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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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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    How helpful is surgery for patients with stage 4 breast cancer with bone mets? - With chemotherapy and herceptin, the patient has shown significant response.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Lisa Yurus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast with mets to bone. She is going to have a mastectomy after 5 cycles of taxotere/carboplatin/herceptin. This is what her oncologist is recommending. He is one of the best in Florida.

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    • Rafi Togoo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Waiting for a response

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  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Anyone have dx of triple negative , brca1/2 neg , did chemo first and then had surgery? who did you decide what type of surgery? what did you consider regarding why to decide. chemo ends 2/27 and surgeon visit 2/21.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 5 years 5 answers
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    • Fats ferreira Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Mom was diagnosed with stage 1 tnbc...September 2012... she had lumpectomy, chemo then rads... what I've learnt is that everyone is different... this forum is great and has an awesome bunch of ladies who were my angels when my mom was diagnosed.. but check tnbc foundation. .. everyone there was...

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      Mom was diagnosed with stage 1 tnbc...September 2012... she had lumpectomy, chemo then rads... what I've learnt is that everyone is different... this forum is great and has an awesome bunch of ladies who were my angels when my mom was diagnosed.. but check tnbc foundation. .. everyone there was diagnosed tnbc... all the best with the remainder of your treatment... and decisions that have to be made.... God Bless

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I was diagnosed with TNBC July 2012. After being given all my options and discussing with my husband, I choose to have a double mastectomy followed by 6 rounds of TAC chemo. Because I chose the BMX, I did not have to have radiation. Last summer I had expanders placed to begin the reconstruction...

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      I was diagnosed with TNBC July 2012. After being given all my options and discussing with my husband, I choose to have a double mastectomy followed by 6 rounds of TAC chemo. Because I chose the BMX, I did not have to have radiation. Last summer I had expanders placed to begin the reconstruction process and had my exchange surgery 12/26/13. The biggest part of my decision was to get rid of everything that could host the cancer if it decided to come back. I am very happy with my decision.

      We are all so different and there are so many options out there, we just have to weigh all the options presented to us and talk with those closest to us to find what option suits us best. You will get through this!! Hang in there!!! God bless you!!

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    I found a lump on the edge of my areola about the size of a small pea. Found it a 1mth ago thinking it was a swollen gland, but it hasn't gone away. I'm starting to get very nervous. Has anyone else ever felt a lump there & what did it feel like?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 11 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Always go get it tested. Everyone above said the right things too but I'd like to add that it could eat away at your brain just wondering if it is cancer and it's better for the brain to just go asap and get the tests over with! Then you'll know!

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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need to have this checked. This is the type and place of my lump originally. I had my furst mammo due to my pea size lump. For two years on mammo no change and looked to be sebaceous cyst. But then last fall started getting bigger. Had mammo and Uls and both still read appeared to be...

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      You need to have this checked. This is the type and place of my lump originally. I had my furst mammo due to my pea size lump. For two years on mammo no change and looked to be sebaceous cyst. But then last fall started getting bigger. Had mammo and Uls and both still read appeared to be sebaceous cyst. However my surgeon said when there's a change you take it out. So we did. To all our surprise it was a cancerous cyst IDCS. Not to scare you because I really do believe a lot of these do come back benign. But too easy to go have checked out so please do. I was a stage 2A. I had a left mast, done my 5 mos of chemo, started now on a 5 year pill... Tamoxifen, and am scheduled for a right mast Aug 22. These past few mos have been a whirlwind!! But I am doing well and love everyday of life! Good luck to you!!

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    I was Diagnosed With IDC, Stage 2A grade2/3 no Lymph nodes, Lumpectomy right breast, Waiting too see my oncologist too see if I have too do chemo. I hope not. So Scared

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      My diagnosis was the same as yours. I am assuming you had an oncatype-dx test that you are waiting on the results for? THis test saved me from having to do chemo, as the original plan was mastectomy and 20 weeks of chemo! My cancer is estrogen based, so I gave up both breasts and my ovaries. ...

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      My diagnosis was the same as yours. I am assuming you had an oncatype-dx test that you are waiting on the results for? THis test saved me from having to do chemo, as the original plan was mastectomy and 20 weeks of chemo! My cancer is estrogen based, so I gave up both breasts and my ovaries. Now the projected reoccurance rate is so low that I didn't have to do chemo. I hope the same for you. Keep us posted. If you'd like another support group, I belong to a facebook group called "We Are Sisters" that has been a wonderful help. Hope the best for you.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thinking or you this morning and praying for you. This was the worst time for me. When I got the plan, my time and energy was directed into the positive action of fighting the mean thing. :-D Jo

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