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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

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  • anonymous Profile

    I'm going to start Chemo in a few weeks and would like to know the pros and cons of a port vs. vein. Really scared about the port. Lastly, does it get removed after cancer is gone?

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    Patient
    over 4 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would not do chemo without a port. My port was taken out 1 month after chemo was done.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a port put in to save the veins in my 1 arm. I was orginally told I'd need 4-6 chemo. cycles which ended up being only 4. I was told by the doctor putting mine in it should stay in for a minimum of 1 year which is fine with me since they usually draw blood before every Oncology visit. I...

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      I had a port put in to save the veins in my 1 arm. I was orginally told I'd need 4-6 chemo. cycles which ended up being only 4. I was told by the doctor putting mine in it should stay in for a minimum of 1 year which is fine with me since they usually draw blood before every Oncology visit. I go in every 6 weeks where a Chemo. nurse accesses it and then flushes it with Heparin to keep it patent. I've had no issues with it and when my year is up in April I'll in most likelihood elect to leave it in indefinetly for easy access. I have a friend whose surgeon put her port in during her mastectomy. My surgeon doesn't do them so an Interventional Radiologist did mine using both X-ray and U/S guidance according to my statement. I wouldn't be able to have one in my arm as I have issues with adhesives and it would need to remain covered throughout. I also ended up with a 4th tatoo for my rads. for the same reason. I just didn't want my one good side for drawing blood wrecked by chemo. and the other side can't be used due to lymph node removal. My oncologist is the one who actually recommended the port and I'm glad I have it.

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    My echo came back and my EF is at 47% We are temporarily stopping Herceptin and redoing echo in 4 weeks. I am about 3/4 way done and been fine. Anyone experience this and any suggestions to improve it outside of any meds? Still need to talk with doc.

    Asked by anonymous

    about 3 years 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had an Echo. last August for different reasons on seeing a Cardiologist for a consult due to my blood pressure meds. He indicated I didn't need a stress test due to my activity level being fine without any shortness of breath or other symptoms. Mine came out at 65%, I have a very strong...

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      I had an Echo. last August for different reasons on seeing a Cardiologist for a consult due to my blood pressure meds. He indicated I didn't need a stress test due to my activity level being fine without any shortness of breath or other symptoms. Mine came out at 65%, I have a very strong family history. I did give him my radiation treatment numbers since it was to my left side and he asked about my chemo. meds. and if I were taking anything else. I'm on Letrozole for at least 5 years.

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    What does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a...

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      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a relatively small number of cancer cells in the lymph node.
      M0 - means there are no metastases in any other part of the body

      Because it was classified as N1mi instead of regular N1, this would describe a stage IB rather than stage II breast cancer. So worse than stage IA, but better than Stage II.

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Look up "pathology results" on the internet. I got great information from doing that.

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    Has anyone have any problems with memory loss when taken Amiridex? I will have to take it next week. Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have lots of side effects I believe are associated with the Arimidex but memory loss is not among them.

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Oh wow! I've been on Arimidex for a week now...just starting yo get bone pain in my knees. Kinda like when i was on chemo. I also started to notice my hot flashes are back. I had a "break" from them when i finished chemo. Any other side effects that i may or may not experience?

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