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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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  • Sally pitts Profile

    This is week 3 of mastectomy with expander recovery. The area is so irritated. Like when your foot falls asleep and you try to walk on it. so uncomfortable! Anyone?.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm a month out from the same surgery. The pins and needle/or pinching feeling is normal it has something to do with the nerves that were cut during surgery. It may come and go for a while but I was told it gets worse when stressed or during rainy days. If it becomes unbearable tell your doctor.

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    • E Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It gets easier I promise, I'm 10 weeks out and the tenderness and tingling from nerve regeneration does get less everyday. Just think of it like I did.......if you can feel it it means the area is healing well and therefore hopefully no complications. You're doing amazing, one step after another...

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      It gets easier I promise, I'm 10 weeks out and the tenderness and tingling from nerve regeneration does get less everyday. Just think of it like I did.......if you can feel it it means the area is healing well and therefore hopefully no complications. You're doing amazing, one step after another and you'll soon be there =D

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  • judith rowley Profile

    I just had my expanders taken out on Sept 3rd and my implants put in. I am already on my feet and barely have any pain and it's only been 6 days. so happy! hope this helps someone who is worried about recovery.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Happy dance for you! And thank you for ousting to help others see that they don't need to worry so much!!!

      Comment
    • Becky N Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yay! A happy story for once! Ditto on the happy dance!

      Comment
  • Kali Nguyen Profile

    Double Mastectomy after chemo, how rough was it and recovery until radiation? Do they take lymph node to?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double with immediate reconstruction. Reconstruction was painful only for 2 weeks. I had implants inserted @ time of macectomy. 6 lymph nodes all negative. From what I've read straight mastectomy is fairly easy. 🙏🏾

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain. ...

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      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain.
      As for how extensive your surgery will be depends on your particular case. Whether your surgeon has to take axial (armpit) nodes is again depending on your case. You need to discuss this with your surgeon because we can't tell you. Sometimes even your surgeon doesn't know until they get in there. An MRI will help tell how extensive it is. Being that it sounds like you had chemotherapy before your surgery, that is meant to shrink the tumor so it's not as large. It usually does a great job. Get an appointment with your surgeon. We usually say you don't really get a complete diagnosis until after the final pathology after your surgery. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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  • Anne Thompson Profile

    I am switching from Tamoxifen to Arimidex...thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side...

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      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side effect haven't been too bad on tamoxifen and no weight gain but would like to know what o expect when I go on to arimidex, if I ever do.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen....

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      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen. My oncologist says it should all get better as hormone levels balance out. Take care

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