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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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  • Anne Thompson Profile

    Does anyone have any suggestions for relief of hot flashes? Or to minimize?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I wish I could help you because I have had them for years. They have become less severe but I have just had to deal with them. My onc. has tried me on a drug "Effexor" (or something like that) but it didn't help. I have heard it has helped other women. Mention it to your oncologist. I just...

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      I wish I could help you because I have had them for years. They have become less severe but I have just had to deal with them. My onc. has tried me on a drug "Effexor" (or something like that) but it didn't help. I have heard it has helped other women. Mention it to your oncologist. I just have to carry a paper towel with me to mop up the sweat that pours down my face. I have adopted a saying from a friend of mine when my face and neck turn beet red, and beads of sweat form..... If someone looks at me in that certain way, I just say.... "I AM HAVING MY OWN PERSONAL SUMMER."
      Hang in there gal, I wish I had a better answer for you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Vitamin E has helped me a lot.

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    I have been diagnosed with the non invasive Stage 0-1 condition. Tumor was removed and was suggested to go for the hormone therapy and HER targeted therapy. Have only gone through 2 cycles as suggested... Is this normal to only go through 2 cycles?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you have a copy of your pathology report? Your questions are not clear because stage 1 cancer is invasive, while stage 0 is noninvasive. I did not know that stage 0 would be treated for HER2 . But we are not doctors. You really need some better explanation from your doctor, who should go...

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      Do you have a copy of your pathology report? Your questions are not clear because stage 1 cancer is invasive, while stage 0 is noninvasive. I did not know that stage 0 would be treated for HER2 . But we are not doctors. You really need some better explanation from your doctor, who should go over the pathology report with you.

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    I wonder if the treatment you get in the States is the same as the U.K? I have grade 2 and stage 1A and told I'm having lumpectomy, 15 days of radiation then tablets for 5 years. All if lymph nodes are clear as they appear to be on ultrsound.

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 8 answers
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    • Norma  Cook Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Hello from Canada:

      Chiming in with Trisha regarding how blessed we are to have free health care in our country. My diagnosis was invasive ductal carcinoma. An 8mm tumor was removed by partial mastectomy (the surgeon said I could call it a "glorified lumpectomy" if that made me feel better). ...

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      Hello from Canada:

      Chiming in with Trisha regarding how blessed we are to have free health care in our country. My diagnosis was invasive ductal carcinoma. An 8mm tumor was removed by partial mastectomy (the surgeon said I could call it a "glorified lumpectomy" if that made me feel better). A section of tissue the size of a golf ball was removed to allow for wide,clear margins, as well as three sentinel lymph nodes, which were also clear. The tumor itself was Grade 3, agressive, but with being estrogen and progesterone positive and Her2 negative, I skipped the chemo and had 25 radiation treatments. I am currently on Tamoxifen and doing well in most regards. Don't be afraid to ask your doctors about anything that doesn't seem clear to you. This is all so frightening and overwhelming, but there are many of us who have travelled a similar path ahead of you and are more than willing to share our experience if it will encourage someone else.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had stage 2A , and was given a choice of partial mastectomy and radiation, or mastectomy. I had radiation 5 days a week for about 7 weeks. I am taking Femara for 5 years.

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  • Mary G Profile

    2nd chemo tomorrow can I expect that the outcome, symptoms will be similar to my first treatment? That one was fairly easy with minimal symptoms. And second when after treatment did hair loss start. My second treatment will be 14 days after first.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Orginally I was told I'd need 4-6 cycles, 1 every 3 weeks. Before the 2nd one my onc. told me I could get by with 4 and I was happy as it meant I could start planning a move sooner rather than later. I had minimal side effects if you call them that but none as bad as I was told I could have so...

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      Orginally I was told I'd need 4-6 cycles, 1 every 3 weeks. Before the 2nd one my onc. told me I could get by with 4 and I was happy as it meant I could start planning a move sooner rather than later. I had minimal side effects if you call them that but none as bad as I was told I could have so again was thankful. My hair started coming out on day #13 after the first cycle (had been told 2-3 weeks). I didn't lose it all like some do but the hair on my head was pretty much gone so I had my hairdresser buzz off the rest. I never lost my eyebrows or lashes but they thinned out some. I haven't had to shave my legs or underarms since chemo. started and now of course I'm doing RT so can't shave the left armpit for now anyway. The only place other than my head where I lost my hair was my pubic area and it can stay gone as far as I'm concerned. Everyone is different and everyone's individual cycles may be different from the previous one. Take care of yourself. Betti

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'll just echo what the others have said. Day 13 I had a very tingly scalp and on 14 it came out in clumps. Shaved my head and that felt so good!! Each round was pretty much the same but the side affects got worse. My onco never adjusted my dosage because I was tolerating it so well. Rounds 4 & 5...

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      I'll just echo what the others have said. Day 13 I had a very tingly scalp and on 14 it came out in clumps. Shaved my head and that felt so good!! Each round was pretty much the same but the side affects got worse. My onco never adjusted my dosage because I was tolerating it so well. Rounds 4 & 5 I thought about stopping but by round 6 I just wanted it to get here so I could be finished! Best thing, find the happiness and joy in each small victory. Before you know, you'll be in tho the next step! Gob bless!

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