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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Kim Tappe Profile

    I had my mastectomy on may 1st w DEIP reconstruction...Things didnt turn out as we thought

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3B Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I had DIEP I was visited by someone who had been through it. She said give it a year to see what the end result will look like. Also, they can do a second surgery later on an outpatient basis to some thongs out and pretty it up and to give you nipples.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      So sorry you were not happy with the results. Consult with your plastic surgeon and he may be able to make improvements. Meanwhile, you are not alone... It takes a while to get used to the new you. It dies get better. Take care and keep the questions coming. We are here for you!

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  • Melissa Stanton Profile

    I am 17 and I have another lump. I really hope it's just another tumor, as sad as that sounds. But what if it's not? How would I get through it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      You just do! I'm only 29 and the mother of 2 children with a husband and a house to care for! Never in a million years did I think I would be going through this but I am and I'm amazed with how well I doing! I found a strength in me I never knew I had:) when you have a lot to live for its all the...

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      You just do! I'm only 29 and the mother of 2 children with a husband and a house to care for! Never in a million years did I think I would be going through this but I am and I'm amazed with how well I doing! I found a strength in me I never knew I had:) when you have a lot to live for its all the more of a reason to fight with all you've got:)

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      In going through any of life's challenges, remember that God loves you and will help you through anything if you just ask. God bless you!

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    I've had two mammograms and an utrasound for a lump that the radiologist says concerns him. So he ordered an MRI. My question is, why the MRI? Why not just do a needle biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Did you ask him why? If you aren't comfortable with his recommendation then seek another opinion. I didn't have an MRI until after my first biopsy as the Oncologist wanted to check the size of the areas right next to each other so she could present my case to the tumor board. Your insurance...

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      Did you ask him why? If you aren't comfortable with his recommendation then seek another opinion. I didn't have an MRI until after my first biopsy as the Oncologist wanted to check the size of the areas right next to each other so she could present my case to the tumor board. Your insurance company will have to give approval for the MRI as it's considered a high-end cost but I imagine a biopsy would be also.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would request a biopsy.

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    Can I opt out of radiation or all treatments for my Stage 1 cancer? And what would be the result if I wanted to have it later?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give...

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      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give anything to have been caught in an earlier stage. Please get your treatments!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana. I had stage 0 breast cancer and did 30 treatments of radiation and am now taking Tamoxifen. We are very blessed. I don't want to live with regrets

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