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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Cathy St.John Profile

    What does it mean when you have a sharp piercing pain in the breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Kaz Aki Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your body is telling you to check it out!

      Any time you feel something abnormal, it is smart to have it looked at.

      In my case, I felt a sharp pinching sensation, which lead me to feel around and find a small lump. That week I had it looked at, and it turned out to be cancer. I am 36, who would...

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      Your body is telling you to check it out!

      Any time you feel something abnormal, it is smart to have it looked at.

      In my case, I felt a sharp pinching sensation, which lead me to feel around and find a small lump. That week I had it looked at, and it turned out to be cancer. I am 36, who would have thought?! It was caught early so prognosis is very good! It is not like the old days where you heard the "c" word and you were doomed. Science and medicine has come such a long way!! It could be nothing, or it could be something. I suggest you have it looked at by a professional. :)

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    Has anyone else had this problem? I had a bilateral mastectomy w/ expanders on the 17th. 5 days later I had another because the incision wasn't closing properly. I'm facing another because there is a small spot that is not closing!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I will be praying for you and your family! God Bless

      Comment
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Sometimes when you have radiation prior to reconstruction there is a problem with the incision healing due to the radiated dead skin cells. A skin graft maybe required. Talk to your plastic surgeon and ask what your options are. Take care

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  • Elizabeth Dycus Profile

    What does a lump feel like?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      There are many different types of breast lumps. A malignant (cancerous) breast lump usually has an irregular shape with a bumpy surface (sort of like a golf ball). It's usually hard and it may not be movable during a breast self-exam. If you find any sort of lump, it is important to consult...

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      There are many different types of breast lumps. A malignant (cancerous) breast lump usually has an irregular shape with a bumpy surface (sort of like a golf ball). It's usually hard and it may not be movable during a breast self-exam. If you find any sort of lump, it is important to consult your doctor who may then perform a clinical breast exam and/or a mammogram to help clear up a diagnosis.

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    I had a lumpectomy and 5 nodes removed. (all negative) I have pain in my shoulder joint when I swing my arm in any direction. Is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your...

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      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your saying . Ended up being what's called a frozen shoulder. It has to do with the tendons inside the shoulder joint and one cause can be due to hormonal Issues like menopause. I had to go to physical therapy to resolve it but it took a while. I'm not saying that's what it is but I know after my surgery it hurt to move the arm but I wouldn't say it was shoulder pain. More muscle pain. Good luck . Hope you get some answers.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks

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