ebrazil63's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 54, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Had lump & inverted nipple for 2 months before finally deciding to have it "looked at". I have a history of fibrocystic disorder so I "wrote it off" as another spell with that. But when it didn't go away as before, I began to get a bit concerned and thought it may be wise to have my doc give it a look. He immediately said, "I'm setting you up for a sonogram and mammogram." That led to a biopsy and the rest is history. (including my breast.) When I returned to my regular MD, following my mastectomy, he told me that he knew immediately upon seeing my breast that it was cancer.

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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Contracted cellulitis in my incision site and my surgeon refused to acknowledge that it was an infection at all. Thank goodness for my precious oncologist who took wonderful care of me the 5days that I was hospitalized, on two IV antibiotics and morphine for pain. He was in total disbelief when I told him that my surgeon denied the fact that I had an infection. Surgeon claimed it was merely a seroma and sent me home with drain tube and reservoir. I was absolutely heart-broken by the treatment from my surgeon; the man who I had entrusted my life not too long ago.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    It is 4months out, now I have developed lymphedema and there has not been a single day since my surgery that I haven't had excruciating pain in my arm on the side of my mastectomy and lymph node dissection.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Some days I experience waves of nausea after taking my med. I have had fibromyalgia for several years prior to my breast cancer diagnosis. Now, the hormone therapy itself causes bone and joint pain as well. There are very few days that I feel like doing very much. I feel pretty useless and worthless to my husband and daughter. Life is pretty depressing these days... :(

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Received my Mastectomy Supplies!!!

    Celebration

    I felt like a child at Christmas when my delivery came with my new mastectomy bras and prostheses! I was SO happy! It really felt good to "look" complete again! I even sleep in the "leisure" prosthesis most nights...

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    Oncologist unsure of "bone islands"

    Oh No

    Back when I had my PET scan, a couple of months back, my oncologist stated that there were "some places on my bones" but he didn't think they were much to be concerned about. When I saw him last week, following my last blood labs, he stated that he is not convinced that the previous statement concerning my bones was true. My calcium levels are now elevated and he says when that happens that there is usually "something going on with the bones." Dear Lord, when will this end? I am SO worried,... again.

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    Whole Body Bone Scan

    Other Care

    I am scheduled for a whole body bone scan to find out what is going on with "bone islands" and elevated calcium levels. This will take place November 21, 2012.

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