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

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    October 26, 2010 Hearing those words "you've got cancer" nearly knocked me off my feet. After a couple of days thinking about and digesting my diagnosis. I knew I was ready to kick some serious cancer butt. I think my husband took the news worse then me... He is my rock.

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  2. 2
    almost 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Within 10 days of diagnosis I had surgery to have a purple power port put in just above my right breast. This port was a god send and made my infusion visits very tolerable. Less poking my veins for treatments and blood draws for lab work.

    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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  3. 3
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The first 48 hours were the hardest for me. My infusions were scheduled on Fridays so I had the weekend to bounce back. I never missed a day of work other then the afternoon of my treatments. Although the first week after a treatment my body was awful sluggish. All in all, it was easier then I thought it would be.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    almost 6 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    During my mastectomy procedure I also had the sentinel node biopsy. Both nodes ( right and left) came back negative. I was lucky.. it seemed my cancer was contained to just my left breast.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    almost 6 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Although my tumor was only in the left breast, with my husbands blessing, I opted to have them both removed. My cancer wasn't of the aggressive nature, but I sure don't want to face this battle again if I don't have too. At the same time of my skin sparing mastectomy I had immediate reconstruction.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 6
    almost 6 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    During my mastectomy procedure, my plastic surgeon placed tissue expanders behind my chest wall. After two weeks of healing time, I went once a week for seven weeks and had saline injected into each expander. The girls were starting to grow..

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  7. 7
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Six and a half weeks of radiation (28 regular treatments and 5 boosts) left my left boob pretty darn red. I blistered and peeled but made it through. Within a couple of weeks after graduation, my skin healed quickly.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  8. 8
    almost 6 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am currently healing up from radiation and taking the drug tamoxifen. Because I am ER positive, this estrogen blocker pill is my next line of defense. I will be taking this for the next five years.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  9. 9
    almost 6 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    My hair is growing back, all the "harsh" treatments are behind me. Only surgery left is my implant exchange. Life is starting to feel almost normal again... I can see the light.

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