san4fun's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 50

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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was blessed and did not have many side effects. I was tired with no nausea. The injection i received the next day was worse than the chemo to me. It made my body feel as if I had the flu.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    very frustrating to be talking with someone and then forget what you were going to say next. also trying to remember just the daily things and forgetting can be upsetting. i pray and it either comes to me later or it doesnt, i cant dwell on it, life goes on.

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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I had let my hair grow for two years without cutting it, which was a first for me, so my hair was past my shoulders when i was diagnosed. My hair was actually one of the first things i said oh no about. lol. I had always worn my hair short so when i let it grow, friends and co-workers were shocked. I had also worn wigs before so i wasnt worried about that. I had my stylist cut it down for me so it wouldnt be a shock. When I saw it coming out, i called her and just shampooed the majority of it out. I tried wearing the scarves once i lost all of my hair but i had also gone into early menopause and was having hot flashes. The scarves were too much so i decided to just go bald. I work with children part time, so i had to ease this on them. Some of them laughed, but i tried to explain it to them the best way i knew how and they accepted it. My hair started growing back a couple of months later, gray, but it is growing.

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    Other

    Side Effects

    EARLY MENOPAUSE...no monthly cycle, YES....hot flashes...NO....but i am taking medication to control them and they are slowly going away.

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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    the burning was the worse. i am taking medication for it and it is no longer in my feet, however, my fingers are getting numb as i type now. i deal with it because i need my job, i type at work, but when it gets really bad, i just stop and wait until the numbness is not as bad and start again.

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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 33 days of radiation weekdays. It was tiresome driving almost daily to get the treatment which only took 5 mins. This was almost a 30-45 min drive. Gas was expensive and that took a toll on me.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Pink Party/Birthday Celebration

    Celebration

    After i completed my chemo, it was nearly time for my 45th birthday and i that was a milestone for me so i decided to do a pink cookout wear everyone wore something pink and also buy me gifts. lol. The cookout/pink party was awesome, everyone wore pink and the food me and my family had was delicious, bbq chicken, string beans, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, meatballs, macaroni and cheese. A local Dj made me some cd's and we partied. I also had a pinata that i added pink prizes for men and women and also little alcoholic drinks which they loved. It was something i will not let chemo brain make me forget. (just in case, i took lots of pictures and also had a signature poster for everyone to sign when they came in)

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