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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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    Gums bleeding small amount, not much discomfort. Is script for lidocaine mouthwash just for discomfort or is it to prevent sores ?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Mary are you rinsing with a baking soda/salt mixture? I did it ALL the time. Kept it in the bathroom. I rinsed when I peed & after eating. No sores for me. I also switched my toothpaste to bioten & used a soft bristle toothbrush. I had some gum bleeding, but nothing bad. Prayers to you.

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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
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      Stage 4 Patient

      For comfort

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    3 months post chemo u had 1 regular period ad just starts a week early for my 2nd period. Did any other girls have messed up cycle after chemo?

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    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Mine too. I finished in March and I have maybe had one true period. How old are you? I am 36 and my onc told me if I were 10 years older I would most certainly enter menopause, 10 years younger and I would most certainly regain a regular cycle and fertility. At my age, it's more of a crap...

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      Mine too. I finished in March and I have maybe had one true period. How old are you? I am 36 and my onc told me if I were 10 years older I would most certainly enter menopause, 10 years younger and I would most certainly regain a regular cycle and fertility. At my age, it's more of a crap shoot. I am all done having kids, and I have no symptoms of menopause, so I guess I may just have an irregular cycle for a while. Oh well...it's not the worst thing to happen! Haha!

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have only had 2 cycles since finishing in Oct 2011. Sucks doesnt it. Are you on Tamoxofin? My onc told me 1/3 have their period while on tamo, 1/3 dont, and 1/3 are irregular.

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Are Mammograms Painful?

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    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Juliette Zweig Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just got one yesterday. I personally don’t find them painful, and not even that uncomfortable. My breasts are very tender and I have no problem. Plus, they are fairly quick. You’re out and about fast. Making the annual visit no big deal.

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No. I find them to be more uncomfortable than painful. It also depends on the time of the month. Your breasts are usually more tender right before your period. Try and schedule it after your period and this should help. Of all medical tests, this is the one I dread the least. It's no biggie.

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    Post radiation and bilateral mastectomy. What reconstructive surgery would you choose? I'm 36.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had a bilateral mastectomy as well with radiation. My surgeon told me I didn't have enough skin for implants alone. You still have several options. I am choosing DIEP flap reconstruction using skin & fat from my tummy. It's not as invasive as the TRAM procedure which cuts into the muscle. There...

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      I had a bilateral mastectomy as well with radiation. My surgeon told me I didn't have enough skin for implants alone. You still have several options. I am choosing DIEP flap reconstruction using skin & fat from my tummy. It's not as invasive as the TRAM procedure which cuts into the muscle. There is also the Latissimus dorsi flap surgery which uses tissue & muscle from the upper back.

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    • sandra hayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana the diep flap, I couldn't remember the name..

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