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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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

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      Mine was done using a mammogram rather than ultrasound. I was positioned on my left side with both arms stretched above my head. My right breast was compressed in a portable mammogram machine with a small window in the top plate. Once the radiologist was satisfied with the image on the screen,...

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      Mine was done using a mammogram rather than ultrasound. I was positioned on my left side with both arms stretched above my head. My right breast was compressed in a portable mammogram machine with a small window in the top plate. Once the radiologist was satisfied with the image on the screen, she injected a bit of freezing into that area of my breast. A tiny incision was made and the biopsy needle was inserted to the precise location of the tumor. Mine was quite tiny, but five samples were taken. The instrument reminded me of a BBQ lighter because it made a little snapping noise each time it extracted a core of tissue (about the size of a grain of rice). The radiologist and her technicians were so kind to me and they explained everything that was happening. One of them kept her hands on my hands throughout the procedure, both to keep me from moving and to help me be calm.
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      In my case, very little to no pain. The anticipation and fear of the unknown was so much worse than the procedure. Best of luck to you.

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