Susie09's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 2016 years ago, Female

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    • Susie09
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I went in for a mammogram and the tech said there was something suspicious. I was then scheduled for a core needle biopsy which showed that I had breast cancer.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had ductal and infiltrating ductal cancer. I am Stage 1 and ER PR + and HER2-. I went to a Cancer Center where I met with my team that led me thru every step of the way. My oncologist and my breast surgeon recommended a lumpectomy with rads, as my tumor was very small. So, I had the lumpectomy and 6 weeks later I started radiation. I had 35 rads, the last ones being boosters.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks after my lumpectomy, I started radiation. I had 35 total, with the last few being boosters. I was lucky as I never burned, but, I did get really dark pink and was tender and sore. I was always gentle with my skin and used the two creams that my rads oncologist recommended for me right from the start and continued for several weeks even after I finished rads.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Susie09
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Dancing with NED!

    Celebration

    I had a mammogram and ultrasound in May 2011 and they showed No Evidence Of Disease, so, we always say that we are Dancing with NED when we get that good news! I was terrified to go, as, that fear of it coming back does sneak in your mind. But, I got the best news ever!

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