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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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  • Aunia Hall Profile

    I have an ultrasound guided biopsy on Monday and my Dr. said I should hear something in 2-3 days after. How long does it actually take to get the pathology report and test results?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      An MRI guided biopsy is different than an ultrasound guided biopsy. An ultrasound biopsy is not that bad really, it only takes about 15 min. Good luck and just keep in mind that most biopsies come back not showing any cancer.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Aunia, we all understand the angst of the wait. I had to wait 3 days. I also had an ultrasound guided biopsy. It didn't take that long and like Diana, I was just a little sore afterward.... remember to put some ice on the area. So many of these are benign, so don't worry yourself sick about...

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      Aunia, we all understand the angst of the wait. I had to wait 3 days. I also had an ultrasound guided biopsy. It didn't take that long and like Diana, I was just a little sore afterward.... remember to put some ice on the area. So many of these are benign, so don't worry yourself sick about it. Your doctor is just being proactive and looking out for your best interest. I have a huge circle of friends and many of them have had this type of test..... of them all, I am the only one whose test came out positive. Hang in there Aunia.... we are all here to help support one another. Blessings to you, Sharon

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  • Donna Sawyer Profile

    What is red breast syndrome? What causes it? How long does it last?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The easiest thing to do is "google" the term RED BREAST SYNDROME. It is difficult to estimate duration because we are all different. It will take as long as it takes you each individual. Take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • T H Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hi Donna, Think I may have it... My doctor does not think it is a infection. My right breast is red in a are by my ins

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    I am 59 yrs old with a family history of breast cancer. I had a screening mamm a week ago, doctor wants me to come back in for another mammo of my right breast. He "found a new lymph node that wasn't present on previous mammogram". What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being...

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      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being careful. We know how stressful this is, we have all been there. The problem with newest diagnostic equipment is the amount of "false positives" that occur. They are able to show up both normal and what looks abnormal, in your body that were not visible with older mammogram equipment. Things that may happen with your next appointment, they may order an ultrasound and a biopsy. Try not to panic..... Many more of these diagnostics turn out benign, than breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with...

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      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with cancer. He probably just wants some additional views to see if that is what indeed is being seen.

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  • Tina Cvitanovich Profile

    My partner was just diagnosed with stage two cancer of the breast. Is she going to die? I'm so scared and can't imagine losing her.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      11 years after my Stage II diagnosis, I am doing great! So sorry to hear about your partner, but with good medical care and your support, she will get through this! Keep the questions coming and let us know how your partner is doing. Take care.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Tina, that is JUST what I thought when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago. The doctor who did the biopsy laughed when I asked her that same question.... "Am I going to die"? Her answer was..."From this little thing......NO." Well, she was right. I went through treatment, and am...

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      Tina, that is JUST what I thought when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago. The doctor who did the biopsy laughed when I asked her that same question.... "Am I going to die"? Her answer was..."From this little thing......NO." Well, she was right. I went through treatment, and am alive and well. Breast cancer is not the killer it used to be. Not that some women don't die from the disease but the vast majority go through treatment and live normal lives afterward. Treatment is tough but she will make it. Love her and care for you.... she will need you so much. Take care, Sharon

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