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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.

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    I'm experiencing pulling and some pain under my left breast.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Christine,
      You need to have this checked by your doctor. After having breast cancer, I would tell any woman to be pro-active about anything different that is happening with their breasts. So often this is absolutely NOTHING. It never hurts to get it checked. Obviously, it is worrying you. We...

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      Christine,
      You need to have this checked by your doctor. After having breast cancer, I would tell any woman to be pro-active about anything different that is happening with their breasts. So often this is absolutely NOTHING. It never hurts to get it checked. Obviously, it is worrying you. We can't tell you what is wrong or what is causing this so get some peace of mind and have it checked. Good luck to you, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Have you had surgery or wondering if you should go to the doctor?

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    Side effects of Fosladex

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Look on this site at the topic button. There are several answers to that question . Click on both of these spellings: faslodex and faslodex. Good luck.

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Your doctor should have discussed side effects with you. If not ask your pharmacist as I always do that when I get something new and there should be a pamphlet with your med. that describes side effects, etc.

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    I’m 33 and I was having bad pain under my armpit and right breast. I went to the doctor and they found 2 lumps in right breast and 1 in left. They said I’m swollen under the arm & in the breast and scheduled a mammogram& ultrasound. I had benign fibroaden

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      anonymous
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      You did the right thing by going to your doctor. Try to take a deep breath and relax as stress won't help you. Keep us posted and you will be OK.

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      Continued...
      . I had benign fibroadrmonas over 10 years ago removed. I’m very anxious over this and nervous about the mammogram. Does it seem concerning?

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  • Vicki Geer Fournier Profile

    Does everyone lose thier hair with chemo treatment?

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    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Vicki, I have never heard of anyone escaping the loss of hair. To me, it was one of the most traumatic thing that happened during my treatment. I got used to it and even embraced it. It usually happens starting about 2 weeks after your first treatment. You will reach up to scratch your head...

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      Vicki, I have never heard of anyone escaping the loss of hair. To me, it was one of the most traumatic thing that happened during my treatment. I got used to it and even embraced it. It usually happens starting about 2 weeks after your first treatment. You will reach up to scratch your head and a hunk of hair comes out. At that point, I took my horse hair clippers and buzzed my hair off. I hated the gradual loss, much better to get it gone and done. Hang in there....take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I think it depends on which traetment but I know you do with ec . You can always try the cold cap not sure how successful it is, I started loosing mine day 13 after 1st treatment then shaved it on day 17 as it was painful x x big hugs x

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