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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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  • noreen green Profile

    been prescribed aremedix for stage 2 lymph nodes negative breast cancer had bilateral mastectomy no Chen or radiation am terrified to start taking aremedix because of the negative things I,he heard does anyone have any positive feedback on this drug

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 10 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I think we've all been relucant to try something that is recommended after reading about it but just because some experience problems means you will. I'd say give it a try and like the others said there are other things that can be used if you have any problems with it.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Noreen , i felt the same way a year ago when i started Tamixifen hiwever ut wasnt so bad in the big pucture. I might be chaging drugs next month since i am post menopausal. However there are several different drugs and if the side effects are bad your doc will make changes. Lucky no chemo or...

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      Noreen , i felt the same way a year ago when i started Tamixifen hiwever ut wasnt so bad in the big pucture. I might be chaging drugs next month since i am post menopausal. However there are several different drugs and if the side effects are bad your doc will make changes. Lucky no chemo or radiation the worst is over. Its n ot a death sentence and it does get better when your bidy adjusts to the drug.

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    At age 78, recently diagnosed with bilateral stage 0 breast cancer and having had lumpectomies, why should I agree to radiation plus tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If this is not acceptable, get a second opinion. It is always your choice to have treatment or not. Because of the pathology of your tumor, the hormone status, type, and grade, this treatment plan was probably shown to have the best outcome and least chance for you to have a recurrence. ...

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      If this is not acceptable, get a second opinion. It is always your choice to have treatment or not. Because of the pathology of your tumor, the hormone status, type, and grade, this treatment plan was probably shown to have the best outcome and least chance for you to have a recurrence. Radiation is fairly standard treatment in conjunction with lumpectomy to make sure any stray cancer cells that might be in the area are destroyed. Take care, Sharon

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Stage 0, estrogen positive and 78.... Hmmmm. I spent Christmas eve with my sister in laws mother who is 84 and just completed her five years of arimidex. She had stage one , lumpectomy radiation and arimidex. And did well with it all! She is happy and healthy and today is driving herself...

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      Stage 0, estrogen positive and 78.... Hmmmm. I spent Christmas eve with my sister in laws mother who is 84 and just completed her five years of arimidex. She had stage one , lumpectomy radiation and arimidex. And did well with it all! She is happy and healthy and today is driving herself eight hours to Santa Barbara. It is purely a choice!!!!!! What grade was your DCIS? I think if it was a slow grower- low grade I would skip it all!!!!.... OK this coming from a woman who had chemo surgery more chemo, herceptin, radiation, and will get more herceptin today and every week till next May and aromasin for ten years- and all of the treatments had some pretty nasty side effects.... So I am a bit jaded and tired of treatment! Have more conversations with your doctor and get a second opinion!

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    Can a bilateral mastectomy be enough to treat breast cancer Stage 2? I have no lymph node involvement.

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2a Patient
    about 1 year 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer is different therefore a treatment plan is made just for you. There are numerous factors that come into play besides being stage 2. I was staged 1a and had a unilateral mastectomy (my choice), chemo., rads., and am now on a hormone blocker for 5 years. I also had 8 lymph...

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      Everyone's cancer is different therefore a treatment plan is made just for you. There are numerous factors that come into play besides being stage 2. I was staged 1a and had a unilateral mastectomy (my choice), chemo., rads., and am now on a hormone blocker for 5 years. I also had 8 lymph nodes removed that were all negative.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Betti is corrected. Hormones, invasive, her2 all play roles. Your team will have the best plan of action for you, but you can always get a second opinion. Prayers to you.

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  • Kathleen Harris Profile

    If "cluster of calcification." is found to be malignant, does it always mean early stage or could it be more advanced?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The only way to know for sure is to have it biopsied which I would recommend. I had cluster calcifications and the cancer was stage 0 and the tumor size was 0. Early diagnosis and treatment is key. Best of luck to you and keep us posted.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      My mammograms also showed micro calcifications. On the mammogram it look like how when you take a black piece of construction paper , poke holes in it and then shine a light behind it all the holes brighten up. I had it biopsied and as with lysa it was a very early stage of breast cancer. I...

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      My mammograms also showed micro calcifications. On the mammogram it look like how when you take a black piece of construction paper , poke holes in it and then shine a light behind it all the holes brighten up. I had it biopsied and as with lysa it was a very early stage of breast cancer. I agree with Lysa, Any suspicious areas on a mammogram should be biopsied

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