Miriam's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 66

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    • Miriam
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    I was afraid this would happen.

    Oh No

    History of Breast Cancer runs in my family. Since it is genetic I always feared I would be a carrier and now this fear has been confirmed.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a right mastectomy and an implant. Unfortunately, the implant had to be removed and I had several surgeries becasue the plastic surgeon left a sponge in my body. It was a long recoverery and I still have to go through an implant. I have a chest that looks like a battlefield and I still have discomfort around the site.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The first series left me sick and extremely tired but I tired to keep busy and work as much as I could. The second round (taxal) I lost my hair and was really tired but it was much easier than the first.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain is very real!! Although I am better, it was difficult to remember things and to process information. Now I am six months from the last chemo treatment. I still have neuropathy but it is better. My fingernails and toenails that I lost are back, my eye lashes and eye brows are grown back and my brain is working better. I am still tired a good deal of the time but that is better too. The biggest problem now is joint pain and hot flashes from the post chemo meds.

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    • Miriam
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am in the process of scheduling a second mastectomy. Since my cancer was hereditary I want to eliminate any chance of a reoccurance. When I have the surgery I will have two implants also "installed". I debated on this but decided that clothes don't fit well without breasts. I am looking forward to some closer on this whole process.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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