poodle's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 65, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • poodle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Hi, I am an active 60-year-old professional musician in good health--I thought. On the recommendation of my gynecologist I had been taking bioidentical hormones for severe, VERY severe menopausal symptoms, since 2000. I felt great and had lots of energy and everything seemed fine for the first 10 years. After that I noticed myself getting tired a lot, then a lot more. Then my 2012 sonogram confirmed there WAS something amiss in the tender area of my right breast which 2 biopsises confirmed to be invasive lobular carcinoma. That was "Oh NO."

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    • poodle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    As what I do requres not only hauling of equipment to performances, but pressing my instrument (classical guitar and baroque plucked instruments" directly against my right breast--right on the incisions--ouch-- I have not been able to practice or perfrom for nearly two months. Soon, though, I hope.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • poodle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    low oncotype dx score

    Celebration

    Hooray! My score came back at 2. A 4% chance of distant recurrence if I take Tamoxifen.

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    • poodle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • poodle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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

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