rlclark93654's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Finding a lump, imagining it's nothing, clearing seeing it on the mammogram and realizing it wasn't just nothing

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

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

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I have a awesome Breast Surgeon who made sure all of my questions were answered and offered even more answers for questions i didn't even think of. The hardest part is not being able to be as active as I once was and the waiting, waiting to completly heal to start chemo. Patience is the hardest part for me

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Okay so experiencing much more pain and disabling side effects from lymph node dissection. I finally got the Jackson Prax drainage removed, which was quite painful but at least it only lasted a few seconds. Due to the muscles they needed to cut during surgery I have pain and limited mobility in my arm but I am told that most of this can be relieved with physical therapy. The hardest part is not being able to be as active as I was, you see I am a big arts/craft freak and it has been difficult to do with the pain i have but i am stubborn, i will fine a way!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Pathology of lymph node dissection

    Celebration

    Ok, so most people wouldn't celebrate about 5 out 13 lymph nodes being cancerous, but I am!. You see based on the margins, we believe that enough of the axillary lympy node to remove all of the cancerous cells which means that I won't have to go back and remove more of that area, yeah

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  6. 6
    about 4 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    Ok so 2 wks after my lumpectomy and lymph node removal I woke up to find my armpit looked like there was a intertube under my skin around the surgery sight, while not extremely painful, it was uncomfortable and tender, it was quite a large area and very prominent. I had no fever so I didn't believe I had a infection. Contacted my breast surgeon immediately

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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Implant of Mediport

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my mediport implant done, didn't know I would be asleep but I was, no pain, in fact when I woke up from my nice nap, I had to look down to my chest to see the bandage I could even tell anything had been done!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  8. 8
    about 4 years ago
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    Aspiration of Lymph node area

    Procedure or Surgery

    So after looking like I was carrying a alot of a swelling after lymph node surgery there was a cup of fluid drained by a needle, but painless because I was still numb in that area and results were incredible, pain free and loving life. I will have this treatment each week until the fluid stops producing. but that's ok

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  9. 9
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1st chemo treatment, bad headache, little nausea, but other than that easier than expected.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  10. 10
    about 4 years ago
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    Medicine for low white blood cell count

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Neulasta injection to boost white blood cell count. Didn't know just how strongly it would effect my body, extreme headache constantly (like someone was nailing a bolt through my head, wound up in ER) and the bone and joint pain. But now I know it is part of this medication side effects tricking your body into making more white blood cells. Getting ready to give myself my 2nd injection after 2nd chemo treatment.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  11. 11
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    2nd treatment out of the way! yeahhhh

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  12. 12
    about 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Okay so others had been telling me to cut my hair short to help with the mental aspect of losing one's hair, but I have found there is a much more important reason, at least in my case. I still have my hair but i chose to cut it short to prepare myself then I realized that I am getting ready to lose the hair and there is extreme pain because the hair breaks off at the shaft. I cannot describe this pain but realized that by cutting the hair even shorter, close the scalp I've eliminated alot of this pain and I am much more comfortable! Forget the hair! it's dry and brittle anyway!!!

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  13. 13
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    It may feel like something small but the small sprouts of hair growing back help me to feel more like myself, but I still have bad hair days, lol

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  14. 14
    almost 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  15. 15
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lymphedema Therapy

    Other Care

    Had no idea what I was walking into when Onc referred me to PT, now everyday I have to mummy wrap my arm from shoulder to fingers to reduce swelling from lymph node removal

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  16. 16
    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I actually experience panic attacks before each radiation, it's so different from chemo, with chemo i could feel it go in my body and the effects, with radiation you don't feel it and don't feel the actual process. the impact of getting radiation every day makes it hard to do "non cancer treatment stuff" so we have a party/vacation planned at the end just keeping my spirits up is hard.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  17. 17
    over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I experienced extreme burns from the radiation but do not be discouraged, they will heal. Mine are almost healed and i am much more comfortable

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  18. 18
    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After lumpectomy, 14 rounds of chemo and 6 1/2 weeks of radiation I am finally done. So happy to get back to my new "normal"

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