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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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    Going for first chemo treatment today. Anything special I should know, take or be concerned with?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I took some juice and a book with me. However, I didn't drink the juice nor did I read. I was a bit nervous at first, then when I met my treatment nurse I totally relaxed. She covered me with a warm blanket and explain everything she was going to do. There were many other ppl getting chemo and...

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      Hi I took some juice and a book with me. However, I didn't drink the juice nor did I read. I was a bit nervous at first, then when I met my treatment nurse I totally relaxed. She covered me with a warm blanket and explain everything she was going to do. There were many other ppl getting chemo and they were talking and laughing with each other. It all seemed so normal and wasn't what I had pictured. It made me feel positive and not alone. Now when I go I usually have some crossword puzzles, a book and a memory game with me. After I'm there I just choose what I want to do. My center has water, coffee and many other edibles

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Like my oncologist told me.... "This isn't your mother's chemotherapy." There have been improvements... lots. I agree with Jayme about the commraderie in the infusion room. Lots of talking, laughing, and eating. It was never a scene of grim silence but a feeling of "we are all in this...

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      Like my oncologist told me.... "This isn't your mother's chemotherapy." There have been improvements... lots. I agree with Jayme about the commraderie in the infusion room. Lots of talking, laughing, and eating. It was never a scene of grim silence but a feeling of "we are all in this together." I would bring a book to read, or if you knit, or some kind of puzzle... just as Jayme suggested. I would usually fall asleep through some of the treatment. I found the experience to be never unpleasent. I know that sounds very odd but lots of us would wear very funny hats, lots of joke telling and plans for the future. It was a place of hope, help, and support. Much luck to you and march through this like you own it! Take care, Sharon

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    How soon after chemo can I start coloring my peach fuzz hair?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Mine was peach fuzz as well. Lol. I waited about a month until my normal hair began growing in, then cut off the old peach fuzz growth. I made sure to have a professional colorist do it. Best wishes!!!! :)

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was told a month. I waited about 6 weeks when I had enough peach fuzz

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    I had a lumpectomy of both breast 1 week ago, yesterday was my post op visit my pathology results where not in, but I have been told I will be getting radiation. How can they tell without the results?

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    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      They may have been able to tell by the size and/or area of the lump? Just a guess.

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's often standard procedure with a lumpectomy. If your tumor was very small then it may be more of a preventive measure.

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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?

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    over 7 years 9 answers
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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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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
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      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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