Shelleycb's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 21 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Shelleycb
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed when I was 27 getting ready for my only child's 1st birthday. I went by the doctor to check out this lump I found and then on to the store to buy 1st birthday supplies. A day of fear and excitement that turned into total fear. I could only think about my daughter, what would she do without me?

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    • Shelleycb
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had just had a biopsy done that end up making the doctors wanting more information. So , next was a lumpectomy. I had everything done within weeks of each other. Then this surgery led to Mastectomy because they knew then it was definitely cancer.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This one was big- I went from a size D cup to zero. Boy what a change. I was only 27 and still wearing a two piece swim suit. I just kept thinking about my daughter Kellimae, she was just turning one and I wanted to go home. I remember I took a tight pair of denim jeans being a unexperience patient not ever having any major surgeries before. The nurse told me if I could get back into those jeans with 2 drain tubes hanging from me then I could go home the next day. I was determined and I did it - I went home.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Shelleycb
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Long-term catheter

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to get a Port because I was taking clinical trials chemotherapy that would be too hard on my blood vessels. I didn't expect this but they had a horrible time getting my iv started so they ended doing a local which meant I could hear everything while this was being placed into my chest and hooked up to my heart. That I would not recommend. I don't like to see blood so this was not good- I had long hair before chemo and my hair was soaked. I was glad for the port because it saved me from having to be stuck which was more than worth it.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Shelleycb
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    almost 5 years ago
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    I partipated in Cytoxen and Adrymician that was 3 and 4 times the normal doses for that time.

    Clinical Trial

    Every 21 days I had a chemo treatment with the "red devil" another name for Adrymician, and for good reason. Well the first treatment was scary the nurse came in with an outfit like an astronaunt from head to toe gear, wow - scary. I asked why she said due to the fact if the chemo drops on her it could burn through her flesh- yah scary. Well, I survived I took 6 treatments, that last all day due to the crazy insurance company. To go to my partipating hospital I had to be admitted, which meant setting for 2 hours to do admitting forms, then the pharmacy to mix my meds, 2 -3 hours to get the meds then checking out of the hospital and driving home with a total of an 8 hour day. Chemo is so much better now- you go seat with other patients not like me all by yourself. Thank God for advancements.

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    • Shelleycb
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    I have had all of the big anniversaries even though the doctors total me to go home and get my house in order. My cancer was under my arm above the limp nodes so they thought it had spread. Mine was 1.7 in size- the size of a nickel and no limp nodes involved. I have went through all anniversies 1, 5, 10! Now I am celebrating my 16 th year anniversary today. So, never give up!

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