Ncat07's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 39, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Ncat07
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    First found a lump in the winter of[phone number redacted]. When I recieved my first mammogram and ultrasound in April 2011, they did not see anything suspicious. I saw the breast surgeon at the beginning June of 2011 and although she could feel the lump, she also did not see anything unusual with the images taken in April. Her initial guess was that I just had dense breasts. Because this was the first time she was seeing me though, she thought that it was best to get more images taken in July in order to compare the two. Unfortunately, I cancelled the appointment that I had scheduled for July because I was volunteering at my son's camp that day. I didn't end up going in for that next mammogram and ultrasound until the beginning of November. I remember it so clearly...it was a Thursday...the mammoram was done first and then the ultrasound. The ultrasound technician was having trouble finding the lump on the screen, so she called in a doctor who came in and could feel the lump, but also had trouble seeing it. What he could see though was some calcifications, which he said could possibly be DCIS, which he described as precancerous growth. After I dressed, he brought me into the office where he showed me the mammogram comparisons and told me he thought that I should have a biopsy done as soon as possible. I scheduled the biopsy for the following Monday. That weekend I read up on DCIS and tried to mentally prepare myself for a diagnosis. I went in on Monday to have the biopsy and just waited for the results. I don't remember being that scared. When I recieved the call Thursday night, I was reorganizing my bathroom closet (I still remember it vividly each time I put my towels away) It was my primary care physican that called to give me the news. She had been my doctor for many years, so it was comforting that the news came from her. She said that she had been trying to get ahold of me all that day and told me that the biopsy came back positive for carcinoma. She was shocked. I remember my husband by my side just looking at me as I was talking to her and crying. After I got off of the phone, we both just cried and held each other close.

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    • Ncat07
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    over 4 years ago
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    Found out what type of cancer it was

    Oh No

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    over 4 years ago
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    Trip to Disney with family

    Celebration

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  4. 4
    • Ncat07
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Ncat07
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    almost 4 years ago
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    mastectomy or lumpectomy

    Decision Point

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    • Ncat07
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tissue expander placed. 4 weeks with a drain

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Ncat07
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    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Ncat07
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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    • Ncat07
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

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