JennVice'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: 42, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • JennVice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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    • JennVice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Whether to have a double mastectomy or a single lumpectomy with radiation.

    Decision Point

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    • JennVice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Everything went great with the surgery. I got my first two drains out at two weeks post-op. The next two weeks went better than expected. At four weeks and one day, I developed an infection from the drain on my left side. It has been XXX ever since.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • JennVice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    At four weeks post-op, I got an infection in the remaining drain on my left side. I was on Bactrim and Clindomycin for 14 days, and the infected drain was removed at 7 weeks post-op. The tissue expander is encapsulated, and an infection remains. The skin on the bottom of my left breast is thickened, inflammed, and very sore. As it is, the skin feels like it is on fire constantly. When I have muscle spasms, it feels like someone is continually stabbing me with a hot poker. I returned to work on November 27th at 9 wks post-op.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • JennVice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The Tamoxifen causes me to have hot flash after hot flash after hot flash. It is horrible!!!! I also have bouts with diahrrhea and headaches due to the medicine. The hot flashes are by far the biggest side effect of the treatment.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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