kimep69's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • kimep69
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    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I felt a lump in my right breast but do not have insurance. A couple months later I had to see my physician for another situation. I had to pay out of pocket for the visit which was hard because I am an umemplyed full time med student. In hindsight, it was worth every penny because my doctor confirmed my lump and immediately had me scheduled for a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy and introduced my to a program called "every women's life" which has been taking care of the financial burden.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Interesting side note: there was a fist fight between a husband & a boyfried in the pre-op before the surgery. It kinda kept things exciting for a minute and took me out of "self"

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I didn't expect for chemo to be a breeze and I have the majority of the typical side effects. So, no it's not easy and it does impact every aspect of my life. Although it could be worse and for that I am grateful!

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

    Side Effects

    I just feel icky all over

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    over 4 years ago
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    abnormal pap

    Other Care

    I had an abnormal pap right after the surgery which was biopsied and I got the results yesterday. There are precancerous issues in the canal of my cervix that need to be removed. The OBGYN wants to sneak that outpatient surgery in somewhere in between my chemo treatments~ YEAH! I chose to wait until after chemo and radaition.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    I went for my follow up visit today. My blood pressure and WBC count are both pretty low, I'm dehydrated and have a bacterial growth on my tongue. So I'm rehydrating w/ lots of water, eating lots of pedia-pops & resting. I am officially on lock down! I feel like I did when I was on bed rest when I was pregnant w/ my son 20 yrs. ago. I got a Nuelasta shot for the low WBC count and it was the horrible! It was the worst part of chemo but I got through it.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I started losing lots of hair today. I knew it was coming but I'm kinda freaked out about it.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    It was a daily inconvenience to go there every day for 15 minutes but the staff was awesome and cheerful. As the physical burn got worse it was very uncomfortable. It hurt to put a bra on but I adapted.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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

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    Hair is back

    Celebration

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

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    • kimep69
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    almost 4 years ago
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    completed my degree

    Celebration

    When I was diagnosed I was 1 1/2 yrs into getting my degree in medical assisting. During chemo I had to take 2 leave of absences due to a low immune system. During the 33 rounds of radiation I finished my internship/clinicals and graduated!

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    almost 4 years ago
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    I got married!

    Celebration

    We were planning to be married before my diagnosis and I decided to wait until the treatments were over and I had graduated. It was suggested to me not to make any big decisions during this process and I completely agree~ I'm glad I waited.

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    • kimep69
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    almost 4 years ago
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    hysterectomy

    Other Care

    Now it's time to take care of the rest of me. My cervical issues are now being addressed. The LEEP procedure that was scheduled was cancelled due to "lack of cervix" so now I am a candidate for a hysterectomy, which I have been wantingfor some time....

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