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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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    I have a recent lump at my areola, it feels hard and downy move much. I've had so "weird" feeling in tho breast over some months possibly years. Would cancer just "pop" up

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Absolutely have this checked. My breast where breast cancer was found felt "weird." This is NOT to say you have breast cancer at all. For your own peace of mind have this checked. Take care, Sharon

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Cancer can be sneaky...have it checked out soon. I couldn't even feel my cancer and it was found on a mammogram. Keep us updated and prayers for you.

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  • Rebecca Everitt Profile

    Hello I noticed that recently I have small lumps on my Areola they aren't big or solid and they don't hurt. I don't know if it's natural, can someone help me please is this normal or something I don't have to worry about?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Rebeca I would make an appointment and get it checked for peace of mind take care

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      For peace of mind have it checked out. Better safe than sorry.

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    Recently diagnosed with IPLC, grade 3, not yet staged.Nodes hadn't been tested with lumpectomy since the biopsy was negative; they thought is was a fibroadenoma. I've looked on the net, but not lots of helpful info. Would appreciate any info

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I always head to Google to start a search. There are several sub-groups of breast cancer that are out there, this is one of them. I read some stories on Breastcancer.org from women who have been diagnosed with this type of breast cancer. I would stay off the internet reading stories right now...

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      I always head to Google to start a search. There are several sub-groups of breast cancer that are out there, this is one of them. I read some stories on Breastcancer.org from women who have been diagnosed with this type of breast cancer. I would stay off the internet reading stories right now as LOTS of times, the information is out of date, and may be discussing something that doesn't pertain to you in your specific case. They will probably concentrate on the hormone receptive portion of your diagnosis and other tiny particulars of you diagnosis. You will probably also be getting the standard scans to set as a baseline.... PET Scan, CAT, MRI, Bone, MUGA, and "WXYZ!" You have got a ways to go before you get a treatment plan all out on the table. When you go in for consulations, be sure to bring a spouse, family member, or friend with you to take notes and to help you listen to hear what the doctor it saying. I took the information and turned it all upside down and scared myself. Thankfully, both my husband and my best friend were there to set me back on my wheels again. From what I gathered in the little bit I read, was this is lobular cancer with some specifically different types of cells thrown in. It can be difficult to diagnose and so can be larger when finally identified. Usually seen in an older woman... 60+ but I just read about a 34 year old having it. Hang in there and please keep in touch with us. Even though, we may all have different types of breast cancer, we are all in the same big boat together. We all understand what you are going through. This is the tough part.... not knowing all the facts. Take care, and blessings to you. Sharon

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    My good friend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. What can I do or say to help her through this?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Francine Williams Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello my name is Francine and I was where ur friend is now all I wanted to here was that my family/friends were goin to be there for me every step of the way !!Assure ur friend that GoD Makes no Mistakes and there's a million and one prayers goin her way!!Take care and remember to always smile...

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      Hello my name is Francine and I was where ur friend is now all I wanted to here was that my family/friends were goin to be there for me every step of the way !!Assure ur friend that GoD Makes no Mistakes and there's a million and one prayers goin her way!!Take care and remember to always smile that is one thing Cancer can't take from u

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Be there as often as you can. I remember it getting hard when ppl kept asking "how are you feeling?". Bc if I was honest I would have said I feel like crap, I'm scared, I feel sick, I'm afraid of dying, etc. So, get in the habit of saying: I hope you're feeling well today, or I was thinking of...

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      Be there as often as you can. I remember it getting hard when ppl kept asking "how are you feeling?". Bc if I was honest I would have said I feel like crap, I'm scared, I feel sick, I'm afraid of dying, etc. So, get in the habit of saying: I hope you're feeling well today, or I was thinking of you today. Also, don't say "let me know if there's something I can do" bc it puts the burden back on her and it's so hard to ask for help. Instead, ask when her appointments are and plan to go with her (if she has no one else that can go), stop by (call or text first) with a meal when she's sick from chemo and clean up a little while you're there. Bring funny movies or books ('the sh*t my dad says' is hilarious--someone gave it to me), bring gossip, distractions are good. Try not to probe by asking a ton of questions all the time, but let her know you're always there to listen. She'll start to open up when she wants. If she's sad, let her be. Be comforting but don't give advice. (like empathize and say you know it must be hard and scary, but don't say things like, look for the silver linking, or try to be positive...some days, she'll just be sad and angry will need a shoulder to cry on)

      When she's feeling well, keep her busy! If you aren't always free, create a calendar for friends/colleagues that can cook, visit, take her out, etc.

      If she plans on wearing a wig, offer to go with her to pick it out before her hair falls out. Then, when it starts to fall out, offer to shave it (my friend gave me a Mohawk).

      When her treatments are over, months from now, keep checking in...that's a tough time emotionally, even when hair starts to grow back. Breast cancer is life changing and we still think about it even post treatment.

      Of course, you can't do it all, but get your friends together to help with all of this.

      I've truly seen who my true friends are with how they've dealt with my diagnosis. I'm young(32), and I've read and agree that breast cancer is lonely for young women bc most of our peers have no idea what it's like. If your friend is young, help her check out programs for young women with BC

      best wishes

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