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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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    I am only 24. I have 4 breast lumps according to the ultrasound. I haven't done any NEXT steps that are ahead of me yet. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 5 answers
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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Biopsy is next. The quicker you can act on this the better chance you have of it not spreading.
      God Bless!

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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I have two questions before saying anything else: 1. Are the lumps cancerous? 2. Do you have a family history of breast cancer?

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  • Josephine Mannarino Profile

    How do you protect the heart when cancer is over the heart in left breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer was on the left side as well. The radiation planning session is done to minimize exposure to the heart and lung, but there is a small percentage that touches those areas. The radiologist should go over everything with you. They do everything to minimize the radiation to those areas.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Josephine, this is a question that would best be posed to your oncologist and radiologist/oncologist. This is a common situation they run in to and will know how to deal with it. Be sure to question them until you totally understand the approach they will be using. Sometimes, we get shy about...

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      Josephine, this is a question that would best be posed to your oncologist and radiologist/oncologist. This is a common situation they run in to and will know how to deal with it. Be sure to question them until you totally understand the approach they will be using. Sometimes, we get shy about really digging around for the information from our doctors we can really understand. Always be polite, but get your questions answered to the degree you completely get it. It is also helpful to take your spouse, relative, or good pal with you to take notes and be another pair of ears listening. This helps tremendously to really remember the conversations. I have seen entire family's crowding into a room with a patient. The more, the merrier! Hang in there, darlin' Take care, Sharon

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  • R B Profile

    Has anyone used graviola, an herb from the amazon, to treat their cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer
  • Goma Rai Profile

    Has anyone done genetic testing for BRCA1 n BRCA2 test even though u did not have a family history of cancer??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Betsy V Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      yes I had, I'm 42 and I wanted to know if I need to remove my ovaries also. I was negative :)

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    • Alison Soule Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes, I got it and tested negative

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