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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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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Chemo after surgery... what if you dont think you are healed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sylvia,

      What is happening that makes you think you aren't healed? If you are concerned you need to get in to see your surgeon and also call your oncologists office.

      Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It takes time to feel well. Your body has been treated but now it needs time to heal along with your mind and heart. Every week I feel better and almost a year out of chemo I'm just now feeling healed and adjusting to my new normal . I finished chemo6/30/2011, radiation 9/21/2011, tamoxifen...

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      It takes time to feel well. Your body has been treated but now it needs time to heal along with your mind and heart. Every week I feel better and almost a year out of chemo I'm just now feeling healed and adjusting to my new normal . I finished chemo6/30/2011, radiation 9/21/2011, tamoxifen for another 4 years and 3months. reconstruction 6/29/2012

      Comment
  • Carla Villa Profile

    Had my first chemo 10 days ago and am now hospitalized with "neutropenia fever"... Any one else have this happen too?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Carla, I'm so sorry that happened to you. I remember your telling me you were getting ready to begin chemo. I didn't have that experience, but I did have my white blood counts dip very low. Are you receiving the neulasta, or neupogen shot to boost your white blood cells?

      3 comments
    • Diane Joyner Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. :( I have experienced neutropenia fevers, I got them after almost all of my chemo treatments, but never hospitalized because of them. I had to take a pretty heavy regimen of extra strength for the fevers and the pain. Its been six days since you posted...

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      Sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. :( I have experienced neutropenia fevers, I got them after almost all of my chemo treatments, but never hospitalized because of them. I had to take a pretty heavy regimen of extra strength for the fevers and the pain. Its been six days since you posted your question, I hope you are home and comfortable now.

      Comment
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    What does it mean she they say the mass seems solid and does not have much blood flow?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It means pretty much just that. Usually cancers have blood flows because that is how they are nourished to grow. You NEED to contact your doctor for a definite meaning in your specific case. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doctors all of the questions you can think of. Write them down and take the list to your appt. if they don't answer them in a way you can understand or don't want to spend the time them get another doctor!

      Comment
  • shirley john Profile

    hi I had a double mastectomy in jan this year can the cancer come back

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes, it can, but it doesn't mean it will. We can't live in fear of that happening, we just need to be vigil lent in self checks and follow ups with doctors. :)

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Shirley,
      I think we all live with the fear cancer can raise its ugly head as a metastisis somewhere else in the body. We all hope and pray we don't have it in our future. Take care, Sharon

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