Sonora HS Medical Careers Breast Cancer Presentation


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Sonora HS Medical Careers Breast Cancer Presentation

  1. 1. The effect that health professionals had on me during my cancer treatment Sonora High School Medical Careers Presentation Marie Slim
  2. 3. My mom - Dec. 2004 <ul><li>Stage II Breast Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Found her own cancer through self-exam </li></ul><ul><li>Radiation and chemotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Later treatment after my diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite chemo nurse: Patty </li></ul>
  3. 4. Me 8 months pregnant - Nov. 2005 <ul><li>Detected lump </li></ul><ul><li>Had son Mazzen a few days after this picture was taken </li></ul><ul><li>Went to family practitioner (Dr. Redd) in December </li></ul>
  4. 5. December 2004 <ul><li>First ultrasound </li></ul><ul><li>Second ultrasound in February - I almost didn’t go! </li></ul>
  5. 6. March 2006 - Biopsy and results <ul><li>This is how old my children were on the day I found out I had cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Redd called me </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Redd referred me to Dr. McCoy - a surgeon! </li></ul>
  6. 7. March 2006 - Mammogram results <ul><li>I’m 31 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Not too horrible </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmed what biopsy had told me - that I did have cancer - Stage I </li></ul><ul><li>Wouldn’t have had a mammogram until age 40 </li></ul>
  7. 8. Late March 2006 - Genetic Testing
  8. 9. Late March 2006 - Genetic Testing <ul><li>Dr. Quinetta Edwards </li></ul><ul><li>Counseled me and my family </li></ul>
  9. 10. April 2006 - Lumpectomies 1 & 2 <ul><li>This is Dr. Petrie! </li></ul><ul><li>He was my mom’s surgeon. </li></ul><ul><li>He’s from South Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>He is very kind and very good at explaining the procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended a port in my chest. </li></ul>
  10. 11. April 2006 - Start Chemo <ul><li>Dr. Lloyd </li></ul><ul><li>Connie - Dr. Lloyd’s nurse </li></ul><ul><li>Kenny and Colleen - phlebotomists </li></ul><ul><li>Maria - my main chemo nurse </li></ul><ul><li>Debbie & Wanda - two other chemo nurses </li></ul><ul><li>Chemo drugs and shots </li></ul>
  11. 12. 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.
  12. 13. April 2006 - Hair starts to fall out
  13. 14. May 2006 - Blood clot <ul><li>Radiology lady </li></ul><ul><li>Lovenox and Coumadin </li></ul>
  14. 15. Laughter is best medicine
  15. 16. May 2006 - <ul><li>Maria (my chemo nurse) is a great help and very supportive. </li></ul>
  16. 17. June 2006 - Mazzen hospitalized <ul><li>I start Taxol </li></ul><ul><li>Mazzen in hospital - unable to breathe </li></ul><ul><li>He may have asthma like me. </li></ul><ul><li>Nurses very patient and helped him when I was unable to do so. </li></ul>
  17. 18. July 2006 - Things are going on
  18. 19. The summer of chemo <ul><li>Infusion room </li></ul><ul><li>Nurses set the tone </li></ul><ul><li>Loving and caring environment </li></ul><ul><li>Nurses are very patient and good listeners </li></ul>
  19. 20. The summer of chemo <ul><li>Mazzen gets his first tooth </li></ul><ul><li>I consult with Dr. Schlessinger - hysterectomy and oophorectomy </li></ul>
  20. 21. The summer of chemo <ul><li>At the beach we put up a tent </li></ul><ul><li>Sun and chemo don’t mix! </li></ul>
  21. 22. August 2006 <ul><li>Eyebrows, eyelashes, nose hair gone </li></ul><ul><li>Chemo is over, but side effects still around </li></ul>
  22. 23. Sept. 2006 - First Preventative Surgeries <ul><li>Dr. Schlessinger performs hysterectomy and oophorectomy </li></ul><ul><li>Certified nursing assistant - Beth </li></ul>
  23. 24. Sept. 2006 - Race for the Cure
  24. 25. October 2006 - Bilateral mastectomy and beginning of reconstruction <ul><li>Dr. Petrie performed the bilateral mastectomy </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Wald placed expanders beneath the chest wall </li></ul>
  25. 26. Oct. 2006 - Double mastectomy <ul><li>My nurse is a former Sonora HS Medical Careers student! </li></ul>
  26. 27. Nov. 2006 - March 2007 <ul><li>Dr. Wald - “pumps up” expanders once a month </li></ul><ul><li>Kirsten, his physician’s assistant is very sensitive and understanding </li></ul>
  27. 28. All surgeries <ul><li>Nurses were top-notch </li></ul><ul><li>Anesthesiologists were funny, personable </li></ul>
  28. 29. All tests <ul><li>PET/CT Scan guy is very funny </li></ul><ul><li>Secretaries always patient, listened </li></ul>
  29. 30. May 2007 - final ? surgery <ul><li>Silicone implants put in, expanders taken out: “exchange” </li></ul><ul><li>Could have opted for saline implants </li></ul>
  30. 31. Breast Cancer Under Age 50 Support Group <ul><li>Nurse in charge cares about our mental, emotional and physical well-being </li></ul>
  31. 32. Life now <ul><li>Energy is back </li></ul><ul><li>Blood levels are normal </li></ul><ul><li>I feel great! </li></ul><ul><li>I treasure each day! </li></ul><ul><li>I hold much respect for medical professionals. </li></ul>