty well.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    These was hard to do at my age, but it was the only thing that could be done. I am glad I did it now...

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was the worst part of the treatment. I hurt all the time and I was very tired. Again, everyone is different and I just did not do well with it.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Herceptin treatment

    Other Care

    I had to continue my Herceptin treatment for a full year because of being Her2Nu positive.

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    • Pink2009
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    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    In November 2012, it will be 3 years that I have been what I call (Cancer Free)....I truly enjoy everyday that I have been given. I turned 41 this year and I did not think I would have made it to 38. I know now that cancer is not a death sentence and it can be beat.

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