mademar's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 39, Stage IIIA, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    14 months after my mom was diagnosed (she was 60 at age of diagnosis), at 32 years old I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. My mom was the first person I told, and we could not believe that with no family history, we had both been diagnosed .

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    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My diagnosis was confirmed on a Monday and that Friday I had a mastectomy. It was all very fast and unbelieveably overwhelming.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was difficult for me. I had 4 weeks with the "red devil" AC combo. Even with the anti-emetic (nausea) medication, I was very sick. I had headaches, fatigue, nausea...I then had 12 weeks of Taxol with Hercepton. that was not bad. I continued the Herceptin for a year.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Daily drives for radiation sucked. Especially because I was a 30 min drive, by myself, daily. I woud sometimes fall asleep right after radiation in the changing room.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    double bline metformin study

    Clinical Trial

    Still on it. It's a 5 year study. Don't know if I am on the drug or the placebo

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