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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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  • Sharon Danielson Profile

    Another article link from Breastcancer.org Femara or Tamoxifen? Femara Better Than Tamoxifen for Certain Types of Breast Cancer http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/20121217-5

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2007
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I couldn't tolerate any of the AIs so at 59 years, postmenopausal, and Invasive Lobular, I'm taking Tamoxifen and praying I am the exception to the rule.

      1 comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I read that article. Sounds promising for those who are post menopausal with lobular cancer.
      It is my understanding that tomoxifen should only be used in pre menopausal woman for 5 years, then switch to famera for 5 years. I know that was the regimen for my sister (almost done with her 10th...

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      I read that article. Sounds promising for those who are post menopausal with lobular cancer.
      It is my understanding that tomoxifen should only be used in pre menopausal woman for 5 years, then switch to famera for 5 years. I know that was the regimen for my sister (almost done with her 10th year) & what my oncologist is recommending for me even tho that study was released to use tomoxifen for 10 years. (We both have ductal cancer)

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    im 39 and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer should i do chemo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      There are so many answers to that question. It truly comes done to what your treatment teams recomends and your choices. I am ILC I chose to follow my treatment teams recomdations and through everything at the cancer. Others will tell you to go in the opposite direction. Cancer treatment is very...

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      There are so many answers to that question. It truly comes done to what your treatment teams recomends and your choices. I am ILC I chose to follow my treatment teams recomdations and through everything at the cancer. Others will tell you to go in the opposite direction. Cancer treatment is very indivdual. You didn't tell us the kind of cancer and if it was in your nodes. I am 2 1/2 years cancer free and went with a aggressive treatment. The decision was easy I wanted the cancer gone and to know I had a future.

      Comment
    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      My onc used some tools to show me the differences in my overall odds with and without chemo, a lot of data but it helped me to see what needed to be done. It's a tough choice, but you will find your individual path. God bless, Penny

      Comment
  • maria stuccio Profile

    Has anyone experienced clear discharge from the nipple during radiation treatment? I'm at 14 of 33 treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I didn't but I sure got burnt from the 16 radiation treatments. Now that I am done my skin is black and peeling off. At least the soreness is going away....so tired of it all...

      Comment
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Just finished my 14th treatment . Haven't had the discharge. Be sure to ask your Dr. I haven't read about that side effect but i'm new to this.

      Comment
  • Becky N Profile

    How can I get invited to the private FB group called Pink Sisters?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Just click on my name and add me I use my Facebook to log in I will add you it the simplest way that I know

      Comment
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Rebecca- friend me on fb Maura Manfredi Philipps and I'll add you

      3 comments
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