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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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  • Mary G Profile

    Completed my last chemo today! Wanted to stop by and say thanks to all who helped me get through this part of the journey with your positive comments and tips. On to the next steps; mastectomy and rads.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    over 4 years 12 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary,

      HOO-RAH!!! This was a big one, thank goodness!! So happy for you, take a big deep breath. Chemo ain't for wimps!

      Take care, Sharon

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Oh you are going to feel so much better now that chemo is done. Its almost over, congratulations

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  • Michele Anderson Profile

    Is anyone else having itching spells while on Taxol? I am on the dense dose (every 2 weeks). My doctor says it normal but nothing is helping but ice and I can not walk around with ice all day when I am out and about

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had kind of the same thing except I also had a weird rash on my face and hands. Dr gave me allergy med, steriods and special creams. None helped so he switched from taxol to abraxane. It helped with itch and radh but not totally. Didn't need other meds.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Taxol was lousy for me in this area. I had what felt like itchy hands and palms and they almost felt burned and swollen. It's just an annoyance!! But this too shall pass....

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  • Nadine Cancilliere Profile

    Finished my 4th AC chemo. I'm halfway through, thank you to all you wonderful pink sisters for the encourgement, hope and stregnth to get thru this journey. The next 4 are Taxol. Can anyone tell me about this next treatment. I have no taste.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just had first taxol today. No headache!!!
      The pill they ask you to take before hand gave me feet cramps the first dose but not the second.

      I had taxol and Herceptin today, so it was a megga day I started at 8:45 and finished at 3:30. You should be an hour and half shorter than that.

      I...

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      I just had first taxol today. No headache!!!
      The pill they ask you to take before hand gave me feet cramps the first dose but not the second.

      I had taxol and Herceptin today, so it was a megga day I started at 8:45 and finished at 3:30. You should be an hour and half shorter than that.

      I have dose dense chemo so maybe that changes a few timing things.

      So far I'm good.

      Nurses were surprised I didn't sleep during infusion because you get a megga dose of Benadryl as an infusion.

      That's all I know do far. We can rely on our other pink sisters. Very best to you.

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    • julie anne Lype Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Most likely they will have you take steroids before to help eliminate an adverse reaction. It is a very long day the first day for Taxol and Herceptin , be prepared w snacks and drinks and things to do, unless of course you sleep from the Benadryl.
      I took L glutamine to keep the neuropathy to...

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      Most likely they will have you take steroids before to help eliminate an adverse reaction. It is a very long day the first day for Taxol and Herceptin , be prepared w snacks and drinks and things to do, unless of course you sleep from the Benadryl.
      I took L glutamine to keep the neuropathy to a minimum, really helped!!

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  • Jane Kaplan Profile

    Frst chemo (EC) tomorrow, trying to get the house prepared. I have a dinner ready to heat up for my husband. I'm cleaning and changing the bed sheets. freezer is stocked up with meals. Ami I missing anything? I just don't know???

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    over 1 year 2 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Rest my girl!!! Your thinking of everyone else and it's "you "time !!!

      Hopefully your one of the lucky ones that chemo doesn't really slow them down toooo much .
      But as your immune systems drops out , you need rest and fluid to keep you strong .
      I'm sure hubby can open a can of baked...

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      Rest my girl!!! Your thinking of everyone else and it's "you "time !!!

      Hopefully your one of the lucky ones that chemo doesn't really slow them down toooo much .
      But as your immune systems drops out , you need rest and fluid to keep you strong .
      I'm sure hubby can open a can of baked beans , or cheese on toast to feed himself ..
      cause if your like some of us , after chemo we are wiped out for the whole week !!
      Rest when you can , don't worry about the house work , it will still be there next week .... drink what you feel like but try to have heaps to flush out the poison ( chemo)!
      It's time over the next few months to sit back and be the boss and tell others what to do .. Queen 👑
      Good luck Don't forget we have survived chemo so any issues , ask 🎀🎀

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think you are way ahead. I found I felt like I had the flu, minus the vomiting for about a week. Afterwards, I felt normal. EVERYBODY is different. I may be on one side of the spectrum. I had wonderful friends who made dinner for us the first week which was such a gift! You are taking...

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      I think you are way ahead. I found I felt like I had the flu, minus the vomiting for about a week. Afterwards, I felt normal. EVERYBODY is different. I may be on one side of the spectrum. I had wonderful friends who made dinner for us the first week which was such a gift! You are taking care of everyone else.... you may not be able to do that while in treatment. You will just need to sit back and watch the chaos. Keep in mind, no one will starve, no one will fall apart if they have to do laundry, no one will die if they have to buy a frozen dinner and pop it in the microwave. For this time in treatment, LET IT GO.... LET GO OF THE CONTROL. You will need to focus on yourself. Take care of you, listen to your body and what it needs. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and rest when you need to. You will make it! Take care, Sharon

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