NewFlower's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 6 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    Mastectomy, DIEP Flap reconstruction

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 2
    about 6 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxotere/Cytoxan 6 cycles, Tamoxifen (15 months) Zoladex+ Arimidex (5 months) taken off Arimidex due to side effects Zoladex alone (5 months) taken off due to osteoporosis Tamoxifen

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    about 6 years ago
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    Radiation

    32 radiation treatment 8 boosters

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    fatigue, lack of energy, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, premature menopause

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  5. 5
    about 6 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Finish of Chemo therapy, completion of radiation, son's graduation ! 4 years with NED

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  6. 6
    about 6 years ago
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    In June of 2012 my PET scan showed progression to my bones. My doctor and I made very painfully decision to start Chemotherapy again. After 4 years with NED it was very difficult to swallow, I am glad that

    Decision Point

    After my initial shock from diagnosis I was very decisive and followed recommendations for very aggressive treatment. My initial diagnosis after Mammography was stage I. Decision to undergo radical mastectomy saved my life, because my pathology report confirmed stage III C cancer.

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  7. 7
    about 6 years ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    I used acupuncture, physical therapy and massage for managing side effects of traditional/conventional treatment. I used homeopathic and herbal medicine to treat insomnia after completion of invasive treatment

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  8. 8
    about 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

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  9. 9
    about 6 years ago
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    Celebration

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  10. 10
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

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