Dewey's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 69, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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

    Oh No

    My 1st reaction was shock. Then I immediately chose that I would make whatever happens and have it be a learning experience for my 2 Daughters and my (at the time) almost 11 year old GrandDaughter. I know I was going to fight with every breath and every ounce of my being. I have almost been a positive person - so there never was a point I would allow negativity to creep in. I wanted my Family and Friends to know - there is nothing we can't due! Fortunately my diagnosis was good - so off we went on this journey - speed bumps and all!

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    • Dewey
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery went very well! What surprised and pleased me - was I really had minimal pain! I was shocked that I did not use my button at all the night of the surgery! The only part of recover I REALLY disliked we're the drains. Thanks Goodness for th visiting Nurses who helped me with them and patiently showed me how to care for them at home. Every day I felt better and was surprised how quickly I was able to start me new life and live my new normal! I did everything the Doctor said and followed his list of restrictions so I would have a speedy FULL recovery from this surgery.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    When I had my previous surgery a Port was installed. This was the best decision I ever made! It made getting Chemo so much easier - and when blood tests where needed the port was a blessing! I had 6 rounds of Chemo. Once every 3 weeks. The day of treatment and for a few days after I felt good. However usually the afternoon of the third day and for about a week I felt week - achy - cranky and just like a wet noodle. then the third week I felt Humas again and could resume my new modified normal life. Then Surprise time for another treatment! I was given medicine to start taking. A few days before Chemo one of which was a nausea medicine and Thank Goodness that worked Perfect!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Dewey
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    The day of my last Chemo - I brought in party stuff to celebrate! We had hats - flower Leis - necklaces - bubbles! It was cool! I do want to say the group of people I had the privilege of having treatment with was a Gift from Heaven and everyday I was and still am Greatful for each of them! I will tell you even the men in the group were a part of it! Wearing their hats and flower necklaces and we all were blowing bubbles! The biggest Blessing I have had thru this whole experience is my Doctor and the Angels he has on his staff! I almost felt safe - and cared for! Because each and every one of them.did it because they WANTED to NOT because they had to!

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