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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    hello... my mom was advised by her oncologist after the radial mastectomy to have Herceptin every 3 weeks for 13 sessions... what should we expect during the treatment...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women...

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      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women with HER2 tumors now have a great prognosis. Encourage her to consider it!

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo...

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      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo hoo! exercise is a great thing to do to help us heal at any age , even walking or whatever activity ur mom might enjoy maybe u can do together. One day at a time :-)

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  • nancy  wilcox Profile

    well I got a partial result from the bilateral breast MRI from the nurse --said "probably benign with no signs of metastasis "--will get the full report from doctor on Monday. I do not like that "probably" word. Please tell me what you think?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor told me they will never give you a definitive answer because they really don't know absolutely and they open themselves up to lawsuits if they say you do not have cancer then something shows up. I am living my life as though it will never happen again. Best of luck to you and God bless...

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      My doctor told me they will never give you a definitive answer because they really don't know absolutely and they open themselves up to lawsuits if they say you do not have cancer then something shows up. I am living my life as though it will never happen again. Best of luck to you and God bless you!

      1 comment
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I hate that word too bc my PCP said "it's probably a cyst, you're too young" and sure enough , it was cancer. The waiting is the worst and we are all here for you with whatever news you receive.

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  • Lorena Perez Profile

    Can a lump be in your nipple area?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Brionna Sanders Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it can

      Comment
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, it can.

      3 comments
  • teresa scott Profile

    I have my lumpectomy on 11-19-12. the surgeon can feel the lump and siad "hmm, this is deep?! under the breast tissue. you felt this? i said "yes!!" now i am scared because it is deep. Any advice on what i will be able to do after this surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Mine was deep too. It was bigger than everyone expected. Everyone is so different it

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Theresa,
      I had a mastectomy and had no post operative pain.... I mean NO PAIN. I never had to even take an aspirin. BUT.... that is not the case with everybody. You won't know what you can or can't do until after the surgery is done. I had full mobility of movement where as other women don't....

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      Theresa,
      I had a mastectomy and had no post operative pain.... I mean NO PAIN. I never had to even take an aspirin. BUT.... that is not the case with everybody. You won't know what you can or can't do until after the surgery is done. I had full mobility of movement where as other women don't. They will give you pain medication and don't try to be superwoman after the surgery. You WILL get through this just like we all have. It is just difficult to predict how you will feel.... hopefully you will be on the side I was.... pretty comfy. Hang in there darlin' you will make it! Take care, Sharon

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