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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Brandi Carey Profile

    How do you read and understand a pathology report? My doctor wasnt much help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brandi,
      If you can share it with us, we could help decipher it. They usually tell the type, location, size, stage, grade... which you already shared with us. Many times, if you can talk to a nurse in the doctor's office, they can take it down a notch for you. In some practices, or clinics,...

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      Brandi,
      If you can share it with us, we could help decipher it. They usually tell the type, location, size, stage, grade... which you already shared with us. Many times, if you can talk to a nurse in the doctor's office, they can take it down a notch for you. In some practices, or clinics, they have an R.N. who helps guide you through the process. They have lots of experience explaining what the pathology report or any other report says. Be sure to take somebody with you when you have other --meet-the-doctor-- appointments. It is freaking comfusing to take it all in. Hang in there..... take care, Sharon

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I sat down at the computer and googled each term I didn't understand. I made notes and asked about anything that I still dint understand.

      Comment
  • Linda Green Profile

    How long before color in drain tube begins to change?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The first few days it is usually the colour of blood but then changes to a yellows brown colour and more clear than before. If you are concerned you should speak to your breast care nurse if you have one, or your doctor

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mine seemed to change at the 5 to 6 day mark. It was out at 10 days but everybody is different. It WILL change but if you are concerned, talk to your surgeon. GOOD LUCK & HAPPY THE SURGERY IT DONE!!! Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • Leann Moeller Profile

    I hear you can't have blood drawn or shots in the arms after a mastectomy. Is that true? If so, what do you to to have blood drawn and any shots like a flu shot? I'm having a double mastectomy in mid- May so I'm worried about this. Please help.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You're welcome Leann. I enjoy helping when I can. Thank so much for the nice compliment. :). I remember when I was newly diagnosed. I was so scared & it helped me tremendously by talking to other women who had been in my shoes. :). I've come a long way and certainly didn't do it alone. :)...

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      You're welcome Leann. I enjoy helping when I can. Thank so much for the nice compliment. :). I remember when I was newly diagnosed. I was so scared & it helped me tremendously by talking to other women who had been in my shoes. :). I've come a long way and certainly didn't do it alone. :) Yes, you're more than welcome to e-mail me at luvshermusic47@gmail.com. And/or Facebook as well.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Leann...that's only if you have lymph nodes removed. For instance...I had a double mastectomy last Oct. They only removed lymph nodes from my right side. Due to this, I can't have my blood pressure taken, blood drawn etc. on my right arm. However i can have these procedures done on my left...

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      Hi Leann...that's only if you have lymph nodes removed. For instance...I had a double mastectomy last Oct. They only removed lymph nodes from my right side. Due to this, I can't have my blood pressure taken, blood drawn etc. on my right arm. However i can have these procedures done on my left arm. This is to decrease the risk of you having lymphedema. There is no cure for lymphedema but you can do things to try & prevent it such as the things I mentioned, & many other things. :)

      Comment
  • sasha nelly Profile

    Is a 3d mammogram better/more accurate at detecting breast cancer plz help lady's Aussie girl with a sick mummy??xx

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Jo Rogers Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just saw my doctor yesterday, and he wants me to have a 3D mammogram at my next . He says that they are better for dense breast tissue, and regular mammograms are just fine for fatty breast tissue. Hope this helps. Good luck to your mom.

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Stay strong for you Mum and be sure you go to her appointments. I did not have 3d but I am glad for all of the technologies out there that saved my life. Blessings to you and Mum ♡

      Comment

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