LibraryLady's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I found a lump in April...my son was getting married in June. I didn't want any "bad news" to spoil his big day (anybody been there?!) so I postponed seeing a doctor until his wedding was over. I was finally diagnosed in August with Stage III breast cancer. I wish I had not put off seeing a doctor. I had no idea what a difference a little time can make with this horrible disease!!

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgeon optimistically began with a lumpectomy...but when the results came back, she knew that she had not taken enough. I ended up having to have a mastectomy and I was positive in 6 of 11 lymphnodes.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This surgery went better than I expected it to. Getting the news that I had to have it done was the hard part. I had suprisingly little pain because everything was numb and after 3 years, much of it still is. Perhaps it is a little harsh to do this to myself, but I allow myself one day of absolute mourning and a great big pity party, each time I received "bad news". I would spend most of the day crying and feeling very sorry for myself. But the next day was "pick yourself up and move on" day. It has worked for me. I can't pretend that it is not happening, so I acknowleged it and grieve and move on.

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Clinical Trial

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    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Aromasin

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I think this drug and its "sisters" have been the hardest on me - as far as long term side effects. My cancer was estregene sensitive so they put me on the anti-estregene durgs right away. The frist two were awful!! I felt like I was 80 years old. I could barely climb a flight of stairs, my joints hurt so badly. My oncologist would try a different drug - but the results were still the same. Finally they told me that Aromasin was pretty much

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