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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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  • Susan Hohstadt Profile

    Am having bilateral in June. Do I need to buy any special garments to wear? Open front. Button. Particular fabric types. Oh. I live in Oklahoma where it will be unbearably hot. Any suggestions appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • Roberta S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I live in Oklahoma too. Just south of Norman. I went and got me a mastectomy camisole for my double that I just got yesterday. It's a zip up, soft boobs and it will hold your drains. You should look into it. What part do u live in??

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Susan, there are mastectomy camis you can get, they are covered under ins. Button, zip, or step into are best for at least the first 2/3 weeks. The cami has pockets for your drain bulbs. Or pin them inside a shirt. They can go in the pockets of a robe. Use a lanyard to pin them while bathing. You...

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      Susan, there are mastectomy camis you can get, they are covered under ins. Button, zip, or step into are best for at least the first 2/3 weeks. The cami has pockets for your drain bulbs. Or pin them inside a shirt. They can go in the pockets of a robe. Use a lanyard to pin them while bathing. You just don't want them hanging. Also, little heart shaped pillows for up under your arms. Cancer centers give them free. This is all do-able, the waiting is the hardest. Thanks for the military service, my son is in as well, Navy Aircrew. Prayers to you.

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  • Lori S Profile

    Has anyone done MBI (molecular breast imaging) in conjuction with mammogram for annual checkups following breast cancer recovery? It seems to be fairly new.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lori,

      I had never heard of it until I went to my "friend" Mr. Google to find out about it. Here is a good article from the Mayo Clinic that explains it nicely. It sounds as if they have to get the radiation dose a bit lower before it should be considered for routine exams. The machine itself...

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      Lori,

      I had never heard of it until I went to my "friend" Mr. Google to find out about it. Here is a good article from the Mayo Clinic that explains it nicely. It sounds as if they have to get the radiation dose a bit lower before it should be considered for routine exams. The machine itself probably costs a pretty penny also. It seems to be able to tell the difference between dense tissue and tumor. There is also less of a chance for false positive's. An injection of radioactive dye is given and that dye is absorbed more by tumor. http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2009-mchi/5203.html
      Thanks for bringing this up! Take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • Shari Tice Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Lori,
      I had the MBI test a few weeks ago for the first time. My mammogram this year came back inconclusive and they sent me for a bilateral compression test and then an ultrasound. Apparently I have a dense area near my chest wall and these tests were not able to rule out cancer. I had...

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      Hi Lori,
      I had the MBI test a few weeks ago for the first time. My mammogram this year came back inconclusive and they sent me for a bilateral compression test and then an ultrasound. Apparently I have a dense area near my chest wall and these tests were not able to rule out cancer. I had the MBI at a local breast center and it took only about 30 minutes for the test and I was there for about 1 hour total. I received an injection of a tracer that accumulates in the cancer cells and makes them "light up" on the computer screen. The test itself reminded me of a mammogram except I was sitting while they did the images. They took three images of each breast and it showed no evidence of cancer in my breasts. I do have an issue that requires further investigation--probably calcification on a rib or a bone spur---but not cancer. The test was extremely easy and I would definately recommend it to anyone that is not comfortable with the results received from their mammogram or ultrasound and wants to ease their mind.

      Right before my test, I did have the opportunity to meet a patient that had a cancerous lump that did not show up on her mammogram and was found by the BSGI/MBI procedure. She was incredibly inspiring and really made me thankful that this test was available to me.

      Best wishes to everyone!

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    recently diagnosed with breast cancer and on exam with surgeon a cyst was found on the other side. what treatment is suggested

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      For a cyst, usually nothing. Cysts don't turn into cancer. Did you have an ultrasound on the cyst? An ultrasound can tell the difference between a fluid filled cyst and a solid tumor. If there is any question, insist on a biopsy.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was reading your comments & it reminded me of my situation. Dr told me to wait & watch I choose to have a biopsy & it tested positive. I was diagnosed a month after I got married Had a lumpectomy & radiation in 2012 All went smooth. Had a mammo in 2014 Dr saw suspicious on other breast I...

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      I was reading your comments & it reminded me of my situation. Dr told me to wait & watch I choose to have a biopsy & it tested positive. I was diagnosed a month after I got married Had a lumpectomy & radiation in 2012 All went smooth. Had a mammo in 2014 Dr saw suspicious on other breast I ended up having a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I didn't wait fir another biopsy. These last 2 years I had 5 surgeries 2 for lumpectomy 2 for mastectomy & reconstruction & 1 ovaries removed. My cancer was estrogen driven & ovarian cancer runs in my dad's family. His mom & 2 sisters passed from it. I would have biopsy immediately just in case so u can have I surgery. I'm doing great despite all the craziness. Hang in there's our going to b fine. Lumpectomy is not so bad & Recovery is quick.

      3 comments
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    triple negative stage 1 grade 3 breast cancer best treatment options

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'm triple neg stage 2 grade 3... Had a3.5 cm lump. I did 6 rounds of TAC chemo neoadjuvant (before surgery- to shrink the lump, which it did...) I had a lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed last week and will do radiation soon. With triple neg you need to be aggressive with chemo, surgery and...

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      I'm triple neg stage 2 grade 3... Had a3.5 cm lump. I did 6 rounds of TAC chemo neoadjuvant (before surgery- to shrink the lump, which it did...) I had a lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed last week and will do radiation soon. With triple neg you need to be aggressive with chemo, surgery and radiation as there aren't any other post treatment therapies. The good news is it responds very well to chemo! Good luck! Keep us posted and ask lots of questions!

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Great you caught it early. My personal choice with grade three would have to be the most aggressive route. Better to do it up front and live free of doubt. The women on this site will share frankly and wisely. Keep us posted . Good luck.

      1 comment

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