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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

Related Questions

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    Anybody Dx with stage 2A with Negative Nodes, Had To Do Any chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on what is contained on a cellular level. What type of breast cancer, stage, grade, onco DX. Her2+ ER- PR- ? Lots of findings go into the decision for your treatment. It isn't just because it is a 2A. That is only part of it. You are still in the discovery-phase of your diagnosis. ...

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      It depends on what is contained on a cellular level. What type of breast cancer, stage, grade, onco DX. Her2+ ER- PR- ? Lots of findings go into the decision for your treatment. It isn't just because it is a 2A. That is only part of it. You are still in the discovery-phase of your diagnosis. Once your path is clear, you will honestly feel better about everything. You will know a lot more in days to come. Hang in there.... you will be ok even if you have to have chemo. Take care, Sharon

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, I was stage 2 ER/PR positive, her2 negative, and I had chemo first to shrink the tumor before surgery. Age also made a difference in my treatment, I was 29 when diagnosed.

      Comment
  • sonali Singh Profile

    What thinks r good t eat during chimo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 3 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I ate bland foods and small portions at a time. Because of the metal taste caused by chemo, I used plastic utensils and it helped. Keep the questions coming. We are here for you!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Whatever tastes good as for everyone that's different and may be different from what you usually eat.

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    My mother in law is 82 years old who lives in a nursing home was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. What can I do to help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Amy O Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2001

      Be there for her. Assuming that she is capable of making her own decisions, make sure her doctor presents and she understands her treatment options. Respect what she wants. At her age, she may (or may not) choose to opt out of some of the more drastic treatment options for those that will give...

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      Be there for her. Assuming that she is capable of making her own decisions, make sure her doctor presents and she understands her treatment options. Respect what she wants. At her age, she may (or may not) choose to opt out of some of the more drastic treatment options for those that will give her a better quality of life.

      Comment
  • Hollie Fitzpatrick Profile

    Is rib pain normal with stage three breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was...

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      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was more of a discomfort feeling for me.
      Stay encouraged and remember you are not in this alone.
      Love and Blessings!!

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