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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    Post radiation and bilateral mastectomy. What reconstructive surgery would you choose? I'm 36.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had a bilateral mastectomy as well with radiation. My surgeon told me I didn't have enough skin for implants alone. You still have several options. I am choosing DIEP flap reconstruction using skin & fat from my tummy. It's not as invasive as the TRAM procedure which cuts into the muscle. There...

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      I had a bilateral mastectomy as well with radiation. My surgeon told me I didn't have enough skin for implants alone. You still have several options. I am choosing DIEP flap reconstruction using skin & fat from my tummy. It's not as invasive as the TRAM procedure which cuts into the muscle. There is also the Latissimus dorsi flap surgery which uses tissue & muscle from the upper back.

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    • sandra hayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana the diep flap, I couldn't remember the name..

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    Finished round 6 of chemo!! I find out Monday when I start radiation! I feel like I am over the hard part, I am so happy chemo is done!! Did anyone stay at a lodge when they did radiation? What do you suggest I bring??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Alison Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Christina, I had 5 days of intensive radiation, I stayed at a hotel during that time. and walked over to the radiation center twice a day. I felt pretty punk during radiation, sore and grumpy. Here's what I was grateful to have:
      - a big bowl of fresh fruit. I was nauseated and did not want to go...

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      Christina, I had 5 days of intensive radiation, I stayed at a hotel during that time. and walked over to the radiation center twice a day. I felt pretty punk during radiation, sore and grumpy. Here's what I was grateful to have:
      - a big bowl of fresh fruit. I was nauseated and did not want to go out for meals, the fruit was just right.
      - a big bottle of ginger ale, it really helped with the nausea
      - Something simple to read, I just couldn't handle anything complex
      - my family arranged for someone to get me in my room and walk over to each appointment, and for someone to spend every night with me. Later I realized they were afraid I would skip appointments! Not one person said I was grumpy, but I know I was.

      That was 3 years ago. Congrad on finishing up chemo, that has to feel like real progress.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Congratulations on finishing your chemotherapy I'm happy for you
      About the radiation I went to a hospital for my treatments sorry I can't shed more light to your question maybe someone else can
      Good luck to ya big hugs
      Cheryl

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    Why do a second digital mammogram after the initial one rather than ultrasound to look at a suspicious area?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Not all suspicious areas are found on ultrasounds. My pin point suspicious area on the mammogram was further seen on a diagnostic digital mammogram which they are able to do magnificated views. Where as on the ultrasound they could not find the area. The suspicious area did turn out to be DCIS...

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      Not all suspicious areas are found on ultrasounds. My pin point suspicious area on the mammogram was further seen on a diagnostic digital mammogram which they are able to do magnificated views. Where as on the ultrasound they could not find the area. The suspicious area did turn out to be DCIS caught very early and small. An ultrasound will show a mass or fluid filled cyst but cannot show scattered calcification. The usual course for an abnormal mammogram report is a follow up diagnostic mammogram with magnificated views followed by ultrasound or MRI

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It has been my experience that the insurance makes the doctors jump through a few less expensive hoops before they get to go for the best diagnostic tool. :-( Jo

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    Why does my oncologist need me to have a CT scan of the stomach chest & pelvis? Tkx. Rox

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    about 3 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have a friend who had a CT of her chest, abdomen, and pelvis after completing her chemo. before her eye surgery. They were just checking and making sure cancer was no where else in her body. I'd be asking my Oncologist as to his/her reason(s) as that may not be why they are having you get one.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It could be just a baseline that can use to see changes in the future.

      Comment

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