shadeau48'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: 69, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    No family history, no discomfort, no expectation that the lump I found was anything more than a cyst. Silly me. Now I know ...

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was shocked that there was no pain associated with the surgery. I woke up from anesthesia in my room and actually had to feel myself to ensure the surgery had occurred. Fortunately (although I didn't know it at the time), my surgeon put in a port during surgery. What a future blessing for me going through chemo!!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was easy to do beause my surgeon put a port in during the mastectomy -- I'm terrified of needles and have bashful veins so staring IVs is always a nightmare for me. I managed to drag myself into work most days but my energy level was in the toilet, especially a few days after treatment. I was also the queen of uncommon but not rare side effects, so I lost all my finger and toe nails, I had a blistering rash across the backs of my hands, I developed unilateral edema (swelling in my left leg), ... On the other hand, I only was nauseous once, I lost a few pounds that I needed to lose, and my hair is coming back thick and strong.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain has been the most frustrating lingering side effect because I was always sharp with a steel-trip mind. Now I feel like my mind is full of rust holes. I struggle to remember names, I search for the right word in conversations, I forget what I've been told just the day before by supervisors and colleagues. I'm hopeful that this too shall pass.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    I finished chemo on 12/1/11, and on 9/6/12, I celebrated my 64th birthday. Another birthday isn't an option for everyone, so I'm very grateful. I look forward to many more birthdays, dancing at my grandsons' weddings, and meeting my great-grandchildren.

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