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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.

Related Questions

  • Charles Knisley Profile

    The doctor located a lump in my wife's breast. He said the xrays revealed it was benign, so therefore he did nothing after. Is this correct?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      An x-ray cannot determine if a lump in benign or malignant. Only a biopsy can determine that.

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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same thing happen to me. 2 years later- I know had cancer! You need her to get a biopsy

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    Someone I know has had a double mastectomy and has a hard time finding a comfortable bra. Does anyone know where she could get a bra specially made for her? Is it possible to get a bra with the prosthesis already in it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Sherry Barger Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just had a double masectomy last week. I went to Nordstrom before surgery. They saved my life. They have the best prosthesis bra that holds the drains. It was $53. Let me know if you need phone number.

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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      JC Penny has a catalog for BC patient's. But, yes, go to Nordstrom with a dr's prescription! They will fit you the braw, inserts, everything and will give you a huge discount if you have the prescription!

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  • Sharon Hardwick Profile

    Do they still do removal of both breasts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      While a bilateral mastectomy is still an option than many women choose, it is not alway the choice. In some cases, a single breast mastectomy is recomended to speed the process of treatment and then the woman is give the option to remove the second breast during reconstruction. There are some,...

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      While a bilateral mastectomy is still an option than many women choose, it is not alway the choice. In some cases, a single breast mastectomy is recomended to speed the process of treatment and then the woman is give the option to remove the second breast during reconstruction. There are some, like myself who live with one breast.

      Comment
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. Had mine removed 8/15/11

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  • Cindy Wong Profile

    Hi. I’m 29 yr old. BRCA1 positive. Stage 1a triple negative breast cancer about 3 weeks ago. Would like to know more about your journey and experience regarding mastectomy if you’ve been through it; the mental preparation, the recovery time.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 months 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's body handles surgery differently. I never had any pain with mine 5+ years ago. As to your hair some suggest cutting it off a little at a time. My friend went from waist length hair to her shoulders first, then her chin, before shaving the rest off and that comforted her. Mine was...

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      Everyone's body handles surgery differently. I never had any pain with mine 5+ years ago. As to your hair some suggest cutting it off a little at a time. My friend went from waist length hair to her shoulders first, then her chin, before shaving the rest off and that comforted her. Mine was short to start with and when I asked my gal to shave the rest off after losing some with my first infusion she felt I wouldn't lose anymore than I already had but it was a nuisance so she took the rest off and one more time a month later then we let it grow back, took about 9 months for me to have enough hair back to get a decent hair cut and it was longer than what it was when I started and really curly. Everyone is different, just take a deep breath and try to relax and that will help your body and mind heal.

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    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      I also cut my hair to my shoulders because I had long hair. When it started coming out in little clumps, my hairdresser shaved it. That was a tough day for me. My mastectomy wasn’t as bad as I thought. I didn’t get reconstruction. I was sad and scared to look at my chest. It’s a hard transition,...

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      I also cut my hair to my shoulders because I had long hair. When it started coming out in little clumps, my hairdresser shaved it. That was a tough day for me. My mastectomy wasn’t as bad as I thought. I didn’t get reconstruction. I was sad and scared to look at my chest. It’s a hard transition, but I’m used to it now. The whole cancer process is hard , but just take one day at a time. Good luck .

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