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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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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her...

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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her spiritual powers, i was really worried and bothered because i don't want to loose my husband to another woman. i have went to hospital, the doctor told me that i can't get pregnant again due to my last abortion. i thought have lost my husband already and i have lost hope and faith until one day that a very good friend of mine introduce me to native iya basira of the i contacted her. she did spiritual prayers and bless me with the fruit of the womb a try which make me to be happy today. now i have giving birth to healthy boy. and my husband now love me more than before. so that's while i am here to share the good work of native woman to help my family, i pray that my God will reward you for all that you have done for me for bringing smile to my face once again.here is her contact for anybody who need her help also nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

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    Had a mammogram and had a 2nd with more details images. Got results in mail today BIRADS Category 3 need another mammogram in 6 mths

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      anonymous
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      As I recall from my days working as a Mammography Tech. Birads cat. 3 simply means they saw something, that is benign appearing, and recheck in 6 months to make sure it is stable. That may not be quite the wording, but pretty close I'm sure. Also when I was working the Birads codes went from...

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      As I recall from my days working as a Mammography Tech. Birads cat. 3 simply means they saw something, that is benign appearing, and recheck in 6 months to make sure it is stable. That may not be quite the wording, but pretty close I'm sure. Also when I was working the Birads codes went from 0-5 and they've since added a 6.

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    I had a bilateral lumpectomy end of Sept & completed 30 radiation treatments. A nurse told me,since lymph nodes removed,always have blood pressure taken in leg to prevent chance of lymphedema. What have others heard?

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      anonymous
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      Did you lose lymph nodes in both arms? That is the reason you're nt supposed to have blood pressure done on your arm(s) anymore. I only lost nodes on one side, but I was told not to allow BP or blood draws from that side.

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      Jean,
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      Jean,
      My oncologist and surgeon, were quite specific with not having BP taken on arm where lymph nodes were removed. I only had sentinel nodes removed and the advice was still the same. This is a lifelong recommendation and how long ago the surgery took place doesn't have any bearing on their advice. Your physician needs some education about post breast cancer patient treatment. Jean, so glad to hear you are acting as your own best advocate. Good job! Take care, Sharon

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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

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      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

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      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the...

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      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the exhaustion, you can't really wrap your head around it until you have it. Did your brain go, too? I feel like I have a hard time focusing and remembering, too, after radiation. God bless you and keep you safe!

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