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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 will be starting Tamoxifen Monday 14 jan, 2013. May I have the prayers of you ladies, and input what will happen next. I am a bit scared, not knowing what will hit me. Any suggestions are welcome. :) Gentle hugs Radiation Girl

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Jill Dolton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just completed week one on it, day 4 I had a really upset stomach next day found out having a banana helps so I have one with it every morning since and stomach has been good, I've had a little trouble sleeping, lots of dreams! Lol other then that me body gets tingly once in a while bit goes away...

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      Just completed week one on it, day 4 I had a really upset stomach next day found out having a banana helps so I have one with it every morning since and stomach has been good, I've had a little trouble sleeping, lots of dreams! Lol other then that me body gets tingly once in a while bit goes away right away, so nothing serious, I haven't don't the radiation yet I see the radiologist on the 25th, I wish you the best of luck and keep us updated, I check on here a few times a day since I have the app on my phone, take care pink sister

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just completed my 1st month and no problems at all. I take pills in morning with food. Good luck

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  • Michele Aboro Profile

    I have my 3rd chemo treatment tomorrow! Have breast cancer Stage 2-3.. any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Michele Aboro Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Evelyn! Yes this is my 3rd round of AC have one more to go then 4 of taxol! Have been feeling the build up of the chemo in my body, but still giving my lesson at my boxing school in shanghai china

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      How are you doing? It was right around my 3rd treatment that it really started to hit me. After that time I had very few "good" days between treatments. Everyone's different, of course, but be aware that the chemo is cumulative and your symptoms will get worse as your continue your course of...

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      How are you doing? It was right around my 3rd treatment that it really started to hit me. After that time I had very few "good" days between treatments. Everyone's different, of course, but be aware that the chemo is cumulative and your symptoms will get worse as your continue your course of treatment. Be sure to keep your docs informed and ask for meds for your symptoms. Best of luck.

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  • Sandra Valle Profile

    My sister has been diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. She had a double mastectomy and this Friday she is starting her chemo for 6 months. My question how can I show my support? I want to be there for her and I want her to know that I love her.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Joanne Uppendahl Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Your post shows your love for your sister! I agree with Isabel's answer, and
      would add a bit, probably already something you're doing and will do. She's
      going to need a lot of practical help with tasks like cleaning, cooking, shopping
      and phone calls. I didn't ask for any help and so it was...

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      Your post shows your love for your sister! I agree with Isabel's answer, and
      would add a bit, probably already something you're doing and will do. She's
      going to need a lot of practical help with tasks like cleaning, cooking, shopping
      and phone calls. I didn't ask for any help and so it was difficult to do these things. Thankfully my husband pitched in as best he could.

      Another way to show support is with humor and thoughtful surprises.
      One friend made a banner for me for the day I finished part of my treatment.
      That lifted my droopy spirits enormously. Don't forget that you'll need support,
      too, as you help your sister go through her treatment. My very best thoughts
      and prayers.

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      God bless you for being such a wonderful sister!!!! When I was diagnosed, my sister said I deserved cancer, so you are already ahead of the game by asking what you can do. Lucky for me I have a wonderful support group with my husband, 2 daughters, and my friends. I had one friend that sent me a...

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      God bless you for being such a wonderful sister!!!! When I was diagnosed, my sister said I deserved cancer, so you are already ahead of the game by asking what you can do. Lucky for me I have a wonderful support group with my husband, 2 daughters, and my friends. I had one friend that sent me a card each week until all my treatments were done. Also, there's a group called "Cleaning for a Reason" and if they are in your area they will come clean her house once a month for free. Just be there for her. Watch movies, cuddle, hold her when she cries, and SHE WILL SURVIVE!!!!!!! Just knowing you are there for her will be a huge factor in her recovery. I will keep you and your sister in my prayers. Be blessed nad be a blessing.
      Love Kim

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    Hi everyone! I'm going for recontruction surgery today after lumpectomy. I'm kind of scared but positive. My parh rep after node surgery and lumpectomy showed chemo was100% effective. Smiles, jayme

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Another walk down the road of recovery. Prayers are with you.

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jayme! YOU GO GIRL! Fabulous news and getting on with life. Each step is another leap back to normal. YAHOOOO! We celebrate with you.
      Take care, Sharon

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