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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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  • teri  fisher Profile

    I just started chemo . It has been quite a roller coaster ride! Has anyone experienced itching and red hands. It got so bad they started me on steroids. Will it get better?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It gets better but it takes awhile. The last time my was about 6 months after my last infusion of chemo. Prednisone helped I used as a last resort when nothing else worked.

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  • Nadine Cancilliere Profile

    Hi all; I will be having my port put in on Tuesday and Chemo starts Thursday; any advice for me? It will be ACT chemo what can I expect this week? How soon do you get sick. Trying to stay positive, but I'm really scared.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Everyone is different..but i can tell you for me..port placement went good, was pretty tender for a couple weeks. I too did ACT..i recommend using the numbing cream before each chemo treatment. About an hr before. Be liberal with it and then use press n seal or seran wrap to cover it up so it...

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      Everyone is different..but i can tell you for me..port placement went good, was pretty tender for a couple weeks. I too did ACT..i recommend using the numbing cream before each chemo treatment. About an hr before. Be liberal with it and then use press n seal or seran wrap to cover it up so it doesnt get on your clothes. Liquids and more liquids and a sm snack or hard candies during chemo. The place i did my TX had just about every little thing u could think to munch on. Some days i could eat others i just slept through it. Bring a bk, i used my ipad and found pinterest to keep me busy as well as my sister was w/me every TX so she kept me company. I was lucky, i didnt get any mouthsores but i did gargle every day w/the mixture rinse-salt, water, baking soda. I had very long thick hair- i cut it in stages. My Dr said by the 18th day of the 1st day of treatment i would start to lose my hair. So by day 17..i shaved my head! It was better than i thought..i felt i was 1 step ahead . Lol! Ginger candies and ginger ale helped w/the naseua, 1st and 2nd day after TX were good for me, it was day 3,4,5 that i started to feel tired and little nauseated stay ontop of everything. Take it slow and let people help you. Some days will be great..some days lousy.. But that is ok! Really! Neuropathy hit me..my fingers and toes but it was tolerable. I kept working and i started walking then running. But somehow i still gained the chemo weight. Lol! Oh well..im healthy, alive and a 1yr survivor!! I finished my chemo 4 A/C and 12 Taxol on Aug 27, 2012! Good luck you my Sister in Pink..remember take 1day at a time and Keep Fighting Like a Girl!!! ;)

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Scared is a really normal feeling about starting chemo. Anyone that says don't be scared either didn't do chemo or they are lying. The first session takes a long time I cried most of it. After I survived the first infusian the worst part came I lost my hair. Kleenex and scotch got me through...

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      Scared is a really normal feeling about starting chemo. Anyone that says don't be scared either didn't do chemo or they are lying. The first session takes a long time I cried most of it. After I survived the first infusian the worst part came I lost my hair. Kleenex and scotch got me through that one. After that it was all down hill just trying to make it through the last one. The good news is you will make it and flourish. Your hair will come back and you will have the stregth and beauty that you didn't even know that lies inside you and you will be in the sisterhood of amazing women. None of want to be here but we love and support each other. Let us know how the it goes.

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    I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH INVASIVE LOBULAR CANCER, STAGE 1. I HAD A BILATERAL MASTECTOMY, BUT MY POSTERIOR MARGIN WAS ONLY 3MM FROM THE TUMOR. IS THAT FAR ENOUGH TO BE CONSIDERED A CLEAN MARGIN?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What has your doctor(s) told you? I know my surgeon elected to leave my chest muscle intact since it looked OK to her when she did my mastectomy. I'm thinking from where the breast was peeled off the chest wall to the muscle was like 1mm or so (it seems that's what I recall) and my onc. felt I...

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      What has your doctor(s) told you? I know my surgeon elected to leave my chest muscle intact since it looked OK to her when she did my mastectomy. I'm thinking from where the breast was peeled off the chest wall to the muscle was like 1mm or so (it seems that's what I recall) and my onc. felt I needed rads. for that reason but that's not her area of expertise. I got a consult with an RT and he told me I needed rads. but not for that reason but because of the distance between the orginial area of IDC and a third area found on surgical pathology (LC I think). I also had an area of DCIS but not sure where the 3rd one was in relation to the other 2 that were right next to each other. I don't think clean margins pertain to mastectomies but rather lumpectomies.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your surgeon will tell you. If you want confrontation get a second consult. We can't make medical comments. I'm ILC too you lymph node involvement will also determine further treatment.

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  • ruby lee64 Profile

    thanks for all input ladies , praying for no findings in the lymp nodes so I don't have to go thru chemotherapy. keep me in pray, surgery is this friday. thanks and blessings to all.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Ruby, prayers headed your way. My lymph nodes removed were all negative but I'm still doing Chemo. to lessen my recurrence rate. Have you had an oncotype DX test, just curious? That's what my onc. did just to see if Chemo was necessary and it showed I'd get by without it but again it dropped...

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      Ruby, prayers headed your way. My lymph nodes removed were all negative but I'm still doing Chemo. to lessen my recurrence rate. Have you had an oncotype DX test, just curious? That's what my onc. did just to see if Chemo was necessary and it showed I'd get by without it but again it dropped my recurrence rate way down so I opted to do it.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Positive thoughts and prayers!

      Comment
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