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What were your initial symptoms of breast cancer that led you to see a doctor?

Whether it was a noticeable change in appearance, sensation, or any other symptom, what clued you in that something wasn't quite right?

  1. Breast dimpling and I could feel one of the two breast tumors.

    1. Hi , thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. How have you been doing since diagnosis? I see you recently joined our community, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you! We are glad you found us and hope you find our space to be safe and supportive. If we can ever help locate any information or simply provide a listening ear, please don't hesitate to reach out. We care and are here for you. Kindly, Jessica, Team Member

  2. Thanks Jessica. I have been up and down since diagnosis quite honestly. I went to working part time so that I could accommodate all my doctors. Life was not medically simple even before cancer. I haven't had the best of cancer care this last year. Fortunately my PCP is outstanding.
    I just got a second opinion and things are improving. She immediately put me on a Verzenio vacation which has almost cleared up all my GI distress. She plans to lower my dosage when I start back so that is a huge relief. She knows a lot about breast cancer, metastasis, and the meds. She can't fix everything but being heard and hopefully having fewer side effects will certainly fix a lot. In my experience the treatment is far worse than the disease. I have several other chronic conditions that I have lived with for many years plus I am a nurse. It isn't easy but it helps knowing how to manage cancer too. Sorry for the long winded reply.

    1. please do not feel the need to apologize! That's what we are here for - to listen and provide support in any way we can. I am so glad to hear you have a wonderful PCP and that your second opinion doctor has proved to be helpful and you feel heard! Feeling heard by your medical practitioner can make all the difference. How are you feeling this week? Again, we are here for you anytime. Hugs, Jessica, Team Member

  3. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for getting back to me. My week started rough. I had a stomach bug Sunday and Monday but got myself to urgent care and got all squared away. Good thing as I work the rest of the week. I missed one day but it could have been much worse.
    I saw a new NP this week that was fabulous. Really knowledgeable. She noticed elevated liver values and ordered appropriate MRI. I will be eternally grateful that she was the one in the office yesterday.

    1. sorry to hear that your week got off to a rough start, but glad things seem to be improving for you. Your new NP sounds amazing! Thank goodness she was there for you this week. It can be extremely helpful to have a medical practitioner as the one you described. Hoping the remainder of the week is a little more kind to you. Sending hugs. -Jessica, Team Member

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