Jeanne S. on April 7, 2016
I was Diagnosed with:
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was diagnosed on January 5th with tnbc and dcs in my left breast. I elected to do a double mastectomy so I would have no fear in the future. I did a genetic rest and also found I was brca2 positive. Three days after the surgery the surgeon called and said I was smart that they had found cancer in the right breast as well. I only have 4 treatments of chemo to do,thank God. First one was on March 23rd and went well. I had to shave my head yesterday it started coming out in clumps. My husband suprised me and had his shaved first. My best friend came and stayed for the first two weeks, that was a huge help. We are very fortunate to have such a great support system. I only have 3 more treatments and a month after that is my implant surgery. I have fought like a girl and have taken the bill by the horns. I will beat this!!!
How do you feel today?
Great. I am out and about with my husband running errands.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
My outlook and the way I love my life.
What is going well for you right now?
In between treatments and feeling good.
What is not going well for you right now?
Having to put off my implant surgery longer than expected.
What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Facing the unknown. Not being able to do things at home that I normally do.
When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
My husband, parents, and best friend.
How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
Too live life doing what I want and when I want.
What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
Currently not working. Going back to work when I am ready.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
I haven't worked since my surgery.
What has helped you continue to work the most?
What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Stay strong and get plenty of rest. Take any medications you need to get through the rough times.
How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
Sevier muscle spasms and none pain. Thankfully no nausea.
If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
Your a fighter, you have a ton of support and you can beat this!!