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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 have stage 4 estrogen sensitive BC with mets to my lungs tamoxifen has been very successful! Tumors in my lungs have gone from 14mm down to pinpoints but feel like I'm waiting for it to explode again? Has anybody experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Anonymous,
      It wouldn't be something that can be predicted. What you have experienced is what was hoped for. Many women are treated with chemotherapy or various other drugs which shrink tumors before they have their surgery. Those of us who have, or have had breast cancer live with the thought...

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      Anonymous,
      It wouldn't be something that can be predicted. What you have experienced is what was hoped for. Many women are treated with chemotherapy or various other drugs which shrink tumors before they have their surgery. Those of us who have, or have had breast cancer live with the thought of the possiblity that "other shoe could drop." We just follow the protocol set up for us with our care team and the rest is pretty much left to God. Live life to it's fullest. Hang in there, Gal, you have a lot of company out here.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I have and am experiencing it. Like Sharon said nothing can be predicted. I have a great attitude and seance of humor. Sometimes that can be really good medicine to go along with all of our treatments. My philosophy is "I" am going to change things and plow a new path for others that are...

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      I have and am experiencing it. Like Sharon said nothing can be predicted. I have a great attitude and seance of humor. Sometimes that can be really good medicine to go along with all of our treatments. My philosophy is "I" am going to change things and plow a new path for others that are unfortunate enough to have to go thru this. I have benefitted from it also. I have always been a "rigid, keep to the schedule and rules, worry worry worry about the tomorrows" type of person. I am now more relaxed and forgiving of all. Don't sit and wait for it. Live it and fight like us girls! Take care

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    Does Tamoxifen make you put on weight? Any other side effects? thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As Nancy says... weight gain is a common problem with hormone blocking drugs. I am in my 5th year of Femara. I have probably gained 15 pounds. My oncologist thinks I am doing great. My primary care physician treats me like I am a hog, feasting pizza and donuts. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems...

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      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems to work.

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  • Chloe Brown Profile

    Would you choose a lumpectomy or mastectomy if you were 82? Would you choose radiation or Tamifloxin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Good Morning Chole, as the other ladies posted it is a choice that you have to make after much prayer! Your doctor should be discussing with you the best coarse for you. You want to be comfortable with your choice and how it will affect the rest of your life! My prayers are with you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chloe,

      I would choose a mastectomy... and did have one 5 years ago. I could have chosen a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation treatment. My reason for choosing the mastectomy was, there was no doubt the surgeon would get clear margins with a mastectomy. If I would have chosen a lumpectomy if...

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      Chloe,

      I would choose a mastectomy... and did have one 5 years ago. I could have chosen a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation treatment. My reason for choosing the mastectomy was, there was no doubt the surgeon would get clear margins with a mastectomy. If I would have chosen a lumpectomy if they find they don't get clear margins, you have to go back in for more surgery.... then there is that 5 day a week trip in for radiation treatments for 6 weeks. What a drag....
      So I chose the mastectomy (I also had to have chemo 4 rounds which sounds like you won't) I am just finishing my 5th year of hormone blocking drug. I am now 64 and going in for a check up with my oncologist tomorrow. I am very glad I chose what I did. I wear a prosthesis which fills out my clothes and it very comfortable. Good luck with your choice and I am sure whatever you choose, you will do very well. Take care, Sharon

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    When you have a double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement, does that mean that you don't have to have AI's, radiation and chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thanks Melissa and Sarah for your post. It's great having access to the experience of others. Jo

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    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I didn't have lymph node involvement, but because of the type of breast cancer I had, I had to have chemo, but not radiation. Everyone's treatment can be different. Best wishes!!

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