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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

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    How can you tell a tumor from hard tissue from treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Daphne Beitman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Get to know your breasts by doing monthly self exams and note/keep track of any abnormalities you believe you feel. A tumor will grow, normal dense tissue will not. When in doubt have your doctor schedule a mammogram, especially if you're under 40 years old with a family history of the disease....

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      Get to know your breasts by doing monthly self exams and note/keep track of any abnormalities you believe you feel. A tumor will grow, normal dense tissue will not. When in doubt have your doctor schedule a mammogram, especially if you're under 40 years old with a family history of the disease. If you you have no family history have a yearly mammogram beginning at 40.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this...

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      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this deadly disease with Chemo And Radiation for Two Years but i refused to sit back and wait until the day it finally decides to take my life so i went in search of help which i found in the hands of Priest Babaka through his Cannabis oil/Herb Soap Supplement. God use him to bring life back to me and gave my life a meaning again,am alive now all because of him, sir God will continue to Bless you and your family for this good work and word of truth..If you have any issue of CANCER don't hestitate to contact him with this email : babaka.wolf@gmail.com

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  • Shirley Lalonde Profile

    I found out i have breast cancer but is this normal to have weird smell? For about a week now i have been smelling fish and it is really bothering me.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a "phantom smell" of raw chicken that started in an auto dealership (no raw chicken there!) It continued for a few days and disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. I did some research & frankly have no answers as to why it happened. Hope yours goes away too (I felt like I was going nuts,...

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      I had a "phantom smell" of raw chicken that started in an auto dealership (no raw chicken there!) It continued for a few days and disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. I did some research & frankly have no answers as to why it happened. Hope yours goes away too (I felt like I was going nuts, but researching phantom smells helped).

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Maybe it isn't cancer related-could you have a vaginal infecton???

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  • Francoise  Armand Profile

    Is chemotherapy always part of breast cancer treatment??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No chemo is not always used. I had a bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have to have radiation and when it came to chemo it was really my choice. I chose not to have it because the oncologist advised me that the small amount of benefit I would get from the chemo would not justify the effects of the...

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      No chemo is not always used. I had a bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have to have radiation and when it came to chemo it was really my choice. I chose not to have it because the oncologist advised me that the small amount of benefit I would get from the chemo would not justify the effects of the chemo. I consider myself to be very lucky. I only have the rest of my reconstruction and 5 years of hormone treatment to go through. I hope I have made the right decision, only time will tell.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No not always. It depends on so many different things. Cancer treatment is so specialized now. There are a number of factors involved.

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  • Briawnna Wagoner Profile

    I'm the same 14 year old who asked the other ? I feel what feels like "cords" and a bump that moves around under my nipple....?????

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It's good you are aware and are doing the self exam. I would think what you are feeling is very normal breast tissue, glands & milk ducts. Your breasts can change as you get older and change with your periods as well. It's best to 'get to know' your breasts & figure out what is normal so you'll...

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      It's good you are aware and are doing the self exam. I would think what you are feeling is very normal breast tissue, glands & milk ducts. Your breasts can change as you get older and change with your periods as well. It's best to 'get to know' your breasts & figure out what is normal so you'll notice any change. With your period, they can swell & be sore. It's best to do an exam each month after your period has stopped. If you still have concerns talk with an adult & get checked out. Prayers to you.

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    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Brianna, I started self exams at 16 & wondered how anyone could tell if there was a lump as I felt all kinds of stuff. But as Andre said, continue to do it and in a few months you will understand what's normal for you. If your school has a nurse you can go talk to her or your family doctor. A...

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      Brianna, I started self exams at 16 & wondered how anyone could tell if there was a lump as I felt all kinds of stuff. But as Andre said, continue to do it and in a few months you will understand what's normal for you. If your school has a nurse you can go talk to her or your family doctor. A doctor can do an exam and help you understand what's normal and assure you things are ok. You can check with the American Cancer Society where you van get information on self exams & even details on health fairs in your area where you can talk one on one with a professional. Just remember, you are not destined to get cancer. Practice good eating habits, exercise and take good care of yourself, these things do make a difference. You're on the right track, do the self exams & reach out again if you need to talk. It's a scary topic, but education and knowing your body will help you now and in the future. Prayers & Blessings, Penny

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