JudyW's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed 8/9/10

    Oh No

    I had had a lump in my left breast for about two years, but had been told it was "just a cyst" and nothing more. It ached, especially at night, and I finally went back to my Gynecologist again, complaining further. She was alarmed at how large it had gotten, and I got in quickly for a mammogram/ultrasound and made an appointment with a breast surgeon. The surgeon told me a biopsy was just a formality, and I had advanced breast cancer. After being told (literally) to "get over it" for two years, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    While my oncologist was WONDERFUL, it was not an easy process going through six months of chemotherapy. There are wonderful medications that keep nausea at bay, and they make it as"comfortable" as possible, it is still not an easy thing to encounter. The one thing I learned was to let the oncologist or her nurses know immediately if there was ANYTHING wrong or out of the ordinary, because they had ways to make me feel more comfortable.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    As a VERY active single mom, it was rough on me to be laid up for a few weeks. I had a little trouble with the drains clogging up and needing to go to the emergency room once, but my surgeon came to the rescue and got me in and out relatively quickly. It was rough and I still have some mild swelling from the lymphectomy from time to time. Of course, my breasts don't look the same, but maybe someday I'll be able to afford to get them fixed a bit so they look a little better. The plastic surgeon and his staff were MARVELOUS. I was so blessed to have the most fabulous medical staff all the way through!

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had a great deal of burning from the radiation, and it was pretty heavy duty. It was a fairly difficult process...definitely not fun. Once again, though, the doctors and the radiation therapists were AMAZING! I truly think these therapists are Angels sent by God to help people through this process.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    In February of 2012, I had an MRI at one year post-surgery. Everything was clear, thank God!

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    • JudyW
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Post treatment ultrasound in August 2012....in bigletters on the report, "NORMAL. No evidence of cancer found." It's framed on the wall above my alarm clock!

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    • JudyW
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Heading into year three post-mastectomy. Will have an MRI in February, but August ultrasound was clean.

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    • JudyW
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    February MRI was clear!!! Bone Scan in March 2014 "just to make sure" about some back pain, and it, too, was clear!!!

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