ajbdan's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 45, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • ajbdan
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    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed in April 2009 at the age of 37. I found two lumps myself and after mammogram, ultrasound and steriotactic biopsy, was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma. I have two small boys and a husband and thoughts of death filled my mind initially. I then decided to go to one of the best places for treatment...MD Anderson in Houston, TX. I knew I had to get better and would fight for my life so I could be around for my husband and boys.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My treatment involved completing my chemotherapy first and then doing surgery. I did 6 months of chemo with the easiest part the first three months and the stronger stuff the last three months. I first had a port put into my chest and then started chemo in June 2009. My very first treatment was the scariest because I had a reaction like I was going to pass out when it hit my blood stream but the nurses fixed that and slowed it down. I would take a bunch of premeds before each treatment that would make me sleep most of the three hours that I had to be there, which was NICE. I did get a strange bitter taste in my mouth and I could smell the chemicals inside my body. I began to lose my hair within the first 2 weeks and decided to have one of my friends shave it all off. I was okay with that but it was a shock to see myself in the mirror. I had loved my long thick hair...it was my comfort and self esteem. I got skin irritations all over my body and lost all of my body hair ...everywhere. I was lucky though, because the anti-nausea meds worked and I never had a problem with my blood counts. The second three months of treatment was stronger and harder to deal with. It would just knock me out for about five days. I also had a difficult time watching red colored chemo going into my body...something psychological about it.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation

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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Side Effects

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    Other

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