anroca'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: 56, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • anroca
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Misdiagnosed

    Oh No

    My mammogram in 2009 showed a small mass, but the ultrasound did not confirm it. I wasn't even told that something was found.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I asked my surgeon to take fat from my underarm to "fill" the section where the tumor was removed. It was wasn't perfect, but it was better than having a dent in my breast.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was fortunate not to experience lymphodemia

    Went as Expected: 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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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Procedure was performed under local anesthesia. It hurt. Left a minimal scar.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I lost my hair, eyebrows and lashes. My confidence internally was low, but I didn't show it on the outside. I did not get sick and continued to work without a problem. I did have some side effects - temporary loss of taste, brain fog and nueropathy in my hands and feet for over 2 years.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    spiritual

    Other Care

    The only thing that got me through this whole experience without losing my mind was my faith in God.

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    • anroca
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    over 4 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    People I had been friends with for years shyed away from me. I didn't hear from them.

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    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was tired at the end of this treatment.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • anroca
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    May 13, 2010

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