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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

Related Questions

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    After chemo my muscles are sore and my joints are tight. What can I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 7 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a similar issue and I started accupuncture which has been helpful but asked your doctor first

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      What chemo cocktail are you on? I know muscle aches can be a side effect of Taxol. Also the Neulasta shot given during chemo can cause body aches.

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    Got chemo number 2 today they decided not to lower it ! I'm waiting for home hydration! Anyone else get that?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had to have home hydration for 4days following Chemo. It was momstly because I could never drink enough to keep myself hydrated.
      It turned into a bonding experience for my husband and I, he administered the saline and after the 4days he learned how to remove the saline port.
      It made him feel...

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      I had to have home hydration for 4days following Chemo. It was momstly because I could never drink enough to keep myself hydrated.
      It turned into a bonding experience for my husband and I, he administered the saline and after the 4days he learned how to remove the saline port.
      It made him feel needed and able to finally have something HE did to help.
      Most caregivers just want to be able to do something instead of having to sit around and let all the doctors and nurses tend to my needs.

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    What is the prognosis if taking herceptin only with no chemo for grade 3 aggressive breast cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      You need to talk to your dr about that. Herceptin works together with chemo for 6 months, then continue another 6 months herceptin only. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We get --the prognosis question-- quite regularly. We don't have a clue and you should ask your oncologist as they would have the most up to date information. Remember a prognosis is just the latest look at statistics and usually only a snapshot fo a 5 year period. It is number crunching but...

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      We get --the prognosis question-- quite regularly. We don't have a clue and you should ask your oncologist as they would have the most up to date information. Remember a prognosis is just the latest look at statistics and usually only a snapshot fo a 5 year period. It is number crunching but doesn't take into consideration us as individual people. I found it to be quite depressing but that's just me. Ask your doctor, but prepare youself for some pretty cold numbers. Develope a positive attitude and march through this treatment like you own the world. Hang in there and fight the good fight.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • leslie adkins Profile

    What lotion is good after radiation? Thinking of trying bag balm.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 9 answers
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    • leslie adkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm all done with radiation. Started the 5 year pill, and personal healing, therapy. No more docs, etc for awhile.

      2 comments
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Aquaphor was the best for me and recommended by my onc. I had second degree burns after I finished rads. Healed fast.

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