quenky'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: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 39, HER2 Positive: Yes

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

    Oh No

    I was only 31 years old when diagnosed and had just started a new job. I didn't have any family members on my mother's side with history of cancer. I thought "why me, why so young?". I was afraid I was going to die soon and was sad about losing my hair.

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    • quenky
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My doctor decided to start chemotherapy before surgery. I had 4 treatments of Adriamycin and Cytoxan, every 2 weeks. I started vomiting a few hours after the first treatment, and I'd be vomiting and in bed for 3 days straight. The 4th day I'd be "back to normal" and off to work. My hair started falling near my second treatment. I tried holding on to it as long as I could, not even touching it or barely brushing it...but it fell, in chunks. I never let anybody see me without my hair. I would always wear bandanas and wigs, even to bed, so nobody would see me.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • quenky
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Since I was so young, my doctor recommended double mastectomy with reconstruction. He said it wasn't a matter of whether I could have a recurrence, but more a WHEN I had a recurrence. Knowing my options and what would be better, I finally decided on this type of surgery. Surgery lasted about 7 hours. Nipples were taken out as well, and flaps were done with skin taken off my back. Needless to say recovery was painful, painful, painful. I had to sleep sitting down for 3 weeks and had drainage tubes coming out my sides. I have 2 scars on my back, and my nipples aren't real, but I wouldn't of done any other type of surgery. I believe this was the best choice for me and I feel awesome and am able to do anything...except nurse a child. I had 3 lymph nodes taken out and thank God they were negative.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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