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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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    How do you know if you're getting the proper treatment?

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      anonymous
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      For me.... I read a lot about my type of cancer and latest treatment option. I have a great oncologist who stays aware of the latest treatments. So with that combined info I feel I'm getting the proper treatment.

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      You are your best advocate. Do alot of research

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  • Anonymous Stage 2 Profile

    Is it only me that continues to have pain with tissue expanders? It's constant and along with the side effects of tamoxifen I just feel like crying most of the time. I'm so sick of all of this.

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    • melissa perlman Profile
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      What helped me most was using Valium as a muscle relaxant. Since your already on Xanax, maybe they can add soma, flexeril, or skelaxin to the mix and take out the narcotics. Most of the pain comes from your pec muscles stretching completely out of shape.

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      I have had my expanders in for quite a while now and I will tell you they do get better, I hardly notice mine now. It's just a matter of time so hang in there.

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  • colleen honkala Profile

    Ok, so I'm estrogen & progesterone negative and HER positive..does this almost always mean chemo??

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    • Sarah Jachimiak Iwanski Profile
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      I am ER/pr neg and her2 pos as well, and I did have to have chemo. BUT, that decision was based on many other factors including how aggressive the tumor was, the number of nodes, my age, etc.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Colleen,
      It is impossible to answer because this is just one little piece of your diagnosis. When you receive your treatment plan, if your oncologist can't answer your concerns, get a second opinion. Her2+ usually receive Hercepton, which is a chemotherapy. Hopefully, some women on this board...

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      Colleen,
      It is impossible to answer because this is just one little piece of your diagnosis. When you receive your treatment plan, if your oncologist can't answer your concerns, get a second opinion. Her2+ usually receive Hercepton, which is a chemotherapy. Hopefully, some women on this board can answer. Your treatment plan depends on so many other findings. Take care, Sharon

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  • debie barnes Profile

    Does anyone know of anything that will help with these symptoms? When I was diagnosed I was 39 years old and chemo put me into full menopause. I can't take hormones and lately I am always on edge, just mad at the world.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      Hi Debbie. My heart goes out to you and all the young women who are thrown into early menopause because of their treatment, but it WILL get better. On my third mini-menopause. Did 5 years of Hormone Replacement Therapy until I had a stroke then had to do the immediate withdrawal thing. Now at...

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      Hi Debbie. My heart goes out to you and all the young women who are thrown into early menopause because of their treatment, but it WILL get better. On my third mini-menopause. Did 5 years of Hormone Replacement Therapy until I had a stroke then had to do the immediate withdrawal thing. Now at 62, I'm on Femara to suck out the last bit of estrogen I make, but it's a doable tradeoff to starve rogue cells that might be out there. You've joined the Seasoned Woman's Society a little early, but you'll press through to the other side with the support of family, friends and the sisters on this wonderful site. For me, soft cotton nightgowns and pretty t-shirts helped with nightsweats-they will get better; cool drinks and cool baths helped with my broken inner thermostat; talk to your loved ones,if they're open to it, about the horrible moods and the whip-lash emotions that can run you ragged. For me, talking about it seemed to diminish their power over me. Most of all, when you're up to it, stay active and find an activity or exercise that will cause the release of those endorphins that give us that feeling of well-being. l've practiced yoga for years and it lowered my blood pressure to the point I'm now off the medicine, my flexiblity is almost back to normal since my surgery and makes me feel wonderful. I know how you feel. I just had my moment of light depression before I read your question, but sharing with you has made it flee. Thanks for your post. You helped me just by asking a question that we all share. You'll get great advice and a buffet of wisdom from the ladies. Hang in there. Stay in touch. God Bless. Jo

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    • Mandy Heath Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Debie As you I can't take any of those menopause medicine and as part of my breast cancer treatment I had to have a full hysterectomy which forced me into early menopause I have only now been given by my oncologist a natural solution she has put me on a tablet called Remifemin it's been...

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      Hi Debie As you I can't take any of those menopause medicine and as part of my breast cancer treatment I had to have a full hysterectomy which forced me into early menopause I have only now been given by my oncologist a natural solution she has put me on a tablet called Remifemin it's been used in Germany for over 50 years you can buy it over the counter comes in a box 200 tabs for about $38 been on them now 2 weeks and I feel heaps better fewer hot flushes and my husband and children are still alive lol she also has me taking krill oil and evening primrose oil perhaps speak to your oncologist hope this is of some help!! All the best take care

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