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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.

Related Questions

  • Vicky gannon Profile

    Does a lump in my armpit and pain and discharge in my breast mean im at risk even if mammogram found nothing two years ago?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Vickie, unfortunately all women are at risk no matter how long it's been since their last mammogram or ultrasound. Any changes noticed in your breasts should be checked out ASAP. I had a clean mammogram & ultrasound just 5 months before I found my lump which ended up being stage 3 breast...

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      Hi Vickie, unfortunately all women are at risk no matter how long it's been since their last mammogram or ultrasound. Any changes noticed in your breasts should be checked out ASAP. I had a clean mammogram & ultrasound just 5 months before I found my lump which ended up being stage 3 breast cancer. And I wish I could say mine was just an isolated incident, but sadly that's not the case. It could be nothing major, but you never want to take that chance!! Please get checked by a reliable breast clinic ASAP and keep us posted on how you are.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I absolutely agree with Diana. Get this checked asap. Like Diana, I was given a "clean bill of health" and ended up having breast cancer. If there is any question insist on having an MRI. Let us know how things turn out, we care about each other. Hang in there.

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  • Tom Schink Profile

    My mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer (early Stage 2) and is extremely worried that she will lose her job. First, what's the likelihood of that and second, how can I try to calm this fear?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has...

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      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has to take off work for treatment. She should also inquire about any disability benefits her employer might offer. Best wishes to you and your Mom

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably ...

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      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably deeper fears under this one about work. Not that you need to pry them outta her, but remind her she needs to take care of herself, that you're there to listen, and that you'll take her to anyone else she wants to talk to, including a support group.
      Best wishes.

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  • Lori S Profile

    I know this is off topic, but I'm having heart issues due to chemo? Has anyone ever had a cardiac catherization? I'm very hesitant to say yes to the doctor as it doesn't seem too urgent at this point.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Augh, I am so sorry you are going through all of this. You will be great tomorrow, the cath will go fast. Your leg may be a little sore, but no biggie compared to what you have been through. It seems like your cardiologist is on top of it all, i will be sending you lots of positive vibes! Good...

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      Augh, I am so sorry you are going through all of this. You will be great tomorrow, the cath will go fast. Your leg may be a little sore, but no biggie compared to what you have been through. It seems like your cardiologist is on top of it all, i will be sending you lots of positive vibes! Good luck tomorrow, hope you can rest tonight.

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      What kind of heart problems are you having? Pain, shortness of breath, a fast heart beat you feel? Have you had an echocardiagram or an ekg, post chemo? What did they show? I have taken care of many people post catheterization. There can be complications as with anything, but for the most part...

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      What kind of heart problems are you having? Pain, shortness of breath, a fast heart beat you feel? Have you had an echocardiagram or an ekg, post chemo? What did they show? I have taken care of many people post catheterization. There can be complications as with anything, but for the most part they are pretty safe. Have you seen a cardiologist?

      Comment
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    Is there a spot in your site for mothers who lost her daughter to breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      So sorry about your daughter! I would recommend you visit our online support community at www.MyNBCF.org, it is an amazing support community of breast cancer survivors, friends and family.

      Comment
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Also, we have a list of support resources at http://breastcan.cr/fZQzP6.

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