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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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  • Bianca Larrea Profile

    I'm 22 , just started chemo and I have inflammatory breast cancer. How sick do you normally get from chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Everyone's different. I felt lousy, but never threw up (during AC). I'm 32 and active, so that might have helped. The fatigue builds up and I took a lot of naps midday. And some things I couldn't eat bc they made me feel sick. Keep up with anti-nausea meds. Also, the can block your bowels,...

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      Everyone's different. I felt lousy, but never threw up (during AC). I'm 32 and active, so that might have helped. The fatigue builds up and I took a lot of naps midday. And some things I couldn't eat bc they made me feel sick. Keep up with anti-nausea meds. Also, the can block your bowels, so take colace or other stool softeners. If you don't, it can be very painful! Sorry if that's TMI!
      Also drink a ton of fluids--flush out the toxins. Massage also helps. I've heard acupuncture is good, but it wasn't for me (tried it once)

      On the days I felt better, I tried to exercise a little. I went from 5-10 minutes up to 25-45 on my really good days. Of course, I was slower, but it felt great and my doctors think it made a difference with how well I did with chemo.

      Taxol wad the last 4 rounds--I didn't get sick, but the muscle aches were terrible. I recommend a massage the day or two after your treatment for this chemo drug too , especially if they're offered at your hospital. They made a HUGE difference. Fatigue kept building up. Listen to your body and rest when needed.

      Good luck and best wishes
      Ali

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    • Megan Reneau Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi, I was wondering being that you were only 22 when you were diagnosed, what were your early symptoms? I am 23.

      Comment
  • Francine Williams Profile

    Is it ok to drink liquor while taking Chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Francine I will make this response very short. No No and No!!!!! You can drink plenty of WATER!! Your health should be your #1 priority while going through your treatment. You can also ask your oncologist his/her opinion. I would love to hear there response .
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister...

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      Hi Francine I will make this response very short. No No and No!!!!! You can drink plenty of WATER!! Your health should be your #1 priority while going through your treatment. You can also ask your oncologist his/her opinion. I would love to hear there response .
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister of Hope

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My oncologist and nurse said everything in moderation. I don't drink much, but when I was feeling ok this summer, I occasionally had a glass of wine. Well, really a half glass... You should check with your docs though

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    I have had biopsy done with grade three cancer. I recently had lumpectomy my marins were close. should I have breast removed? The dr didn't check my sentinale lymph nodes.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you know what stage you are? Node biopsy is sometimes done with stage 0, and is the standard of care for invasive breast cancer. You might want to get a second opinion from another doctor. Many women have to go back a second time to get clear margins. It is not too uncommon. But,...

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      Do you know what stage you are? Node biopsy is sometimes done with stage 0, and is the standard of care for invasive breast cancer. You might want to get a second opinion from another doctor. Many women have to go back a second time to get clear margins. It is not too uncommon. But, again, I would get a second opinion. Is your doctor a breast surgeon?

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    • sherry scott Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer is stage 2. I have grade 3 tumor cells. My medical oncologist said she would give me chemo but I've had open heart surgery. She said chemo causes CHF. I know cancer is aggressive. Why did my surgeon not tell me about this? Should I get it removed!!!

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  • Michele Coppleson Profile

    How much time can safely pass after surgery b4 beginning treatment. I had surg 1/28. I saw the med onc 2 wks ago and was told that she was going to do an oncotype test I thought this was done at time of surg. Next wk puts me at 2 mos since my surgery.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They just don't do an Oncotype DX test. The tumor has to be a certain grade without lymph node involvement. Genomic Health should call you and verify some info. with you and ask your permission to do it as they won't do it without it. Did your onc. ask if you would submit to having it done as...

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      They just don't do an Oncotype DX test. The tumor has to be a certain grade without lymph node involvement. Genomic Health should call you and verify some info. with you and ask your permission to do it as they won't do it without it. Did your onc. ask if you would submit to having it done as that's the first step? If you say OK then they should check with your insurance company, and then and only then will they send that info to Genomic Health. A small piece of your surgical specimen is then sent to them for testing that takes about 2 weeks or so to get results back. I had one done basically to see if I needed chemo. or not.

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      My onco allowed me 6 wks to heal before I started treatment. surgery June 8th and chemo mid July.

      Comment

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