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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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  • frances pensato Profile

    I have finished chemo and radiation. I see my oncology doctor on July 3. What happens next?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      A big deep breath, a pat on the back, and a great big thank you to yourself for having the strength to make it through. I also at this time took a glass of wine and stood in the shower and cried and thanked god. July 3rd you will go to that appointment different, you are now a survivor. If you...

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      A big deep breath, a pat on the back, and a great big thank you to yourself for having the strength to make it through. I also at this time took a glass of wine and stood in the shower and cried and thanked god. July 3rd you will go to that appointment different, you are now a survivor. If you are estrogen positive you will probably get tamoxifen. Welcome to the journey to wellness.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Congratulations, Frances! Take a vacation to celebrate! Now comes a sort of difficult time, at least it was for me. As long as I was on chemo or rads I felt like I was actively killing the cancer. Once that was all done I went on Tamoxifen, Femara, and now Aromisin. The first year or so can...

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      Congratulations, Frances! Take a vacation to celebrate! Now comes a sort of difficult time, at least it was for me. As long as I was on chemo or rads I felt like I was actively killing the cancer. Once that was all done I went on Tamoxifen, Femara, and now Aromisin. The first year or so can be nerve-wracking because you go for frequent checks. I was always nervous but everything was always OK. Just stay the course with the knowledge that your doctors took the best possible care to be sure your cancer doesn't come back. Good luck!

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    Hi girls, I'm just about to start on Paclitaxel and was wondering if anyone else has been on it. If so, how did it go?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ive had 8 of 12. For me it's been much better than A/C. Still tired and weak and no stamina!! However for very doable. I'm working 35 hours week. No neuropathy as of yet :). After work prettying lay around and rest up. I've not had nausea and feel blessed for this. My chemo nurses say I...

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      Ive had 8 of 12. For me it's been much better than A/C. Still tired and weak and no stamina!! However for very doable. I'm working 35 hours week. No neuropathy as of yet :). After work prettying lay around and rest up. I've not had nausea and feel blessed for this. My chemo nurses say I have done great with this. But even so- its the hardest thing I've ever done. Physically and mentally. You can do this!!! Be positive and get ready to fight! Even on your worst day you have to tell yourself you will be done soon!!!! This will make you stronger and a fighter!!!! You go girl!!!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Im on number 9 of 12 and it's been doable. Don't get me wrong, there have been tons of side effects, but so far manageable. Feel fluish and tired almost all week, underlying feeling of nausea at times but Compazine helps with that, hair loss sucked but again it's doable. Hot flashes have been...

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      Im on number 9 of 12 and it's been doable. Don't get me wrong, there have been tons of side effects, but so far manageable. Feel fluish and tired almost all week, underlying feeling of nausea at times but Compazine helps with that, hair loss sucked but again it's doable. Hot flashes have been what bother me most ~ I live in the south so it's already hot and humid in the mid 90's so it's harder to cool off and when I do I end up with chills lol

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  • Mary Denoble Profile

    Two T/C infusions, used same vein each time. Should another vein be used for 3 and 4 ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It can not be done in your lymph node arm! I have a port, so in no help otherwise. Prayers to you.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I think so. I had a bad burn from a Taxotere infusion and shudder to think what it was doing to the inside of my vein. I think it's always a good idea to rotate arms and veins if possible.

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    does it hurt to have a seroma drained?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      D B is right, it doesn't hurt at all and it didn't take very long. The relief is almost immediate. If you don't drain it you risk infection.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't know , but good luck to you ! I hope it's not painful. If I'm nervous, I take Xanax.

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