peenie12's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 11 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • peenie12
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After 2 surgeries that both were predicted to be only DCIS, wass told that it was active cancer. Oh no! I'm a single mother of a 9 year old girl. I work swing shift and don't know how this is going to fit into my life! Why me?! But this XXX disease killed my mom and affected my little sister at the age of 25. I will survive cancer, just as my sister did. It ain't gonna get me!

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    • peenie12
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Masectomy........because they weren't going to miss part of it, like someone did with my mom. But after recieving results that myself as well as my 3 sisters did NOT carry the BRAC I & II, dicided on the affected right side, and not the left. Was told that they found nothing in my nodes, couldn't be happier. 3 days later, while recovering at home with my drains and mental anguish of loosing one breast, recieved a phone call from doc.........the lab found some sign of cancer in the nodes that innitialy looked clean. After infection from surgery cured, and complications from an allergy to latex (this was unknown until then), surgery to remove all my nodes was scheduled. This surgery was worse than the mastectomy! They had to cut into nerves and dig around to get them all. More drains, more anguish, much more pain and discomfort after this surgery. Good news arrived 4 days later....... no sign of cancer in any of the nodes!!!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • peenie12
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Wheather to have a double mastectomy or just single.

    Decision Point

    Mom died. Sister lived. Both had lumpectomy. They didn't get all of moms.........they did fine with sis. 4 Sisters all went for Genetic testing to find out if we had the BRAC mutation. If we did, no question, take them both!! But we didn"t. Although this left us oddly confused as to what was going on in our family, I decided on right side mastectomy. I had the support of 4 brothers and 2 sisters....but one remaining sister strongly opposed my decision to have only one taken. She did not want cancer to have the chance to come back at a later date and strike me again. I hope she is never right on that one. She made a good argument, and thinking about mom made it a very emotional decision, but I stuck with my choice.

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    • peenie12
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was put on a 5 year plan of Tamoxifin. I had side affects, moodiness, night sweats, but they were better than the side affects of chemo!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • peenie12
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Physical therapy and counselling.

    Other Care

    I know I had it easy, I felt like the luckiest breast cancer patient because I didn't need chemo due to the clean nodes, didn't need radiation because with a mastectomy and total lymphnode disection, there was nothing to radiate. All I needed was physical therapy to get my chest muscles and arm back in working order. This was strenuous, but nothing compared to those down in the chemo clinic. I had a hard time, dealing with the fact that somewhere inside, I felt guilty that I was somehow making it through cancer, without having to endure the terrible effects of chemo. And being a divorced mom, not wanting to be without a partner, wondering if any man would want "damaged goods", had so many fears about my future as well as the future of my little girl. I decide on reconstruction, and there was a tissue expander placed in my chest during my mastectomy. For 9 months, I would come in once or so a month for an injection of saline into the expander. This hurt, Each time it felt like my lungs were geting crushed. After a few days, the smothering feeling would go away, until the next injection. Finally my skin had expanded enough for the expander to be removed and the implant put into place. Surgery scheduled, all went well. Strange with this lump in my chest where my own flesh used to be. But I was well, cancer free.

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