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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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  • Elaine Mills Profile

    I am wondering if anyone has had experience with Femara giving them carpal tunnel-like symptoms?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Elaine,
      This is my 5th and final year of taking Femara. This drug can have many side effects, as with any drug.... there is the "good cop / bad cop" symptoms. It boils down to what you can tolerate. Mention this to your doctor for sure. He/she may be able to suggest something that will make...

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      Elaine,
      This is my 5th and final year of taking Femara. This drug can have many side effects, as with any drug.... there is the "good cop / bad cop" symptoms. It boils down to what you can tolerate. Mention this to your doctor for sure. He/she may be able to suggest something that will make it better for you. We all have different reactions to the drugs we have to take. I am sitting in front of a fan right now because Femara gives me hot flashes like I am sitting in front of a furnace.... among other things. I am sure you have much company out here in Femara-Land with joint, bone, muscle pain and more. Talk to your doctor to see if this IS due to Femara. Hey... on the bright side you actually COULD HAVE carpal tunnel syndrome!!! Hang in there and take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • tara mollick Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was on tamoxifen and I think it maybe the same kind of drug.... I was 36 when I started and I got all kinds of bone aches. It moved around....

      Comment
  • Kathy Greenwood Profile

    Anyone have any other treatments other than chemo for stage 2 breast cancer that is not anywhere other than the lymph nodes?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Kathy,

      Well DUH... don't I feel like an idiot! Your cancer is only IN lymph nodes! I am glad you are getting another opinion and that sounds like you are going about this in the best way. I hope they will set your mind at ease. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Hi Kathy,,
      This is truly a question for your oncologist. However, it ALWAYS depends on your type of cancer how treatment is done. Please ask if you can have the oncotype dx text done, it is very expensive, but most insurances cover a good deal, and if you made less than $125,000 income, you might...

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      Hi Kathy,,
      This is truly a question for your oncologist. However, it ALWAYS depends on your type of cancer how treatment is done. Please ask if you can have the oncotype dx text done, it is very expensive, but most insurances cover a good deal, and if you made less than $125,000 income, you might be getting the testing done for free. Visit the oncotype dx website and you can learn more about it.
      http://www.oncotypedx.com/en-US/Breast/PatientsCaregiversInvasive
      But again, ask your team. Good luck.

      1 comment
  • Ronald Barfield Profile

    What are the side effects of radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that...

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      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that presents. Good Luck!! Keep the faith!

      Comment
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope...

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      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope this helped good luck

      1 comment
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    is there a need to go treatment after breast tumor surgery

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      There are many variables in determining the best treatment. Size, type, grade (how aggressive), age, quality of life, contained or infiltrating, has it spread.... The team of doctors and patient can determine the best plan, An oncotype score can predict how the tumor will respond to...

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      There are many variables in determining the best treatment. Size, type, grade (how aggressive), age, quality of life, contained or infiltrating, has it spread.... The team of doctors and patient can determine the best plan, An oncotype score can predict how the tumor will respond to treatment. Research using breast cancer,org, cancer.org and this website will be great resources about treatment. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What has your doctor(s) told you? I had an Oncotype DX test to see if I needed chemo. like my onc. recommended. It indicated I could get by with an estrogen blocker only but in agreeing to it it would drop my recurrance rate down. I also had 28 rad. treatments. I decided to be as aggressive...

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      What has your doctor(s) told you? I had an Oncotype DX test to see if I needed chemo. like my onc. recommended. It indicated I could get by with an estrogen blocker only but in agreeing to it it would drop my recurrance rate down. I also had 28 rad. treatments. I decided to be as aggressive as I could and don't regret it. Gather your info. and make decision(s) right for you as each case is different.

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