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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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  • Chelsea Thurston Profile

    what kind of breast cancer signs should you look for

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chelsea,
      If you look on this site, there will be a list of breast cancer symptoms. The best thing you can do for yourself is a monthly self exam. If you notice something that is out of the ordinary for you, have it checked immediately. I had an inverted nipple, but it had been like that for...

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      Chelsea,
      If you look on this site, there will be a list of breast cancer symptoms. The best thing you can do for yourself is a monthly self exam. If you notice something that is out of the ordinary for you, have it checked immediately. I had an inverted nipple, but it had been like that for several years. My breast had some pain and itching. I had regular mammograms. Seven months after my mammogram I found a lump, and immediately went into my doctor. I knew it was cancer because the lump was different from my "regular lumps." There are several different types of breast cancer and not all form a lump. The symptoms can be different. That is why if you have something happening to your breasts that is not normal, have it checked.
      I was treated, and am fine. No cancer and I am seven years cancer free. The key is to find cancer if it is there and get treated. It isn't a death sentence. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I can tell u my story. I had an annual mammogram in 2012. Dr saw suspicious cluster of microcalcifications. I had a biopsy done & they turned out to b cancerous. I had no symptoms, signs or lumps in my breast. My cancer stage was 0 which is very early detection thank GOD. so if your looking for...

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      I can tell u my story. I had an annual mammogram in 2012. Dr saw suspicious cluster of microcalcifications. I had a biopsy done & they turned out to b cancerous. I had no symptoms, signs or lumps in my breast. My cancer stage was 0 which is very early detection thank GOD. so if your looking for signs I had none.

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    I have just been diagnosed with Granulomatous Mastitis because my core biopsys and FNA's came back as not containing cancer cells. Does this happen with every breast lump found?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The majority of breast lumps are benign but if they are concerned they recommend a biopsy to determine what it is as that is the only way to find out.

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    • Nat Caldwell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What I actually meant was, do they give the diagnosis of it being "Granulomatous Mastitis" every time, when they don't find any actual cancer cells.

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  • Amber moreno Profile

    About 6 months ago i had a sudden pain in my left breast & i noticed a lump. That pain hasnt come back but i get sudden pinches and it hurts alot if i put pressure on it. The size is not normal. Could i have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Amber, you have been stressing over this for six months....get to a doctor to be checked. We can't tell you if this is cancer. Do not let another day go by without making an appointment! Obviously, time has not made this better. Please be checked at least to give you peace of mind. Take...

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      Amber, you have been stressing over this for six months....get to a doctor to be checked. We can't tell you if this is cancer. Do not let another day go by without making an appointment! Obviously, time has not made this better. Please be checked at least to give you peace of mind. Take care, Sharon

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      6 months is too long to wait get it checked.

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  • Atlanta Woods Profile

    What is the life expectancy of someone with metastatic breast cancer? It's in her bones and spine but not in vital organs.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Martha Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have the same thing bones and spine I've had it for ten months doing good I take zometa and falsodex once a month right now I'm great no one is promised tomorrow pray and may God Bless You in your treatments

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