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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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  • jeany turkett Profile

    Has anyone chosen not to have reconstruction after a double mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jeany,
      I had a single mastectomy and chose no reconstruction. I would choose the same if I had a double mastectomy. As Rita Jo says no one could tell you have "store-bought-ta-ta's"
      My prosthesis is silicone, and feels real. I was fitted at a specialty store so it matched my other breast. My...

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      Jeany,
      I had a single mastectomy and chose no reconstruction. I would choose the same if I had a double mastectomy. As Rita Jo says no one could tell you have "store-bought-ta-ta's"
      My prosthesis is silicone, and feels real. I was fitted at a specialty store so it matched my other breast. My husband says "It hugs just like my other breast."
      I just did not want any more surgery and certainly didn't want the months of pain of expanders. You can always have reconstruction done in the future if you choose. If you are on the fence, I would go with the prosthetics and see how you do. I am completely happy with my decision. Whatever you choose, good luck to you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Yes I chose to not have reconstruction. I have not regretted it at all. I have a wonderful pair of proths I where when I choose to. No one can tell. I had 42DD's before, which were uncomfortable in themselves. My "new proth." Girls are 42 C's and I love them. It is such a personal choice. ...

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      Yes I chose to not have reconstruction. I have not regretted it at all. I have a wonderful pair of proths I where when I choose to. No one can tell. I had 42DD's before, which were uncomfortable in themselves. My "new proth." Girls are 42 C's and I love them. It is such a personal choice. My doc said if I changed my mind down the road, I could get the reconstruction, but I am happy with my choice. Good luck with your journey.

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    Has anyone else had issues with their toenails and Taxol?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      Mine turned a little black so did my finger nails but I didn't lose any ;) I just kept them polished.

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    • Lisa M Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My toenails were fine, but after I finished my treatments I noticed horizontal grooves in my fingernails. They finally grew out so back to normal :)

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    Has anyone had incontinence issues with chemo? Just took my third chemo yesterday and have had 2 unexplained and unexpected leaks in past 12 hrs. I'm baffled. No signs of uti. Help!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Dawn H. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have had the same problem. My onc said chemo irritates the bladder. She said its temporary. I hope so. I have 2 treatments left. Good luck to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in...

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      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in there... I was also stage 2b and am alive and well in my fifth year. Take care, Sharon

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  • Denise Hardnock Profile

    How do people feel while they are on Anastrozole? I feel horrible sometimes. I think I'm getting de-hydrated by the constant sweating and extreme heat outside.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I've been on Femara since May. Have to move around to fight that blah, yucky feeling. Haven't figured out if I feel depressed , fatigued or old. Worse after lunch so I don't fight it and lie down. Hoping it will get better but the alternative is not an option for me. I thought I was the only one...

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      I've been on Femara since May. Have to move around to fight that blah, yucky feeling. Haven't figured out if I feel depressed , fatigued or old. Worse after lunch so I don't fight it and lie down. Hoping it will get better but the alternative is not an option for me. I thought I was the only one who had these feelings until y'all's post. Now I kind of feel normal. Thanks for the question. :-)

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have been on Arimidex since the end of December,2011. Some days I feel as though my "get up and go" has gotten up and left. I try to get to the gym three days a week. This summer that has proven to be a challenge. I have always tried to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. If I have nothing...

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      I have been on Arimidex since the end of December,2011. Some days I feel as though my "get up and go" has gotten up and left. I try to get to the gym three days a week. This summer that has proven to be a challenge. I have always tried to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. If I have nothing planned and sit down in front of the television in the afternoon, nap time is in the near future.

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