Granny1's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 16 years ago, Female, Age: 64, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • Granny1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I brought my mamo to my surgeon and he didn't seem to think there was a problem, but had to do a lumpectomy to be sure.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    After getting the results, my dr. found that the margins were not clear had to have surgery again and node removal.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was an easy procedure I just sat there for an hour, went home and slept for three days. My doctor advised me to try to continue to work and I did. First treatment was violenty sick, chemo was adjusted and then just slept, felt like I had the flu. I also took tamoxifen and femara for a total of 8 years. 3 years of tamoxifen then femara came onto the market and took that for 5 years.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Granny1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    There was no pain. The only problem I had was a rash under my breast which they could have easily treated with a sulphur cream, but I am allergic to sulphur. To me it was a pain in the XXX because I went 5 days a week before work and I felt that I wasn't in charge of my life someone else was telling me what I had to do this every morning.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    The happiest day of my ordeal was when my hair grew back. I was afraid to look in the mirror. I wore makeup to try to cover the loss of eyelashes and eyebrows. I bought a wig but only wore it a few times. I would wear a bandana that matched what I wore to work. I work in a local high school as a secretary. When I finally took off the bandana the students asked why I cut my hair so short. They never knew I was bald they told another secretary that they thought I wore the bandana because I was cool.

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