JulieT11's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 58

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    • JulieT11
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Had my regular Mamogram, got called in for more testing on the right side due to calcium deposits. Had a mamo guided byopsy. diagnosed with dcis.

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    • JulieT11
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Okay, I actually was leaning toward mastectomy after hearing the diagnoses and chatting with the dr that did the byopsy, as I'm rather small breasted to start with and lumpectomy would leave me with less ( rough having mamo's in the future). I had a meeting with the surgeon and he would not give a recomendation either way. When i saw the oncologist he was a little more informative and recomended that i have a meeting with a team, surgeon, oncologist, radiation Dr, and Breast Rn. I'm so glad I did that, as the surgeon that was at this meeting meant I got a second opinion from a different surgeon. I'm actually going to have a mastectomy, as the location of the areas they have to remove are going to leave me quite disfigured if I have a lumpectomy. Surgery scheduled for mid Nov, with the second surgeon whom I like, much more honest and straight forward, and female.

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    • JulieT11
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Well I went in and had surgery on the 16th November 2011. All went well except for the fact that I got a hematoma, and had to be taken back down for surgery again after getting to recovery. It's now Thankgiving, and I have alot to be thankfull for, one week after surgery, follow up appointment, all clear. don't need radiation or chemo. Will chat about hormone blockers later as I was estrogen pos. I am thankfull for new technology, and mamo's even though i always moaned about them, because it's uncomfortable when you are small breasted. But I now know uncomfortable or not, worth it!!!!!! I'm healing pretty well, up and about but can't wait for drain to be taken out and to have a shower. Staying positive, and feeling really lucky!

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