justbreathe's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 56

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    In April of 08 I was misdiagnosed by a breast speicalest. I found the knot Nov.14th of the same year. January I had a double mastectomy and 17 lympnodes removed. Soon to follow was the harsh treatments of Adrimiacine (the red devil). During my days of living with chemo and loosing my hair I needed something that felt good on my tender scalp. That is when I designed Cappelleez. My headaches went away and I felt more confident when people where around me. After my last treatment my husband left. Again, I was trying to survive. I know that God has carried me through my tears, prayer and fears. I am blessed to have my health again and to be able to offer comfort through Cappelleez; something that made a differance during my illness. Cancer is a battle. You have to be ready to fight with all that you have. Blessings of good health! www.cappelleez.com (head wear)

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    It isn't easy to emotionally make a decision to have your breast removed but if it means saving your life then it is the best decision.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Rough..........not a easy journey.

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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    This was more difficult than I ever realized. With so much already taken, I felt embarressed and humilated. Taking four rounds of adrimyicine (the red devil) plus having the newlesta shot 24 hours after each treatment, was not an easy. My treatment was every other week and I was beaten down but in the midst of it all I wanted to try and beat this illiness with everything that I had in me. I had a friend that was older than me and we would slowly walk around the park two to four miles twice a week. But this would be on the"good" days that I felt somewhat human. We would pray,talk, laugh, and cry. I was on four anti-nausea drugs. The fatigue kept me in bed or in a lounger alot of the time. Please know that as all of this was going on "the cancer bubble" I had to keep pressing forword. My doctor and good friends speared me on!

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  5. 5
    over 5 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    I am back in the gym working out. My body was slowly trying to recover the first year after chemo. I had to learn to deal with my new self. I have been involved in public speaking, participating in varies cancer benifits, was choosen to be "Sexy in the City" last year for Nashville and designed Cappelleez head wear during my illness. I stay connected with the ACS and I am ALIVE! It feels weird when you go through all the different stages of prickly, fuzzy, and poodle looks as your hair grows back.. After two years, it FINALLY looks like hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cancer takes its toll but you can come out fighting. It is some much better to celebrate birthdays!

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  6. 6
    over 5 years ago
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    Suspicion of uterine cancer

    Other Care

    I was scheduled to have an out patient biopsy this past week but had to cancel. The doctor that saw me was recommened by a (fill in oncologist). She needed a certain amount of money the day of the surgrey and I didn't have it. The other test that were done two weeks ago came back with good results. I am on tamoxifen now and one of the side effects is, possible uterine cancer. So, unless something changes, I will keep going forward and make the best of each day.

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