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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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  • Vicky Starkie Profile

    What is grade 3 breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
  • T H Profile

    Hey girls- been a while since my last post. I had the holiday blues... But good news today went for my 1st breast exam since 1yr ago no new cancer !!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Awesome !! Congrats to you ! Great to hear good news

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That is wonderful news! I have my first post treatment mammo coming up this month, and hope for such great news.

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  • Shawna T Profile

    My Dr added two more chemo sessions on top of the original 4. Should I be worried? This has delayed my surgery and I want this cancer out of me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with Vicki E. Your oncologist is probably going for overall tumor shrinkage before doing the surgery. The cancer cells are being wiped out in the process.... try not to worry as this extra treatment before you have surgery is GOOD!
      Please contact your oncologist's office to clearify...

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      I agree with Vicki E. Your oncologist is probably going for overall tumor shrinkage before doing the surgery. The cancer cells are being wiped out in the process.... try not to worry as this extra treatment before you have surgery is GOOD!
      Please contact your oncologist's office to clearify this. It sounds like you don't have enough information to put your mind at peace. Take care, and healing hugs, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Shawna, I understand your concern. As Sharon mentioned, your Onc is probably trying to shrink the tumor more before surgery. I had chemo before my surgery as well. I had 8 rounds before my surgery. Then when they went in the tumor had not shrunk as much as they'd hope & I had 13 positive lymph...

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      Hi Shawna, I understand your concern. As Sharon mentioned, your Onc is probably trying to shrink the tumor more before surgery. I had chemo before my surgery as well. I had 8 rounds before my surgery. Then when they went in the tumor had not shrunk as much as they'd hope & I had 13 positive lymph nodes with some extranodal involvement. So....I had 8 more chemo treatment with two different drugs than the first time. I know it's difficult. Hang in there. Hugs

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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
    over 7 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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