rginoceanside'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: 56, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The mastectomy went as scheduled....I learned that anesthesia and I do not agree...that the best thing for that is a sea sickness patch. The first day is a breeze...you don't feel a thing because of the pain medicine and the anesthesia. The next days are when the pain really starts...feels like someone has taken a baseball bat to your chest. The right arm is a bit numb and tingly and you can't lift it over your head...

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    The right breast is still numb today....my plastic surgeon says that some people get feeling back...but I think my surgeon wanted such clear margins, that she took a lot of tissue out. It has been more than a year, and I dont have feeling in that breast except for the pain recuperating from reconstruction.

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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Some friendships

    Loss

    Friends were no where to be found...I felt like an orphan....I realize that they didnt know what to say, that they probably were pretty shocked too...after all, here is this athletic woman doing all the right things and she gets cancer! They were pretty scared!

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

    Only after I had four surgeries in 9 months while holding a fulltime job, did I seek counseling. I feel that I have PTSD....that I had no time to process what was happening to me so now that things are quitening down, I had to speak with someone...it helped.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Should I take the tamoxifen or not?

    Decision Point

    I am not a big person...I am 5 feet and 95 lbs. I was told that 20 mg of tamoxifen was the prescribed dose for 5 years, however, I did not like the side effects....I felt like I was in a fog...so I changed oncologists and she was very direct in that she gave me the choice. She gave me the statistics for the size of tumor and my prognostic indicators. With those numbers, I recently made the decision not to continue with tamoxifen. Quality of life is important.

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I always took great care of my health...exercised, got plenty of sleep, ate the right foods...so when I found a lump in my breast after a mammogram only 3 months before, it was shocking. However, at the same time, I was losing my job and my healthcare....I had so much to do in so little time. I had interviewed for a new position, but the actual offer of a job came on the same day as my diagnosis....IDC...invasive ductal carcinoma...sounds ominous. I didn't have the luxuruy of time to wallow in selfpity...I had to decide on treatment(surgery) and when that would occur in order that I could start my new position.

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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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