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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.

Related Questions

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    My surgeon is hesitating to do a breast reduction because of my LCIS. I have horribly large, pendulous, physically and mentally painful, deformed breasts; I'm more than desperate for this surgery. Has anyone had the same situation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Dear A. Without anymore info other than.LCIS. For me , I wouldn't be thinking reduction as much as mastectomy. Get another surgeon that's looking at the whole picture. :-( Jo

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would suggest having a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction that way you would get great breasts made the size you like and no need for further mammograms.

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    Questions to ask oncologist

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      What your pathology results showed what stage and type of cancer you have. What is the course of treatment and how long. What are other choices to treat it Take someone with you to the office visit allow them to ask questions also when you are with the oncologist it can be overwhelming and...

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      What your pathology results showed what stage and type of cancer you have. What is the course of treatment and how long. What are other choices to treat it Take someone with you to the office visit allow them to ask questions also when you are with the oncologist it can be overwhelming and you draw a blank. If you already know the type of cancer research it before you see the doctor so you have a heads up on what the course of treatment maybe. Breast cancer. Org is a good site also dr Susan love research foundation

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  • Estelle Dacquisto Profile

    I've has a double mastectomy, 6 chemo treatments and 12 lymph nodes removed on one side. I'm thinking of not getting radiation. What is there left to radiate? Has anyone elected the same in the past?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a double mastectomy and chemo and will be undergoing radiation. Their reasoning was that there could still be cells under the breast skin especially if you had a skin sparing mastectomy which they often do if you elect to have reconstruction. As far as lymph nodes, I also had a lot removed...

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      I had a double mastectomy and chemo and will be undergoing radiation. Their reasoning was that there could still be cells under the breast skin especially if you had a skin sparing mastectomy which they often do if you elect to have reconstruction. As far as lymph nodes, I also had a lot removed but there are still lymph nodes remaining and radiation is supposed to be a direct attack on any residual cancer cell in that area. I hope this helps but if not perhaps get a second opinion from a different oncologist.

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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Could also be remaining cancer cells in the chest wall.

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  • Mrs. Collins Profile

    I am married, my hubby is great, but this is new & "scary" for him.. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment...

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      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment and thank him often. My husband weAsk someone other than your husband to help communicate with family and friends. It can be exhausting to answer phone calls and emails and keep rehashing everything with everyone. He may need some alone time occasionally to process things. Keep us posted on your journey. We care about you!

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    • Jo Rogers Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being...

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      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being there at the appointments helped him ( and me )
      Understand exactly what was going on and the plan to beat this. He was also able to ask questions we had discussed and I forgot, or didn't think of.
      We also brought a digital recorder to
      all of the appointments so if we needed to we could replay the discussions when we had questions about " what did he say about
      ___".
      Hope this helps and know that we
      will answer any questions that you have and we will be there for you.
      God bless.

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