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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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    I just finished chemotherapy and will have surgery in a few weeks. I thought I would feel happier about having it behind me. Instead, I feel depressed and down. Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • janet levy Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since

      Sorry,I must have hit the wrong key and my comment sent unfinished. The last word is chemicals. You have been through a great deal already and there is more to come. Believe in yourself that you can handle what ever comes at you. I have been through two cancer surges for lung cancer and breast...

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      Sorry,I must have hit the wrong key and my comment sent unfinished. The last word is chemicals. You have been through a great deal already and there is more to come. Believe in yourself that you can handle what ever comes at you. I have been through two cancer surges for lung cancer and breast cancer. I am in the process of reconstruction when I developed a bad breast infection. I am having daily infusions of antibiotics. I really thought I was at the end of my cancer journey and now it is delayed. I too am down about it but it will not stop me from me from my quest back to living a happy and normal life. So take a little time to feel sad and then go out with a friend and laugh together before you start the next part of your journey. I will be here if you need to talk. I like to listen.

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    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I defiantly felt the same ! I think it's more of a fear and we don't feel protected and more since chemo was killing the cancer right! One day at a time it gets better for sure, I just finished rads,!! Thank Jesus for everyday u have ! Xo

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  • Eileen  Cluesman Profile

    What does a normal mammogram look like?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years Answer
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    I have gained about 20 pounds during chemo. I still have to have surgery and radiation. Does anyone have some tips to lose some weight?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 9 answers
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I gained around 25 pounds. I tried not to focuss on it and took the outlook that had a little more to spare when I did not feel good enough to eat or got sick. As the others have mentioned just focus on what you can do when you feel good enough to move around for some exercise (walking). I...

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      I gained around 25 pounds. I tried not to focuss on it and took the outlook that had a little more to spare when I did not feel good enough to eat or got sick. As the others have mentioned just focus on what you can do when you feel good enough to move around for some exercise (walking). I eventually got some of it back off, but again I don' t focuss on it. I take each day at a time and feel thankful for all that I have and am. Hang in there.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chemotherapy --messes-- with you in many ways. The way you metabalize food can be one of them and also lack of regular exercise. Unfortunately, the way to lose weight is nothing magical... exercise and a careful selection of foods you eat. Vegies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains. My friend,...

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      Chemotherapy --messes-- with you in many ways. The way you metabalize food can be one of them and also lack of regular exercise. Unfortunately, the way to lose weight is nothing magical... exercise and a careful selection of foods you eat. Vegies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains. My friend, who I call a "foodie" told me the easiest way to shop for the right kind of food.... she says "Shop the perimeter of the grocery store" because that is where you find the least processed foods. The other is eat food that is closest to the way is "grew". The last was don't eat anything that is "white" which means "processed" white flour, sugar, ect. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    Does taxol become accumulative ? 7 more ......

    Asked by anonymous

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

      It must be somehow, cumulative. I have heard, many times, women have to stop their treatment early as the side effects such as, neuropathy, becomes too severe to continue. Be sure to discuss with your doctor if your side effects are getting worse.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes, taxol is cumulative. The symptoms & side effects get worse as treatment goes on. Your onc or nurse should talk to you about this prior to treatment.

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