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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

Related Questions

  • Patricia Lindley Profile

    Should I get a lumpectomy or mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I went in sugery expecting a lumpwctomy and ended up with a 7.3 cc lump and margins followed by 6 round of chemo and 35 radiation trearment an 5 uear of tamoxifem. 1/4 of my breast is gone the partial was my choice I'm happy with my choicr.

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  • jo russell Profile

    Has anyone developed a nipple discharge in the affected breast after treatment including wide excision,chemo,and radiation. I am currently on tamoxifen.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Nope. But stupid answer, one you already know -- get it checked right away. Good luck!

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree go see the doctor.

      Comment
  • Cindy Johannsen Profile

    I had stage 1, no lymph node involvement, the Dr. told me there is a 75-80% chance that the cancer will not come back. If I go through 6 rounds of chemo it ups that to 85-90%. Should I do chemo or take the chance that it won't come back?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Cindy, I agree with Sharon. As for me...I had to do chemo (twice) because of my stage & lymph node involvement. But if I had been an earlier stage....I would have wanted to do every thing in my power to reduce the chance of my cancer coming back. While chemo is not fun....it's totally doable....

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      Hi Cindy, I agree with Sharon. As for me...I had to do chemo (twice) because of my stage & lymph node involvement. But if I had been an earlier stage....I would have wanted to do every thing in my power to reduce the chance of my cancer coming back. While chemo is not fun....it's totally doable. And it's so worth the results!!!!!! I am cancer free!! Best wishes in whatever you choose. Hugs, Diana

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a similar choice to make.... it is all about percentages. It is a tough call because chemo is not fun. My point spread was much larger than yours so for me, I did the chemo, plus I also have been on hormone blocking therapy. My doctor also gave me a choice about more chemo therapy with...

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      I had a similar choice to make.... it is all about percentages. It is a tough call because chemo is not fun. My point spread was much larger than yours so for me, I did the chemo, plus I also have been on hormone blocking therapy. My doctor also gave me a choice about more chemo therapy with a different drug (in addition) but he said it would only improve my odds by very, very, little.... 1 or 2%. He said he didn't recommend it, as the damage and discomfort really wasn't worth the possible small gain. I followed his suggestion and happy I did. In the big picture, I would probably go for the 6 rounds of chemotherapy. I would want to know I did everything I could to keep the cancer from returning. It makes for not second guessing. 90% is a really nice number. We are all different but these kinds of choices boil down to rolling the dice. I know there will be other women who will give you their opinions too. This is my 64th birthday.... I really enjoy celebrating each and every day I get to live! Good luck and take care, Sharon

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  • Nadine Chiasson Profile

    My mom found out today that she has to have chemo after having a lumpectomy for DCIS. Is this common?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Depends on all other specifics to her case. I had a diagnosis of DCIS then had a lumpectomy and the pathology on the tumor showed invasive cancer cells. Then I had a second surgery to check the sentinel node. My nodes were negative. I had an oncotype DX test on the tumor which tests for risk of...

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      Depends on all other specifics to her case. I had a diagnosis of DCIS then had a lumpectomy and the pathology on the tumor showed invasive cancer cells. Then I had a second surgery to check the sentinel node. My nodes were negative. I had an oncotype DX test on the tumor which tests for risk of reoccurrence and if chemo would be beneficial. My score was on the high, but indeterminate side and chemo was recommended since risk was high. I start next week. So, all things need to be taken into consideration (these were just a few for me). The oncotype DX test is expensive, but telling. Hope this helps.

      Comment
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      If margins aren't clear and/or it is in lymphnodes

      Comment
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