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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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  • Robin Bailey Profile

    Should you tell people when you have stage 0?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I say YES, because you are a great example of why early detection is so important! :)

      2 comments
    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree you should tell, I did. I am also stage 0

      1 comment
  • Patricia D Farber Profile

    Where can I get a free mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a National Mammography Program that provides mammograms to women in need. You can find a list of hospitals with programs that assist those needing diagnostic services through our partner site at http://breastcan.cr/hPWowD.

      2 comments
    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking...

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      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking online for resources in your area.

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  • Bianca Larrea Profile

    I just started my chemo treatments. (my husband was delployed the day before) Does anyone know food support groups for breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Bianca, I would recommend you get involved in a church. You are going to need a lot of help and support in many ways. The church will be able to tell you where the food banks are in your area as well as other services you may need. The church will also be able to give you the spiritual and...

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      Hi Bianca, I would recommend you get involved in a church. You are going to need a lot of help and support in many ways. The church will be able to tell you where the food banks are in your area as well as other services you may need. The church will also be able to give you the spiritual and emotional support you will need. Remember that God loves you. Good luck to you!

      1 comment
    • Natalie Grant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What city are you in?

      1 comment
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    Will radiation hurt?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Tricia Hensey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sometimes it just felt like a bad sunburn. Dealing with the fatigue from radiation was more difficult.

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      One of the side effects of radiation is burning at the area of the breast where radiation is targeted, but treatment centers provide special cream that can be used on the area. I had 36 radiation treatments with no burn. My oncologist recommended and said she saw best results when she had...

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      One of the side effects of radiation is burning at the area of the breast where radiation is targeted, but treatment centers provide special cream that can be used on the area. I had 36 radiation treatments with no burn. My oncologist recommended and said she saw best results when she had patients using aloe vera from the plant which I used every day during treatment. I would just cut off a leaf and rub the gel on the area. It was quite amazing how well it worked for me. Many garden centers sell aloe Vera plants.

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