JFO's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 69, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • JFO
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Great surgeon who took time to explain every detail. Kept me calm and confident.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    They had to suspend the treatments due to radiation burns. Did not anticipate that it would so painful.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JFO
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    A horrendous and painful experience so much so that I stopped taking the first AI drug given to me. I was not prepared for the side effects that incapcitated me.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • JFO
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I had more side effects than the usual ones. The side effects I had required that I consult my physician. The oncologist did not believe me. This experience shook my confidence to continue. She give me another AI drug which I have not taken. I am terrified of the pain I will have to endure. I am already an unhealthy person.

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    • JFO
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Am I going to take the prescribed drugs or not????

    Decision Point

    I am at a crossroads. I do not feel I can talk to my oncologist.

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

    Oh No

    An overwhelming feeling of loss and feeling all alone although my family was a great support as was a friend who is a cancer survivor.

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