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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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  • karyn johnson Profile

    I will start TC chemo soon. I am afraid of loosing my hair. I am pretty sure it is inevitable, but can anyone give me an idea of when and how fast it will fall out?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mine fell out two weeks after first infusion in feb. seven months later it has grown back in short, thick & very Curley. Great full to have my own hair. No longer have to ware a wig. Prayers to you. IJ

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I always suggest that you cut it yourself. It seems to be less traumatic that way. They so many cute wigs out there. This might be a chance to explore another side of yourself. Have fun with the color, style and length.
      I know it can be scary but let that fear go and Rock a new look.
      Best wishes.

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  • Patricia D Farber Profile

    Where can I get a free mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a National Mammography Program that provides mammograms to women in need. You can find a list of hospitals with programs that assist those needing diagnostic services through our partner site at http://breastcan.cr/hPWowD.

      2 comments
    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking...

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      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking online for resources in your area.

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  • Pippin Owen Profile

    my mamagram and sonogram did not catch a good picture of my lump behind the areola. i saw a round looked like fluid filled sack( light grey) my results were normal but i still have a lump!! what should i do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Pippin,
      Since this is a fluid filled sack, there isn't any treatment needed. Ask for a needle biopsy. Take care, Sharon

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    • jennifer lewis Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Maybe a second opinion. Also a biopsy.

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    After 2 rounds of chemo will my hair grow back a second time?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Not sure I understand your question. If you have been through 2 rounds of chemo, you should start losing your hair very soon (most chemo drugs for breast cancer patients cause you to lose your hair).
      After your treatment is finished your hair will start to grow back in about 4-5 weeks. It will...

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      Not sure I understand your question. If you have been through 2 rounds of chemo, you should start losing your hair very soon (most chemo drugs for breast cancer patients cause you to lose your hair).
      After your treatment is finished your hair will start to grow back in about 4-5 weeks. It will look like peach fuzz at first, then most people's hair comes in very curly -- mine did. Think about it this way: it's "virgin" hair, just like a baby. It will start out very fine and will slowly become your "old" hair.
      I hope this answers your question!

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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      It also depends on the kind of chemo you have. I am currently going thru treatment for a recurrence but I was first diagnosed almost five years ago. At that time I aw given taxotere and my hair never grew in! It was thick and course before treatment. So many women have had this happen that the...

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      It also depends on the kind of chemo you have. I am currently going thru treatment for a recurrence but I was first diagnosed almost five years ago. At that time I aw given taxotere and my hair never grew in! It was thick and course before treatment. So many women have had this happen that the drug company has changed their patient information to reflect that hairloss may be permanent. I hate being bald. I hope yours grows back.

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