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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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  • charmaine taylor Profile

    I was told my cat scan showed I have a mass on my breast/ I have to for ER followup--what should I expect next?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Charmaine, so sorry for this shocking outcome. The next steps usually go like this.... you will probably have a mammogram, ultrasound, a needle biopsy and a couple of days wait for the results. Keep in mind, this could be benign. So for now, this may be your path. They might be able to tell...

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      Hi Charmaine, so sorry for this shocking outcome. The next steps usually go like this.... you will probably have a mammogram, ultrasound, a needle biopsy and a couple of days wait for the results. Keep in mind, this could be benign. So for now, this may be your path. They might be able to tell a lot from the mammogram and ultrasound and that is only how far you will need to go. Hang in there Charmaine, we have been there. If you need more information, please check back in with us here. There are lots of women here to help you. Take care, Sharon

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    • charmaine taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you

      Comment
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    I just had my left breast taken out due to breast cancer, I want to know if chemo is necessary?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on a lot of things. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how large was the tumor,the staging, if there was any lymph node involvement, if your doctor requested an oncotype-DX test, has he received the results? Breast cancer treatment depends on a lot of factors. Has your doctor...

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      It depends on a lot of things. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how large was the tumor,the staging, if there was any lymph node involvement, if your doctor requested an oncotype-DX test, has he received the results? Breast cancer treatment depends on a lot of factors. Has your doctor referred you to an oncologist for a consultation? If it has been recommended you have chemotherapy, if you question it, you can get a second opinion. If you have been advised to get chemotherapy, it is probably the scariest news other than hearing you had breast cancer. It is a life-saving treatment and many of us on this board have chosen to take that step. It isn't a lot of fun but we did it. We are reaching out to others because we are alive and well and want all women to be alive and well with us. We all got through it and want to help you through your treatment too... whatever you choose. Hang in there.... write back and tell us more about your breast cancer story, we are here to support one another.

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    Has anyone worked while on chemo and then found it was too much? I've been trying to work and take care of my 2 year old but it's getting overwhelming- even with help from husband and family.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think it is a matter each individual handles differently. No two chemo patients are the same. I have known women who march right through it like nothing is happening and others have a tough, exhausting time. You never know how your body is going to react. These are very potent drugs going...

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      I think it is a matter each individual handles differently. No two chemo patients are the same. I have known women who march right through it like nothing is happening and others have a tough, exhausting time. You never know how your body is going to react. These are very potent drugs going through you. Whatever you do, don't beat yourself up if you can't work while going through treatment. It is tough enough to have surgery, chemo, and possibly radiation don't pile guilt on the top. You do the best you can, take care of yourself and your health so you can get back to your normal life as soon as you can. I had a lousy time with chemo, and can't imagine working more than I was able to. Listen to your body, LET your friends and family lend a hand during this time. SO many people would like to do something tangible for you right now. You let them... they love you! Hang in there.... do not let a feeling of guilt creep in, you have enough on your plate. Healing hugs to you, get some rest. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I didn't work through Chemo! I have been off since I was diagnosed . Chemo can wear you out and having a young child is twice as hard. Take advantage of services they have for us! My Father-In- Law paid for the maid service and he found local delivery service to deliver food twice a week!...

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      I didn't work through Chemo! I have been off since I was diagnosed . Chemo can wear you out and having a young child is twice as hard. Take advantage of services they have for us! My Father-In- Law paid for the maid service and he found local delivery service to deliver food twice a week! Best of Luck! Keep a strong support system and just take your time in whatever you won't to do!

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  • terri mongomery Profile

    My name is Terri and I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ. At post op I was told stage 1b which started at a. The doctor said chemo or radiation. Please some one out there give me a little input.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Radiation treats the breast tissue; chemo treats the whole body. Breast cancer.org has lots of good info

      1 comment
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Terri, I think you should get a list of questions together for surgeon and oncologist. I had dcis, stage 1 n went they did the surgery, they found a very small tumor that was invasive ductal carcinoma. Because I was her 2 positive, I needed chemo n herceptin. There are a lot of variables here...

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      Hi Terri, I think you should get a list of questions together for surgeon and oncologist. I had dcis, stage 1 n went they did the surgery, they found a very small tumor that was invasive ductal carcinoma. Because I was her 2 positive, I needed chemo n herceptin. There are a lot of variables here and you need a lot more information. Get the biopsy notes, are you her 2 or estrogen/ pr positive? I really felt I needed a second opinion, which I got before proceeding with treatment. Keep us posted

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