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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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      My guess would be wait for the results and then if need be a plan can be suggested.

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    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few days ago. I am terrified. I don't know much, just that they found cancer at her mammogram, but it looks like it is contained. Can someone tell me what to expect for treatment?

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      Everyone's cancer is unique to them so a treatment plan will be based on her case and her case only. That being said it may include surgery, chemo, radiation, and perhaps a hormone blocking pill. She may have some of these or all of these but most likely a combo. of them.
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      Everyone's cancer is unique to them so a treatment plan will be based on her case and her case only. That being said it may include surgery, chemo, radiation, and perhaps a hormone blocking pill. She may have some of these or all of these but most likely a combo. of them.
      She will be OK and she's in my prayers.

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  • Mary Denoble Profile

    Is cereal with flaxseed OK for estrogen positive ? I am sooooo confused about nutrition at this point.

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      You are not alone! There is info overload and it is difficult to sort through. I haven't heard that Flaxseed should be avoided by ER/PR women, but most say we should eat very limited amount of soy.(it is in a lot of things... cereal, salad dressings, granola/power bars...) Have you read "The...

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      Flaxseed is on my radiologists lists of what not to eat. She is a woman and wrote down four things for me. My cancer is very er receptive
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      No flaxseed
      No black cohosh (some women take this to stop hot flashes)
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      Flaxseed is on my radiologists lists of what not to eat. She is a woman and wrote down four things for me. My cancer is very er receptive
      no Omega 3 pills
      No soy protein concentrate
      No flaxseed
      No black cohosh (some women take this to stop hot flashes)
      All of this is listed on the patient and family education sheet. It was the first sheet she gave me

      Triple positive

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    I have first and second degree burns under my arm from 16 radiations for breast cancer. Radiation is not as bad as chemo but it is not without bad side effects either. I am in pain!

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      anonymous
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      They gave me aquaphor as well as a rx burn cream . I feel for you. I remember those radiation burns Wear loose clothes and be kind to yourself. You are probably about halfway thru, right.? Hang in there and keep us posted.

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      anonymous
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      Hello Kaye, My doctor gave me Miaderm Radiation Relief lotion which is just for radiation and Mepilex Transfer pads to cover where the burns are on your skin! It worked well for me I hope it does the same for you!

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