Johnny13'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: 72, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    • Johnny13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer on the same day I received my own diagnosis. I was in disbelief about my own, as it seemed insignificant next to his.

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    • Johnny13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgeon was a cold woman. The fact that my husband wasn't able to provide the support he'd always given me (due to his own disease, procedures, bad news, etc.) was emotionally difficult. I felt compelled to keep a very stiff upper lip, while trying to help him as much as possible.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Johnny13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first session was yesterday, but I'm hoping for minimal side effects. I changed oncologists last week, going to the doctor who had been so wonderful for my husband, and who understands the whole story. (My husband died two months after his diagnosis, so I am feeling very sad.) The first oncologist didn't seem very sympathetic, and couldn't explain my pathology reports to me in a way I could understand.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Johnny13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Physical therapy for range of motion after surgery

    Other Care

    This was the best thing I've done so far. I don't know why the surgical team didn't strongly urge me to do it. It was my own idea. I also joined a gym, and am part of a yoga class.

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