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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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  • Unknown Unknown Profile

    My mom is having a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery on Tuesday. Any recommendations on what to pack and how I can support her the best way possible?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack loose button up or zip up shirts. Bring a pillow for the drive home that can get bumpy and uncomfortable. Check to see if she will be given a surgical bra that will hold the drains. It makes things a lot easier. Most of all your love and support. Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Natasha Nunnally Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her...

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      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her especially at night cause that's when real emotion start to set in. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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  • Bonnie Kuncl Profile

    I am a 63 year old warrior going on 10 years. (2 unrelated to breast cancer) My oncologist would like me to consider having a hysterectomy and my ovaries out. Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mother is a 20 year survivor who is 65 and had the brca test done. After it came back positive she was told to have her ovaries removed but not hysterectomy. Maybe ask your doctor to have the test and get a second opinion about the hysterectomy.

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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Have you had the BRCA bloodwork testing for a gene mutation? If that's positive, that is normally recommended.

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  • ruby lee64 Profile

    will it be okay to use an antibacterial ointment on a healing wound for dry, itchy skin or ask my doctor first?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruby,
      I am always in the contact-the-doc-first camp but in this instance, I would go out on a limb and say it would be ok. I agree with Andre' suggestion of Bactricin and NOT neosporin.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm pretty sure you'd be ok but I'm not a doctor. If you are doing chemo you should call you doctor.

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    I've started my 6 months of chemo in May...yesterday was my 3rd treatment, I go every 3wks....how long after chemo does surgery happen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same treatment plan as Laura and my surgeon operated 3 weeks after my last treatment. But there were other women with me at the center who had different plans. I suggest the same as the other women here to ask your doctors. Then you can have a mental map of when each part of your...

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      I had the same treatment plan as Laura and my surgeon operated 3 weeks after my last treatment. But there were other women with me at the center who had different plans. I suggest the same as the other women here to ask your doctors. Then you can have a mental map of when each part of your treatment will occur. tc jayme

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am kind of surprised your oncologist hasn't talked to you about your treatment plan by this time. I would contact the office and have them lay out your schedule for you so you know what will be happening... and when. Every treatment is different depending on the type of breast cancer, stage,...

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      I am kind of surprised your oncologist hasn't talked to you about your treatment plan by this time. I would contact the office and have them lay out your schedule for you so you know what will be happening... and when. Every treatment is different depending on the type of breast cancer, stage, etc. That is the great thing about breast cancer treatment.... it is specific to your individual case. Call the office today. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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