Kenilynn's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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

    Oh No

    I had a mammogram in December 2011 and it was fine. In January I found a lump on my left breast. I got into the Dr. right a way. They did a mammogram and ultrasound and said it looked like a blot clot and asked me if I hurt myself. They said to wait for 6 weeks and see if it goes a way. I went back in 6 weeks and it was the same size. I had to get a biopsy. A couple days later my Dr. called me and said I had breast cancer. I was in total shock. I was home alone and had to call my husband, daughter, parents, and siblings and tell them that I had breast cancer. They were all in shock. I exercise, I don't smoke or drink, I eat healthy and I got cancer at 40 years old.

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    • Kenilynn
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    I had to decide what kind of surgery I was going to have.

    Decision Point

    My Dr. just assumed I would just have my lump removed since I only had stage one. I read and heard about so many women that were younger and just had the lump removed and then the cancer came back and it was so much worse the second time. Also they were so scared every year waiting to see there results of their mammogram. My mammogram didn't even show mine. I decided to have the skin and nipple saving double mastectomy with another surgery to put implants in. It was a very hard decision, but I know it was the right one for me. I don't ever want to go thru this again.

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    • Kenilynn
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I know it was going to be hard. I was in alot of pain for about a month. It was hard to sleep with the expanders in. I had to sleep on my back for quite a while. The drains aren't any fun. It was hard to get used to my new body.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kenilynn
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    I had to decide if I was going to do chemo or not.

    Decision Point

    I really didn't want to do chemo. My Dr. said she was concerned because my tumor was aggressive and it had spread to my muscle, my mom had breast cancer at the age of 60,and I changed from progesterone positive to negative. She told me I would only have to have 4 to 6 sessions of chemo. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I just kept thinking, what if I don't do it and the cancer has spread some where else in my body. I didn't want to make the wrong decision.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a port put in my chest. It is hard to sleep with it and sometimes it hurts. I sticks out of my chest and looks like something is trying to get out of me. It doesn't hurt when they do the chemo thru it. So that is a good thing. It's better than getting IV's every time.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kenilynn
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    First I got the bad stomach cramps every time I had to go to the bathroom, I lost my hair after two weeks, I was really tired after my shot that I have to get the next day, I got hot and cold, nausea, bone pain, body aches, tingling on my lips, numbness in my hands, spasms in my back, hips, ribs, and legs, I lost my taste buds, chemo brain, dry mouth and very dry skin. I have found taking Senna laxatives work really good,and taking baths in epsom salt helps the stomach and body aches.

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