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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

  • Robin Bailey Profile

    Should you tell people when you have stage 0?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I say YES, because you are a great example of why early detection is so important! :)

      2 comments
    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree you should tell, I did. I am also stage 0

      1 comment
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    what are the nail changes with taxol infusion?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3B Patient
    about 5 years 7 answers
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    • Monique Simmons  Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Nails turn black. But they do grow out. I lost a few toenails as well. Freaked me out at first because I love my toes and it was the middle of summer and I just bought new sandals!

      2 comments
    • candace priddy Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Mine are turning brown. The appear to be raising up, like they are going to come off.... Just another parting gift from my friend Taxol. Good luck

      Comment
  • NancyStradley- Pezzi Profile

    Looking for someone who has had stage 2 Infiltrating lobular carcinoma

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years Answer
  • Peggy  McBride  Profile

    i have a dark drainage coming from mmy nipple and its sore and a little puffy why what causes that

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Peggy,
      We aren't doctors and can't tell you what it is. All we can do is advise you to get an appointment with your doctor to have this checked. Whenever you have something abnormal, the prudent thing to do is have your doctor take a look. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Remaining blood in our body like bleeding from stomach is dark because of mixing blood with oxygen ,well if u have itching,pain ,redness or sore maybe it is from infection overlapping in bleeding or rarely inflammatory breast carcinoma.I highly recommend u to show it to your doctor.I myself had...

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      Remaining blood in our body like bleeding from stomach is dark because of mixing blood with oxygen ,well if u have itching,pain ,redness or sore maybe it is from infection overlapping in bleeding or rarely inflammatory breast carcinoma.I highly recommend u to show it to your doctor.I myself had infection and inflammation near my tumor ,after MRI ,every one thought I had 3 tumor but after mastectomy 2 of them was FCC changes and inflammation with infection and only one of them was malignant tumor,I had my pictures of my left breast redness of it is obvious and at first my tumor surgeon thought it was only abcess formation!!

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