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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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  • Misti%20 Hillis Profile

    Which is best, core biopsy or excisional biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning Misty
      The type of biopsy is one of those choices which is best for you. A core biopsy is less invasive. With the assistance of xray they go in with a big bore type of needle or cone knife and remove part of the suspicious area.

      With an excisional biopsy after dye localization. Using the...

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      Morning Misty
      The type of biopsy is one of those choices which is best for you. A core biopsy is less invasive. With the assistance of xray they go in with a big bore type of needle or cone knife and remove part of the suspicious area.

      With an excisional biopsy after dye localization. Using the assistance of mammogram the radiologist inserts a wire to inject dye to the suspicious area. The surgeon then goes via incision and removes the dyed are taking the specimen back to the radiologist to make sure by xray assistance again that the entire suspicious area us removed.

      I had my biopsies in 2003, 2005, and 2008 each by incisionsl biopsy to me it was peace of mind I knew the day of the procedure the results as my surgeon had a pathologist reading it while I was recovering from the anesthesia and he knew that he had clean margins. He removed the entire suspicious are. You can read my personal experience at http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj. I take you from my initial abnormal mammogram, the biopsy, surgery and recovery period. With a reflection a year later.

      Hope this helps. The more information you have the easier it is to decide what us best for you. Ask questions to the doctors and the nurses, what would they do how did patients handle the procedure. As my doctor said educate yourself. Be your own advocate for your care

      Take care

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    • Misti%20 Hillis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a lumpectomy which is assume is about the same as an incisional biopsy sixteen years ago. The mass was benign but this mass is aggressively growing and I also am experiencing burning in my nipple? I am wanting the quickest result.

      4 comments
  • Katy Shaxter Profile

    I will be having a mastectomy on my left breast and now have decided on reconstructive surgery. Do not know which way to go...tummy tram, implant or DIEP? Any recent experiences or information would help me decide. Have to decide in the next few days.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I did the DIEP. The tram takes muscle and the DIEP flap takes fat and skin.
      The first surgery is long mine was 13 hours. I was in the hospital 5 days. I left hospital with 6 drains, two new breasts, a new belly button and a tummy tuck. Not a lot of pain, I had some spasms, in the tummy area. I...

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      I did the DIEP. The tram takes muscle and the DIEP flap takes fat and skin.
      The first surgery is long mine was 13 hours. I was in the hospital 5 days. I left hospital with 6 drains, two new breasts, a new belly button and a tummy tuck. Not a lot of pain, I had some spasms, in the tummy area. I was on a vacation 5 weeks after the surgery(10 hour car ride one way). Not every doctor does the DIEP flap.

      6 comments
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I had the expander with saline implant. The process has many steps: expander put in during mastectomy, several trips to ps to fill the expander. Surgery to exchange expander for implant. I chose the saline over silicone so if it it leaks I can tell. but silicone has a more natural feel to...

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      I had the expander with saline implant. The process has many steps: expander put in during mastectomy, several trips to ps to fill the expander. Surgery to exchange expander for implant. I chose the saline over silicone so if it it leaks I can tell. but silicone has a more natural feel to it. Then I had nipple reconstruction and tattoo. I did not want to have an incision from hip to hip You get with flap surgery. Best of luck to you as you and your surgeon make the best decision for you! Keep the questions coming. We care about you!

      2 comments
  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Are Mammograms Painful?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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    • Juliette Zweig Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just got one yesterday. I personally don’t find them painful, and not even that uncomfortable. My breasts are very tender and I have no problem. Plus, they are fairly quick. You’re out and about fast. Making the annual visit no big deal.

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No. I find them to be more uncomfortable than painful. It also depends on the time of the month. Your breasts are usually more tender right before your period. Try and schedule it after your period and this should help. Of all medical tests, this is the one I dread the least. It's no biggie.

      2 comments
  • Lydia Bujanda Profile

    I'm about 6wks out of having uni mastectomy with expander in. 2wks out of having to replace expander because of infection. Now I feel swollen gland in my throat, should I be worried???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Lydia, Call your doctor. Better safe than sorry. JO

      4 comments
    • Diana Castells Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You should see your doctor so that you can have peace of mind. However, the swollen gland you feel could be a swollen lymph node, a result of the infection.

      1 comment

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