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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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    Asked by anonymous

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
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      Yes, stage 1 has an excellent survival rate. Good luck to you!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
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      I have read that the survival rate is 98%. It is important to keep a positive attitude and outlook. And remember God loves you and will help you through it if you ask. I went through surgery and radiation this summer and this is what I have done.

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    I apparently seem to be in the minority as I am having an allergic type reaction to tamoxifen. Has anyone else had this happen?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
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      Lori, I am sure there are others but maybe not on this board at the moment. Did you have a rash, hives, anaphylaxis, (I hope not). I had a horrendous problem with Dexamethasone.... not an allergy but just a bad case of depression. We are living creatures and can have allergic reactions to all...

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      Lori, I am sure there are others but maybe not on this board at the moment. Did you have a rash, hives, anaphylaxis, (I hope not). I had a horrendous problem with Dexamethasone.... not an allergy but just a bad case of depression. We are living creatures and can have allergic reactions to all sorts of things. So sorry it was you and the tamoxifen. No doubt they will be switching you to something else. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lori S Profile
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      Rash and hives. Unfortunately there are no other alternatives for pre-menopausal women. After discussing with my oncologist, we are going to try the tamoxifen a third time in a few weeks and take it from there. I've also had damage to my heart from the chemo I was on (reduced pumping function),...

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      Rash and hives. Unfortunately there are no other alternatives for pre-menopausal women. After discussing with my oncologist, we are going to try the tamoxifen a third time in a few weeks and take it from there. I've also had damage to my heart from the chemo I was on (reduced pumping function), which is rare as well. I just keep thinking it could be worse. I take one thing at a time and hope for the best!

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    What skin products can you use during radiation therapy?

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      You can use anything but do not use anything I think 3-4 hours before you have radiation. I had radiation first thing in the morning and put creams on before I went to bed then immediately after radiation. I hope this helps and best of luck to you.

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      I started with clear 100% aloe right after my first treatment and then everyday right after. I also used aquafor (sp?) at night when it got bad. Also used creams they gave me throughout the day. My skin wasn't too bad until the end and I continued with skin care until it healed. Now 4 weeks...

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      I started with clear 100% aloe right after my first treatment and then everyday right after. I also used aquafor (sp?) at night when it got bad. Also used creams they gave me throughout the day. My skin wasn't too bad until the end and I continued with skin care until it healed. Now 4 weeks later and it looks great! My doctor was surprised it was in such good shape considering how fair skinned I am.

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    Is weight gain associated with hormone suppression ?

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
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      Yes I blame the medication not the ice cream and lack of exercise. After treatment it is hard to get motivated but exercise and good diet is the oly thing that will help.

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
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      I think that blocking estrogen has something to do with the way that the body stores fat. I believe that with less estrogen our bodies want to store more fat. Hence the weight gain and increased difficulty when trying to lose weight.

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