EllieMae's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    what to do now

    Decision Point

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    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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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After Lumpectomy and tissue sent to Lab.........was told cancer was also in the lymph nodes

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

    Procedure or Surgery

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    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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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    reopen masectomy site to try to alleviate fluid build up problem

    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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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    After drainage tubes were removed continued to have fluid buildup in surgery area. Had to go periodically (monthly) to have the radiologist drain attach a cathedar until leakage would stop. Once the cathedar was taken out, fluid would build up again. This went on for a year before the surgeon made the decision to reopen and see what was causing this, It was found that there was a sac which had to be removed within the surgery site. I still continue to have fluid build up periodically but am told will stop when it completely heals as well as the continued pain in left side. I have a high pain tolerance as I find out and just tolerate hoping all will get better in the near future,

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Was away from home and no family support but am very thankful to Merrick Rd, Baptist Church members and especially my chemo nurses who help me through my treatments

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    lost my hair completely after starting my chemo treatments, lost it three times throughout my treatments of one and one half years,

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
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    over 4 years ago
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    Urinary changes (frequency, urgency)

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
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    over 4 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    in my left arm and underarm as well asbreast area

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    had an episode where i was put in the hospital due to shortness of breast. i woke up one morning and thought i was having a heart attack because i could not breath, was put in hospital and tests were done but was told it was not caused from a heart attack.

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    May 2010....finished chemotherapy treatments

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Changed doctors

    Other Care

    Moved back to Texas to be with my family but miss my doctors who took care of me from the beginning of my diagnosis....will forever remember them because they were my family when i was going through a very rough time in my life!!!!!!!

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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