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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

Related Questions

  • Maurleen Valencia Profile

    I keep getting more "lumps" and have had a negative biopsy. Why would I keep developing lumps so rapidly?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My breasts were very "lumpy" as well. I had several microcalcification cysts. Sometimes this can happen due to too much caffeine consumption...or you just may be prone to get them. It sounds as if your Dr. Is on top of it though. A short synopsis of my story....I had several microcalcification...

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      My breasts were very "lumpy" as well. I had several microcalcification cysts. Sometimes this can happen due to too much caffeine consumption...or you just may be prone to get them. It sounds as if your Dr. Is on top of it though. A short synopsis of my story....I had several microcalcification cysts that my Dr wanted to "monitor". Therefore I was having a mammogram with ultrasound performed every six months for 2 years & yearly prior to that. I found my lump on my own 5 months after a "clear" mammogram with ultrasound. It was 7 cm and ended up not being a fast growing cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3C IDC breast cancer. My cancer should have been caught so much sooner than it was. I'm not telling you this to scare you. Know that most cysts are benign! My Mother has had small cysts for years with no cancer. Just make sure your Dr stays on top of things and get those biopsies when in doubt! I have learned a valuable lesson in all of this. We truly must be our own advocates! Best wishes Maurleen.  :)

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  • Ellen Y Profile

    I was diagnosed with infiltrating mammary ductal carcinoma. My question is has anyone ever had an equivocal Her2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Jan Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your specimens should still be at the first path's lab. Good luck!

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    • Jan Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My Her2 was borderline at first. The pathologist ran the tests 2more times and came back neg. Was yours from biopsy or surgery? Mabey a second. Opinion. Different path at another facility? Your specimens shoum

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  • Christa M Profile

    Waiting for biopsy results is driving me crazy. Had my biopsy one Thursday so I should know by the end of the week,

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      MEEEE TOOOOO! It is so terrifying and sickening to have to wait. Try to keep in mind doctors are doing lots of biopsy's because they strive to be pro-active. One of the gripes of the insurance company's is too many are done. So many of these biopsy's come back benign. We, as humans, always...

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      MEEEE TOOOOO! It is so terrifying and sickening to have to wait. Try to keep in mind doctors are doing lots of biopsy's because they strive to be pro-active. One of the gripes of the insurance company's is too many are done. So many of these biopsy's come back benign. We, as humans, always go to the dark side. Arrrrgh. Please keep us posted, I hope it all comes back benign. I will share with you my radiologist told me, straight up, at the biopsy, "It would come back positive." She was right but today, I am cancer free!!!

      I hope and pray the time goes by quickly and you will be ok. Hang in there, we all know what you are going through.

      Sharon

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The waiting and unknown can be horrible. Try to surround yourself with people and things to do to keep your mind off it! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hearing that my tumor was a small cancer at age 31 made me feel like I was hit by a truck. But I too, am cancer free and about to...

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      The waiting and unknown can be horrible. Try to surround yourself with people and things to do to keep your mind off it! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hearing that my tumor was a small cancer at age 31 made me feel like I was hit by a truck. But I too, am cancer free and about to turn 33.

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  • Mary G Profile

    Third day out from mastectomy..do no recognize myself. No hair, scars, drains, losing confidence. How long until drains come out, you can wear some sort of bra and feel at least partly normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary, you have just had a big surgery, 3 DAYS AGO! You could still be having some anesthetic hangover. I had to keep my drain in until I quit producing a lot of fluid. If they are removed too quickly, you will build up excess fluid that will cause you real problems. I wore a special camisole...

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      Mary, you have just had a big surgery, 3 DAYS AGO! You could still be having some anesthetic hangover. I had to keep my drain in until I quit producing a lot of fluid. If they are removed too quickly, you will build up excess fluid that will cause you real problems. I wore a special camisole that had pockets to keep the drain bottles in. It also had boob pockets....and some fluff you could pad the side that has no boob. Be patient, I know it is difficult, but you WILL get past this. Take care, Sharon

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Mine were in for THREE weeks, I did find a front closure compression bra with pouches for the drains which helped. I understand how u feel. I didn't look at my scars for weeks. You will get through this, it takes time to adjust to your new normal.

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