KimmieC's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 9 years ago, Female, Age: 50, Stage IIIC, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    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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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    During chemo and since, I have taken ALL the above drug choices, including nausea meds, anemia meds (blood transfusions), bone strenghtening meds, injections for low white blood count, and depression meds. I also am still on Femara, an aromatase inhibitor.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation I took to my breast area did not seem to have any long-term side effects. However, I had an additional beam to my shoulder area, which gave me minimal initial side effects. Later I began having muscle spasms in that area. These seem to get worse over time, and sometimes interfere severely with being able to complete my routine daily activities.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Gall Bladder removed and colonoscopy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to pause my radiation for a couple days, to have a colonoscopy for some ongoing bleeding that started during chemo, also found that my gallbladder had shut down. When I woke up from the gallbladder surgery, the doctor told me they saw a mass in my liver and had done a biopsy. I thought, "XXX! Don't let it be in my liver!" but after a long 4 days' wait, I got the news it was a benign hemangioma. Whew!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    See my previous entries. I took a few days off from radiation for my gb surgery, then went right back to finish my course of 38 treatments to the chest wall and left shoulder.

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hysterectomy, Oophrectomy, and rectal repair

    Procedure or Surgery

    Even though I had stopped having a menstrual cycle when getting chemo, I was not truly post-menopausal. Also, I had a gene mutation of BRCA2. I had some pelvic issues that had worsened during my treatments. All of these factors led me and my doctors to decide that I should have a complete hysterectomy, with bladder and rectal repairs as well. This was my most difficult surgery to that date! Recovery was a booger! But it was soooo worth it, fixed alot of problems. Plus, I was officially "postmenopausal," and I was able to take aromatase inhibitors.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was started on Femara shortly after I recovered from my surgery. I hate the side effects. I have alot, ALOT, of bone pain and muscle pain. I have nausea. I have severe fatigue. I have weight gain. I have asked 3 oncologists, can I please try something else, but they have all said, Hey your pet scans are negative, and you are still going to have side effects from any of the other aromatase inhibitors. Every time I have some symptom, I am told, it's probably the Femara. But I have had so many scans, and they are all still negative. Femara sucks, Thank GOD for Femara...

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KimmieC
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Approximately 8 months after I was through with radiation, I had DIEP flap breast reconstruction. It was a rough surgery, and I had to go back 3 months later for some modifications. The second surgery wasnt that much easier than the first! But guess what? No more sweaty, heavy prosthesis, and I felt like I had done something to bring "ME" back. I would do it again...

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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