jsmith's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 12 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes

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

    Oh No

    I was shocked when I was diagnosed. I had alway had strange looking cells at my mammograms and would always be called in again to have them look at them further. But each time they would not find anything. So when I got the word that I had cancer it took me for a loop.

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    • jsmith
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    I had to decide if I wanted to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy done

    Decision Point

    Ultimately, I chose the mastectomy.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I never expected that my husband would be most of the caregiver after the surgery. I had a hard time with that because not only did I have surgery my teen son, who played football, broke his leg at th same time. My husband had double duty. It was very difficult.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The chemo-therapy treatments were hard. Losing my hair was something I struggled with. Coming out of the therapy and going into menopause was very taxing. The treatments, hair loss and wigs, and hotflashes together was a difficult experience.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jsmith
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation

    The radiation was not hard at all.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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