SamanthaJB's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 51, Stage III, ER Positive: Yes

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    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    A friend was diagnosed about 2 months before I was. I remember thinking if she has it-breast cancer-anyone can have it. I was more aware and a few weeks later i felt a lump even though I had had a mammogram 5 months before. Fast forward 2 months and then I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, my friend and I had very different treatments.

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    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    16 rounds...the 'red devil' was awful...the Taxol was much easier to tolerate. The nurses were amazing.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    7 weeks..was more than I anticipated but my skin has healed well. Again, doctor and nurses were great!

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking Tamoxifen now.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    Other

    Side Effects

    After reading the drop down list of side effects I feel quite lucky! I did develop a frozen shoulder possibly due to a minor injury before and then aggravated by the surgery and being less active during chemo.I had 60 sessions of physical therapy. The strangest thing to me is that now, after all active treatments and after feeling strong and positive, I now feel anxious, overwhelmed and slightly depressed....even with meds.

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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    A lumpectomy was an option so that is what I chose after serious thinking and research. Genetic testing was negative. However, it had spread to 20 lymph nodes so I was considered Stage 3.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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