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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.

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  • julie s Profile

    I'm halfway through chemo and as much as I try to stay positive but I'm depressed. Anyone else feel like this? Thinking about asking for an anti depressant, but nervous... Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 13 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Julie,
      When I was going through chemo I became horribly depressed. It turns out it was due to one of the additives in my "recipe". PLEASE tell your team ASAP. You might be having trouble with a steroid that is used often in your treatment. Hang in there, you can get help for this and they...

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      Julie,
      When I was going through chemo I became horribly depressed. It turns out it was due to one of the additives in my "recipe". PLEASE tell your team ASAP. You might be having trouble with a steroid that is used often in your treatment. Hang in there, you can get help for this and they can remove it from your recipe if that might be the cause. Hugs to you, take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I take Celexa, which is a non habit forming anti depressant. It helped me soooo much. Good luck!

      Comment
  • barb loevy Profile

    What is the survival rate if the lymph nodes are involved?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If the cancer hasn't spread past the lymph nodes then the survival rate is good. I was stage 3 with lymph node involvement and I am now cancer free but going through preventative chemo, radiation,

      4 comments
  • Christina Archambault Profile

    I have 1 more treatment of FEC to do then I move on to 3 treatments of taxotere! Are the side effects the same for both or am I getting into more problems?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • holly jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I also had taxol & FEC although I did mine a little different , I did the taxol for 12 weeks then the FEC..the taxol for me was much easier than the FEC,everyone is different but the only things I really experienced with taxol was the bone pain,which again I was very blessed as it wasn't too...

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      Hi I also had taxol & FEC although I did mine a little different , I did the taxol for 12 weeks then the FEC..the taxol for me was much easier than the FEC,everyone is different but the only things I really experienced with taxol was the bone pain,which again I was very blessed as it wasn't too bad,it would usually start a day or two after my treatment & last about a day but nothin a ibuprofen couldn't handle. Again my dosage was weekly so I'm not sure of that made a difference. The one thing I will tell you to watch out for is the numbing & tingling which I'm sure your doctors will warn you about,make sure you inform them. I didn't have this issue thankfully but I hear it can start up even years after. Good luck,your almost there! :)

      Comment
    • holly jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I also had taxol & FEC although I did mine a little different , I did the taxol for 12 weeks then the FEC..the taxol for me was much easier than the FEC,everyone is different but the only things I really experienced with taxol was the bone pain,which again I was very blessed as it wasn't too...

      more

      Hi I also had taxol & FEC although I did mine a little different , I did the taxol for 12 weeks then the FEC..the taxol for me was much easier than the FEC,everyone is different but the only things I really experienced with taxol was the bone pain,which again I was very blessed as it wasn't too bad,it would usually start a day or two after my treatment & last about a day but nothin a ibuprofen couldn't handle. Again my dosage was weekly so I'm not sure of that made a difference. The one thing I will tell you to watch out for is the numbing & tingling which I'm sure your doctors will warn you about,make sure you inform them. I didn't have this issue thankfully but I hear it can start up even years after. Good luck,your almost there! :)

      2 comments
  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Just got my Oncotype test results back... It's a 5 . What does this mean to my prognosis? ILC stage 1b 0.3 cm grade 1 with LCIS had lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed 1 had a micro something in it doctor said he got good clean margins and no cancer left...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just wondering, what number are you talking about? Number of what or number for what? I'm lost.

      Comment
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor...

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      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor about it today, he said that the oncotype for invasive vs. the oncotype for DCIS indicate different treatments. If it's high and invasive, the analysis is for chemo. If it's DCIS and high, the analysis is for radiation.
      Just an interesting tidbit I never knew. Either way you look at it though, a 5 is great. Best of luck to you!

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