Texgal's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 67, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Texgal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had had a mammogram less than a year before when I felt a mass across the top of my breast. Since I wasn't overdue for my mammogram and it wasn't sore, I put off calling a doctor for about a month due to a 90th birthday celebration for my mom and an upcoming vacation. My diagnosis came in Sept. of 2009.

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    • Texgal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    One month from diagnosis, I was scheduled for surgery in Oct. 2009. That month had been a whirlwind of appointments and all the decisions to be made: stay in my hometown or go to a nearby larger city, use a local surgeon or an oncology surgeon in the other city, pick an oncologist, make decision about delayed reconstruction due to large possibility of future radiation treatment.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My chemo began two months after my diagnosis and one month after my surgery in 11/09. I credit my oncologist with the ease of my chemotherapy. I had 3 different anti-nausea medications that completely eliminated that problem. After each chemo, I had the shot to increase my white blood cell count so I never had to postpone a treatment because my count was down. I had six treatments spaced three weeks apart. My treatment would be on a Thursday afternoon and I would get my shot the next day. I would sleep much of Fri. through Sun. By Mon. I was able to return to work half-time, usually 10-2. During the three weeks, I would try to add time as I was able. Fatigue was my biggest obstacle.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Texgal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My radiation began 5 weeks after my last chemo and 7 months after my diagnosis in 4/10. I had daily treatments M-F for 7 weeks. I would work until early afternoon when it was time for the treatment. Fatigue again was the biggest factor; I would go straight home to a nap after each treatment. I didn't have any blistering of my skin until the last 2 weeks. This was extremely uncomfortable but began to heal immediately after treatments ceased.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Texgal
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    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Numerous celebrations: completed treatment in May 2010 and went without a wig/hat in August 2010. I continue to have complete blood work done every 6 months and everything looks great! It's now 3 years since my diagnosis. With triple negative breast cancer, I know the re-occurrence rate is higher, so I will really celebrate when I hit 5 years!

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    • Texgal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Lymphedemia

    Other Care

    About a year after my mastectomy, I noticed swelling in my arm and hand on my affected side. In July I had flown for the first time, wore an arm compression but had some swelling in my hand so I purchased an hand glove when I landed. The swelling subsided after that trip. My arm and hand began swelling at Thanksgiving of the same year. I had begun some exercises so the weights could have contributed but we don't know. I began lymphedemia massages on a regular basis and wore an arm compression during the day for over a year. This year I have reduced using the arm compression to only when I am doing repetitive movement and using both the arm and hand compression whenever I fly. I still feel constriction in my upper arm and I do self-massage to contribute to lymph movement.

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    • Texgal
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    over 4 years ago
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    Reconstruction

    Other Care

    I began my reconstruction process 7 months after the end of my radiation. I had surgeries in Jan., May, and Nov. of 2011. I considered them minor surgeries in the big scheme of things but they obviously still zap energy and take time to recuperate. I didn't realize how depleted I really was until I moved into 2012; now without any medical treatment occurring this year, I am finally regaining a energy level that I had forgotten I had.

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    • Texgal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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