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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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    My recent mammo compared to almost 2 years ago shows an enlargement and changes in density to an unknown mass is my right breast...going for biopsy...how worried should I be?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I know you'll probably worry even though we say hold off on that, but let action jump in the front seat and do the driving for now and worry will relunctantly crawl into the back seat while you're in that proactive mode. I agree that so many more suspicious things turn out to be benign. Keep up...

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      I know you'll probably worry even though we say hold off on that, but let action jump in the front seat and do the driving for now and worry will relunctantly crawl into the back seat while you're in that proactive mode. I agree that so many more suspicious things turn out to be benign. Keep up the posts, insist all tests be done that confirms what the change acutally is. I didn't. :-( I waited two years. Hang in there. Jo

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There would be a concern with a change like yours from one mammogram to another. It is understandible if you were to be worried as we all would be worried. At this point, a difference has been identified and it warrants finding out why. For every bad outcome, there are a ba-zillion benign...

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      There would be a concern with a change like yours from one mammogram to another. It is understandible if you were to be worried as we all would be worried. At this point, a difference has been identified and it warrants finding out why. For every bad outcome, there are a ba-zillion benign reasons for these differences. You just need to follow up with the appropriate tests . These usually go as possibly, another mammogram, ultrasound, and needle biopsy. All of these could happen and it STILL can turn out to be benign. I have been there done that as many of us have. Try to take each step at a time and don't project into the future as it being ...for sure breast cancer. SO MANY of my pals have gone through these testing procedures and every single one of them have had benign outcomes. I didn't, but when I felt --the lump-- I really did know it was breast cancer just by the way it felt. My doctor also confirmed it even before all the testing started. Anyway..... many more benign findings than breast cancer.
      Hang in there and keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • Summer Lynch Profile

    What should I pack for hospital for a double mastectomy ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Summer, I had my double mastectomy in Oct. I was sent home in a surgical bra that held my drains. A lot of women that I spoke with recommended a post surgical camisole. Most insurance companies will cover mastectomy bras, breast forms & camisoles. I bought one and love it! You can step into it...

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      Hi Summer, I had my double mastectomy in Oct. I was sent home in a surgical bra that held my drains. A lot of women that I spoke with recommended a post surgical camisole. Most insurance companies will cover mastectomy bras, breast forms & camisoles. I bought one and love it! You can step into it I don't have to pull it over your head. :). It comes with pockets that will hold your drains. Bring two small pillows with you if possible. Put one under each arm for a comfortable ride home from the hospital. Slip on pants with elastic waists, & shirts that button up. If you have a recliner....that's awesome. It's tons more comfortable resting. If not....then you can use a lot of pillows to prop yourself up in bed. Finding a solution to keeping your drains out of the way while bathing can be a challenge. Some women use lanyards to pin them up and out of the way. I used one long shoestring. I draped it around my neck and pinned my drains to the string. Quick & easy solution. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs,

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    • Donna Ginnings Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2001

      I don't know if you are having reconstruction also, but I found a sports bra that hooked in the front very helpful. It was easy to get on and hook since it was somewhat difficult to move my arms and it still provided some comfort and support even though I didn't really need support. It also...

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      I don't know if you are having reconstruction also, but I found a sports bra that hooked in the front very helpful. It was easy to get on and hook since it was somewhat difficult to move my arms and it still provided some comfort and support even though I didn't really need support. It also helped hold my drain. A slightly tight tank top could also be used instead but it will be a little more difficult to get off and on. Also make sure you have plenty of shirts that button, zip, or snap in the front to wear. Best of luck and God Bless You.

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  • Alina Babb Profile

    I found a lump on right breast back August I have had a Mammogram,Ultrasound and Mri but the test did not show anything.My OB doctor wants me to wait until next August to get another Mammo done. What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 11 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Ask to get referred to see an oncologist or Breast surgeon(or both). Don't wait a while year! This isnt a hangnail! (that's what I was told when I asked a friend if I should go to another team of docs). Ask for a biopsy.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Ask to get referred to see an oncologist or Breast surgeon(or both). Don't wait a while year! This isnt a hangnail! (that's what I was told when I asked a friend if I should go to another team of docs). Ask for a biopsy.

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