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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

Related Questions

  • Anj Donahue Profile

    Is it okay to use tampons while undergoing chemo treatment? I've been trying to find solid answers and haven't found much.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would think its just a matter of preference. I used tampons for the one menstrual cycle that I had during treatment. after that one, it stopped for about 7 months. I finally got it back in march- 4 months after my last chemo treatment. I have just turned 30- age does play a part in having...

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      I would think its just a matter of preference. I used tampons for the one menstrual cycle that I had during treatment. after that one, it stopped for about 7 months. I finally got it back in march- 4 months after my last chemo treatment. I have just turned 30- age does play a part in having you cycle return to normal. Hope this helps!

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    • Anj Donahue Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thanks Tiffani! I'm 26, so I certainly wasn't sure what to expect. I was told it likely would disappear during treatment, but apparently not! I thought I had read that it was not a good idea to use tampons because of increased likelihood of infection? But I guess I will just be extra diligent...

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      Thanks Tiffani! I'm 26, so I certainly wasn't sure what to expect. I was told it likely would disappear during treatment, but apparently not! I thought I had read that it was not a good idea to use tampons because of increased likelihood of infection? But I guess I will just be extra diligent about changing it more frequently?

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  • Robin Layman Profile

    What is TS6 fibroadenoma with sclerosis adenosis and focal calcifications?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would call my doctor and ask him/ her to explain what that is and what that means for you. Good luck!

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    I was just diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2. Anyone out there with same situation? I am leaning towards lumpectomy, but wondering if it is the right way to go?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 7 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I opted for a bi lateral mastectomy, it gave me more peace of mind and I am glad I did it.

      2 comments
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It would depend on so many different things. You mentioned your tumor is grade 2. Do you know what stage you are? Are you HER2 - or ? BRACA? What do your other tests results say?

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    What does it mean when it says 98% live a year with stage 2... when the charts say its a 98% expectancy for 8 years what does that actually mean???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Sharon. When I was newly diagnosed I looked at the stats online. For one thing, they're very outdated. And for another, every woman is different. I stopped looking at stats and when I did choose to go online, I looked up survivor stories instead. :)

      2 comments
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality,...

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      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality, treatments have become so advanced between my 1st bout in 2000 and my second in 2011 that I meet people in the chemo room who have had advanced cancer for several years or more. They come in for regular "boosts" of chemo and go on and live their lives.

      So don't jump to any conclusions based on statistics. Rely on your doctor and ask him any questions you may have.

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