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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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  • Sadie Newlin Profile

    How do you find out if you have breast cancer? Because that runs in my family and I'm scared.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Even if other women in your family have had breast cancer, it does not automaticly mean the BRAC gene is present. Discuss it with your doctor. Dilligence in having your yearly check-ups and also knowing your own body are two of the best things you can do. In additon educate yourself on the...

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      Even if other women in your family have had breast cancer, it does not automaticly mean the BRAC gene is present. Discuss it with your doctor. Dilligence in having your yearly check-ups and also knowing your own body are two of the best things you can do. In additon educate yourself on the signs of breast cancer. The educational material on this site is a great place to start.

      Just because it runs in your family doesn't always mean you will get it, and also some women who don't have a family history do get it. (as in my case)

      Just remember Knowledge is power.

      Comment
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Knowledge IS power, so I suggest the BRCA gene mutation test. If the mutation is present, it drastically increases your risk. I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy

      2 comments
  • shen cruces Profile

    I had my mastectomy and axillary l nodes taken out on feb 22nd. No real pain just a weird burning/tingling/numb sensation under the arm and down the bicep. Anyone else experience this? Did it get better? How long did it take?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It sounds as if there was a nerve that was disturbed in the area of your surgery. The burning, tingling is a sign of that. It should slowly get better with time. Nerve fibers take a while to return to normal. Be SURE to talk to your doctor about this and have him/her explain it to you.

      Comment
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I did have a node taken it was aug of last year and I still have some strange feeling in my arm not sure how long it will be like this I would talk to your Dr. about it
      Take care

      Comment
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    Can the surgeon see that there is nothing wrong with the fluid from a needle biopsy and decide not to have it tested?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If that is what your surgeon did I would get myself a second opinion and this time make sure it is tested.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If that's your doctor's approach I would definitely seek another opinion. Rarely do breast surgeons take that approach. Whoever you see, insist that this be chased down until you get a definitive answer. It may require a surgical biopsy and a pathology read, but you absolutely DO NOT want this...

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      If that's your doctor's approach I would definitely seek another opinion. Rarely do breast surgeons take that approach. Whoever you see, insist that this be chased down until you get a definitive answer. It may require a surgical biopsy and a pathology read, but you absolutely DO NOT want this to sit.

      I suggest you be as proactive as possible on this. As you probably know, "watching" a lump or suspicious area can cause major problems if it is malignant. Please know, though, that many lumps are NOT cancer. You just need to be sure.

      Good luck to to you!

      Comment
  • lisa epstein Profile

    I had stage 1 2.1mm and grade 3, I had a lumpectomy and am er positive nodes neg. and clear margins. What kind of treatment do you think I will need now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would talk with your doctor but I chose to have radiation after the lumpectomy and am now taking Tamoxifen. I know this is a scary time but I wanted to do everything I could to keep from having another cancer. God bless you and be with you through your journey.

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