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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    Ten days after chemo my voice has become raspy and hard to talk. Definitely no cold or sickness. Any answers?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That's so strange... I finished chemo on 3/9 and shortly after - probably about 10 days, come to think of it - I lost my voice!!! It went on for a while too. For a few days it was really gone, but I struggled for a few weeks even with a raspy voice. I also didn't have a cold but I never...

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      That's so strange... I finished chemo on 3/9 and shortly after - probably about 10 days, come to think of it - I lost my voice!!! It went on for a while too. For a few days it was really gone, but I struggled for a few weeks even with a raspy voice. I also didn't have a cold but I never connected to chemo! So I have no answers but it did happen to me!

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    • Anj Donahue Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Do you have dry mouth/throat at all? I know that made me raspy for sure!

      1 comment
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    I'm getting a nipple-sparing bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction this week. I'm fairly thin so my only option was implants. Anyone have any experience with this surgery? Were you happy with the outcome?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3a Patient
    almost 4 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had this surgery without the nipple sparring . The pain level was intense for the 1st 2 weeks because the implants are filled a little @ the time of surgery. Drains are put in in both sides removed after 2 weeks for me. Exercises my nurse taught helped with the pain. 1 night stay in hospital. ...

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      I had this surgery without the nipple sparring . The pain level was intense for the 1st 2 weeks because the implants are filled a little @ the time of surgery. Drains are put in in both sides removed after 2 weeks for me. Exercises my nurse taught helped with the pain. 1 night stay in hospital. I filled every 2 weeks which helped cut pain . Some women went every week. I went 34B b my original size. I wasn't trying to go big I just wanted something there. Looking @ myself with no breast made me sad but the end result is fabulous & yes I have no feeling in the breast prayers

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I noticed no one has answered your post ... I can't help you cause I had big boobs and they chop them both off ... Nipple saving I would have gone for if it was offered to me ... I wonder have much sensation you are left on the nipple .. But getting rid of the cancer is the most important thing...

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      I noticed no one has answered your post ... I can't help you cause I had big boobs and they chop them both off ... Nipple saving I would have gone for if it was offered to me ... I wonder have much sensation you are left on the nipple .. But getting rid of the cancer is the most important thing ... Looks come second compared to life .... I haven't had any reconstruction but I'm happy to be boob free ... Any how hope that someone can answer And good luck with everything::)))

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    Day 5 of my chemo and all I still want to do is sleep, is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes, very normal. Remember, it's hitting your whole body! So rest up! But I agree that being a little active helps. It made a difference for me.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It's very normal! Being very tired is the number one side effect of chemo. Just listen to your body and sleep/rest when you need to. :). :)

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    It has been 2 years since my chemotherapy and I still have pain and numbness in my finger nails and my feet feel like I am walking on rocks... is this happening to anyone else so long after?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 7 answers

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