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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.

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  • Pam Hervatic Profile

    I finished with HERCEPTIN in Nov. 2011. I am having extreme pain in my knees ace legs, such that it wakes me up at night and walking is painful. any one else have this experience? I am also on tamoxifin . my oncologist seems baffled. please help!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Pam Hervatic Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well...I had arthroscopic surgery on one of my knees last friday...they found a torn meniscus and arthritis. I will have the other knee done soon. I am still confused. Lordy Lordy!

      Comment
    • Pam Hervatic Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Donna and Lysa I started taking 4000 units of vit d last week and I stopped the tamoxifin this past. Sunday..now I wait and see. It's so good to have somebody to talk to..god bless!

      Comment
  • Amanda Metivier Profile

    Anyone else experience vision changes with herceptin? (it is only affecting my close up vision)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not with Herceptin but with the chemo with Taxol and now with Femara.

      Comment
    • Adrienne private Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      I have had vision changes, but I do not know if it is from the Herceptin, Taxol or later Taxetere. Hard to say with so many things being pumped into my body. My oncologist told me vision changes are normal during chemo and don't get new glasses til chemo a few months after chemo is finished.

      Comment
  • Linda Hubbard Profile

    I am starting taxol/herceptin weekly. What side effects have you had?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • P G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      Had my last one today (12 weekly treatments after FECH 4x every 21 days) TH wasn't bad, I do have numbness in my feet and hands, most of the time my stomach is ok and I am able to go to the gym and work. I wish you good luck! It will be over before you know it :)

      Comment
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Water! Water!! Water!!! Can't stress that enough. And I can tell you that it wasn't easy to drink sometimes.
      I found my worst days to be days 3 and 4 after chemo. Day 5 I would start to feel better, etc.
      I had similar symptoms to Andre and I also got... well. stopped up and it caused me...

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      Water! Water!! Water!!! Can't stress that enough. And I can tell you that it wasn't easy to drink sometimes.
      I found my worst days to be days 3 and 4 after chemo. Day 5 I would start to feel better, etc.
      I had similar symptoms to Andre and I also got... well. stopped up and it caused me terrible stomach cramps. I used Dulcolax religiously after the first time and I never got those bad cramps again. I also requested (and yes, you can do this too) a bag of IV fluids the day after chemo. I had to go in for a Nulasta shot anyway so I used to call this my "shot and a bag" day. It just helps to keep you hydrated and everything works better with that.

      You will have good and bad days but you will also get through them. Keep your eye on the prize! Your well being. Good luck and hugs!

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    Where does breast cancer usually spread to first if it spreads?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      The most common places breast cancer can spread to are the lymph nodes, the muscle tissues in the chest wall, etc, the bones, bone marrow, lungs, liver, & brain.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It has to break out of duct first, but sentinel nodes are the first places it likes to go

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