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    Side Effects (too many to mention): I had an allergic reaction to chemo, bloodclots in my neck from the port, allergic to latex so had a tough time with the tegaderm covering for my picc line, Also expander popped and had to have surgery to replace it with a permanent implant, which now is constricted, pulled very high and painful. I also had severe burns from my radiation. Horrible leg pain,and fatigue. I am now on Arimidex and am having alot of joint pain, and nausea from it. not liking it a whole lot right now.

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    Loss (My mind/Sense of Humor): well, I fell like a might have lost my mind at times, but I never lost my sense of humor. Although this was the hardest thing I have ever personally been through,I figured, take it as it comes and don't dwell on it. My sister called me baldy the whole time. Having her tell me "ok baldy, stop crying and move on" was the best thing that she could have ever said to me. I don't like to dwell on things and sometimes just needed a little shove out of depression! It worked for me. Chemo brain was another of the funniest parts of this journey. In the middle of a conversation and.....oops..its gone! hahaIf I did not have the sense of humor that I have this could have been really really really bad. That and friends and family who understood my need for humor. If someone needed to cry, I told them it was ok. This didn't just affect me, it affected everyone I love and care about.jBut we always ended up laughing about something.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I have to say that going through radiation was a breeze for me until about two days after the last treatment. then the burns came out and was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was the poster child for if it can happen, it will. Have to have a sense of humor about it.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy)

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    Decision Point (mastectomy or lumpectomy)