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Dec 20, 2009 07:27AM
, edited Dec 20, 2009 07:28AM
I had my port in on Wednesday. I agree it was worse than the intitial surgery (lumpectomy with all nodes removed) but I think that's because I thought it would be "no big deal".
It hurts, I can only sleep one uncomfortable way, hurts when I move my formerly "good" right arm, and in general just "sucks". However, I need this port. The chemo (AC followed by T) is every 2 weeks and would destroy my veins and I trust my surgeon and oncologist. I am a nurse and don't give them this trust lightly..find someone you trust and follow their recommendations.
None of us deserve this or signed up for this but we will get through it. I want my port removed the day I finish chemo. I want to be done with this forever but I'll have to do what God has planned and not what I want.
I am finding that living in the present is the only coping strategy that is allowing me any peace of mind and staying positive is sometimes hard. I start chemo on my sons 18th birthday (Dec. 30) and am trying to stay strong. Theres no shame is asking for pain meds, or using guided images or accupuncture or anything else that works.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
11/6/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
4/16/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
11/03/2009 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection)
, Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
04/30/2013 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap
12/29/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
06/05/2013 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)