whitesrhonda's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 14 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    they run you in through surgery and out of the hospital in less than 24 hrs. I felt like I was in a drive thru. The surgeon was great with his follow up. It took me 6 months to heal due to my diabeties and that long before they would start chemo. For weeks I couldn't hold my 4 month old son without someone to help me. It surgery impacts your daily life immensely.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was a kicker. They tell you all the side effects but until you experience them, you have no clue what your in for. Taxel was the WORST ! The pain was HORRIBLE ! The pain gets worse with each treatment. By the time I was done, I was praying someone would cut off my legs. That's just how bad it hurt. Chemo is easy to do, you just sit there. But it's hard to live with after.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I noticed the lump in my breast during my pregnancy. The OB/GYN told it was just my breast swelling and it would go away. The left side did but the right didn't. At my six week check to the OB/GYN I had lost my mom that morning to cancer. I showed him the lump and he sent me for the mammogram. The radiologist was the worst person I think I have ever met. They send you in to a waiting room, she walks in and just like she's in a great hurry, she tells me" You have Stage 2 Breast cancer !" I FLIPPED ! I started babbling about just losing my mom, my new baby, she got cussed out. She ran and I do mean ran out of the room and sent someone else in who had a heart and compassion to sit with me until I could gain control. The she sat and talked with me and let me cry.And that was the ONLY time I cried about having cancer.

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    It seems that 90% of the side effects on this list, I had or still have. Due to the Tamoxifen,I had blood clots. I have neuropathy which in itself, is a life long,constant pain. Though I will say, being bald was pretty cool ! I was a woman who prided herself on my long,thick,curly hair. Losing a breast wasn't such a big deal to me but losing my hair was the pits.I cried the first time I ran my fingers thru my hair and a hand full came out, and it didn't take long after the first treatrment. But after getting use to it, it does have it's pros !

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    MASSAGE !!!!!

    Celebration

    After I finished all my treatments and radiation, my friend gave my a gift of a massage. I'd never had one and it was FANTASTIC !!!! After being poked and prodded for over a year,this was a true gift !!!!

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    When I look at this icon, I see body part,loss of a loved one, mind/sense of humor. I lost a body part (ok, no biggie really,I hate wearing a bra anyway) I lost my mom to this beast of a disease(broke my heart)! Mind/sense of humor( well, a little of the mind,but NEVER my sense of humor) You lose so much from cancer, but in the end- you gain more ! You see how strong you are, how full of life you can and want to be, you see how much love you have all around you and I guess most of all - you see how much love you have for those around you !!!!!

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