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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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    How bad is hair loss with drugs like tamoxifen?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
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      Hi Laurie,
      I have been on Tamoxifen and haven't seen a change with my hair ( started it in Jan.)

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    • Jodie Brummet Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been on tamoxifen for a little over a year now- no hair loss!

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  • deb s Profile

    I am so discouraged to discover that over 65% of women undergoing treatment for breast cancer gain weight!   Any advice?  Thanks!

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    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Deb, yes a lot of women gain weight during treatment due to many things. Steroids given during chemo is one. But some women lose weight because they're too nauseous to eat. I gained weight during chemo (about 15 lbs). My dr said its much better to gain than lose weight during this time. The...

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      Hi Deb, yes a lot of women gain weight during treatment due to many things. Steroids given during chemo is one. But some women lose weight because they're too nauseous to eat. I gained weight during chemo (about 15 lbs). My dr said its much better to gain than lose weight during this time. The steroids make you feel better and help protect you against an allergic reaction. I am beginning to slowly exercise to get rid of the weight I gained. I'm being kind to my body though. I feel as if I've been in a marathon. :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      When I was going through chemotherapy, I stayed the same weight... didn't lose, didn't gain. I didn't receive steroids as I had a horrendous reaction to them. Just to share the experience, I became extremely depressed and suicidal from just one dose.
      Since I have been on the 5 year hormone...

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      When I was going through chemotherapy, I stayed the same weight... didn't lose, didn't gain. I didn't receive steroids as I had a horrendous reaction to them. Just to share the experience, I became extremely depressed and suicidal from just one dose.
      Since I have been on the 5 year hormone therapy, Femara, I have gained weight, plus higher cholesterol, and osteoporosis. It is what it is. There are trade-off's and you deal with them as best you can.

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  • Unlucky Youth Profile

    Yellow spots on my nipples? Should I be worried?

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    almost 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Your nipples have little pin points pores when you are pregnant and breast feeding the milk comes out from all these pores. If you are not pregnant these pores are not as pronounced and you should not have any drainage from them. If you do have drainage you need to see a doctor ASAP . I read...

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      Your nipples have little pin points pores when you are pregnant and breast feeding the milk comes out from all these pores. If you are not pregnant these pores are not as pronounced and you should not have any drainage from them. If you do have drainage you need to see a doctor ASAP . I read your other questions and response being 16 with ovarian cyst and on birth control pills you must have a gynecologist that is following you. Please make an appt to have all your concerns evaluated. Do not wait. The sooner you are examined the sooner your concerns can be addressed if you need treatment it can be started and better yet a reassurance that you are in good health will give you peace of mind and a better understanding of your body. Your doctor would be the best person to answer all your questions after examining you.

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      Stage 2A Patient

      See a doctor anytime you are concerned about anything that doesn't seem normal

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    My wife who is 20 has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, I'm currently deployed and I'm worried. They have prescribed pills for her first and after 5-6 months option B is chemo. What is going to happen?

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    almost 3 years 6 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Keep the lines of communication open with your wife. You are wondering what will happen from afar and she is making appointments and facing this.

      Going organic never hurts in my opinion.

      Be positive. Many of us opt for
      Minimal surgery and follow the dr. Keep her and you looking forward to...

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      Keep the lines of communication open with your wife. You are wondering what will happen from afar and she is making appointments and facing this.

      Going organic never hurts in my opinion.

      Be positive. Many of us opt for
      Minimal surgery and follow the dr. Keep her and you looking forward to normal.

      You will notice changes as she emotionally processes this. You process it too.

      Best to you both.

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      None of us here are able or should give medical advice or opinions, Even an oncologist wouldn't do that without reviewing your wife's medical records. Of course you are beside yourself being separated from you wife when she has had a devastating diagnosis but you shouldn't advise her either way...

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      None of us here are able or should give medical advice or opinions, Even an oncologist wouldn't do that without reviewing your wife's medical records. Of course you are beside yourself being separated from you wife when she has had a devastating diagnosis but you shouldn't advise her either way to get or not get surgery, Your best bet is to make sure she gets in a well respected hospital, in my opinion a teaching hospital is the best option. Your wife would then be treated by a team which in itself would guarantee oversight because the whole team works together. Best of luck to you and your wife you will definitely be in my prayers.

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