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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.

Related Questions

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    I was told when I was diagnosed that the type of cancer I had was Lobular. I don't see it in the directory. Can someone explain so I understand better, pleas?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. The cancer is in the breast tissue instead of the ducts. Lobular also doesn't make a lump it's more like a mound of spaghetti. It is not a common kind of breast cancer.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Check out the videos on this site as they cover things regarding breast cancer and if you can't find it there just put "lobular carcinoma" in a search engine and something should pop up to explain it.

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  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

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  • Sherry Barger Profile

    Has anyone ever had DIEP microsurgery? I have read everything about it and wanted to know any personal experiences.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Sherry Barger Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Casey

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    • Casey Chernes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi, yes I just had the surgery on July 7th.. Mine was a little complicated because my left breast didn't take like the right one so I was in surgery for 20 hours...and I will have to have an implant inserted on my left side... The recovery is tough with the drains but I should be getting them out...

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      Hi, yes I just had the surgery on July 7th.. Mine was a little complicated because my left breast didn't take like the right one so I was in surgery for 20 hours...and I will have to have an implant inserted on my left side... The recovery is tough with the drains but I should be getting them out next week! And then I will get my expander to start reconstruction on my left breast. This doesn't happen to everyone so I just wanted to tell u my experience...one good thing I will tell u is I has a "mini" tummy tuck with the surgery... I would say more than mini because my belly looks great and super flat!! So I'm happy one food thing came out of this!! Hope I helped..

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  • patricia bacon Profile

    Has anyone had pain in your breast and chest wall a week after compressions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Patricia, I would contact the office that performed the mammogram. Do you have any kind of bruising or discoloration on your breast? I seem to remember you wrote about this recently, is that right? I'd call tomorrow and ask about this. Take care, Sharon

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    • patricia bacon Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon, no bruising on outside of breast just sore feeling inside. I will call doctor also going see a breast specialist for second opinion next week. Just concerned about the pain and discomfort in breast. Thanks for giving me comfort and caring.

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