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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.

Related Questions

  • Dec.25,2013 December Profile

    Found a pretty big lump on my right breast. What are the chances it being cancerous?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 10 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I wanted to chime in on the comment about why we were all here. Because unfortunately we are the 1 we are the 20 percent. Most women are not going to be on this site until they are diagnosed. So many women are shy and do not post. If I only had fibrous breasts or a cyst I more than likely would...

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      I wanted to chime in on the comment about why we were all here. Because unfortunately we are the 1 we are the 20 percent. Most women are not going to be on this site until they are diagnosed. So many women are shy and do not post. If I only had fibrous breasts or a cyst I more than likely would of never found this site. I'm here to learn to encourage and give my experience. It's okay to be upset with the cancer diagnosis , we do have more private forums for when we are mad and angry . For a newly diagnosed and not diagnosed we want to guide them properly so they will come back and have a safe place, not scare them away.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to see your doctor so they can check it. They may order some imaging studies, too. Please do see a doctor.

      Comment
  • misty wilbanks Profile

    Will it increase my chances for breast cancer coming back if i have a lumpectomy or will it decrease if i have mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 7 answers
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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      it will not decrease or increase your cancer from what I have read, cancer cells float around everywhere and if you get mastectomy and new ones, they will have to remove everything when if it comes back. My theory is keep what you have until you have to really let go

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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      there is no right answer. Some women take the brac test and have their breast removed in fear of getting cancer. Unfortunately, I learned that even if you have your breasts removed you can get breast cancer. Remember cancer is in each one of us. Whether hormones, change of llfe body changes,...

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      there is no right answer. Some women take the brac test and have their breast removed in fear of getting cancer. Unfortunately, I learned that even if you have your breasts removed you can get breast cancer. Remember cancer is in each one of us. Whether hormones, change of llfe body changes, food, plastic, stress can trigger cancer. If there are cancer cells floating on your chest bone, you will still get breast cancer. Some suggest a super diet, less stress, prayer and hormone regulation will help. I was told by Dr. Cox in tampa that my type of lumpectomy breast cancer should not reoccur for at least 10 years. I am not taking any tamoxifin or other cancer preventative drugs. If I have 10 years left, I want to be drug free.

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  • sally go Profile

    How long will one live with Stage 4 invasive ductal cancer without going through treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • elyssa m Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A person has cancer. Cancer dosnt have a person. Remember that stay positive and may god bless you:)

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Just got my Oncotype test results back... It's a 5 . What does this mean to my prognosis? ILC stage 1b 0.3 cm grade 1 with LCIS had lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed 1 had a micro something in it doctor said he got good clean margins and no cancer left...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just wondering, what number are you talking about? Number of what or number for what? I'm lost.

      Comment
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor...

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      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor about it today, he said that the oncotype for invasive vs. the oncotype for DCIS indicate different treatments. If it's high and invasive, the analysis is for chemo. If it's DCIS and high, the analysis is for radiation.
      Just an interesting tidbit I never knew. Either way you look at it though, a 5 is great. Best of luck to you!

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