Age Diagnosed With IBC:
Year Of Your Diagnosis:
I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I was ER+ and PR+. I went through 4 rounds chemo of Adriamycin and Taxotere, Surgery of mastectomy, 4 more rounds chemo of Adriamycin and Cytoxin. After chemo, I had 36 rounds of radiation.
How You Got Through Treatment:
A year later, I had the non-cancerous breast removed and a full hysterectomy with bi-lateral reconstruction of a tram-flap. When diagnosed, I had a 9 year old daughter and was a single mom. I worked for myself in commercial real estate. Treatment was difficult for me. I was sick a lot with nausea and constipation. I was home alone most of the time during the day so I did not want to eat or drink because it used energy (that I did not have).
My family and friends soon realized I was not doing well. So I had family and friends at my house frequently to check on me, drive me to doctor/hospital. But several things that got me through treatment were prayers, faith and laughter. I leaned on my faith to guide me to whatever the outcome was.
Advice For Those With IBC:
- Ask for help!!!
- Take someone with you to doctor’s appointments…ask questions…understand why. If you don’t like what they say then ask again or tell the doctors/nurses, etc. Also, know doctors are there to give medicine and medical advice. However, there are other alternative things you can do for your health (diet, exercise, massage, acupuncture, vitamins, etc.)
- Know that you are not alone. There are others out there who would love to hear your story, help with your journey and give support.