Alagal's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage Recurrent, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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

    Oh No

    Well I kinda knew as they didn't even let me get dressed after mammo to do ultrasound.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just figured that at my age (54) I really didn't need those boobs. I didn't make my living with them, and I definitely didn't have any babies to feed!!

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was worried about all of the BAD side effects but they were not so bad.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Bone strengthening drugs

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    At first I had infusion, which took at least 90 minutes, but now I have an injection of Xgeva, which takes on a few minutes.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    With mets to my shoulder blade the radiation was not bad at all. Had 23 visits in the mornings and went to work in the afternoons. All the way through treatment.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Of course I think everyone has a lot of anxiety waiting on test results, But the depression is only in fleeting moments, as I have a lot of living to do.

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Celebration

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

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Loss

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Time to quit working and enjoy life!!!!

    Decision Point

    Today is December 3, 2012, and I have not worked for 5 days now. As of today it is the best decision I have made. Who knows what next week will bring. You can only do so much at home. But there are places to volunteer here.

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Loss

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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    • Alagal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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