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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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    Can taxol give you flu-like symptoms? For example cough with mucus, running nose and tireness.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had flu symptoms like body aches, but not runny nose and stuff. Possibly just a cold?

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I've never heard of Taxol causing a cough, mucus, or runny nose. Being tired is a major side effect of chemo. Taxol also causes hair loss including nose hair which would cause my nose to occasionally run. The other symptoms you mentioned aren't symptoms of Taxol. It might be a good idea to call...

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      I've never heard of Taxol causing a cough, mucus, or runny nose. Being tired is a major side effect of chemo. Taxol also causes hair loss including nose hair which would cause my nose to occasionally run. The other symptoms you mentioned aren't symptoms of Taxol. It might be a good idea to call your doctor if you're experiencing those symptoms. :)

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  • Vanessa Deane Profile

    Anyone having hair growth problems after TC chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Vanessa, everyone is so different, as you can see here. I have just about the same profile as you, with the addition of ILC to the IDC. Did the T/C regimen and am 62 years old. My hair is coming back in very thick and curly in almost the same color as before T/C. Maybe a bit darker. My hair was...

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      Vanessa, everyone is so different, as you can see here. I have just about the same profile as you, with the addition of ILC to the IDC. Did the T/C regimen and am 62 years old. My hair is coming back in very thick and curly in almost the same color as before T/C. Maybe a bit darker. My hair was very wavy before, so I think these curls might relax out to waves with some length to pull them down.

      I worried about my hair not coming back in and asked the MO, and he told me that he had never seen that in 40+ years of practice (which isn't to say it doesn't happen.) I felt better after he said that, though.

      Good Luck!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I live every strand of hair I have. Is whatI wanted? No, but I have hair. Thin, straight, and very grey,but again I say The same thing. I have hair. A lady that used to be here a lot never got hair, eyelashes, eybrows, etc back, she is 5 years post treatment. 6 rounds Taxotere/cytoxan. I'm also...

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      I live every strand of hair I have. Is whatI wanted? No, but I have hair. Thin, straight, and very grey,but again I say The same thing. I have hair. A lady that used to be here a lot never got hair, eyelashes, eybrows, etc back, she is 5 years post treatment. 6 rounds Taxotere/cytoxan. I'm also on tamoxifen which has hair loss issues.

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    Describe radiation treatment for Breast Cancer Stage 1 HER2

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    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry before radiation I had a lumpectomy and after radiation I am taking Tamoxifen for 5 years and keeping up with dr appointments and regular mamos

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I had stage 1 went through radiation had
      30 treatments wasent that bad till alittle more than half way then the last 5 was the boost I did burn and then the pealing all in all it wasn't to bad for me

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    My mom been on chemo for 11 weeks with 7 more to go but on her 12 week for chemo her insurance didn't approve it yet so they didn't do it and going to see if the next week it is approve is skipping a week for stage 3 aggressive bad

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is something you/your mom should be discussing with your oncologist's office and the insurance company. This sounds crazy to stop in the middle of treatment to now start discussing payments. This just doesn't sound correct, get on the phone NOW. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm surprised they didn't get approval before she started for all that would be needed but then some insurance companies only pay for so much. That happened to me about 6 years ago when my Dr. ordered some physical therapy on my knee; twice a week for 6 weeks but they'd only pay for 5 weeks and...

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      I'm surprised they didn't get approval before she started for all that would be needed but then some insurance companies only pay for so much. That happened to me about 6 years ago when my Dr. ordered some physical therapy on my knee; twice a week for 6 weeks but they'd only pay for 5 weeks and thankfully I didn't need to go beyond that.

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