Samantha1964's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Waited 7 years between mammogram. As soon as I detected a problem in my breast, I called the doctor and got a mammogram right away. Was told it was stage 2, but after surgery it was stage 3. 5.8 cm long

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    It felt like my woman hood was taken from me. The drain tubes were a pain, but mostly an inconvenience dealing with wearing them while taking a shower. Wasn't easy sleeping on my back with the tubes hanging off my sides. I ended up wearving them for almost 5 weeks because I kept producting fluid. I did go back to work after 2 weeks so it got my mind off of me. I did alot of praying and had my Momma and Daddy by my side helping me to. I am single and live alone so I guess it's kind of nice not having someone watch me cry out to God to pull me through this. I feel I'm closer to God now.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Didn't know I was getting this until after the masctomy was completed. No Issues with it.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Has first treatment 2 weeks ago, going for my next on Thursday. No issues so far. I did cut my hair so I won't have to deal with it falling out. Going on Wednesday to get my third chemo treatment. Everything is going well so far except for being a little tired about 4 or 5 days after treatment..... (not sleepy but just wore out tired) It will be ok....

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I posted this after all of the chemo, which ended on Jan 9th, 2013. My biggest issue was being very tired a week after the treatment. I never got "throwing up" sick.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have had 17 treatments back to back (except the weekends) I have 11 more to go. No issues yet (but I did get a blood spot in my left eye which the doctor said has nothing to do with radiation) I must have sneezed to hard???

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  7. 7
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My daddy passed away on January 7th, 2 days before my last chemo treatment. After my chemo was finish, the nurses wanted to give me a "celebration" with singing, blowing bubbles, etc..... but I couldn't celebrate cause I was crying because my dad couldn't be there.

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