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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.

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  • Kay K Profile

    If my mom had breast cancer, will I most likely get it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No. My mom had breast cancer, and it's something I think about a lot. So far, I don't and none of her sisters have been diagnosed. Your chances do increase if your mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but it's definitely not a guarantee you will get it. I think a...

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      No. My mom had breast cancer, and it's something I think about a lot. So far, I don't and none of her sisters have been diagnosed. Your chances do increase if your mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but it's definitely not a guarantee you will get it. I think a lot of it depends on if you carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. You may want to ask your doctor about getting tested for this if you have a family history. Hope this helps!

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    Do multiple masses give me a higher chance at having breast cancer? I recently went to the dr and we found four masses and one is tender.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      No, I don't think it raises your chances for having breast cancer, at least based on y personal experience. I had nine dime and quarter size lumps removed from my right breast from the time I was eighteen years old until age forty-five. When I got breast cancer it actually came up in the left...

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      No, I don't think it raises your chances for having breast cancer, at least based on y personal experience. I had nine dime and quarter size lumps removed from my right breast from the time I was eighteen years old until age forty-five. When I got breast cancer it actually came up in the left breast where I never had any lumps. Go figure. It just depends on the lumps. Good luck to you

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not necessarily "cancer" is considered wen you have multiple malignant cells as in cells which can metastasize

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  • Selena Adamkiewicz Profile

    I am stage 3 grade 2 breast cancer I just had my port put in yesterday. It really hurts how long does the pain last?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    over 7 years 11 answers
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    • Selena Adamkiewicz Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      Thank you ladies. I have my first chemo today. Wish me luck.

      2 comments
    • Becky G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      For me I was really glad I had waited 3 weeks before starting chemo. I couldn't have imagined using it sooner than that! I was almost done with chemo before it didn't bother me anymore. I was really glad I had the port though. I think I am just more sensitive than most people. Good luck!

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    Im only 19 yrs old. The only high tech clinic here where i live does not want to make a mamography on me because of my age. Unless a doctor requests it. But i cant afford it. What can i do now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is standard because of the amount of radiation. If you are worried about something that is not normal in your breast, you need to be seen by a doctor. Do you have a relative who could take you to see a doctor? If not, you can go to "google" and type in, what to do if you have no health...

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      This is standard because of the amount of radiation. If you are worried about something that is not normal in your breast, you need to be seen by a doctor. Do you have a relative who could take you to see a doctor? If not, you can go to "google" and type in, what to do if you have no health insurance....in your state or country. You have to have a referral because who is going to get the outcome of the mammogram? What would you do if this came back abnormal? You sound terrified and not thinking straight. Ask your family for help, ask someone older for help, etc. remember chances are you do not have cancer! Calm yourself, ask for help. Take care, Sharon

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Sharon is right. Ask for help at your age a dr has to request a mammogram. Planned parenthood or an obgyn can also send you. Sometimes if you ask how much a cash appointment will cost they will work with you.

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