KateCanHelp's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 57, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I knew I would get some type of Cancer, but when it hit me I was pretty devastated. Just for a day and I got up the next day ready to start my fight!

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lymphedema sucks....take care of yourself! And lymph pad removed.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Needed a bigger margin. Port was put in at this time

    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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  4. 4
    about 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 38 treatments - one each weekday morning. I made the appointment for a little later so I could sleep in. It was the first selfish decision and it felt good. I worked throughout and was sure to keep the area hydrated using Regenecare! Best stuff.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo for a year or not

    Decision Point

    It was hard to decide on participating in the trial. Up to that point, the doctors basically made the decisions. Now it was my turn.

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  6. 6
    about 3 years ago
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    HER2 positive - Avastin

    Clinical Trial

    I opted for a year on Avastin and 6 strong treatments w/out a less dangerous drug. There was contraversy at the beginning regarding Lung and Metastatic cancers, but we need to prove its ok for BC that hasn't been isolated. Sadly, my cancer center is closing 10/1/2014 and my participation in the trial is over. I feel like it was wasted data.

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