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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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  • Betti A Profile

    I had my first treatment yesteday, TC regimen once every 3 weeks for 4-6 cycles followed by pills due to being Estrogen+. Anyone else doing this and if so has it helped you?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • carla schuler Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Hi Betti,
      I am ending my cycles of T/C. I have had a total of 5 my last one is scheduled for April 25th.
      My first Oncologist said I only needed 4 cycles, but with some research on my own I wanted 6 and got a second opinion. So 6 for me. I do not need radiation and I will start on Tamoxifen...

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      Hi Betti,
      I am ending my cycles of T/C. I have had a total of 5 my last one is scheduled for April 25th.
      My first Oncologist said I only needed 4 cycles, but with some research on my own I wanted 6 and got a second opinion. So 6 for me. I do not need radiation and I will start on Tamoxifen after Chemo. As far as helping me, I had a BMX and all the cancer was removed so my Chemo is to kill any little stray cells that might have escaped. I hope this helps you.. You will be in my prayers...

      Carla

      4 comments
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm ILC stage. I did 6 rounds taxotere/cytoxan, radiation, now tamoxifen for 3 more years. None of it is fun but very doable. Keep in touch. No queston is to dumb, small, or weird.

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  • Patricia Reilly Witters Profile

    Triple negative, stage 1, lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy, port placement, first A/C cocktail last week, hair falling out soon, I feel overwhelmed, confused and scared. Anyone else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I am triple neg too. Stage 2 grade 3, 3.5 cm tumor. My treatment plan is neoadjuvant chemo (chemo before surgery to shrink tumor) then surgery and then radiation. I'm half way through chemo now (TAC). I'm 38. The whole thing has been scary and overwhelming but I look at it as an...

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      I am triple neg too. Stage 2 grade 3, 3.5 cm tumor. My treatment plan is neoadjuvant chemo (chemo before surgery to shrink tumor) then surgery and then radiation. I'm half way through chemo now (TAC). I'm 38. The whole thing has been scary and overwhelming but I look at it as an inconvenience, not a death sentence. I'll get through this, and so will you!!! This is a great resource for support and any questions that arise... We'll help in any way we can. Some of the best advise I've gotten is to stay hydrated and to stay positive! :) Julie

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You have earned the right to be confused, scared and overwhelmed. Please take a few deep breaths. Inhale, exhale. It seems like forever to get the diagnosis and then everything piles up and happens all at once. You are going through similar to the treatment plan I experienced. Just take one...

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      You have earned the right to be confused, scared and overwhelmed. Please take a few deep breaths. Inhale, exhale. It seems like forever to get the diagnosis and then everything piles up and happens all at once. You are going through similar to the treatment plan I experienced. Just take one day at a time. This is the only way you can comprehend it all. Please always take someone with you if you can. It always helps to have an extra set of ears. I went and got fitted for a wig before my hair fell out and shaved my head before also. I felt more in control that way. As you will see there are many ladies on here that will become so much support for you. I found a lot of comfort and advice from my Ono nurses. If I had a question I would run it by them. If they did not feel comf answering it they would go get the doc to take care of it. Try to take each day as slowly as you can. Keep posting and good luck.

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    What is the best thing to take for constipation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I used colace. Didn't always work, so my nurse told me to take a couple a day, rather than one. It helped. A really annoying side effect of the anti-nausea meds! But I guess better than nausea!?

      2 comments
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had a real bad time with constipation. My Onc. Told me to take miralax. It's gentle & it works. You can get it by prescription or by it over the counter. I also took stool softeners with it as well. I had that side effect all throughout chemo and just had to stay one step ahead. Lol.

      3 comments
  • anonymous Profile

    I had a lump removed and went through radiation. Now the doctor wants me to take a cancer pill. I am not sure about this. You must take the pill for five years and there are a lot of side effects! Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 12 answers
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    • Amanda Metivier Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A cancer pill?? Is it an estrogen blocker??

      3 comments
    • Nancy Snowden Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been on tamoxifen for two years. There are side effects but that is true for any medicine. For me it gives me the comfort that I am doing something to prevent a recurrence of the cancer.

      Comment
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