icancervive's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 13 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage IIIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    reconstruction right away or wait til after radiation

    Decision Point

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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Put in one of three categories of chemo. Was placed in "dose dense " category. Chemo every two weeks.

    Clinical Trial

    Was given Epirubicin (?), Taxol. and another one I can't remember the name...

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    HAD chemo every two weeks for 6 months...NASTY side effects, had to use Neupogen shots. Not easy going through chemo with a 1.5 and 3 year old at the time. (Now they are 9 and 12 and I'm still here!!!)

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    what kind of reconstruction

    Decision Point

    Decided to do the Latisimus Dorci or back flap with implants, have a prophylactic mastectomy with implant on non-cancerous side. A LONG process, but worth it!

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  9. 9
    about 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Hard decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy, but considering I had the BRCA2 mutation and was so young, I made that decision. Also, had ovaries removed. Loss of child-bearing years, loss of breasts and feelings of loss of femininity.

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  10. 10
    about 5 years ago
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    Reconstruction

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  11. 11
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    It was a long road from diagnosis to finishing treatments, hair growing back and healing from side effects like mouth sores, fatigue...8 year survivor. Breast cancer has not returned though a new cancer appeared.

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