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    Celebration (Remission): I am currently in remission. I go in every three months to see my oncologist.

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    Other Care (Physical Therapy): I continued to do physical therapy after radiation once my skin had healed over again. I still do not have full range back after the radiation.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): This was my HARDEST part of treatment. I had 33 treatment. This was going along great the whole time with minimal reddening and pain. The last day of my treatment the doctor was questioning if he was going to give me more radiation because he was wanting to see more effect to my skin. That was on a Friday, my skin peaked that weekend. It was some of the most pain that I have ever experienced. Needless to say he did not do any more radiation after seeing what happened to my skin over the weekend. I had to be bandaged and go in for skin care everyday for three weeks after finishing my treatment. I was on pain killers and had to have my children sent to relatives house because of the pain that I was in.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): I had a double mastectomy at Mayo. The hardest part of the surgery was the drains. I had four, once those came out...more than a week after the surgery, recovery went much quicker. I had a very good physical therapist who helped to get my range of motion back.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): My chemotherapy was the easiest part of my treatment. I had 12 weeks of Taxol (I think) and then 4 treatment of FEC which were every 3 weeks. The FEC was the harder of the two. After receiving the treatment I was sick for about a week after. I also received Herceptin for a year.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I went to see my OB after working with a lactation specialist for what we thought was mastitis. My OB saw me and sent me directly over to the breast center for biopsies. I was diagnosed 2 days later.