4himramona's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am now dealing with mild lymphedema however I am told it is manageable so will take it one day at a time. My lumpectomy went very well - liked my surgeon. A tip- it is very important to do the exercises while drain is in and once it comes out. It really does give you your mobility back. Not everyone with lumpectomy has a drain - it depends on lymph node involvement.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Overall it was a good experience- 12 weeks of taxol and herceptin followed by 4 rounds of FEC and Herceptin. The steriods they would give in conjuction with the chemo seemed to make me break out with acne like a teenager again. During Taxol my oncologist took them off once she knew I could tolerate the chemo. That was beneficial to me cause I was eating alot too. During FEC took steriods at first then took them off again. I found that my appetite went down during the FEC - it made me nauseous like being pregnant again. I would eat mini meals and that helped me get through it.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    exercised arm and body during 30 treatments - kept aquifer lotion on my radiation site - A good experience I also asked if I could get the indian ink tatoos so I didnt have to be so careful in the shower everyday from washing off the marker.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After surgery, radiation and chemo- I went in for 6 months of Herceptin every 3 weeks. August 2012 was my last one so I am newly finished. It is a good and weird feeling at the same time. Right now I am trying to exercise regularly, eat healthier, and work on myself. Having cancer has helped me to see more clearly about what is important and how much people care about you. I cant say I would have chosen cancer however I am thankful for the lessons I have learned along the way and am still learning.

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