jskolnick's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 15 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Wait - This can't be - I'm only 35!

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Left breast lumpectomy & lymph node dissection

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Adriamyacin/Cytoxin

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    3 weeks to the day I started chemo, my hair starting falling out. I remember a friend calling me that morning and asking how I was and what I was doing. I told her I was frustrated and pulling my hair out...........literally........

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

    Over the course of 3 chemo sessions (9 weeks), I became sicker and sicker. I was losing a lot of weight and had really bad diarrhea. I finally decided to go to ER because my heart was pounding so hard and so fast. They admitted me into the hospital. My temperature was 104.5, heart rate was 160+ and they couldn't get a blood pressure. I was told that if I wouldn't have come into ER that night, I could have died. I found out that I was extremely dehydrated and that I had ulcerative colitis. I was hospitalized for 19 days, placed on massive doses of prednisone and TPN - receiving my nutrients through my port. I wasn't allowed to eat solid food for 1 1/2 months.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Back to chemo to finish with Taxol.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation every day for 4 weeks.

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1 year of Herceptin infusions.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    During this time, I ended up getting a divorce & filing for bankruptcy............that's all that needs to be said about that..........

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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Many years of Lupron injections until decision was made to remove both of my overies.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  11. 11
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    I continue to battle muscle/joint aches and other problems that I never had before chemo. I take medication for the body aches, depression, hot flashes/night sweats, osteoporosis, ulcerative colitis, and headaches.

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  12. 12
    over 4 years ago
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    Life!

    Celebration

    I see things in life so differently since my cancer diagnosis. My spirituality has deepened. My outer shell might not be so perfect, but my inner self is fabulous!

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