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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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    Should I not have surgery because I am 89 years old? I have a lump in my breast, but have not been diagnosed.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As the patient.... you have an absolute right to choose whether you want surgery or not. On the other hand, there isn't a reason why you shouldn't have surgery, if that is what you want to do. Plenty of mature folks have surgery all the time for whatever needs to be corrected. Usually women...

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      As the patient.... you have an absolute right to choose whether you want surgery or not. On the other hand, there isn't a reason why you shouldn't have surgery, if that is what you want to do. Plenty of mature folks have surgery all the time for whatever needs to be corrected. Usually women have a choice to have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Who knows.... you could live to be 120!!!!! Take care, Sharon

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      A lot depends on your health. Some doctors will do all they can to keep an elderly person from undergoing anesthesia. My oncologist told me that if we live long enough, ALL of us women get breast cancer. Please see your gynocologist and see what they say!

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  • Michele Aboro Profile

    Hi I have just had sugary on stage 2b cancer and wanted to ask about what food is the best to eat before I start chemotherapy. Thanks Michele

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were...

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      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were my savior and kept my hydrated when I was t drinking fluids. Which I was all the time. Be hydrated before during and after, so your body can flush out the toxins as fast as possible. Eat what you want before, but try to keep your nora

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I pretty much ate normally, which tends to be healthy. The

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  • Amber Manjarrez Profile

    Hello I am 20 years old and im scared. I've been feeling breast pain and do have lumps. Im getting pain under my arm as well. I do not have any other symptoms but i was wondering is there a possibility i could have cancer please help

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I know you are frightened and we all understand that. But, we are not doctors. You really must have it checked out by your doctor. It may be nothing at all to worry about but we can't tell you that. Please make an appt. with your doctor right away for your own piece of mind.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi it's a very scary felling when you think something could be wrong make an appointment with your Dr. So he can check it out
      My thoughts and prayers to you take care

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    Can a mastectomy be done if the patient is on high levels of Coumadin ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Yes, but the surgeon, & cardialogist (or whatever doctor is prescribing Coumadin) would have the patient off the drug for several days before the surgery. My surgeon took me off aspirin and ibuprofen several days before my mastectomy. SInce the patient is on high doses of Coumadin, there is...

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      Yes, but the surgeon, & cardialogist (or whatever doctor is prescribing Coumadin) would have the patient off the drug for several days before the surgery. My surgeon took me off aspirin and ibuprofen several days before my mastectomy. SInce the patient is on high doses of Coumadin, there is probably a special protocol they would follow. Rest assured, this is a common situation surgeons deal with all the time as long as the patient is up-front with what medications are being taken.
      Take care, Sharon

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