jcrawford's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 56, Stage II, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Monday Had a feeling in the back of my mind. First mammogram had two films because of spots on the first. Digital mammogram showed small cluster of micro dots. Highly indicative of breast cancer. Wednesday Biopsy of breast tissue and ultrasound. Thursday Call from doctor. You have breast cancer. Friday Meeting with surgeon for options.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    about 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Grieved for the future loss of my breast.

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Could have been worse. Never vomited. Always buy the best wig you can afford!!! I had people ask me who did my hair and looked completely flabbergasted when I told them it was a wig. Each treatment dragged me down a little more than the last. Oh don't forget, "Stay out of the sun!" I got a major sunburn after 2nd treatment. I learned my lesson.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    I want to help all you gals out there with those KILLER HOT FLASHES !!! I thought I would lose my mind before I found "Oxybuturin" this drug is for overactive bladder so it makes it a hard to "pee" but my hot flashes are so much better I can make through the day without all the " total melt downs". It has been such a relief I hope this helps anyone who is suffering as bad as I was.

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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

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  9. 9
    about 5 years ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

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  10. 10
    about 5 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

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    about 5 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

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  12. 12
    about 5 years ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

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  13. 13
    about 5 years ago
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    Weight gain

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  14. 14
    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

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  15. 15
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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  16. 16
    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Don't take your drain tube out too soon. This happened to me and I had to have outpatient surgery to have it replaced. I had blood build up around the expander and gel.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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