MsLisa'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: 48, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • MsLisa
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    My oh no was that I had felt something a while back but since I had my regular PAP exams w/ breast exam, I figured that it wasn't anything if my doctor hadn't made mention of it. When I noticed the indention and looked it up on the internet is when I first got worried and said oh no....

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    • MsLisa
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    What type of treatment would I choose?

    Decision Point

    I didn't know if I wanted to try holistic methods or clinical methods but since I had never gone through this before and clinical treatments have changed over the years I decided to go the clinical route.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my surgery and it was really good as far as the medical part of it all but afterward I don't know if it was my body or the mental aspects of the whole thing that just made me feel like shutting down. I think it was because to me it was a shocking experience and I really didn't know what to expect.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My chemo was once I believe every 3 weeks and I had a port placed in my chest for the chemo treatments. That was not bad as I thought because I had someone with me at each visit and I would eat, talk and sometimes sleep. I was ok the first couple of days but the following week is when I would get the extreme tiredness. After that tired week I would start to feel a little better but the week after that would be treatment time all over again. Yes, my hair did fall out. I had cut it a little in expecting it would come out but when I saw it coming out one day in the shower was the first time that I cried about my situation. That was the last time I cried also.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • MsLisa
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My radiation was a breeze. OMG..by the time I was done with chemo treatments I was thankful for radiation. I had started back to work because I was off during my chemo times but I would go to radiation on my way to work in the mornings and all the ladies were so nice until you couldn't help but want to go eventhough it was at like 7am. I went to Providence Hospital Cancer Center in MI, an amazing staff.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Physical Therapy

    Other Care

    I had lymphodema from having some of my lymph nodes removed during the surgery. Now I have swelling in my left arm and have to wear a compression sleeve. It used to be really embarrasing but I have learned to embrace it and carry on with my life. I loved the PT's at the clinic. They were so nice and supportive, even now I can call them for anything.

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    • MsLisa
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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    When I went to have my last chemo treatment, I remember my mom went with me and I fell asleep after a while and all of a sudden I heard Kool and the Gang "Celebration" being sung and I woke up and the staff was singing to me and I believe they had a cupcake or something like that but it was so nice and I really felt special for them to do that for me. My hair is coming back slowly but surely even after all this time. I read somewhere that in the radiation treatments that it may hit some type of nerve or cell that controls hair growth and that that will cause slower hair growth. My hair used to grow back really fast so that is an adjustment but with the natural short hairstyles out now its not all bad and my new hair is growing back like I was born with "good hair". It will be 3 years on September 29 that I was diagnosed and I have made it this far with lots of prayer and a ton of family support. I didn't let this define me nor did I let it just take over my life. I am a strong person and this just confirmed that so now I try to make everyday a celebration.

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    • MsLisa
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    I had the worst hot flashing it seems. They said since I was almost at that age that the chemo just pushed it right on to hot flashing no stopping. I was 39 when I was first diagnosed and to has hot flashes at 40 yrs old was different. They have calmed down for about a year now way better sometimes I don't even notice them, whew. I don't know if it was the chemo or radiation but my skin, particularly my face, seemed to have changed. I have noticed dark circles under my eyes that were not there before and my skin had like a gray shade to it, like it was sucked of all moisture or something. My feet and hands stayed really dry so one of my doctors recommended Aquafor and that stuff is amazing....

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