loading... close

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.

Related Questions

  • sylvia clark Profile

    What if my doctor never mentions the Oncotype test? I am an early stage HER2 positive and had a bilateral mastectomy. Will my chemo will be harsh?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
    • View all 6 answers
    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in...

      more

      I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in mine. Wish you well!

      Comment
    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had the oncotype DX test but it is my understanding it is not used for all types of breast cancer. I believe it is used specifically for estrogen positive cancers -- I do not think it is used for HER cancers, but your oncologist would know the answer to this.

      Comment
  • 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
    over 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...

      more

      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

      Comment
    • charmaine taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    If I have a invasive tubular carcinoma tumor that is 4cm, how long should I wait before surgery removal? (my doctors say they cannot do it for two weeks...I am concerned it will grow or spread elsewhere )

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I can totally understand your concern. From what I've read....invasive tubular carcinoma tends to be low grade which means it is a slower growing cancer & two weeks is a reasonable time period to wait. I had to have chemo prior to my surgery due to my stage of cancer. I will have my mastectomy...

      more

      I can totally understand your concern. From what I've read....invasive tubular carcinoma tends to be low grade which means it is a slower growing cancer & two weeks is a reasonable time period to wait. I had to have chemo prior to my surgery due to my stage of cancer. I will have my mastectomy this coming Monday. That will be a period of four weeks between my last chemo and date of surgery. Here's a link that might help. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/rare_idc/tubular/. Good luck with your surgery. :)

      Diana

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    Has any one endured inflammatory breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      IBC is one of those types of breast cancer that isn't very common. Recently one of the women on the board checked in and had been treated for IBC quite a while ago. I hope she reads this and can tell her story. We all have different stories to tell here and are a supportive group. Have you...

      more

      IBC is one of those types of breast cancer that isn't very common. Recently one of the women on the board checked in and had been treated for IBC quite a while ago. I hope she reads this and can tell her story. We all have different stories to tell here and are a supportive group. Have you been diagnosed with IBC? There is quite a bit of information on this site about all different types and treatments for the different kinds of breast cancer. Who would have thought there are so many. Then, within the diagnosis there are further differences on the cell level. This influences the types of treatment women receive. Hang in there.... we are all in this together!

      Comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 1

An Early Detection Plan (EDP) significantly increases the chances of surviving breast cancer.

spread the word