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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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    What is the meaning of suspected right hilar lymph nodes? Does that indicate metastasis?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      They are identifying a lymph node (the right hilar lymph node) that looks suspicious. You NEED to call the radiologist, surgeon, or oncologist to explain what this means and show you on your diagnostic tests. This is all very scary because you don't have all the information you need. I don't...

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      They are identifying a lymph node (the right hilar lymph node) that looks suspicious. You NEED to call the radiologist, surgeon, or oncologist to explain what this means and show you on your diagnostic tests. This is all very scary because you don't have all the information you need. I don't know where this lymph node is located. I will tell you, I had a lymph node in my chest that also looked suspicious but it turned out to be just my lymph node. It was JUST large but not cancerous.

      Please contact your doctor ASAP so you can get the entire story and what this means. Take care, Sharon

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    • sally fakih Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thats exactly what is written in my report '' there are mildly prominent retrocaval , precarinal , retrosternal and suspected right hilar lymph nodes shwing homogeneous hypodensity .. No matted or amalgamated nodes are demonstrated

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  • Stacie Foster Profile

    Has anyone experienced green colored drainage after having a lump removed? I had a benign lump removed 6 years ago and I'm going in tomorrow to have a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, then a biopsy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Stacie,

      I haven't it but being curious about this I looked it up. Besides the obvious awful things we all fear, it could be mammary duct ectasia, a benign condition. It happens to women in their 40's & 50's. You doctor is being pro-active to refer you for a mammogram and ultrasound. ...

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      Hi Stacie,

      I haven't it but being curious about this I looked it up. Besides the obvious awful things we all fear, it could be mammary duct ectasia, a benign condition. It happens to women in their 40's & 50's. You doctor is being pro-active to refer you for a mammogram and ultrasound. Please keep us posted....prayers and positive thoughts for a benign report.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • valerie dunn Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Stacie. I have had the green drainage off and on since I was 22. I have always been fibrous and dense in my tissue. I am now 49. After my hysterectomy the green drainage returned. The doctor tested it and it was fine. Now several years later I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not...

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      Hi Stacie. I have had the green drainage off and on since I was 22. I have always been fibrous and dense in my tissue. I am now 49. After my hysterectomy the green drainage returned. The doctor tested it and it was fine. Now several years later I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not think it has anything to do with the green drainage, but until they said breast cancer I did not know drainage was or could be a symptom. Again, I do not think one has to do with the other. Best of luck. You'll be in my prayers.

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    I'm 28 years old and have had intraductal papilloma twice! I have a large lump (2 inches)! The ultrasound almost looked like broken up (possibly)around the ducts? I just want to know if this could be anything other than intraductal carcinoma?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Breastcancer.org has discussions about papillomas. If you go there, you can click on search, and then put in papilloma. It looks like there is a current discussion. I think our group here is much smaller, and it is possible that no one on here has experienced this.

      1 comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      We aren't doctors so don't have an answer for you. What has your doctor(s) told you? It would probably take a biopsy to determine what it is or isn't.

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  • nancy  wilcox Profile

    The doctor said my MRI was essentially negative with no nodularity. She wants me to go on DIM and some other natural breast health supplements for one month and see if it helps- that is what I am going to do. Thanks for all of your help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YAHOOOOOO! It just sounded like a preview to good news. CONGRATS! Now go live life to its fullest!

      Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      So HAPPY for you!!!!!!!!! Congrats Nancy!

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