mortea10's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 14 years ago, Female, Age: 43, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • mortea10
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    At 28 years of age, with two very young daughters, I found a large lump in my breast. "What??? I'm too young for breast cancer!!!" It was the beginning of an amazing journey.

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    • mortea10
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Though I only had cancer in one breast, I chose, very deliberately, to have both breasts removed. The emotions associated with the loss of something so central to my feminine identity was really indescribable. I had to go through a grieving process. Other then some minor ulcerations, I healed pretty well. My body seemed foreign to me for quite a while, though.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Four months of bi-weekly chemo treatments took its toll on me. I lost every bit of my hair, with the exception of maybe 15 eyelashes. My fingernails came off (what??? gross!!) I had NO energy, and I actually gained about 30 pounds from the steroids that I took to help me tolerate the chemo. It was not a fun experience. BUT my hair and nails are back in full force, and I'm down 40 pounds from my highest weight, and still losing :) It's taken hard work and determination, but I'm a better person for it!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Birth

    Celebration

    I was certain that chemo had destroyed my fertility, since I stopped menstruating after my first two chemo treatments. I had always wanted to have lots of children, so this was a painful loss. Just over a year after my diagnosis, I started being suspicious that the flu I'd been enduring for two months wasn't actually the flu. Sure enough, I was three months pregnant!! It felt like a miracle! We added our sweet son to our family in the Fall of 2004, a year and a half after my diagnosis.

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    • mortea10
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had tissue expanders and then implants. I LOVE having something there, after years without! I don't have to wear a bra, since my breasts are so gravity-defying! :) I was amazed at the skill my surgeon used to reconstruct my nipples. SO COOL!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Birth

    Celebration

    My amazing second baby post-cancer joined our family in the Winter of 2006. JOY!!!! :)

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    • mortea10
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Birth

    Celebration

    A third post-cancer baby blessed our family in the Summer of 2009 :) She is a perfect bookend to our beautiful bunch! Family of seven and happy as can be!

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