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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.

Related Questions

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    My left breast is itchy, painful, and (I think) ulcers on the skin. I'm SO scared! Should I call my primary physician? or OBGYN? Both? Has anyone else developed ulcers with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would call both and see who can see you the soonest so it can be checked as some testing may be needed.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would call either one and get in as soon as you can. Keep in mind this could be a million other things that have nothing to do with breast cancer. It is just important to get in as soon as you can if for nothing else as your own peace of mind. Please let us know how this turns out. Take...

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      I would call either one and get in as soon as you can. Keep in mind this could be a million other things that have nothing to do with breast cancer. It is just important to get in as soon as you can if for nothing else as your own peace of mind. Please let us know how this turns out. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • Kim Curry Profile

    When should you speak to a surgeon/plastic surgeon? My last chemo treatment is in two weeks.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is never too early to talk to a plastic surgeon. We use to advise our patients to talk to a plastic surgeon when first diagnosed do you know what all your options are

      Comment
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I mean so you know what all your options are

      Comment
  • Kimberlee Andersin Profile

    Today I get results from my PET scan and I'm scared as you know. What are the next steps?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It all depends what the PET scan discloses. It narrows down to the what your treatment course will be. You may have to have other testing... like a MUGA which test your heart (it is not a big deal at all). Do you know the type of breast cancer, stage, mets. hormone dependent, Her 2 status,...

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      It all depends what the PET scan discloses. It narrows down to the what your treatment course will be. You may have to have other testing... like a MUGA which test your heart (it is not a big deal at all). Do you know the type of breast cancer, stage, mets. hormone dependent, Her 2 status, etc.? It is kind of hard to predict not having more information. It usually goes.... surgery, chemotherapy, radiation but these ALL depend on the diagnosis.
      Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • ruby lee64 Profile

    Does caffeine of any kind cause breast pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes!!! This is normal if you have fibrous tissue in your breasts. Most women under 45 experience this. Vitamin E 400iu can help with tenderness but you have to lay off the caffeine and chocolate...

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruby,

      HECK YES!!!! Some people are more sensitive to it than others.
      Take care, Sharon

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