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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): After double mastectomy on 5-29-13 my insurance only allowed me to stay in hospital 23 hours. Cleaning of my drains (4) was the worse part for first few weeks, as the pain would be awful. Couldn't really do anything for myself, so my husband or sister has to be with me 24 hours a day for first few weeks. No way to cook or do household duties. Can't babysit my granddaughter as I can't pick up anything really!

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Treatments weren't really bad as MD Anderson offered me a special breathing treatment that shielded my heart so it would be radiated. Radiation though gave me SEVER fatigue. I slept 4-5 hours after each daily treatment. Had chronic fatigue after treatments and can still be affected after one year has gone by. Out on medical disability due to chronic fatigue!

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    Side Effects (Allergic reaction): On first TAXOL treatment I had steriod drug for about 30 minutes then waited 30 minutes to get in blood. Started TAXOL (with nurse in room to observe for 30 minutes) and with 3 minutes I could tell something didn't feel right in my arm (tingling feeling kind of numb) them face and throat. Turned to look at my husband and said "I think something is wrong" when I could see nurse standing beside me saying my face and ears were red and flushed and then my breathing started to cut off. Nurse broke open her reaction kit and pulled Taxol tubing out to stop it from running. She gave me two big shots in my IV (50 mg of Benadryl and something else) and said I should start feeling better and needed to relax. Almost immediately my throat opened and no difficult breathing any longer. She watched me for about 10 minutes then went and called Dr. Moulder who said I needed to still take the TAXOL but at a slow rate and to watch me close during the treatment. Restarted TAXOL and reaction medicine made me go to sleep for treatment. Took about 2 1/2 hours for that treatment of TAXOL, but was fine once treatment was restarted. I took 25 mg of Benadryl before starting second treatment the next week, then steriod, then TAXOL slow for 1 1/2 hours and no reaction. No reaction on any following treatments (only taking steriod and TAXOL).

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    Side Effects (Skin changes): Washing my hands w/ Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial moisturizing liquid soap to fight off germs. Use their triple moisture body cream to keep my skin from being so dry. I have used it and Lubriderm extra dry skin lotion (good for itchy skin too) on my hands as they dry out bad, especially between my fingers and under my wedding rings.

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    Side Effects (Taste change/loss): I can't eat greasy or spicy food or it will come out as gas and soft stools. I eat vegetables, yogurt (thick kind only and whips by Yoplait) and lean meats. Fish is good too! Sweets don't appeal much and my chip craving is gone too but I will eat them if I have a sandwich. Holding my weight that they say is better than gaining but I know I am eating less and the chemo is adding some so they must be balancing out for now.

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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): Currently having fatigue on chemo day and 2 more days normally where I have to sleep or aleast lay around. I then may have to lay down on the other afternoons for awhile, not always sleeping but am tired. If I do much in the morning (cooking, cleaning or even just drive somewhere and eat with my family close by) I have to sleep as it is exhausting. Rest they say is good but I shouldn't stay in the bed everyday all day and I don't.