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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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    My mom is currently diagnosed with breast cancer probably stage 2b. My problem now is she does not want to undergo surgery (mastectomy). What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 5 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Karen, I think that is perfectly reasonable. She is terrified yet she doesn't have enough information to get her on board with treatment. She needs to let her fears come to the surface and out her mouth so she can gets those questions answered. Go with her to her consultation appointments. SHe...

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      Karen, I think that is perfectly reasonable. She is terrified yet she doesn't have enough information to get her on board with treatment. She needs to let her fears come to the surface and out her mouth so she can gets those questions answered. Go with her to her consultation appointments. SHe may be dealing with a mental picture of the surgery, itself, the fear of pain, the disfigurment. Most of the time, a lumpectomy can be performed and she can keep her breast. She needs more information and support. I did have a mastectomy and for me, it was very easy. She can also have reconstruction too. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Keri Underwood Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 2b and went thru chemo rads and lumpectomy. Cancer free 2 years. Tell her to research options and pray about it

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    What kind of fruits & vegetables are best to eat during chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
      Take...

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      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I juiced apples carrots bananas melon with a little organic honey. Some days I would alter the juice. I couldn't eat chicken but loved mozerella cheese. It was kinda like having morning sickness. Hope this helps and sending you best wishes on your journey. Jayme

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  • Jessica Worcester Profile

    I've lost the majority of my hair, but my eyebrows are still somewhat intact. When will they start disappearing?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 9 years 6 answers
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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Everyone is different. Some women never loose there eyelashes and brows. I went through my whole treatment with them. Then when my hair started to grow back I noticed they were gone. I don't even really know when it happend. LOL

      I guess with no hair I didn't notice no brows and i had bushy...

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      Everyone is different. Some women never loose there eyelashes and brows. I went through my whole treatment with them. Then when my hair started to grow back I noticed they were gone. I don't even really know when it happend. LOL

      I guess with no hair I didn't notice no brows and i had bushy brows.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Oh and I make it look like u have lashes, I was taught by a make up artist to put eye liner on the top lid under where lashes were (80s style) and by blinking normally, it went on bottom lid and it really made a difference! I was skeptical at first, but pleasantly surprised

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    I just got my onco type DX result back. My score is 10! The one twist is, I has a micro spot of cancer in my 1 lymph node. Chemo or no chemo? See my oncologist tomorrow. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Oy, that's a tough one. I've had BC twice, 11 years apart. The first time was a mastectomy and rads, no chemo. The second one, last year, was a mastectomy and chemo. My onco DX was very high so chemo was a no-brainer. However, my nodes were all negative.
      Your onc will give you the best...

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      Oy, that's a tough one. I've had BC twice, 11 years apart. The first time was a mastectomy and rads, no chemo. The second one, last year, was a mastectomy and chemo. My onco DX was very high so chemo was a no-brainer. However, my nodes were all negative.
      Your onc will give you the best advice. if you feel at all uncomfortable with that advice, or you want a second pair of eyes, get another opinion.
      I went for aggressive treatment both times. For example, the first time I was told I could get by with a lumpectomy. I went for the mastectomy. The first time, after the mastectomy, they found the cancer was invasive rather than DCIS. Stage 1B. That's why I had the rads.
      The second time It ended up not being as bad as they thought, but I didn't care if they went the extra mile. What I can tell you is getting BC twice is very scary. If there was anything that could be done to decrease my hances of a recurrence, I wanted it done -- especially the second time.
      Best of luck to you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I did not have an onco DX and also had a micro amount of cancer in one lymph node. IN MY CASE (this is NOT saying you would have the same thing) it didn't matter what my onco DX would have been as I was slated for chemo due to size of the tumor 2.2cm. There is a lot that goes into treatment...

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      I did not have an onco DX and also had a micro amount of cancer in one lymph node. IN MY CASE (this is NOT saying you would have the same thing) it didn't matter what my onco DX would have been as I was slated for chemo due to size of the tumor 2.2cm. There is a lot that goes into treatment plans for each individual woman. Size, grade, stage, age, all factors in. Just as Marianne says.... you oncologist will give you the best advice. If you are still unsure, you can always get a second opinion. My husband and I, and my best friend sat down with the oncologist and went through a computer program for early breast cancer http://www.adjuvantonline.com/index.jsp that is available which shows you odds depending on treatment for your particular cancer. It helped to make a decision much easier. I chose a mastectomy and then had 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of Femara. It gave me the best odds. I thought I was extremely lucky to escape with only 4 rounds of chemo. I was post menopausal and was diagnosed with IDC stage 2-A initially but went to a B when the micro amount of cancer was found in the node. Good luck to you. I am thankful there is much to be done for us facing this scary disease. Take care, and God's blessings, Sharon

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