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    Radiation (Internal radiation): Radiation was a routine..every weekday for 28 sessions. The most pronounced side effect was the yawning sleepiness, unlike chemo which was just blissful sleep (when I was awake I wasn't tired).

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I opted for 6 rounds of TAC protocol once every 3 weeks. Longer time for recovery between doses. I worked full time and took off Thursdays for Chemo every third week. Mondays usually I didn't last all day but it got better everyday. I only had to take off one unplanned day off after the last round of chemo...that Monday after I was still just to out of it to drive. Side effects, sleep, memory issues, taste issues, digestive problems. Took Neulasta.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Had a Left Mastectomy with a Free DIEP concurrent reconstruction, 29 nodes were removed with 28 having cancer. 10 hour surgery.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I felt there was a problem and went to my OBG/YN and she sent me for tests. Diagnostic Ultrasound, which led to a Core Biopsy, MRI, Node Biopsy. All for preop info.