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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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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    Hi girls, I am half way through my chemo and so far doing really well but woke up this morning with really sore teeth. Has anyone else had this and if so what is the best thing to do about it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I am a little more than halfway thru my chemo and noticed the same sore teeth thing about a week ago. My teeth feel like they are too tight. Strange but true. I'm assuming it will go away after chemo. Never a dull moment is there?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Rita, I would tell you oncologist about your teeth. Another thought.... I used to be a dental assistant and you may be sore from clenching or grinding your teeth while you were sleeping. People can go through periods of time where they do this from stress or who-knows-what? You might...

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      Hi Rita, I would tell you oncologist about your teeth. Another thought.... I used to be a dental assistant and you may be sore from clenching or grinding your teeth while you were sleeping. People can go through periods of time where they do this from stress or who-knows-what? You might think about getting a nightguard from your dentist. It won't stop you from clenching or grinding but it will help protect your teeth and the supporting bone from being damaged. If you don't have dental insurance, you can get a do-it-yourself nightguard kit from the drug store. It will be better than nothing. If you continue to clench/grind your teeth, don't be surprised it your teeth become sensitive to temperature too. Take care, Sharon

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  • Eli Timms Profile

    I am about to undergo a mastectomy on my left breast followed by implantation of an expander. How long can I expect to be in hospital or recovery for?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 5 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Talk to your doctor they will know the plan. My guess would be 1 night if there are no complications. You will probably have a drain, which are miserable. You will know recovery all most over when they come out.

      Comment
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I had the same exact surgery, did not have any complications and was in the hospital for 23 hours. Good luck with your journey. Keep the questions coming! Your Pink Sisters are here for you!

      Comment
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    Can I swim during radiation treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I did with no problems. I wore a shirt over my bathing suit just to make sure I didn't get any sun exposure on the treatment area.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just went to my radiation planning appointment. I was told the same thing as Connie - no swimming during radiation.

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    Scheduled to have breast implants. Loads of research against any implant. Has anyone had fat transfer procedure for complete bilat breast reconstruction? How are you doing today? Were the results satisfactory?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 7 answers
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    • Holly Wheatley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with the DIEP tissue transfer on July 25th.Im happy with my results so far.It was an extremely long surgery but my breast are still all me,they have the natural droop to make me feel "normal". Also I won't have to have any implants changed every 10-15 years and if I...

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      I had a bilateral mastectomy with the DIEP tissue transfer on July 25th.Im happy with my results so far.It was an extremely long surgery but my breast are still all me,they have the natural droop to make me feel "normal". Also I won't have to have any implants changed every 10-15 years and if I need any kind of work done I don't have to worry about a risk of damaging them.The first 3 weeks were rough but short lived. Don't go by the pics on the Internet because they are usually horror stories.Ask you plastic surgeon to see his work. Good luck!

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I am in the process of reconstruction, I have my expanders and getting fills. I did a lot of research too and am very happy to be going with implants. Yes, I will have to have then changed in about 15 years but other than that, the newer implants are very soft and natural looking. They can even...

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      I am in the process of reconstruction, I have my expanders and getting fills. I did a lot of research too and am very happy to be going with implants. Yes, I will have to have then changed in about 15 years but other than that, the newer implants are very soft and natural looking. They can even do procedures that use implants and tissue. You just have to go with what you want and what your PS can do.

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