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    Celebration (Birthday): On my 38th birthday, I had a surprise party, it was so emotional and I was so happy to have all my friends and family supporting me all the time through this hard ordeal. Each day is a celebration for me, looking at my daughter each and every single day, being there for them and being able to go back to school my self. I will be graduating next year, i'll be a registered nurse!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Targeted therapy): After chemo I needed to start on Tamoxifen for 5 years, I'm on my 3rd year alreay! At the begining while my body adjusted to its effects I experienced hot flushes and amenorrhea, yay no periods. Those side effects are much lesser now, if I dont excercise, I get more hot flushes and my periords are almost normal now.

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    Side Effects (Anemia (low red blood cell counts)): too many to choose from, besides anemia I had metal taste in my mouth, fatigue, malaise in general... and the worst for me came on the 11th day after first chemo treatment, alopecia. Loosing my hair was one of the most traumatic feelings, even more the loosing my breasts... but don't worry, after 3 years, my hair is even longer than it was and I love it! Oh yes, it came back completely different that it was before. Curly, not streight and lots of gray hairs, not fun, but at least hair!

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    Other Care (Breast reconstruction): During chemotherapy, once a week I had to go to the plastic surgeon to get my expander fill with liquid, that was more than painful, a lot of discomfort. I had to avoid going for my expansions the week after my chemo, to prevent infections.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): If I tell you chemo is easy, i would be lying to you... chemo sucks, just like cancer... I did not get nausea/vomiting, but the general feeling was like I did not belong to my body, I was there, but I wasn't. Hard to explain... not feeling hungry but eating because I needed to... tasting food that tasted like nothing...