lilliebutt'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 6 years ago, Female, Age: 64, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After living a life of healthy living- eating healthy and exercising regularly to ward off cardiovascular disease, which runs in my family, I recieved the shock of my life- a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I also had an expander implanted immediately after the mastectomy in order to begin the reconstruction process. One month later, I had a port surgically implanted in order to receive chemotherapy treatments which began on December 27, 2011..

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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My course of treatment began with 4 infusions of both adriamycin and cytoxan- both given once every two weeks, four times. Then 12 treatments of taxol, once a week for twelve weeks. I completed my chemotherapy treatments on May 10, 2012.

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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I began radiation treatments on June 23, 2012 and completed treatments on Friday, August 3, 2012. I experienced fatigue with the treatments and, of course, burning and peeling of the skin. Some skin darkening has remained in the areas of treatment.

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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Other side effects I also experienced were nausea, some swelling, fatigue, neuropathy, nose bleeds, chemo brain, and nail changes.

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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I completed both chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Although I still experience finger, hand, toe, and foot pain from the neuropathy, my hair has grown back and I am feeling more energetic than I have in months. I love my new hair!

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    I began noticing a heaviness in my left arm about 6 weeks ago. Did some research and realized I was having symptoms of lymphedema. I was fitted for a compression sleeve and have been massaging and lightly exercising my arm. So far doing well in managing the swelling, pain, and discomfort. I'd like to hear of other's experiences with lymphedema if you'd like to share. Thanks!

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Milestones

    Very happy to share that I am celebrating two years of being cancer free. I was recently given the opportunity to share the story of my journey with a room full of my co-workers. I began by playing my favorite motivational song, along with some colorful disco type lights. I then presented a power point pictorial of my journey as I spoke. My main message was that of hope. Today I continue to have people approach me more freely and with ease as they are encouraged to educate themselves about this disease and it's effects on a person. I found myself becoming stronger and more inspired as I shared the highs and lows of my journey. I feel I have learned so much.

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