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Rhonda M Profile

Rhonda M

Survivor since 2012

Current City
Stewartstown, PA
Your Story

In September 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 2A triple negative breast cancer and in October I had a mastectomy of my left breast to remove a 4.5 cm tumor and had a tissue expander put in. At that time, the doctor took 2 lymph nodes, one was cancer free, the other had a small tumor in it. While my breast surgeon recommended lymph node surgery about a week after the mastectomy, the 3 other breast surgeon's on the hospital board said it wasn't necessary. I opted not to have my lymph nodes removed and 6 weeks later began my 6 treatments of TAC chemo with my last one on 03/12/13. Six weeks after chemo ended, I had reconstruction surgery It has been one year since my chemo ended. For the first 3 months after chemo, I had alot of trouble with very low blood pressure which is finally back to normal now. Prior to cancer I never had any problems with cholesterol or sugar levels (they were always very good!), but both are elevated now. I'm still very tired and require at least 8 hours of sleep a night or I'm really dragging through the day. My hair has come back but it is growing slow and is very fine and thin - to the point where I rarely go without a hat.

My breast surgeon told me there was less than a 1% chance of triple negative breast cancer moving to the other breast so I didn't have my right breast removed. In September, I had a diagnostic mammogram of it and there is a spot that the doctors have determined to be dense breast tissue. I just had another diagnostic mammogram and the spot has not changed so I'm really hoping it is just dense tissue.

I'm taking supplements with the hope that they will give me energy and help my hair to grow in thicker and healthier. I'm also trying not to eat alot of sugar and processed foods.

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