Planogirl42's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I began reconstruction immediately after double Mastectomy in late October. I began radiation in November and completed that in January. I had implant exchange and nipple reconstruction using a skin graft from my lower abdomen last week. I am happy with the surgery and recovery so far.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Finished radiation in January. I found myself feeling depressed and frustrated with going everyday to the oncology center for the procedure. I did feel less energetic during that time also. My radiated skin looks almost normal again.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Much more pain than anticipated. I also had 8 lymph nodes removed which contributed to the pain and lack of mobility. Drain sites on the affected (left) side were painful. Went to occupational therapy for 6 weeks to help with tightness and mobility problems.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 16 chemo sessions. The first aggressive rounds with the Red Devil kicked my butt. I was so nauseated for days after. Food did not taste the same. I felt like I did during the hardest parts of pregnancy or worse until chemo was done. Losing my hair, my energy and the dry mouth/metallic taste were the worst side effects. I hope I never have to go through that again.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my first pet scan last week. The day before reconstruction surgery. I find out the results this week. I am not dwelling on it. It's out of my hands. If the cancer returned, then I would have a hard decisions to make. I don't know if I could ever do chemo again.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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