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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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    My mom is going through her chemotherapy still but she won't eat. She says she's not hungry. Is this related to the chemotherapy? She's down to 82lbs. Is there something we can do?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      My biggest hurdle with chemotherapy was eating. Over the course of 6 cycles, I lost 30 lbs. I had no appetite and most food tasted horrible, even water. When I found something I could eat I stocked up on it because I knew I had to force down anything i could to stay healthy. For me, that was...

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      My biggest hurdle with chemotherapy was eating. Over the course of 6 cycles, I lost 30 lbs. I had no appetite and most food tasted horrible, even water. When I found something I could eat I stocked up on it because I knew I had to force down anything i could to stay healthy. For me, that was creamed based soup such as chowders, bisques, and squash/pumpkin soup. Crackers and toast at times also tasted ok. Normally I am a coffee/chocolate lover. Both these made me sick. I found, especially as chemotherapy progressed, it became more difficult to eat. I could not prepare food or be around when my family was eating as the smell of it upset my stomach. If your mom can find just anything that she can "stomach" then that will help her. Just understand it is common and allow your mom time to experiment with foods that she get down.

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    • Debbie Fritz Forsythe Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      WHEN I WENT THRU CHEMO, NOTHING SMELT GOOD OR TASTED GOOD. I TOLD MY DR. AND HE PRESCIBED ME ,I WISH I REMEBER THE NAME, BUT IT WAS A MILKY WHITE LIQUID, YES IT HAD A STEIROD IN IT ,BUT I GAINED 30LBS........... THE THING THAT GOT ME THRU WAS ROAST BEEF FROM THE DELI AT YOUR STORE!!!!! MY DR....

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      WHEN I WENT THRU CHEMO, NOTHING SMELT GOOD OR TASTED GOOD. I TOLD MY DR. AND HE PRESCIBED ME ,I WISH I REMEBER THE NAME, BUT IT WAS A MILKY WHITE LIQUID, YES IT HAD A STEIROD IN IT ,BUT I GAINED 30LBS........... THE THING THAT GOT ME THRU WAS ROAST BEEF FROM THE DELI AT YOUR STORE!!!!! MY DR. SAID TO EAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR FIGURE LATER..... GOOD LUCK MY SISTER ...........

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    My mom has triple negative breast cancer. I am unsure of any other family history related to it. Should I get the BRCA test?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Has your Mom had the test done? If not ....it might be a good idea for her to get the test performed. If she's negative then I really wouldn't see the need in your having the test. There is no history of breast cancer in my family. I am the only one. I had the BRACA test done and was negative....

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      Has your Mom had the test done? If not ....it might be a good idea for her to get the test performed. If she's negative then I really wouldn't see the need in your having the test. There is no history of breast cancer in my family. I am the only one. I had the BRACA test done and was negative. Therefore the doctor said there was no need for my daughter to take the test. As I've learned more facts about breast cancer....one thing I found interesting was over 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had breast cancer and there is no family history. I also know people who have a family history who do not have breast cancer. What I have learned is to take each day as it comes to remember God loves me and will help me through anything as long as I ask. Good luck to you.

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    I feel like the lump has shrunk and I don't feel the heaviness in my breast anymore...is that possible after 2 chemo treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think it is truly possible and also what your oncologist was hoping for. YAHOO!!!!
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it's possible and a very good sign. My bra got slightly looser after 2 treatments. I mentioned it to my onocologist and he sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound which confirmed the mass was slightly smaller. Keep going!!!jayme

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  • Sue Harris Profile

    Chest pressure on chemo

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Sue Harris Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      I. Have angina & take Zanac but is is diff. Thank you will call. Next treatment is Wendsday. #4.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sue, are you saying you have a feeling of pressure in your chest when you have your treatments? If so, I would bring that up with your oncologist asap.

      Healing hugs, Sharon

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