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    Celebration (Other): First post diagnosis/post treatment mammogram in June looked good. I have to have one every 6 months for 3 years. I also see my oncologist every 3 months and the radiation oncologist every 6 months

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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): I don't know how anyone going through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer cAnnot have some days of depression and anxiety

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Couldn't have asked for an easier experience. Of course I realized I was very lucky. My oncotyping came back low risk for recurrence which is why I was able to be treated with radiation only. I opted for the additional 4 "boost" treatments at the end of the regular 16 treatments

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy): Along with the lumpectomy, I had a sentinel node biopsy. They had, in fact, gotten all the cancer with the biopsy, the lumpectomy was just to make sure. The injection prior to the sentinel node biopsy was quite a shock...painful to say the least. However, this procedure eliminates the old method of "digging" for the lymph nodes and in the end, is much less invasive.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): The surgeon called me about 3 in the afternoon to tell me I had breast cancer. My brain stopped working as soon as he said the "c" word and I had to have him repeat everything again. From that point on, I felt like I was in someone else's body...I think I just went on auto pilot

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    Procedure or Surgery (First came the abnormal mammo then came the biopsy)