Kelli's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • Kelli
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery took about 7 hours, with reconstruction. 1 week later, tissue on right breast started to die. Went back to surgery to resection. 1 week later I began oozing fluid from my side, went back for surgery to resew entire right breat side. No issues with the left breat. I was out of work from January 13 until May. Recovery was harder than I had expected. In July my implants were put in. Not so long a recovery.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Kelli
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    After all of the surgeries and reconstruction I found my self envying other women's breasts. Having all of the other correcting surgeries left my implanted breasts uneven and lumpy. I went and had myself fitted for prothesis's. I did not realize how much I missed having visible breasts. This had made all the difference in my mood. It does not matter that cancer took both of my breasts, I am alive and loved.

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