cindycrosby2's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Had yearly mammogram which was abnormal. Further tests revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, about 1/2 inch on left breast.Thankfully, it was not in lymph nodes.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    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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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Nausea and lack of appetite with 6 rounds of chemo. Made myself eat, but it tasted like metal until my chemo was lowered by 1/4 dose. Memory issues and i still have leg and feet pain, achy like when you have the flu. Had to stop chemo early due to herceptin infusion (HER2+) causing left ventricle heart function issue. Now seeing a cardiologist.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Chemo left my white and red blood cell counts low. Don't be around sick people as you may be suseptible to infections. I wore cotton gloves at church to prevent germs spreading!

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation (33 rounds) was so much easier than chemo. It just gets like a sunburn. Used Aquaphor ointment to keep breast from getting so dry. Mainly got very tired after the first few weeks. So i slept a lot. Got to take care of yourself. Glycerin soap or Aveeno is good to wash with. My husband helped out so much with cooking and cleaning during that time.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After chemo was completed, i invited family and friends to my home to celebrate with me! Served tarimasu for dessert! It is a cold light cake with a touch of coffee flavoring topped off with whipped cream. My favorite! God is good all the time! He brought me through this challenging time. It has made me a better person, more thankful for each day.

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