Jewel_98335's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 63, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My husband is a retired police officer. He meets some of the other retired officers for breakfast on Sunday mornings. He came home and told me that one of the officers wives was just diagnosed with breast cancer. He told me I needed to go in for a mammogram. I told him not to worry about it. A few weeks later he came home again and told me another of our officers wives was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Well I had not been for a mammogram for five years. My husband was upset and told me to get in there. I said fine, but I was sure nothing was wrong with me. I had my test done, and the tech said "if they call you back, don't be concerned, your breasts have changed in the last five years." So, when they did call I didn't even mention it to my husband as I was sure nothing was wrong. The first tech did the test, but only on my right side. She then said they would look at it right away and if they needed further tests to be done they would let me know, so to wait in the waiting area. I did, and within 10 minutes they came and said I needed an Ultrasound. Okay, now I was nervous. While the Ultrasound was being done the tech kept talking to me, but I was not hearing anything she said except at the end when she said she needed a doctor to come look. A woman doctor came in and did the exact same thing the first tech did, but she turned to me and said they found something and I was going to need a biopsy. They gave me several pieces of information about what to expect and they got me scheduled for the next week. My husband went with me and the biopsy was done and I was sent home. There was a holiday weekend, so I had to wait a few extra days. I was at work, and my doctor's office called and the nurse said they didn't normally do things with way, but the doctor was gone and she didn't want me to have to wait. That I was diagnosed with cancer. It looked to be in more than one place and that she could call and make me an appointment with a surgeon.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I met the surgeon and everyone in the office was extremely caring and kind. The surgeon had me go for an MRI before we decided what needed to be done. I had that test than met with her again. She told me that I had cancer in three places within my right breast. Two were slow growing and the other was a more aggressive type, and that my left breast lit up in the MRI, so I had cancer cells, but no cancer at this time. She explained the different procedures available, but she did not mention a double mastectomy. I told her that is what I wanted, since there were the same cells on my left side as on my right. I might not have cancer there now, but I might later, and I did not want to worry about it.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    I was over my surgery and healed enough to work again.

    Celebration

    From the time I was diagnosed the end of October until my surgery the first part of November only about three weeks had gone by. Once you are diagnosed they don't mess around, things seem to just fly by.

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Whether to have reconstructive surgery and what kind

    Decision Point

    I chose to have my breasts rebuilt. It was a slow and not comfortable process, but I am glad I had it done.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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

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