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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

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    Anyone have muscle fatigue in their thighs?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes and all rest of them too. Exercise helps the most. Yoga, walking, archery are the best for me. I know that's what "they" all say but is true. I got a script for physical therapy. All of this started 4 months after active treatment was completed.

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      anonymous
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      I finished chemo almost 2 months ago. I still feel very stiff ;( I'm 35 but I feel like I'm 90 it's hard to get up and get moving. Dr said other people have described as If you have arthritis all over ;( I was hoping to feel better before I started radiation but that didn't happen. Hope you...

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      I finished chemo almost 2 months ago. I still feel very stiff ;( I'm 35 but I feel like I'm 90 it's hard to get up and get moving. Dr said other people have described as If you have arthritis all over ;( I was hoping to feel better before I started radiation but that didn't happen. Hope you start feeling better soon

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  • Annie Elizabeth Profile

    How Do I Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Eating right and exercising are things you can do to help with that.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
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      You should have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40, unless you have a strong family history or other risk factors. You should also do monthly self breast exams and have yearly breast exams by your doctor.

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  • celien thorne Profile

    Does anyone know the stat percentage for having 4 cycles of Tax-cytoxan versus 6 cycles , I'm also getting Herceptin .. Dr agreed at 4 "i wanted it " but couldn't give me the percentage diff between the two for reacurence odds ...

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
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      My onc had me do 6 rounds taxatere/cytoxan 3 weeks apart. He wasn 't open to negotation in timing or amount of rounds. Today i am cancer free I have stage 3 Invasive lobular

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I had cytoxan and taxotere four years ago (6 cycles) and my hair did not grow back. I wish I had known that was a possible side effect because I would have insisted on some other regimen. May not happen to you but it happened to me and to many other women around the world .

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  • Nicole Rodgers Profile

    Anyone sweat really bad at night after chemo? And it has a chemo ish smell?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had them there for awhile when I first began chemo. My Onc said that chemo robs your body of Estrogen and thats the reason for night sweats & hot flashes. Yes, and my sweat would smell mediciney at times. Hopefully it won't last long for you.

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      I had hot flashes chemo put me there

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