lamyrasp's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Simply could not believe that I had cancer! I felt fine. Was in NYC visiting my children when I felt a lump under my right arm. Immediately made an appointment with my GYN for the day after my return, which was only a few days away. I tried to think of some reason other than cancer that could account for that lump.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    Initially was told that I would need a bilateral mastectomy. But that changed to an axillary dissection after all tests failed to find any tumor anywhere in my body. The needle biopsy showed metastatic carcinoma but there was not sign of any cancer beyond 2 of the 21 lymph nodes that were removed. There was no cancer in the breast tissue that was removed.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 4 treatments of Adriamycin and Cytoxan and 12 treatments of Taxol. Initially, I did not have any side effects beyond loss of appetite and constipation. However, as I reached the last months of treatment I had little energy to do anything and it certainly had an impact on my daily life. Of course, I lost all of my hair as well as eyebrows and eyelashes early in the course of treatment.

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

    Radiation

    After chemo, radiation was a breeze. I was still recovering from the effects of chemo, but beginning to feel better.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • lamyrasp
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    When I returned from my last radiation, the children were visiting and they had planned a surprise party for me complete with balloons and margheritas and other goodies. They also surprised me with a beautiful bracelet/necklace made by an artist from Atlanta, GA. It is made of various kinds of chains and they chose it because they felt it represented the strength I had to go thru all the treatment. A few days later, we had another celebration with lots of friends and family and lots of champagne. I was surprised at that party by a beautiful portrait of me with my Granddaughter and both of us without hair. My husband had asked his son, who is an artist, to do this and it is a wonderful painting and will be treasured for many generations.

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