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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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    Has anyone have any problems with memory loss when taken Amiridex? I will have to take it next week. Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have lots of side effects I believe are associated with the Arimidex but memory loss is not among them.

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Oh wow! I've been on Arimidex for a week now...just starting yo get bone pain in my knees. Kinda like when i was on chemo. I also started to notice my hot flashes are back. I had a "break" from them when i finished chemo. Any other side effects that i may or may not experience?

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  • Sabrina Higgins Profile

    Just was diagnosed with stage 2, treatment is removal and chemo for 4 months . Just would like to know what to expected after surgery and chemo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Welcome! A cancer diagnosis is scary and overwhelming. Thanks for reaching out. Are you having a lumpectomy or mastectomy? Reconstruction? What type of chemo? This info will help us share some tips and experiences. Allow people to do things for you. It makes them feel good to be able to...

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      Welcome! A cancer diagnosis is scary and overwhelming. Thanks for reaching out. Are you having a lumpectomy or mastectomy? Reconstruction? What type of chemo? This info will help us share some tips and experiences. Allow people to do things for you. It makes them feel good to be able to help and you will feel loved! It helped me to take the anti nausea meds as directed. Use plastic utensils to help with the metal taste. Keep hydrated and rest when you need it. Eat small meals and keep bland snacks on hand. I liked graham crackers. Hope you have a smooth surgery and recovery. Keep the questions coming. We are here for you!

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hi Sabrina,

      Each stage of this journey you are on has it's own set of needs. You'll start with what you will need with the surgery, depending on what kind you are having. You will then have brandy new needs for chemo and once again with radiation. We will help you each step of the way if you...

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      Hi Sabrina,

      Each stage of this journey you are on has it's own set of needs. You'll start with what you will need with the surgery, depending on what kind you are having. You will then have brandy new needs for chemo and once again with radiation. We will help you each step of the way if you have any questions. Right now just focus on what's next for you. You have a lot of information coming at you and it's hard to process it all. Take someone with you, if you can, on doctor appointments so there is another set of ears to help listen. Being prepared for each step will help you greatly. I wish you the best today, tomorrow and always. Roz

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  • Lori S Profile

    Anyone know the timeframe for starting tamoxifen as an adjuvant therapy following chemo and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      I finished chemo and 1/2 way done with radiation I'm supposed to start tamoxifen as soon as I'm done with radiation.

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the...

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      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the Tamox. Has irritated it because I have been sorer since I started it.

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    Picked up a head cold but otherwise feel fine. Will doc just review WBC count? Don't want delays!

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_4 Patient
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If counts are too low places usually don't do chemo. that day from what I was told. My numbers were always OK.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If I felt a head cold coming - as long as I did not have a fever- I would take Emergen C lemon and honey flavor 2-3 times a day. I felt immediately better. This was during chemo and I am still going through chemo. My doc said it was ok. If I had a fever- I called the doctors office for advice .

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