Marguerite7's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Prefer not to answer/not applicable/unsure, Female

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    You always hear about everyone around you and people you do not know getting some type of cancer and never believe it will happen to you. I knew something was wrong, and somewhat asumed that I had something wrong with my breast but I did not want to believe that I had breast cancer. Not a good time in my life to get this. I was in my first semester of Nursing school. I guess it is never a good time to get cancer. Just a big inconvenience in my life. I do not have time to be sick, to many things to do, places to go, things to do, people to help. After the 2 day Oh no shock, it was time to do my research to see what MYnext step was and not the protocol of what the doctors do for everyone that has breast cancer. I was not going to jump on the assembly line and just go for a ride. I needed to know what my options were and how I was going to go thru with this. Slow down and check out my options. Boy am I glad I did! Certainly wish that others will check things out for themselves in the future and see what is best for themselves and not allow Doctors to scare them into treatments that may not be necesary for thier health.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    What to do next - surgery??chemo??radiation??

    Decision Point

    Time to do my research before I make any other decisions. Talked to several doctors for difference of opinions and also talk to several previous breast cancer patients to find out what they did, how they did it, where they went, did they have reconstruction, chemo, radiation, would they have done anything different, did they make thier own decisions, did they allow the doctors to make the choices for them? I wanted to know all of that before I would go into surgery. Also wanted to be sure that school was taken care of so I did not mess up my entire semester.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Before surgery, I was not sure what to expect besides loosing my breasts and possible pain. Knew I would be in the hospital for atleast 2 days and made sure that I got up and walked so that I would be strong enough to go home as soon as possible to avoid any type of hospital infection. The little I stay there the better. Felt pretty good about this surgery afterwards, was on morphene which helped although it was still somewhat painful/uncomfertable. When I woke up I was surprised to have cleavage since the expanders were placed in the left over tissue (minus my nipples) and I had bigger breasts than my small chested friends. After that surgery was done and I went to my oncologist, I knew the next step was he would want to put me on Tamoxofen because everyone I talked to they said that they were put on this medicine. I had learned about the side effects and decided I was not going to take it. My doctor of course recomended it for my, I refused and asked him if I kept exercising, eating a good healthy diet would that make me have less a risk of reacurrance of cancer and he agreed. He also said that with all things concidered that he would not twist my arm to take these meds. Every week I would go back to the surgeon for him to inject saline into the expanders till I felt that the size was to my liking. I only went to the size that I remembered my breasts to be previously. After 4 months I decided to have the next surgery which was taking the expanders out and placing the silicone in. That was a harder surgery for me. I did not like being a couch potato. I am normally very active and did not have much energy after being put under for the second surgery. It was very humbling. Depression set in and reality of not acknowledging that this procedure was a big deal. I kept telling myself that everything is ok and it is not a problem. This is not a death sentance and that I could get thru this and everything would be ok. I did not let myself greave. I wanted to stay positive and not be the poor me girl. Well after this final surgery, I lost all that. Not all the time, but I did break down a few times and wondered what life was going to be like now. The new normal!

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