kiawahmama's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 73, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The one illness I always feared was to have cancer. Just the name, sends a shiver down your spine. It's also a "mental" drain & you have to learn to accept it.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I read all of the information provided but found it much more painful than I expected.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    I fouind this much more uncomfortable than the lumpectomy. Sacs of fluid had to be removed 3 times. It is right in the bra strap area.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    "They" say you do not feel fatigue until about 2 weeks. After the 5 treatments, it knocked me for a loop. I will say I think it may be in part to my having a surgery on the same arm, 6 mos. later, I broke same arm so my system is somewhat compromised.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I've never felt like this before. I know exhaustion & generally tired but this feeling, which is hard to describe, hit me like a ton of bricks.

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