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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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    Scheduled to have breast implants. Loads of research against any implant. Has anyone had fat transfer procedure for complete bilat breast reconstruction? How are you doing today? Were the results satisfactory?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Holly Wheatley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with the DIEP tissue transfer on July 25th.Im happy with my results so far.It was an extremely long surgery but my breast are still all me,they have the natural droop to make me feel "normal". Also I won't have to have any implants changed every 10-15 years and if I...

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      I had a bilateral mastectomy with the DIEP tissue transfer on July 25th.Im happy with my results so far.It was an extremely long surgery but my breast are still all me,they have the natural droop to make me feel "normal". Also I won't have to have any implants changed every 10-15 years and if I need any kind of work done I don't have to worry about a risk of damaging them.The first 3 weeks were rough but short lived. Don't go by the pics on the Internet because they are usually horror stories.Ask you plastic surgeon to see his work. Good luck!

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I am in the process of reconstruction, I have my expanders and getting fills. I did a lot of research too and am very happy to be going with implants. Yes, I will have to have then changed in about 15 years but other than that, the newer implants are very soft and natural looking. They can even...

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      I am in the process of reconstruction, I have my expanders and getting fills. I did a lot of research too and am very happy to be going with implants. Yes, I will have to have then changed in about 15 years but other than that, the newer implants are very soft and natural looking. They can even do procedures that use implants and tissue. You just have to go with what you want and what your PS can do.

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  • Brandi Carey Profile

    how long from malignant diagnosis to bilateral masectomy? Im done w all my tests:-)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Lisa Doheny Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      It all depends on your team of doctors when they can schedule together. It shouldn't be too long.good luck

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brandi,
      We can tell you what our timeline was but it is up to your team and getting their schedules coordinated. I was diagnosed September 26th and had surgery on October 16th. It all varies. Good luck to you and take care, Sharon

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    Hi, I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal two weeks ago. The wounds are healing great, however I feel irritated and annoying under my arm with the constant dressings being on for nearly two weeks. Anyone any ideas that could help?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You may be allergic to the tape used. I was and my skin looked like it had been burned.
      Not being able to see it, I can't give any suggestion. Please contact your surgeon's office and have them re-dress the surgical wound. Good luck, this is all a pain! Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It's probably getting irritated due to the area rubbing against each other. I had a mastectomy with lymph node removal and my dressing only was on for 5 days. We bandaged it a bit differently for the next 5 days while the drainage tubes were still in but as I recall my incision in my axilla...

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      It's probably getting irritated due to the area rubbing against each other. I had a mastectomy with lymph node removal and my dressing only was on for 5 days. We bandaged it a bit differently for the next 5 days while the drainage tubes were still in but as I recall my incision in my axilla wasn't totally covered by the bandage.

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  • Yvonne Bechtel Profile

    I've been having pain in my left breast and now it has moved into my under arm area as well as into My back My left breast is very sensitive. No insurance any suggestions for where to get help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Yvette LeBlanc Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yvonne,

      Definitely get that checked out! The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) provides mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Find a list of our partner facilities on the map here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-NBCF/Programs.aspx

      If there is not a facility that we...

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      Yvonne,

      Definitely get that checked out! The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) provides mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Find a list of our partner facilities on the map here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-NBCF/Programs.aspx

      If there is not a facility that we partner with near you, call your local hospital. Most hospitals have programs in place that help women who cannot afford mammograms.

      Kaye, the breastcancersite.com actually helps raise money to fund NBCF mammograms! Great resource.

      Good luck!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Yvonne,

      What both Yvette and Kaye have said I second and third! You can also check with Planned Parenthood, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I'd also check with the American Cancer Society chapter in your area. Please get some help as soon as you can for, at least, your own peace of mind. ...

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      Yvonne,

      What both Yvette and Kaye have said I second and third! You can also check with Planned Parenthood, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I'd also check with the American Cancer Society chapter in your area. Please get some help as soon as you can for, at least, your own peace of mind. This is a terrible weight of worry to be carrying around. You will be happy to know so many of these things turn out to be NOT breast cancer! Please keep in contact with us.... we are here to support any woman if you need us. Hang in there and thankfully, there is help out there for you. Big hugs, Sharon

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