KarinF's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 11 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: Yes

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    • KarinF
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Radical breast removal seemed to have little impact on my life at first. It, however, did seem to affect me later and much more profoundly. Not to mention that a hysterectomy was an added 'bonus' which I really dreaded. A tough change of life that came much too early.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KarinF
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I weighed very little. So, as it should be, my chemo was adjusted for 'me', and not just administered in a run of the mill manner. I loved that aspect and felt great during chemo for that reason and because I refused an added anti-nausea drugs and/or steroids added to chemo. I felt it greatly improved my quality of life to this day.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • KarinF
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Loss most accuarately describes my personal journey. Loss of breasts, ovaries, friends, employment and loss of enjoying life. I have worked at regaining my life on my terms. It is possible and can happen if we decide to make it happen. Life is fluid and ever changing. Go with it. Or, die with it. The choices are so few.

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