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    Celebration (Hair is back): Almost two months later, most of my side effects have diminished or disappeared altogether and I have a hairline again.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I finished chemotherapy on February 29, 2016. My doctor declared my cancer-free on March 7, 2016.

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    Decision Point (Radiation: To do or not to do?): Initially, radiation was never a part of my treatment plan, but my chemotherapy oncologist suggested I at least meet with a radiation oncologist. The radiation oncologist strongly encouraged me to do it because of my age. I panicked for a week before I finally called my initial doctor who diagnosed me and did my mastectomy. She was floored about the recommendation and the referral to a radiation oncologist; it turns out, my plastic surgeon and she had already conspired for my to get a second opinion. I did get a second opinion who strongly encouraged me to not seek radiation at this point. I decided not to go forward with that treatment.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I received the TC chemotherapy. I did one round every 3 weeks for a total of four rounds. I did my first chemo on December 28 and my final on February 29. In between that time, I took make-up finals for the previous semester and started a new semester of law school.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): My reconstruction started 2 days after my mastectomy. I was horribly ill from complications of the first surgery, pain medications, and lack of food. Post-surgery went as expected, but tissue expanders changed so much of my daily life, from just looking into the mirror to getting dressed. They were grossly uncomfortable, but I had read this was true for most women.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): I had a bilateral mastectomy a month after first diagnosis. It went as expected, and I felt that I recovered fairly well. My doctor was extremely pleased I was able to get up and walk around the hospital after the surgery. I definitely moved a lot slower, but it was nothing my doctor didn't warn me about prior.