Oceansidesteph's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 46

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Both doctor (breast surgeon) and radiologist concluded my 2 lumps ultrasounded were cysts. I insisted on a lumpectomy to be sure. Came back positive ductal carcinoma. Had MRI which found 9 more lumps, all cancerous. Led to only option; mastectomy. My doctor, family, and I were shocked to find out my "perfectly round, pea sized, cyst like" lumps were cancer. I was in shock for quite a while. When I got the "oh no" news after the MRI that I had 9 more lumps and would need a mastectomy I was stunned!!! We had friends over for dinner when I got the news, I'll never forget having to tell my dinner guests.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Already had implants when diagnosed, made reconstruction much easier, just exchanged implants to smaller size (on both sides, however, mastectomy on right side only). Chose saline (my original implants were saline), worried about silicone. I think saline is safer but definitely not as natural looking. I don't have much body fat (5'8, 130 lbs) that might make the implant on the mastectomy side more visible. It wrinkles all the way around, especially if I bend over. Had nipple reconstruction with plans for tattoo but haven't gone for tattoo, post 1 year. Can't decide if I want to.....

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Been taking Tomoxifen for 3 years with almost no side effects, some night sweats that went away. Started taking it at 38 yrs old. I've heard there are more side effects the closer you are to menopause.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Double or single mastectomy. Saline or silicone implants. Radiation or none.

    Decision Point

    I'm happy with all 3 decisions I struggled with. Can't help but worry about reoccurance, I would have worried no matter what decisions I made.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Getting my 3rd year MRI in October. So far, so good. Keeping my fingers crossed for year 3 of being cancer free.

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

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

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