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    Procedure or Surgery (Installation of port to be used for chemotherapy): One month after the lumpectomy I was back at the hospital to have the surgery for port installation. Everything went well, but I had a bad side effect: within three weeks I developed a blood clot. (I noticed that my left arm was painfully swollen. Went to have an ultrasound, then was told to head to the ER. Was admitted for two nights.) I started to have to take a blood thinning medication every day. I met often (weekly, then every other week) with an anti-coagulation nurse practitioner who would change the medication dosage to get my "INR" level to be between 2 and 3. It took a very long time to get it right.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): After a week of ultrasounds and biopsies, I received a phone call at work, only 7 days after my mammogram. So - within a week - I was quickly diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast. I called my husband and my parents, who live far away. My mom asked, "What's the plan?" and later called back to apologize for asking about that at so early in the process. My husband called his mom, who also lives far away. I drove home from work and met with my husband and four children (two at-home teenagers, two college students). My husband and I told our children. Our youngest burst into tears. One of the children asked, "How long have you known?" and I looked at my watch and said, "30 minutes." They all were terrified by the news but reassured by our quick notification.

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    Radiation