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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.

Related Questions

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    Am getting breast pain during period ,dat time my breast s increases I feel like dat ...is dis breast cancer symptom,

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Rikki Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wow, sorry, I didn't finish before it threw it right up there.

      As I was saying... Lol... A simple breast examination can be done right in the office by your doctor. They will determine if more testing is needed or if you're perfectly fine.

      Good luck to you!

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    • Rikki Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Monthly pain in your breasts is perfectly normal and is caused by hormonal changes. I never had breast pain during menstruation until the last year or two. Now it feels like I have painful water balloons strapped to my chest. It is because as we age, we have many hormonal changes that can...

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      Monthly pain in your breasts is perfectly normal and is caused by hormonal changes. I never had breast pain during menstruation until the last year or two. Now it feels like I have painful water balloons strapped to my chest. It is because as we age, we have many hormonal changes that can honestly become bothersome.

      However, I would never want to discourage you from talking to a doctor about your concerns. I encourage that greatly in this case. Sometimes a medical professional can set our mind at ease with a sumpl

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  • sonali Singh Profile

    What thinks r good t eat during chimo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 3 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I ate bland foods and small portions at a time. Because of the metal taste caused by chemo, I used plastic utensils and it helped. Keep the questions coming. We are here for you!

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Whatever tastes good as for everyone that's different and may be different from what you usually eat.

      Comment
  • Cindy King Profile

    Had bilateral mastectomies in 10/12 and still recovering. Any suggestions on handling the chemo phase of this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cindy,
      Universally, our advice would be to drink plenty of water. It is difficult to say how you are going to react to the chemo. Everybody is different and so are the drugs. I did pretty well except for the steroids which nearly did me in. You pretty much have to --wait and see-- Your hair...

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      Cindy,
      Universally, our advice would be to drink plenty of water. It is difficult to say how you are going to react to the chemo. Everybody is different and so are the drugs. I did pretty well except for the steroids which nearly did me in. You pretty much have to --wait and see-- Your hair will start to come out in clumps at about 2 weeks after your first chemo.
      You just have to listen to your body and roll with it. Don't beat yourself up mentally because you have to hang up your Wonder Woman outfit. Take it easy on yourself. Try to make some meals ahead of time so you don't have to cook. You WILL get through this. You are beating this lousy disease one procedure at a time. Just keep checking them off your list of appointments. Hang in there Cindy.... we are here for you. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Take your meds. Nausea and/or pain. It's easier to treat it than to take it away. Water, rest & yes, it's hard, but ask for help. Stay positive. It's all temporary & you can do this. Prayers to you.

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  • Elizabeth Dycus Profile

    Can you find any signs of breast cancer in your bra?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years Answer

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