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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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  • Martha  Phillips Profile

    How does everyone feel after they take faslodex shots?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      From what I've heard, commonly reported side effects from Faslodex include injection site pain, nausea, muscle, joint, and bone pain.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've been getting the injections for 4 months now and the main side effects I've experienced are fatigue and injection site pain. Two great tips I learned from one of the nurses that gave me the injections are:
      1. Apply heat or ice to injection site to reduce soreness in that area. It doesn't...

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      I've been getting the injections for 4 months now and the main side effects I've experienced are fatigue and injection site pain. Two great tips I learned from one of the nurses that gave me the injections are:
      1. Apply heat or ice to injection site to reduce soreness in that area. It doesn't matter which you use, the results are the same.
      2. Because the drug is oil based, massaging that area the first couple of days helps break it down and absorb into your system.
      I hope this helps, good luck!

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  • Jennifer Medina Profile

    Trying to find a doctor in Houston, does anyone know Dr. Arlene Ricardo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years Answer
  • T LR Profile

    Has anyone had experience with the use of medicare for receiving cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Medicare in which country are you referring to? Medicare is a term used in a number of countries by medical insurers.

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    • JULIA I THURMAN Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have used Medicare as my prime insurance and Tri-care as my backup and I have not paid anything since I was diagnosed. If you have a problem call your local Medicare rep.

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    Has anyone not taken Tamoxifen when advised to? Ive been told that it will have a less than 1% chance of stopping my cancer returning and am very dubious about taking it.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I decided not to take tamoxifen when I was first diagnosed in 2003 with DCIS I chose to have bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies was going above and beyond since my aunt had lumpectomy and 5 years of tamoxifen at the 10 year mark she had a reoccurrence. I wasn't going to take that route well in...

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      I decided not to take tamoxifen when I was first diagnosed in 2003 with DCIS I chose to have bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies was going above and beyond since my aunt had lumpectomy and 5 years of tamoxifen at the 10 year mark she had a reoccurrence. I wasn't going to take that route well in 2005 I had suspicious mammograms further mastectomies showed atypical hyperplasia. In 2008 almost at my 5 year mark again had suspicious mammograms went back in and the surgeon scrapped down to my rib cage and axillary area. Path report showed DCIS with micro invasive cells along the incision line. Not sure if I took tamoxifen in 2003 this would not of happened my aunt took tamoxifen and also had a reoccurrence it's just how the cards fall. In 2008 I decided to take the tamoxifen why risk it again. Was on it for 3 years am now menopausal so was switched to arimidex which I'll be on for another 5 years. At this point in my life I look at the options, do my research and see what is the standard of care, and just go with it. There are a lot of survivors out there and a lot of options bottom line is you have to do what is best for you. Take care

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am on Femara.... which is also a hormone blocking drug. Since I have tolerated it except for the massive hot flashes, I have continued to take it. I figure, this is my best shot at ---possibly--- preventing a reoccurance. I am at the 5 year mark in January. If it truly is only 1%, for...

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      I am on Femara.... which is also a hormone blocking drug. Since I have tolerated it except for the massive hot flashes, I have continued to take it. I figure, this is my best shot at ---possibly--- preventing a reoccurance. I am at the 5 year mark in January. If it truly is only 1%, for Tamoxifen, that is pretty lousy odds for suffering through the side effects. If I were you, I would not take only one opinion about those odds, I would be doing a lot of investigation before I would refuse to take the drug that might help prevent a reoccurance. Take care, Sharon

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