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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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    My daughter has been told that, in addition to a lump in her breast, there is also a duct involved. What does this mean for her prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      If she was told that a duct was involved. Her doc. Was saying that her cancer had began in the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common type of breast cancer accounting for 80%. Of all breast cancers. There are so many other things to ask for a prognosis , such as stage, receptor status,...

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      If she was told that a duct was involved. Her doc. Was saying that her cancer had began in the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common type of breast cancer accounting for 80%. Of all breast cancers. There are so many other things to ask for a prognosis , such as stage, receptor status, erc. When they finish all the testing you'll have all
      The details you need about her particular type of cancer and how to beat it! I'll be thinking of her and keep the faith!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I believe your attitude has everything to do with your prognosis

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    At what age can you check for breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous:
      You should be aware of what is normal for your breasts. Breast tissue lumps and bumps will fluctuate with monthly cycles. So you may have breasts that swell, get sore, have lumps that come and go, etc. You should check your breasts at the same time during your monthly cycle.... so...

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      Anonymous:
      You should be aware of what is normal for your breasts. Breast tissue lumps and bumps will fluctuate with monthly cycles. So you may have breasts that swell, get sore, have lumps that come and go, etc. You should check your breasts at the same time during your monthly cycle.... so your breasts will be the same each month. You can be checked for breast cancer by your doctor at any age. It seems more younger women are being diagnosed with breast cancer so just because you are young doesn't mean you are immune from this disease. It takes on a more aggressive tendency in younger women. It is most important to have something checked out if it seems not normal for you. The key to the best outcome with breast cancer is early detection.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Jessica Mcconnaughy Profile

    Both my aunts had breast cancer - what're my chances of getting breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Tasha Wainstein Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You should consider genetic counselling to get an accurate assessment of your risks of developing breast cancer especially if your family members were diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages (less than 50 years).

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    • Jessica Mcconnaughy Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok thank you

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  • Mary T Profile

    I have TNBC Stage1 grade3 with no node invlmnt. dbl mast on May 3rd with reconst. I had my 1st onc appt. Everyone said don't be surprised if they order a PET or CT but she said because it wasn't in the nodes she didn't feel the need to do this. ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 4 years 12 answers
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    • Mary T Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Thank you all for your answers. I feel better :0) It's so good to know you are all out there and I am not in this alone. Prayers and hugs to you all.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had no node involvement, and never had any further tests. If its not in the nodes, it didn't travel anywhere else. Prayers to you.

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