bonjour'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: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I've had 23 years of mammograms with good results, and NOW "we see something"?

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    over 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The lumpectomy went fine, but I had to have a second surgery, a re-excision to obtain clean margins. Arrrgh!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I had a really, really, really hard time accepting the medical community's recommendation of chemo. Even after a second opinion and two reliable diagnostics, I was scared of possible side effects.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Four cycles of Cytoxan and Taxotere. Chemo is NOT easy, but it's doable. I had plenty of meds to counteract the side effects and my labs were always good. I drank lots and lots of water daily and exercised 6 or 7 days a week, even when I didn't feel like it. Fight like a girl! : )

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    During the four cycles of chemo with Cytoxan and Taxotere, besides flu symptoms, I had diarrhea, fatigue, chemo brain, nail problems, and neuropathy in my feet. Thank goodness these symptoms were not simultaneous!

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    over 5 years ago
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    Hair, brows, lashes, libido

    Loss

    Boo-hoo. Cancer-free people just don't understand.

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    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had no radiodermatitis whatsoever during the 35 daily treatments. The last 9 were a "boost." I'm retired, so it was not as much of a hardship going in every day. At the end of all treatment, cancer fatigue hit for a few days. Maybe just the realization of "It's over!"

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Woo-hoo! Shout it from the rooftop. So nice to get my life back. Very grateful for all the prayers, gifts, kindnesses of people from as far west as Alaska and as far east as France!

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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I've been on Arimidex (anastrozole) for the past 17 days. So far no side effects noticed. Will continue for 5 years.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Procedure or Surgery

    I don't know if CT scans are "procedures," but I didn't know where to include this. In May, before treatment I had scans of chest, abdomen & pelvis. December they were repeated. January, 2012 I meet with the oncologist to see comparisons.

    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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    almost 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    About one year post-diagnosis CT scans came back with No Evidence of Disease (NED), had a diagnostic mammogram, had my port removed and flew to California with my husband to celebrate with our best friends. Life is good.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    October 12 will be one year since the end of cancer treatment (end of radiation). I feel grateful!

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