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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.

Related Questions

  • Airyel Brayerton Profile

    What is the possibility that you would die with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      That is the question that everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no definitive answer. Yes, some do loose their battle to breast cancer. But with new advancements everyday, more and more women are overcoming their cancer. This is not a one-size-fits-all disease, so each...

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      That is the question that everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no definitive answer. Yes, some do loose their battle to breast cancer. But with new advancements everyday, more and more women are overcoming their cancer. This is not a one-size-fits-all disease, so each diagnosis, each treatment, is different. But with hope and support we can beat this! And all of us are proud to say "I am a survivor!"

      1 comment
    • Tracy Pie Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breast cancer has a 90% survival rate. Yes, some people do not survive, but with the advances in medicine today, more and more people are surviving. Detecting it early is the key as with all cancers. Doing regular breast exams and getting an annual mammogram are just some of the ways to protect...

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      Breast cancer has a 90% survival rate. Yes, some people do not survive, but with the advances in medicine today, more and more people are surviving. Detecting it early is the key as with all cancers. Doing regular breast exams and getting an annual mammogram are just some of the ways to protect yourself.

      Comment
  • Mel sickler Profile

    My nipple started itching and then a red rash appeared. My doctor gave me keflex for it and told me to keep it moistuized and rash cream on it. It started to go away but it still there and it been a week. I have no hotness or swelling

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mel,
      I would be very watchful of this condition. If it does not get better, go back to your doctor and request a biopsy of that area. I wouldn't wait any longer than a couple of weeks. It is probably nothing but so be on the very safe side, be extra cautious. There is a very, very, rare...

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      Mel,
      I would be very watchful of this condition. If it does not get better, go back to your doctor and request a biopsy of that area. I wouldn't wait any longer than a couple of weeks. It is probably nothing but so be on the very safe side, be extra cautious. There is a very, very, rare aggressive BC (inflammatory breast cancer) that can start out this way. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      You mught go to a different doctor. My gun is more aware of breast health and the symptoms.

      1 comment
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    I am 38 and have stage 2 IDC. The tumor is ER positive. Has anyone frozen their eggs with an ER positive tumor? Seems too risky to take the hormones but am wondering if anyone has any insight on this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I too suggest looking up discussions on fertility. Not me personally, but I do know of a couple women who have gotten pregnant after cancer. Prayers to you.

      Comment
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      In the topics section on this site, you might be interested in the subject of fertility . These are past discussions on this subject.

      Comment
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    I keep getting lumps in my breasts & arm-pits. The pain due to pressure radiates in the area surrounding the lumps.Could that be a sign of getting breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You should make an appt with your GYN to get this checked out. This could be a number of different things, and you might need testing to determine exactly what is going on. Some kind of treatment might be available to help with your lumps and your pain. It may not be cancer, but it needs to...

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      You should make an appt with your GYN to get this checked out. This could be a number of different things, and you might need testing to determine exactly what is going on. Some kind of treatment might be available to help with your lumps and your pain. It may not be cancer, but it needs to be ruled out , and you need peace of mind.

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you seen your doctor or had any testing done?

      Comment

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