NanaKimmyG's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 10 years ago, Female, Age: 43

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed March 16, 2007 while living in TN...at a free clinic for the working poor.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed, no insurance, and living about 300 miles away from my family.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My first procedure was a sentinel node biopsy, the same day as my lumpectomy. I was shocked at the small amount of pain I was in..just some discomfort. I had expected things to be much, much worse.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    For chemo, I was treated as being HR+ when I was negative

    Clinical Trial

    This was my only option that I had...get treated more aggressive than needed to get chemo I needed.

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  5. 5
    almost 2 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was more exhausted with radiation (or 'rads') then I ever was during chemo.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Do I risk the effects of the aggressive chemo?

    Decision Point

    Reading through the paperwork they gave me for the trial, I got scared. Some of the effects were secondary cancers, heart damage, nerve damage...when I called to ask about my concerns, I was told, "if you don't do the chemo, the cancer will kill you!" I allowed myself to get scared into agreeing.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I finished chemo towards the end of 2007. It's now nearly the middle of 2015, and I am STILL dealing with side effects.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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