joyful1's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 14 years ago, Female, Age: 69, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Only 8 doses of chemo

    Clinical Trial

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had 21 rounds of radiation...it aggravated lymphedema or swelling of right arm after 13 lymph nodes were removed from right armpit and right breast surgically removed.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Lymphedema was the long term side effect from breast cancer treatment. Depression, poor body image, chemo brain were the short term side effects.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    A Dr. friend of mine told me to go on a vegan diet with lots of veggie juices, consisting of mostly carrots and celery or spinach or apples. I have been doing that off and on for the last 9.5 years. 6 months ago, I started the lifestyle change again and have been committed to it. Mostly because I am retired and have more time to juice and eat healthy and exercise.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Coming up on my 10 year annivesary and I have sooo much to celebrate that I have started early. LOL!!! LIFE IS GOOD!!! Thank you Jesus for 10 years of being cancer-free! I believe the VERY BEST OF MY LIFE IS THE REST OF MY LIFE.

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    • joyful1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Eight years out from cancer surgery, I had left breast removed and double reconstruction.

    Decision Point

    SO GLAD I HAD OTHER BREAST REMOVED AND RECONSTRUCTION....my self esteem has skyrocketed!!!

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