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My cancer journey - audience: high school freshman and sophomore Medical Careers students

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  • The effect that health professionals had on me during my cancer treatment Sonora High School Medical Careers Presentation Marie Slim
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  • My mom - Dec. 2004
    • Stage II Breast Cancer
    • Found her own cancer through self-exam
    • Radiation and chemotherapy
    • Later treatment after my diagnosis
    • Favorite chemo nurse: Patty
  • Me 8 months pregnant - Nov. 2005
    • Detected lump
    • Had son Mazzen a few days after this picture was taken
    • Went to family practitioner (Dr. Redd) in December
  • December 2004
    • First ultrasound
    • Second ultrasound in February - I almost didn’t go!
  • March 2006 - Biopsy and results
    • This is how old my children were on the day I found out I had cancer
    • Dr. Redd called me
    • Dr. Redd referred me to Dr. McCoy - a surgeon!
  • March 2006 - Mammogram results
    • I’m 31 years old
    • Not too horrible
    • Confirmed what biopsy had told me - that I did have cancer - Stage I
    • Wouldn’t have had a mammogram until age 40
  • Late March 2006 - Genetic Testing
  • Late March 2006 - Genetic Testing
    • Dr. Quinetta Edwards
    • Counseled me and my family
  • April 2006 - Lumpectomies 1 & 2
    • This is Dr. Petrie!
    • He was my mom’s surgeon.
    • He’s from South Africa.
    • He is very kind and very good at explaining the procedures.
    • Recommended a port in my chest.
  • April 2006 - Start Chemo
    • Dr. Lloyd
    • Connie - Dr. Lloyd’s nurse
    • Kenny and Colleen - phlebotomists
    • Maria - my main chemo nurse
    • Debbie & Wanda - two other chemo nurses
    • Chemo drugs and shots
  • April 2006 - Genetic Testing Results BRCA-1 Positive: Genetic Mutation Chance of getting another breast cancer = 70% Chance of getting ovarian cancer = 40% Mom has, one sister, sons may have.
  • April 2006 - Hair starts to fall out
  • May 2006 - Blood clot
    • Radiology lady
    • Lovenox and Coumadin
  • Laughter is best medicine
  • May 2006 -
    • Maria (my chemo nurse) is a great help and very supportive.
  • June 2006 - Mazzen hospitalized
    • I start Taxol
    • Mazzen in hospital - unable to breathe
    • He may have asthma like me.
    • Nurses very patient and helped him when I was unable to do so.
  • July 2006 - Things are going on
  • The summer of chemo
    • Infusion room
    • Nurses set the tone
    • Loving and caring environment
    • Nurses are very patient and good listeners
  • The summer of chemo
    • Mazzen gets his first tooth
    • I consult with Dr. Schlessinger - hysterectomy and oophorectomy
  • The summer of chemo
    • At the beach we put up a tent
    • Sun and chemo don’t mix!
  • August 2006
    • Eyebrows, eyelashes, nose hair gone
    • Chemo is over, but side effects still around
  • Sept. 2006 - First Preventative Surgeries
    • Dr. Schlessinger performs hysterectomy and oophorectomy
    • Certified nursing assistant - Beth
  • Sept. 2006 - Race for the Cure
  • October 2006 - Bilateral mastectomy and beginning of reconstruction
    • Dr. Petrie performed the bilateral mastectomy
    • Dr. Wald placed expanders beneath the chest wall
  • Oct. 2006 - Double mastectomy
    • My nurse is a former Sonora HS Medical Careers student!
  • Nov. 2006 - March 2007
    • Dr. Wald - “pumps up” expanders once a month
    • Kirsten, his physician’s assistant is very sensitive and understanding
  • All surgeries
    • Nurses were top-notch
    • Anesthesiologists were funny, personable
    http://www.247nursing.com/
  • All tests
    • PET/CT Scan guy is very funny
    • Secretaries always patient, listened
    http://www.rmcpet.org/zportal/portals/pat/index_11858
  • May 2007 - final ? surgery
    • Silicone implants put in, expanders taken out: “exchange”
    • Could have opted for saline implants
    http://edition.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/11/17/implants/index.html
  • Breast Cancer Under Age 50 Support Group
    • Nurse in charge cares about our mental, emotional and physical well-being
  • Life now
    • Energy is back
    • Blood levels are normal
    • I feel great!
    • I treasure each day!
    • I hold much respect for medical professionals.