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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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    Has anyone been on Kadcyla? If so, and you had a recurrence, which chemo did you have following Kadcyla. My recurrence was 12 months after starting Kadcyla.

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 1 answer
    • laura  bailey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I have been on Kadcyla and will finish in April. So far I have not had another reoccurrence, hope I never do. I don't know what treatment comes after this drug it's very new. Probably depends a lot on what treatments you already had because all our treatments are so individual. This is so...

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      Hi I have been on Kadcyla and will finish in April. So far I have not had another reoccurrence, hope I never do. I don't know what treatment comes after this drug it's very new. Probably depends a lot on what treatments you already had because all our treatments are so individual. This is so hard and I really feel for you, it's exactly what we all fear the most. Cancer is strong and insidious, we have to be stronger and relentless. The attitude that helps me get up and still fight is to really hold on to the ones I love and live. I am here if you want to talk. I hope you get some answers quickly, since waiting is still the worst!

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    What percentage of women with Triple Negative Breast Cancer end up with 100% Pathological Complete Response

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is different so everyone's response will vary from person to person.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I agree with Betti, every one's response to treatment is individual. The most important factor is following the chemo plan as completely as you are able to.

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    Stage 1 Invasive ductal carcinoma triple + anyone else got this

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Triple positive or triple negative? Sorry I didn't see the +sign before I wrote but don't think it was there or I wouldn't have asked.

      5 comments
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mine was stage three.

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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones,...

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      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones, liver, brain, lungs, etc. I'm not trying to scare you but I want you to be one of the survivors! Please get treated. Some people say the treatments are worse than the disease. Not true in my opinion. Sure, the treatments don't make you feel good....BUT it doable! And you want to live!

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is very serious. I am a stage 3 also. Without treatment, the cancer will spread to other organs

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