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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Connie Demarest Profile

    Is chemotherapy (except aromotase inhibitors) used for stage 1 lymph node negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Connie,
      You have a lot happening this week. You will get through this. Sometimes the toughest part of treatment Is waiting. I believe you will have answers when you see your oncologist this week. Stay strong.

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes one could have chemotherapy with a stage one diagnosis. I was stage one and had chemotherapy with no lymph node involvement due to the fact that my cancer was HER2 positive.

      Comment
  • Elizabeth Dycus Profile

    Does the size of breasts have anything to do with developing breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The size of breasts does not increase your risk of breast cancer. If you are obese or have dense breasts, then your risk may be greater. If you have implants, it does not increase your risk of breast cancer, but it does make it more difficult to detect lumps.

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    Why does my oncologist need me to have a CT scan of the stomach chest & pelvis? Tkx. Rox

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    about 3 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have a friend who had a CT of her chest, abdomen, and pelvis after completing her chemo. before her eye surgery. They were just checking and making sure cancer was no where else in her body. I'd be asking my Oncologist as to his/her reason(s) as that may not be why they are having you get one.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It could be just a baseline that can use to see changes in the future.

      Comment
  • Monique  cameron Profile

    How much time will I need off work following a mastectomy and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • frances pensato Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mastectomy and chemo and radiation. For the mastectomy I needed 2 months to recover. You need time for it to heal but doing your stretches is very important. I am 9 months post surgery and still do my stretches. I am a flight attendant and am still off of work. if everything goes well I...

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      I had a mastectomy and chemo and radiation. For the mastectomy I needed 2 months to recover. You need time for it to heal but doing your stretches is very important. I am 9 months post surgery and still do my stretches. I am a flight attendant and am still off of work. if everything goes well I shall be back at work on Oct. 1 . You have to listen to your body. The radiation is easy , but the more sessions you have the more tired you get. each person is different an

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    • frances pensato Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry about that. Each person is different and it depends on what type of work you do. You will get through this and you will become stronger. I wish you all the best and am thinking of you.

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