Just got the diagnosis- invasive ductal- and family and I are feeling a little overwhelmed. Haven't done the staging yet; just a needle biopsy. DH and I are going to see the Doc tomorrow to try to put together a battle plan. (Somehow I let the yearly mammogram go to almost 3 yrs...everyone go make the appointment NOW for self or loved ones!)
I've been poring over my nursing text and various info over the Web. Can anyone give me info on the day-to-day experiences post-surgery, chemo/ radiation and rehab. I imagine it'll depend on exactly which course of treatment I go thru but any and all first-hand or otherwise experiences will be welcome. Especially- how realistic is it to continue working in nursing? How debilitating might it be in terms of using my arm. Has anyone had experience (or known anyone to do so) going back to working on a floor? ( I carry the insurance for the family but have been working part-time due to other family obligation and so cannot get disability). What other areas in the medical field have survivors been physically capable of handling if not able to continue in active clinical nursing?
Lastly, this is my own personal nightmare because I can deal with absolutely anything except nausea. Really. If I didn't have a family I know I would just say no way can I do this. Has anyone NOT had the vomiting?
Any and all input welcome. For now, just taking it-
one day at a time