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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.

Related Questions

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    d dimer test values- does anyone know a website where I can read up on the normal to abnormal values for the d-dimer test. Thank you

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This has to do with blood clots, not breast cancer specifically. Are you having problems with tamoxifen and clotting? Here is an article. You can "Google" your question too. Take care, Sharon

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21847593

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    I am going to be 40 in August. 2 weeks back I noticed light green discharge from right nipple.Should I see a doctor?IF yes which doctor should I see? I My late Uncle died from Colon Cancer and My Other Uncle is suffering from Prostate Cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'd see either my primary care doctor or my Gyn as they can do a breast exam and if need be order some testing with a specialist.

      2 comments
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with Betti. You are also at an age when you need to start getting yearly mammograms. Your doctor will probably refer you for one. Yes, you have cancer in your family but it matters more if you have a mother, grandmother, or sister who developed breast cancer. I had NO relatives on...

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      I agree with Betti. You are also at an age when you need to start getting yearly mammograms. Your doctor will probably refer you for one. Yes, you have cancer in your family but it matters more if you have a mother, grandmother, or sister who developed breast cancer. I had NO relatives on either side of my family who had any type of cancer but
      somehow, I was the lucky one. You just never know and that is why it is so important to get in to see your doctor for ANY type of changes in your breasts. Take care, Sharon

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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone ever stopped chemo after 1 treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer...

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      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer winning.... it is such a lousy disease. Treatment isn't fun by any means but one needs to work with their oncologist and support system to fight, fight, fight!

      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wanted to stop but my doctor wouldn't let me.. If it gets to bad ask if u can fluids 2 days after chemo that's the only thing that helped me. Best of luck

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A nutritious, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

      2 comments
    • Mark Quesads Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breast

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