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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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  • Cheryl Philson Profile

    I am having financial trouble and looking for inexpensive follow up care. I have absolutely no symptoms and I am 54 years old . Breast cancer does not run in my family.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Get a hold of Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The American Cancer Society. Between the 3, you will be able to get annual mammogram's. Unfortunately, just because you do not have a family history of breast cancer it is just one factor in a woman's chances of having breast cancer. ...

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      Get a hold of Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The American Cancer Society. Between the 3, you will be able to get annual mammogram's. Unfortunately, just because you do not have a family history of breast cancer it is just one factor in a woman's chances of having breast cancer. I also had no other family members with breast cancer but was diagnosed 5 years ago. The best thing you can do for yourself is get a yearly mammogram and do monthly self checks. The self check was how I discovered my own breast cancer 7 months after I had my annual mammogram. Pay attention to the list of symptoms for breast cancer. As we age, our chances for cancer, in general, increase. Take care, Sharon

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Was looking online last night and Susan g moment has an area where you can apply for follow up care after recovering from cancer .

      Comment
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    Does any medical center give free mammogram appointments in the Solano County, CA? (for someone who has no medical insurance + the age of 51)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      To find a facility near you, you can go to this link that is provided by National Breast Cancer Foundation and FujiFilm: http://www.imagesofhealth.com/pages/facility-locator.php. I would recommend calling the facility that you choose to make sure that you qualify for their program. If for some...

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      To find a facility near you, you can go to this link that is provided by National Breast Cancer Foundation and FujiFilm: http://www.imagesofhealth.com/pages/facility-locator.php. I would recommend calling the facility that you choose to make sure that you qualify for their program. If for some reason you do not, try another facility.

      I hope this helps you. It is so important to get a mammogram.

      Comment
  • sylvia clark Profile

    First day after chemo and have really bad heart burn and stomach discomfort. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 10 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sylvia, so sorry to hear that. :(. My Onc said heartburn was a common side effect so she put me on the acid reflux medication "Protonix" when I began chemo. It helped so much!!!! I took one every day. You might want to mention this to your doctor. It was a lifesaver for me. Hang in there...

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      Hi Sylvia, so sorry to hear that. :(. My Onc said heartburn was a common side effect so she put me on the acid reflux medication "Protonix" when I began chemo. It helped so much!!!! I took one every day. You might want to mention this to your doctor. It was a lifesaver for me. Hang in there Sylvia. Hugs, Diana. :)

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I used pepcid ac but always check with the oncologist first

      Comment
  • gima green Profile

    Any bad experiences from taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 8 answers
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    • Lisa Doheny Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Yes hot flashes , bone pain which goes away after a while ,can not loose any weight, have no desire for any sexual relations. But we are here so I'm not complaining

      1 comment
    • gima green Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It seems like a cycle of pills from one to another

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