- Stevensville, MD
- Member Since Sep 2012
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Survivor: Breast Cancer
- Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know
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kriss posted an update
When I was 39 I woke up in the middle of the night and happened to scratch my chest. I came across a round hard lump. Since my mother and grandmother died of breast cancer I had it checked right away. I had a mammogram just 4 months earlier so wasn't too worried. Needless to say it was invasive ductal carcinoma stage 1. I had a lumpectomy, 38 radiation treatments and 6 chemos.
Then 20 years to the month I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. I had noticed before Thanksgiving that the nipple on the lumpectomy side was inverted. I had a mammogram this time 5 months earlier. I had both sides taken off even though as far as I knew there was no cancer in the right side. After surgery I found out I did have early stage cancer in the right side so was glad I had it removed.
I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction and 8 chemos. The hardest thing was the expanders and working full time through chemo. The mouth sores got so bad I was only able to eat vanilla pudding for 2 weeks. A year later I had the expanders removed and silicone implants put in.
With the 1st cancer my hair thinned but didn't totally fall out. They put a "cold cap" on my head during chemo. This last time it all fell out after 1 chemo treatment. When I was finished with chemo my hair came in very slow, it was very thin and fuzzy. It looked awful so I wore my wig to work another year. That next summer it got so hot wearing the wig that I started wearing scarfs. Now 2 1/2 years later my hair is finally beginning to get back to normal.
Now I take Arimdex and have gained more weight, mostly in my stomach. Can't wait to be able to stop taking it.
Thanks for listening.