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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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  • Casey Chernes Profile

    Has anyone gotten infection after surgeries, or had a very slow recovery due to infection, or know of anyone that has?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Nancy Kirk Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I got an infection and had to have several additional surgeries one removing the expander and a week of IV antibiotics in the hospital -

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    • Sally Zosky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I developed staph after a double mastectomy with reconstruction and had to have the implants removed and additional tissue as well. The second surgery was on 9/13/11 and I am still packing one side (drains stopped working, both sides) and still have the sutures in both. Hopefully those come out...

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      I developed staph after a double mastectomy with reconstruction and had to have the implants removed and additional tissue as well. The second surgery was on 9/13/11 and I am still packing one side (drains stopped working, both sides) and still have the sutures in both. Hopefully those come out tuesda

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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile

    I briefly heard a story on the news this evening about testing teenagers/young women for the BRCA mutation. Recommending against early testing, I believe. Anyone have any info on this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    about 7 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I sat next to a lady at radiation today who also had BC. We chatted a bit while we waited and I asked her if she got tested...she said no because her doctor told her it didn't matter! She was probably around 60...I was a bit speechless...didn't know what to say about it to her. I was told by...

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      I sat next to a lady at radiation today who also had BC. We chatted a bit while we waited and I asked her if she got tested...she said no because her doctor told her it didn't matter! She was probably around 60...I was a bit speechless...didn't know what to say about it to her. I was told by my genetics counselor that if the BRCA came back positive we would have to talk about ovarian cancer being at a higher risk and they would want to do a bilateral mastectomy no matter what...Made me worry for this person a lot that she didn't know! I have three kids and if mine was positive I wanted to know. Luckily it was negative. I would think that testing people with a strong family history would be a good thing, especially if they are young. Maybe it boils down to money. It is super expensive to test.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 34 just tested positive for brca1. I have triple negative breast cancer. Had I been tested at 20 I would have opted for a mastectomy then in lieu of putting my body and family through this! Genetic testing needs to be more accessible and available for all women.

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  • kim sosa Profile

    Just finished 4 cycles of AC now starting my last 4 cycles of Taxol. What should I expect? AC was easy for me no real side effects hoping for the same on my end of chemo with taxol. Half way done then surgery & reconstruction! yayyyyy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 11 answers
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    • Bonnie Irwin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've only had one dose of Taxol. It was easier. But for me, for about three days nonstop, I had bad menstral-like cramps. I could not find much relief. When this was done, it was replaced with joint pain. Tomorrow will be a week past the Taxol.

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    • maria aiello Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I hope I have the same luck as u ladies!!! You give me hope. Had 1st round of a/c today. SE were limited to headache heartburn and dry mouth. Did any of you girls lose facial hair???

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  • jc lin Profile

    I had a mastectomy and auxiliary node dissection and reconstruction done on the 24th. Going for my first follow up with the PS today. My new breast, especially under arm are swollen, does not hurt but concern....how long will it take to go down?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Did you have a drain? The purpose is to drain out the fluid (that my doctor called "weeping) so that it doesn't collect. I had mine out after 8 days, and my doc told me that even if fluid did collect it would be harmless. Eventually the body would reabsorb it. If it's a lot of fluid and it...

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      Did you have a drain? The purpose is to drain out the fluid (that my doctor called "weeping) so that it doesn't collect. I had mine out after 8 days, and my doc told me that even if fluid did collect it would be harmless. Eventually the body would reabsorb it. If it's a lot of fluid and it does start to cause discomfort then they can easily use a needle to drain some of it. Doesn't sound pleasant, but I am sure it provides relief! Good luck!

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    • Monica Sterling Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had the same in February 2012, and I didn't notice the swelling gone until late May actually. The numbness is still in several areas which my doctor told me may or may not go away. Good Luck and be patient on your recovery, it takes a while. You had Major surgery which by all standards takes...

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      I had the same in February 2012, and I didn't notice the swelling gone until late May actually. The numbness is still in several areas which my doctor told me may or may not go away. Good Luck and be patient on your recovery, it takes a while. You had Major surgery which by all standards takes time.

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