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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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    Was anyone else told too much water is bad while going thru chemo? I drink about 100-120 oz of water with a combination of Gatorade.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
  • debie barnes Profile

    Does anyone know of anything that will help with these symptoms? When I was diagnosed I was 39 years old and chemo put me into full menopause. I can't take hormones and lately I am always on edge, just mad at the world.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Debbie. My heart goes out to you and all the young women who are thrown into early menopause because of their treatment, but it WILL get better. On my third mini-menopause. Did 5 years of Hormone Replacement Therapy until I had a stroke then had to do the immediate withdrawal thing. Now at...

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      Hi Debbie. My heart goes out to you and all the young women who are thrown into early menopause because of their treatment, but it WILL get better. On my third mini-menopause. Did 5 years of Hormone Replacement Therapy until I had a stroke then had to do the immediate withdrawal thing. Now at 62, I'm on Femara to suck out the last bit of estrogen I make, but it's a doable tradeoff to starve rogue cells that might be out there. You've joined the Seasoned Woman's Society a little early, but you'll press through to the other side with the support of family, friends and the sisters on this wonderful site. For me, soft cotton nightgowns and pretty t-shirts helped with nightsweats-they will get better; cool drinks and cool baths helped with my broken inner thermostat; talk to your loved ones,if they're open to it, about the horrible moods and the whip-lash emotions that can run you ragged. For me, talking about it seemed to diminish their power over me. Most of all, when you're up to it, stay active and find an activity or exercise that will cause the release of those endorphins that give us that feeling of well-being. l've practiced yoga for years and it lowered my blood pressure to the point I'm now off the medicine, my flexiblity is almost back to normal since my surgery and makes me feel wonderful. I know how you feel. I just had my moment of light depression before I read your question, but sharing with you has made it flee. Thanks for your post. You helped me just by asking a question that we all share. You'll get great advice and a buffet of wisdom from the ladies. Hang in there. Stay in touch. God Bless. Jo

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    • Mandy Heath Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Debie As you I can't take any of those menopause medicine and as part of my breast cancer treatment I had to have a full hysterectomy which forced me into early menopause I have only now been given by my oncologist a natural solution she has put me on a tablet called Remifemin it's been...

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      Hi Debie As you I can't take any of those menopause medicine and as part of my breast cancer treatment I had to have a full hysterectomy which forced me into early menopause I have only now been given by my oncologist a natural solution she has put me on a tablet called Remifemin it's been used in Germany for over 50 years you can buy it over the counter comes in a box 200 tabs for about $38 been on them now 2 weeks and I feel heaps better fewer hot flushes and my husband and children are still alive lol she also has me taking krill oil and evening primrose oil perhaps speak to your oncologist hope this is of some help!! All the best take care

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    Do i have to go through both chemo and radiation? What if if i don't want to do either one? Is there a such thing as just to do a lumpectomy and that should be it?

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    Patient
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your...

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      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your treatment goes, it all depends on many factors yet to be found. No two treatment plans are the same. It really has to do with the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, ER, PR, oncoDX, your age, etc. Each woman's cancer is different as will be the treatment course. We would all wished the same... a little surgery and get on with your life. What you are going to find are options for the best way of treating this disease. If, after you hear the treatment plan, you are not satisfied, get a second opinion. We all go through the shock of hearing this terrifying diagnosis. Breast cancer is a formidable opponent. It is nothing to be trivialized. You want to beat this thing and never have to face it again in your life. Reoccurrences happen.... and that is why you want to kick breast cancer in the butt right now while you have the best chance. We are all here for you with our support, our experiences, and our advice. Hang in there... and take care, Sharon

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    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28...

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      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28 treatments of radiation left I have taken two , but I am alive Lumpectomy are great but the steps chemotherapy, radiation is what kills all that that surgery don't get.

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    has anyone decided to take legal action if you are a des daughter

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Just curious, what is a DES daughter?

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Sorry for the typo! My email is micbrady5@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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