sndlee'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: 63, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • sndlee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After my first treatment, the stomach issues were enough to make me quit, but my dr, gave me another nausea med and its helped alot! I am getting TCH every 3 wks, and Herceptin every week. The cocktail only need 6, the Herceptin for a yr.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • sndlee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    The flu like symptoms bother me more than anything because I don't feel like doing anything, the hair loss got to the point I was tired of the shedding and hair being everywhere, so I shaved it. I also feel shakey alot inside, and the coldness bothers me now more than usual. Which is normal I know.

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    • sndlee
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Whether to have chemo or not.

    Decision Point

    After my lumpectomy, when all came back clear, no cancerous cells found in the tissue surrounding the lump, or in any 5 of the lymph nodes, I felt cured, I didn't want to put my body and other organs threw the effects of chemo. Then the doctor explained the problem is the HER2. That it took approx. 8 yrs for that little lump I had to form and in the mean time, any cells could have traveled anywhere, so the chemo was a precaution that cut my risk in half of a reoccurence in the next 1-5yrs. And the tears in my daughters eyes, when she said she was afraid if I didn't do it, that it would come back somewhere worse, or incurable. That broke my heart and gave me the strength I needed to proceed.

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