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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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    I've had a double breast masectomy on July 16th and the drains are really bothering me I can't sleep I want to remove my self . Do you think I can?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      NO, NO, NO! Call your doctor tomorrow and talk to them before you do something like that. Hang in there... Sharon.

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      No Don't try to take them out yourself. They are actually in further than what you think. They are also serving a purpose. We've all had the drains and they will be gone soon enough. Use some small pillows when you lay down. Hang in there and call your doctor in the morning. We have all been...

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      No Don't try to take them out yourself. They are actually in further than what you think. They are also serving a purpose. We've all had the drains and they will be gone soon enough. Use some small pillows when you lay down. Hang in there and call your doctor in the morning. We have all been there and I promise you will make it through!!!!

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  • Sharaya Staley Profile

    Can you get pregnant while taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 62 answers
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    • Amanda Herbert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but...

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      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. the doctor said me and my husband are fine , I don’t know where else to turn. until one day my friend Amanda introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr Odia on his email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i had sex with the man I love most in this world, within the next one months i went for a check up and my doctor confirmed that i am 4weeks pregnant am so happy !!!!! if you also need help to get pregnant or need your ex back please contact his email address: (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) he did it for me and he can also solve your problem too

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    • Roseline Alex Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her...

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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her spiritual powers, i was really worried and bothered because i don't want to loose my husband to another woman. i have went to hospital, the doctor told me that i can't get pregnant again due to my last abortion. i thought have lost my husband already and i have lost hope and faith until one day that a very good friend of mine introduce me to native iya basira of the i contacted her. she did spiritual prayers and bless me with the fruit of the womb a try which make me to be happy today. now i have giving birth to healthy boy. and my husband now love me more than before. so that's while i am here to share the good work of native woman to help my family, i pray that my God will reward you for all that you have done for me for bringing smile to my face once again.here is her contact for anybody who need her help also nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    Anyone getting taxol and hercepton? My fingernails seem to be getting ready to fall off. Help!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was on taxotere, carboplatin n hercpetin, I lost one toe nail..no fingernails but they broke easily. I used hard as nails n it seemed to help. My toe nail did grow back. It's tough to have to deal with this

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    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV...

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      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV antibiotics and get through chemo. I was certain every fingernail would eventually fall off on its own since they were already lifted from the tops down to the middles- but I wore band aids over them every day, ate a lot of good proteins to help promote growth, and I've never lost a fingernail. In not too much longer time, the nasty nail part will be all grown out and my nails will finally look normal again. Good luck and hang in there!!!

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  • patty pat Profile

    What is a grade 3 tumor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating...

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      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating systems BUT in the Nottingham Index used in UK, Australia etc a Grade 3 means three individual scores of 1 [lowest risk] added together equals 3. Which under that system is the LOWEST score or the least aggressive form of cancer, not the more aggressive.

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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I believe the grade is for agressiveness. 1. is mild, 2. moderate and 3. very agressive.

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