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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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  • Cookie Neal Profile

    What is the normal length of time to do Chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends.... there isn't any usual length because the diagnostics have become so specific. It depends on the type of breast cancer, are you pre or postmenopausal, size of tumor, type, stage, agressiveness. You have have two women with nearly the same diagnosis and their treatment will be...

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      It depends.... there isn't any usual length because the diagnostics have become so specific. It depends on the type of breast cancer, are you pre or postmenopausal, size of tumor, type, stage, agressiveness. You have have two women with nearly the same diagnosis and their treatment will be completely different. I was a 2B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, had a mastectomy, 1 positive node er+ pr+ her2- I was 59 years old, and I only had 4 rounds of AC, and 5 years of hormone therapy. I had chemo treatments every 3 weeks. Honestly, I thought I got off very easy.

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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 16 weeks(8 treatments) every other week. 4 of A/C and 4 of Taxol.

      Comment
  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Are Mammograms Painful?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 9 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.

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  • Kim Tappe Profile

    I had double mastectomy My 1st...started out as a stage 1 now Iam a stage 3...Im very scared...I have to wait to heal before I begin 5 months of chemo then 5 months of radiation...then Hormones....Please if someone can reach out to me...

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3B Patient
    over 5 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Stay strong! It seems like a long road ahead, but you will be surprised at how fast it will go by. Reach out to others and don't be afraid to ask for support.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      So sorry you have to go through this. Surround yourself with loved ones and do something that brings you joy each day! You are strong and loved. Rest and cry when you need to. Keep the questions coming and let us know how you are doing. We are here for you!

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    Stage 3 bilateral mastectomy with positive lymph nodes , do I need to have CT scan or MRI before starting chemo therapy and after complete therapy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Usually so scan before chemo. I had a pile of scans and tests before it all started. You would have scans if you went into chemo. first before surgery looking to shrink a very large tumor. there really isn't anything to check because its been removed with surgery. The cancer being targeted...

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      Usually so scan before chemo. I had a pile of scans and tests before it all started. You would have scans if you went into chemo. first before surgery looking to shrink a very large tumor. there really isn't anything to check because its been removed with surgery. The cancer being targeted with chemo would be microscopic cells that might be circulating through your system. These are not visible with any kind of scan. Good luck to you, Sharon

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It depends on your dr and insurance, sorry hope you can get whst you want

      Comment
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