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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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    I had a 1cm breast tumor, stage 1, two lymph nodes removed ten days ago that doctor said looked good. I am 72 and in excellent health. I would like some information about what type of radiation would be best for me.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I think a decision is best made with the facts from the pathology report and your oncologist. The treatments are now so tailor-made for each woman and no longer the "shot-gun" approach. The treatment plans could be completely different from one woman to another depending on the individual...

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      I think a decision is best made with the facts from the pathology report and your oncologist. The treatments are now so tailor-made for each woman and no longer the "shot-gun" approach. The treatment plans could be completely different from one woman to another depending on the individual findings... even if the diagnosis may seem the same on the surface. Did you have an Onco-Test DX? This is a test that can predict the chances of reoccurance in early stage breast cancer. It looks at individual cells and can give you a look into the future. It helps map out a treatment plan for you. It usually take a bit longer for that test result to come back. If you don't know if you had that test, ask your doctor. You are a good candidate for this test. Good luck to you and healing hugs! Sharon

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I don't know enough to answer your question but I have to say Hi since we are the same age. I will be 72 in July. I was diagnosed on Valentines Day with ER/PR- HER2 . I recently started the TCH Protocol. I hope you get the answers you need.

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    Why have a double masectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through...

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      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through radiation & given the "thumbs up" I will have reconstructive surgery. If I had kept my left breast....it would have to been operated on to match my reconstructed breast. So symmetry was another reason. Although I chose to have both breasts removed there are no guarantees my cancer won't return in the future. It could  even come back somewhere else in my body. That's a reality. But I choose to remain optimistic in my recovery & knowing I have done everything in my power to keep a reoccurrence from happening. Good luck and God bless you in whatever you choose.

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  • Giselle dominguez  Profile

    My mom was recently told she was in stage 2 of breast cancer - I'm really scared and want to know how bad is stage 2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Its going to be okay. I am a survivor that was diagnosed with stage 3c. I have completed surgery, chemo and radiation. My cancer also went into my lymph nodes. I'm praying for you and your mom.

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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast...

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      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast cancer or your mom is younger than 40, you might talk to your doctor (&/or hers) about genetic testing. They have identified gene mutations that drastically increase your risk of breast & ovarian cancer. I don't mean to freak you out or imply that anyone in your family has one of these gene mutations, I am merely passing on information that might prove helpful.

      Like Diana, I recommend your mom get in touch with other women who have or have survived breast cancer. She may meet some during treatment or you can help her search for a local support group.

      And at 10 weeks pregnant, your mom has plenty of time to enjoy your pregnancy! If she begins chemo treatments or undergoes surgery soon, I'm sure just thinking about you & that little one will lift her spirits & help her fight. You ladies can get through this! I'll keep you all in my most positive of thoughts.
      Sending Love!

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    My mom sched for bilateral mastectomy this wk. expander will be put in. Unclear if implant or diep flap is at same time. me and my aunt her for 1st wk. Aunt only 2nd wk. anyone have home health aide referrals for chicago area/orland park?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 3 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a double mastectomy with expanders in March. I needed help for the 1st 2 weeks after that I was good. My mom came for 2 weeks & I felt bad that I didn't need her help but it was nice to have company. Once u get the drains removed which takes a week it gets a little easier. I had a lot of...

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      I had a double mastectomy with expanders in March. I needed help for the 1st 2 weeks after that I was good. My mom came for 2 weeks & I felt bad that I didn't need her help but it was nice to have company. Once u get the drains removed which takes a week it gets a little easier. I had a lot of pain the 1st 3 days but it was bearable. Couldn't sleep laying flat had to sit propped on pillows & put them under your arms for elevation. These tips the ladies on this site gave me & they were right. My nurse taught me great excercises to stretch muscle over expander. Prayers

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      From my understanding if she is having expanders put in the implant or flap surgery will be later as the expanders make the area large enough for whatever type of reconstruction she is having.

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