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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.

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Is feeling tingling and strangely sporadicly numb, tinged with some pain normal after lumpectomy with SNB? I'm 4 days out of surgery and fingers are tingling as I'm writing this....anything I can do for it? Also, is swelling on the effected side normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes I still have those symptoms I been three months out of surgery. It can catch you off guard . But I sure in time everything will catch up with the other body parts.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Morning Carla, Had both, it was annoying but it's due to severed nerves. Still have both but to a lesser degree after 4 months. You will have sharp , piercing pain that will catch you off gaurd but it will eventually subside-also due to cut and damaged nerves. I call them GOTCHA pain. Those were...

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      Morning Carla, Had both, it was annoying but it's due to severed nerves. Still have both but to a lesser degree after 4 months. You will have sharp , piercing pain that will catch you off gaurd but it will eventually subside-also due to cut and damaged nerves. I call them GOTCHA pain. Those were really annoying during radiation.Hope you"re feeling better this morning and some of the anxiety is turning loose. I can"t speak to the swelling. Call your doctor and describe it. If you think it is increasing don't wait. Peace of mind is better than money. Do try to walk around to get the lymph sytem to pumping. It is bruised and traumatized and needs a kick start. Hang in there. Everyday away from surgery is a victory. Jo :-D

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    ILC, 2.5cm her2 neg positive on receptors. My question is do you regret decision on lumpectomy? Or mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 6 answers
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    • Kim Wallis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 1.4cm invasive ductal and I chose to have a bi lateral mastectomy, which was done in November. After consider all other options I decided it was the best choice to give me the most peace of mind. I am going through expander reconstruction at the moment. It is a very individual thing so get...

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      I had 1.4cm invasive ductal and I chose to have a bi lateral mastectomy, which was done in November. After consider all other options I decided it was the best choice to give me the most peace of mind. I am going through expander reconstruction at the moment. It is a very individual thing so get as much info as you can before you make I decision. I can only tell you that I have not regretted my decision for one second. Good luck on your journey.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had stage 3c IDC. Positive receptors as well, HER 2 neg. my lump was approx 7 cm. I had chemo, a bilateral mastectomy (in Oct. 2011) then more chemo afterwards due to extensive extranodal spread. I just finished chemo a little over 3 weeks ago. And I'm happy to say I had a clean PET scan!!! ...

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      I had stage 3c IDC. Positive receptors as well, HER 2 neg. my lump was approx 7 cm. I had chemo, a bilateral mastectomy (in Oct. 2011) then more chemo afterwards due to extensive extranodal spread. I just finished chemo a little over 3 weeks ago. And I'm happy to say I had a clean PET scan!!! I wasn't able to have reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy due to the cancer being in a late stage & in my chest wall. So...I will do that later on. My next step is radiation therapy. It was hard losing my breasts but I don't regret my decision at all. That combined with chemo, my awesome oncology team, faith, family, & friends pulled me through & saved my life!!!!!!! No regrets. :). Like Kim said...it is a very personal choice. Prayers to you on your journey to wellness.

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  • Penny Walton Profile

    Anyone else diagnosed with invasive ductal & invasive lobular est stage 3B? Lymphs ok, but 2 nodes obscured, sentinel to be done with mastectomy. No data on both at once anywhere, multiple doctors consulted. Trust drs, am I an overachiever or what!?!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      1/25/2011 I was diagnosed Ivasive lobular carcinoma. Mass was 7.3, no nodes, chemo , rads, tamoxifen for 5 years. In 8 days it will my 2 year cancerverary.

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    core needle biopsy, took 3 samples of tissue, why

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      When they first started doing biopsies this way they took 6-8 samples (very small) to glean as much info. that they could. I think during my U/S guided biopsy they took about 6. The Radiologist apologized afterwards about having to take some extra ones as I guess my dense breast tissue...

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      When they first started doing biopsies this way they took 6-8 samples (very small) to glean as much info. that they could. I think during my U/S guided biopsy they took about 6. The Radiologist apologized afterwards about having to take some extra ones as I guess my dense breast tissue literally pushed the biopsy needle away from the area he was trying to go after.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mate more than on mass. My mass was 8cm they took 2 because of the size.

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