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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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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    I just had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction 30 days ago. I still have the tissue expanders in. I am still in a lot of pain. Is this normal? If so, how long does it last.? The pain is 24/7 with no relief.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Kristine have you made your doctor aware of your constant pain? I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies. My breast or chest area felt tight like my breast was engorged when I was breast feeding I took Vicodin for pain every 4-6 hours that first week then Advil was enough for the...

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      Kristine have you made your doctor aware of your constant pain? I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies. My breast or chest area felt tight like my breast was engorged when I was breast feeding I took Vicodin for pain every 4-6 hours that first week then Advil was enough for the pain. I have no experience with tissue expanders. I had to lay with my head elevated propped up on pillows sitting on a recliner was best as soon as I laid flat I could feel the pressure in my chest. I also felt better wearing an ace wrap around my chest instead of a bra it felt better to have that firm support. Give your doctor a call and make him aware of your pain

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a right mastectomy with an expander just over 2 weeks ago and after 2 days I was on regular tylenol and eventually ibuprofen. I took the havy duty stuff -- vicodin or valium -- at night. I only had one side, but it seems extreme to be having constant pain after 30 days. If you haven't...

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      I had a right mastectomy with an expander just over 2 weeks ago and after 2 days I was on regular tylenol and eventually ibuprofen. I took the havy duty stuff -- vicodin or valium -- at night. I only had one side, but it seems extreme to be having constant pain after 30 days. If you haven't tried the valium ask your doctor, as it acts as a muscle relaxer and can help a lot!

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  • Traci Brundage Profile

    27 and got my results today the battle begins . And tips I have 2 year old and 1 year old any advice . They are doing staging tests in the morning . Wow you women are Strong. Guess I am looking at surgery 51 . 52 . And maybe more . Worst day on record

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • Betty Castillo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      First of all I would like to say I am really sorry you have to go through something like this. But when you get hit by something of this magnitude it is best to look for the positive aspects of life. For one, it helps me to know that I somehow bring a light of hope to many, even if it's just a...

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      First of all I would like to say I am really sorry you have to go through something like this. But when you get hit by something of this magnitude it is best to look for the positive aspects of life. For one, it helps me to know that I somehow bring a light of hope to many, even if it's just a dim one. I am 24 yo and was dx Sept. 2011. I decided to have a double mastectomy, just finished 6 rounds of tax/carbo, and will begin radiation next week. I had some time to grieve my breasts, that would suddenly be removed from me when I was just beginning to admire them. I had time to sit down and throw away my plans, or at least put some on pause for a while. Even with my grieving I still have episodes where I just break down and have a total pity party. It is all normal!!! I truly believe that things happen to us for a reason. We all are instruments of the Lord and I trust that he will show me where my next path will lead me. I have experienced more blessings in my life now than ever. Or it might just have been that I never stopped to realize how blessed I always was. Find the strength you need in your children, they will need a happy, healthy mom. Remember that you are never alone in this battle. You will come out the other side victorious and more beautiful than ever. We are all together in this and together we will triumph. Wish you the best.

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    • Bonnie Irwin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My advice, don't be afraid to ask for help or accept help. You can't do all of this alone. Don't try to be the super star and do everything you did before. I'm sorry you have to do this. You should do a journal!

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  • Stephanie Cuevas Profile

    Where is breast cancer found?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
  • Margee Hromek Profile

    Has anyone done this and would you recommend it? I had a unilateral masectomy and reconstruction. I am now considering a lift for my other breast.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would do whatever makes you feel better about your body.

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      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It's very common to have a lift after a unilateral mast. It should be covered by your insurance too.

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