DreamJoD's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 45, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    One week after an appointment where my oncologist said "we'll see you next year, you've reached 5 years and don't need to see me as often", I found a new lump.

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  2. 2
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Started with a lumpectomy to get pathology report and confirm recurrence or not

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a bilateral mastectomy and removed the good breast and the bad breast.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my chemo port installed and it was placed on a nerve. Had a tingling sensation the entire time it was in place so it made using my arm and chest muscles difficult.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had the latissimus flap on one side and an expander installed on the other side. Had limited shoulder usage (not quite frozen shoulder like some may have, but very close) and those terrible drain tubes. The healing process was slow and painful but I was determined to not let it stop me from functioning entirely.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Receiving the drugs was the easy part...living with the side effects was the hard part!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  8. 8
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  9. 9
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  10. 10
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  12. 12
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  13. 13
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  14. 14
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  15. 15
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  16. 16
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  17. 17
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Prednisone!

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  18. 18
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Triple Mix was a life saver and I still keep a bottle of it in the refrigerator!

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    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  20. 20
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Hip and joints were the worst area, but all over body, achy pains throughout!

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  21. 21
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  22. 22
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Expander finally removed and implant put in after chemo was over!! Was so glad to have that expander taken out :)

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Remove chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Never happier than to have that nerve that was aggitated by the port, able to relax finally.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  24. 24
    • DreamJoD
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Cancer treatments over!! Back to normal healing with cancer gone and praying it doesn't return a 3rd time.

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